Marshalls vs. T.J. Maxx

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One of the most common questions about Marshalls and T.J. Maxx stores is “What’s the difference?”

While on the Marshalls and T.J. Maxx Blogger Holiday Event last week, I learned that there are definite differences in the stores and thought I would share them with you.


  • Shoe MegaShop – offers thousands of this season’s shoes for the entire family with new styles arriving several times each week. Arranged by style, shoes in specific sizes can be found under each display.
  • Men’s Department – contains a wide selection of men’s suits and sports coats.
  • The Cube – a new, high energy junior’s department that is like a boutique within the store. It’s perfect for young women who are looking for trendy, yet sophisticated styles. The Cube feature items from all departments in the store arranged by style rather than size. It’s a fashionable one-stop shop.

T.J. Maxx

  • Women’s Shoes Only – with a specialization in women’s shoes there’s something for everyone woman.
  • Expanded Accessories Department – includes fine jewelry including 14-kt. gold, sterling silver, and semiprecious stones as well as sunglasses and watches.
  • The Runway – high end designer accessories and fashions at T.J. Maxx prices. Here you’ll find Versace, Gucci, Coach and more.

Also, the speakers on the event explained a big difference between Marshalls and T.J. Maxx are the variety of items sold by each. In fact, they often purposely locate the stores near each other because they want you to visit each store to shop the unique selections offered by both stores.

I have to be honest, prior to attending this trip, I assumed both stores carried the same things and so I only visited my nearby Marshalls. However, just yesterday I decided to check out T.J. Maxx and do some shopping for my Secret Santa from the event.

I was incredibly impressed at the different items offered and decided I’ll definitely be back. And next time, I’ll leave Kora & Logan at home while I spend a good hour or two to enjoy the thrill of the hunt!

What about you? Do you have a preference – Marshalls or T.J. Maxx?

Thank you to Marshalls and T.J. Maxx for inviting me on this event and covering my expenses associated with it. No compensation was received. The opinions are my own.

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  1. They are both fantastic stores…thank you for pointing out the differences between each. Everything I buy is from one or the other! I live in the Boston area and I buy the majority of my 2 year olds clothes, toys, accessories etc at TJ Max. Ive also purchased many of my baby shower gifts at TJ Max. I will look on a friends registry at Babies R Us and find the exact same items at TJs for half the price. They have a ton of baby items!!

  2. I like TJMaxx

  3. I would rather shop at tj maxx because it has a better selection of stuff but no men shoes but it is cheaper than marshalls I have compared the prices also the clothes at tj maxx last alot longer so I prefer tj maxx

  4. I’ve been shopping both TJ Maxx and Marshalls for years. I find that even within the same shop, they differ a lot by location. I live in Marin County Ca and the Marshalls here is superior in quality than most other towns I’ve seen. As a matter of fact, Marshalls here has nicer designer stuff than our Macys.
    As far as the difference between TJ Maxx and Marshalls, there’s a lot! Marshalls has MUCH nicer shoes and clothes. TJ Maxx has much nicer handbags and more home goods as well as really nice sterling silver jewelry.

  5. I just overheard two women talking today at the doctor’s office about how much they love T.J.Max. They shop there all the time


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