I typically only buy on clearance/sale or at my absolute favorite discount store, TJ Maxx. I really do consider myself a "Maxxinista". I love buying reduced-price designer jeans there, work and "going-out" tops, summer and special occasion dresses, shoes and home decor (i.e. my obsession with Home Goods). You name it, I can probably find it at a TJ Maxx. They get thousands of shipments of merchandise weekly priced up to 60 percent off department store prices. I mean, hello! This is a bargain shopper's dream store.
TJ Maxx is also the first (and usually last) place I hit when I am in need of (or want) a new handbag. Like the title of this post states, my 'handbag haven' for brand-name bags at discounted prices is TJ Maxx. Michael Kors (yes, please), Dooney & Bourke, Juicy Couture, Nine West, B. Makowsky, Fossil, Jessica Simpson, Kathy Van Zeeland, Steve Madden, Gucci, etc. just to name a few.
This 'haven' I speak of is always located right by the store entrance and almost impossible to resist. Even if you aren't in the market for a new bag, it will be hard to divert your eyes away from the enormous color-coded selection of bags when you walk in the door. Just like shoes and unlike denim, handbags don't judge you if you gain an extra 5 to 10 pounds, and that's why a good handbag and I tend to get along just great.
I am one of those people who will invest in a quality handbag and wear it for a year or more. Don't side-eye me. Yes, I'll wear it through every season, I'll use it every single day and I won't care what anyone thinks. I have a hard enough time getting out the door with a full face of make-up on. The last thing I need to worry about is switching out my purse contents too. The only time I switch out is when I go from handbag to clutch on weekends because I for one am not lugging a big bag around a bar or at a crowded restaurant. No thank you.
The last 2 every day handbags I purchased were from you guessed it, TJ Maxx.
Last month I scooped up this Nine West black bag from TJ Maxx for only $31.39 after tax. I love how big it is and how many compartments it has inside because I tend to carry a lot of stuff with me. I have no problem fitting everything I need in this bag.
I purchased this B. Makowsky tote at TJ Maxx in August 2009 with some birthday money. I carried it until recently when I got the Nine West bag mentioned above. It's been through a lot and it's held up perfectly the entire time. If my memory serves me correctly, I paid either around $160 or $140 for it (sorry, had a few glasses of wine since then), but it was originally close to $300.