The high street retail chain even offers designer clothing for heavily discounted rates, making this a bargain-hunter’s dream.
There are more than 50,000 items on the shop floor – so you never know what bargains lurk in storeCredit: Alamy
As one of the UK’s most popular retailers, prices across most stores are slashed by up to 60 per cent.
However for others, this apparent shopping mecca can be overwhelming and stressful thanks to the crowds and the often jumble-sale feel to the whole chaotic scene.
But worry no more, as the Daily Post has dug out the best tips to help you make the most of your nearest TK Maxx store. Here are the top 10:
1. Time your visit
New stock arrives at the stores every day but insiders claim mornings are the best time to bag a bargain. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings are ideal. And try to get there just as the store opens.
2. There are no store rooms
Everything delivered to TK Maxx stores goes straight on to the shop floor. So it really is a case of what you see is what you get here. Shopping for wardrobe staples is always the best way to tackle TK Maxx, and spending wisely could mean a wardrobe full of classics instead of trend-led tat.
Prices at TK Maxx are slashed by up to 60 per cent making it a bargain hunter’s havenCredit: Alamy
3. Bring a snack
It gets really warm inside a TK Maxx store, so remember to pack a bottle of water and a small snack to keep you going so you don’t suffer from the infamous “TK Maxx Crash and Burn.”
4. Clearance items are hidden gems
The eye-catching red clearance sale stickers will eventually turn into yellow sticker items. Anything with a yellow label will be marked down significantly until it is 20p – the lowest mark down point. Obviously, very few items actually get to being reduced this much as they are usually snapped up before then.
5. Shopping for designer names? Look for the Gold Label
The Gold Label range offers brands such as Versace, Stella McCartney, Moschino, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors – you name it. And it’s not all last seasons stock either.
The store has its own loyalty programme – grab a Treasure card and earn points towards rewardsCredit: Handout
6. Less common sizes are more common at TK Maxx
Have exceptionally large or small feet? Wear a smaller or bigger than average dress size? You might have more luck than most, as often the less sought after sizes are in abundance at TK Maxx. It’s not always the case – but definitely worth a visit if you fall outside of the general average.
7. Keep an eye out for own-brand products
An investigation in 2013 found many items in TK Maxx were actually own-brand products – using a names such as Arabella and Addison, Kenar, Amaryllis Amphora and Frederik Anderson of Copenhagen. This doesn’t mean it isn’t a bargain, but you might not be buying the designer product you think you are.
Prices at the store are cheap because they buy directly from vendors – it’s not second hand or dead stockCredit: Handout
8. Homeware and beauty is magnificent
Most people go for the clothes, but do stop by the homeware department while you’re there. The range is so incredibly quirky, you’ll struggle to find such a unique selection of items anywhere else. You can get some high end skin products and make up for a fraction of the price in the beauty department too.
9. There’s a secret rewards programme
If you shop at TK Maxx regularly, be sure to pick up a Treasure card.
Every time you make a purchase and swipe the card, you earn a chance to claim a reward. By having a Treasure card, you will also be the first to hear about in-store VIP experiences and flash events.
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10. Make note of the returns policy
The general returns policy is a pretty decent 28 days – just make sure you keep the labels on and bring your receipt. You can even return items bought online in store for free.
However, Items classified as “pre-loved” – ie not sold in ‘new’ condition – may already have signs of wear and use (for example small marks, scratches) or even stains upon purchase.
You can return these no problem, but you need to return them with the original packaging (e.g. boxes) and the tags must still be attached. The original authenticity stickers and authenticity cards must also be returned and if any of the stickers or tags are tampered with, you won’t be able to return them.
It’s worth noting that if you purchase a pre-loved watch you agree to waive your right under the returns policy to return it by post.
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