I am here today to shamelessly admit that I, my friends, am a “Maxxonista.” For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term, my own explanation: one who spends ridiculous amounts of time in TJ Maxx searching through thousands of items to find the few treasures that have miraculously, by some act of random fate, found their way to the buyer  (me) who was meant to have them all along (we were destined for each other) at a discounted price (the best part).

I know, I know — some people are totally judging right now. But, let me explain myself. There is an element of nostalgia to it all. Growing up in a rural area provided limited options for exposure to original clothing stores and interior design shops. Our choices for shopping when I was younger were limited to a run down mall and Walmart. So, I hope you can understand where I’m coming from when I tell you how excited I would be when my mom would want to make a trip to TJs. It was the one place that had some sort of variety and a few interesting things for me to look at, giving me a chance to form an opinion on style. I know that most people associate TJs with clothing, but, for as long as I can remember, I would walk through the doors and head straight to the back of the store for the home goods. To me, it was better than a candy store. I would always imagine one day having my own space to decorate.

Now that I’m actually at an age where decorating my own space is a reality, I realize that there are many more options for affordable home decorating and good fashion finds. With that said, I still have a special place in my bargain-hunting heart for my TJ finds. I’ve found some amazing buys over the years (ie: these horse head bookends [above] on clearance for $9.99, originally $40.00 each — boom!). I’m sure as I continue to peruse my local TJs I’ll have plenty of purchases to share.

Okay, I lied. Those who know me well are aware of my deep, dark, hoarding secret that I have boxes full of TJ finds that are waiting for their place in my own space one day. I’ll be sharing them here without a doubt.

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