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I am a fan of T. K. Maxx in England and over the last few years there have been many stores opened in the Orlando area. Over here, for some reason I was unable to establish, they are called T. J. Maxx.
These stores sell overstocks and last seasons ranges at a huge discount. They promise up to 60% off the original price but I have seen even better than that. Compared to Ross, for instance, they seem to have more designer labels and the stores are neater and easier to navigate. I find the best way to shop at these stores is just to go with no set items in mind. I just start at the left and work my way round.
They have ladies' and mens' clothes, shoes, bags and other accessories and a good home section. Some of the clothes are a little garish for my tastes but root your way through and you will find at least a couple of things you would like to buy. Swim wear and shorts were both plentiful on our last visit. On each label there is the original selling price and the T. J. Maxx price so you can have that little warm glow when you know what you have saved.
If you are looking for bedding, for instance, it is frustrating if you are find the perfect twin set, and then you find that they only have one. And that happens a lot. I have, on occasion, found the other set in another branch, but that does take dedication. Among the towels they sometimes have Ralph Lauren and they had a consignment of Tommy Hilfiger bedding when we were in recently
I spotted a ravishing centrepiece blue bowl that looked as if it had cost a hundred pounds. But no, $20 was all it would cost to take away. Alas, it was heavy and todays luggage allowance back to the UK does not account for such weighty purchases.
I find the staff generally helpful and cheerful though not good at finding specific things and I guess that is because the stock is ever changing.
I will not give you a full list of the area stores but just the ones likely to be near your vacation home.
Loop West (Osceola Parkway)
International Drive Value Center
Clermont Landings (on the 27)
7649 West Colonial Drive
Go to their website for a full list of stores and directions.
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