16.6.08

Accessorize

Everybody loves it. Right? My question is, why? I used to love it too, but lately it’s been leaving me a bit cold. Everything seems a bit cheap without actually being inexpensive.

I bought a super cute flower ring there on Saturday, but when I got it home, I noticed that one of the petals had been broken off. I’m guessing that this is not the first time the ring was purchased and returned because it didn’t have its original packaging when I bought it. The staff were very nice about it and happily exchanged the ring for a new one. But today while I was getting dressed, the ring caught on the top I was putting on and the flower broke right off. So, do I try to glue it back, or do I return it again. Again! This is not how I wish to spend my time, but throwing £8 into the bin isn’t how I wish to spend my money, either.

Yes, Accessorize has bags and flipflops and scarves galore, but so does TK Maxx. TK Maxx does require a rummage, but it’s so worth the time and effort. Last time I was there, I bought a silk Moschino scarf that originally cost £160 – I got it for £16! And it’s adorable and easily added the requisite stars to my Spring/Summer 08 wardrobe. On that same visit, I bought an oversized clutch in dark pink patent leather. After I returned some cropped linen trousers to Boden for having a slightly odd fit, I found some at TK Maxx for a third of the price.

TK Maxx, or TJ Maxx as it is called in America (and don’t think the market research that went into changing that J into a K didn’t cost a fortune) is not news to anyone, as it’s been in Glasgow for years now, but at times I forget about it, or I get put off by the picked-over shelves, the long queues at the tills, or women running around, pushing their overly large shopping carts like they’re at the roller derby. But when you find just the right accessory, or that incredible cardi that no one else will have, and you see the lovely ‘RPR’ vs ‘Our Price’ tag, the flush of excitement comes rushing back.

The TK Maxx at the Fort is usually less crowded and good for home decorating. The one on Sauchiehall Street can be great for bags, but my advice is to go during the week if you can. Take a half-day from work and grab some brands that can’t be found in the original US version of the store like Miu Miu, Moschino and Coach. And now they've made it easier to find out when a visit is worth the bother, as you can sign up for their fashion news. This means you'll get an email when they're expecting a delivery of something fabulous.

1 comment :

  1. A follow-up comment on TK Maxx designer updates - so far I haven't received anything from them, not a single missive, so I'm not sure how great this particular mailing list will turn out to be. I'll keep you posted.

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