I’ve been a fan of “off-price retailers” since long before I ever even knew that was a term. I shopped at TJ Maxx all the time when I was growing up and to me it was just the store with the exceptionally awesome deals. When I got to college I discovered their sister store Marshall’s and we have been having a love affair for years. Over the past few years the off-price retail market has really boomed, and earlier this year The Economist reported that discount stores are trouncing traditional department stores.
While it seems like a no-brainer that off-price stores would do well because of their low prices, the article adds a few more reasons why the stores are flourishing:
“Fast-moving trends, stingy consumers and even global warming are making it harder for shops to predict which clothes will sell at what price. As forecasts become less accurate, there are more clothes available for TJX and Ross to buy at a discount. On top of this, they do not share traditional retail’s biggest headaches. Consumers’ obsession with sales does not hurt them, because TJX and Ross offer brand-name clothes at a bargain each day. And online competitors are less threatening: shops have a constantly changing assortment, so consumers like coming to stores to hunt for deals.”
One of the examples of the forecasting that was given was for this past winter. Stores typically start adding winter gear to their stores in September or so but this year was one of the warmest falls and winters in recent memory and people just didn’t need to buy those items. As a result, stores were stuck with all of the winter coats they had to pre-buy and that they would sell in a normal year.
I love discount stores, but these days I do most of my shopping online, so I decided to round up all of the online off-price retailers you can shop from the comfort of your couch. Enjoy the deals and the quickly rotating stock that these types of stores offer… but skip the lines and the disorganization!
Online Off-Price Retailers
Some people love Zappos, but I personally prefer their sister site, 6pm.com. Since 6pm is Zappos’ outlet store, you will find many of the exact same products that are available at Zappos but you’ll pay much less! I have found such amazing deals at this site over the years that I cannot recommend it more highly. From designer shoes for less to clothing to bags… I’ve purchased a little bit of everything. If you’re in Kentucky or heading there anytime soon, be sure to check out the 6pm.com Outlet Store, which is located right outside of Louisville.
What You’ll Find: Clothing and shoes for women (including plus size options), men, and children + handbags and accessories
If high-end designer fashions for less are what you seek, Bluefly should be one of your first shopping destinations. You’ll find brands like Valentino, Prada, and Christian Louboutin on the site, along with Furla, Burberry, and Gucci. I wouldn’t recommend this site if you’re on a budget, although I occasionally spot some great deals in their clearance section.
What You’ll Find: Clothing and shoes for women (including plus size options), men, and children + handbags, accessories, jewelry, beauty, and home goods Read More