While the Columbus Circle TJMaxx sees a lot of traffic, the Queensboro Bridge store is an underrated treasure trove. It is consistently chock full of designer goodies and tends to be better organized than other stores.
After scoring a Deborah Lippman nail polish upstairs for $6 (retail $18) and headed downstairs, which set us directly across from the jewelry display with some nicely discounted Judith Ripka. While not as cheap as the sample sale, year-round 40% discounted pricing is still pretty good. Candy colored gemstone earrings are $200 to $250 while a large jeweled bracelet is $500.
Moving onto the nearby Runway area, you will find a well stocked selection of designer separates and dresses, as well as outerwear and shoes. We spotted a buttery soft pair of tall Lanvin boots for $600 next to some furry $400 Sergio Rossi booties. It’s nearly impossible to miss the bright yellow tower of Fendi boots ($600) and booties ($400).
Be sure to check out the clothing racks for some great deals. An amazing mod Theysken’s Theory dress is $150, along with knit Catherine Malandrino styles. A sultry La Perla satin and lace number is $130 and M Missoni dresses are $250. Our most surprising dress find was a lovely $400 beaded Valentino evening gown.
The selection of sweater separates for $100 to $150 from Helmut Lang and Vince is great, although a $300 Moschino double blazer caught our eye. Keep alert for Valentino, Escada, Pucci and Tory Burch.
While you're browsing, don't forget to scope the outerwear section. There are loads of nice Dolce & Gabbana jackets for $700 and under. We fell hard for a short $500 Celine cashmere jacket, which is relatively inexpensive.