How we love Marshalls!
When we moved to Puerto Rico, O and I were looking forward to going to flea markets on the weekends, finding special Puerto Rican handicrafts and old Caribbean objects and furniture that we wouldn’t be able to find in Europe…
Ha! We were so wrong, weren’t we? We tried for a while, O asked his colleagues, I asked my Spanish teacher(s), we went to the Salvation Army to look for bargains (ties for $1 anyone?) but they only sold second hand clothes, and finally we went to a pulgero (flea market) on Sunday with O’s colleague W and her family. The excitement – finally we would discover a real Puerto Rican market! However, we didn’t understand why W suggested that we combine the pulgero with Marshalls until we saw what was being sold at the market…
Illegally copied dvd’s and cd’s, plastic jewellery and fake designer bags – how disappointing! It wasn’t at all what we had expected! Oh well, next time we’ll just stick to Marshalls.
Really, if you live in the US and you haven’t discovered Marshalls, you have truly missed something! It’s like a modern flea market but without the second hand merchandise and instead very often good quality designer products that have not been sold in the proper shops. You need a lot of time to look through the piles and shelves – sometimes full of crap, but if you are patient, you will be awarded 😉
Some of our bargains include: a Jamie Oliver cook book for $6.99 (in Borders $34.95), table cloths and napkins costing from $2.99, the dress I wore at the company christmas party $24.95… I don’t usually bother with the clothes section as most of the clothes* are really out of fashion, however the home section is great for bargains! If you need glasses, frying pans, kitchen utensils, textiles as well as suitcases and photo frames – check out Marshalls before you go anywhere else and pay full price!! It has been great for us to find complements to the kitchen since we moved to Puerto Rico, especially as we really miss the cheap prices at Ikea!
I am sure that some people turn up their noses when you mention Marshalls, but O and I really enjoy finding great quality for a cheap price and we will definitely bring my parents to one of the shops when they come in May (maybe they will find something for the new summerhouse!?).
*) The baby and children’s clothes section is great though for bargain-hunting!