When I needed a dress for a holiday party a few weeks ago and had basically zero cash flow I decided I'd try to hit up Marshalls to see if I could find anything. I have to admit that sometimes I'm a little weary of the discount department store chains. I'm usually able to find a good deal but only after hours of searching, digging, and creative styling. But I'd heard really great things about the new in-store "boutique" that Marshalls has recently launched called The Cube. It's not at all locations so I trudged up to Framingham to check it out.
I was pleasantly surprised. Although the rest of the store still maintains an overwhelming chaos the clearly portioned off section of The Cube is neat, well organized and colorful without looking like The Limited Too.
The selection was surprising too. Rather than finding a too small but cute top and then finding it in a size 18 but nothing in between (as so frequently happens to me in TJ Max like stores) and in a completely different department styles and sizes were actually grouped together! Shocking! Plus, there were multiples of each size and style.
Now, if you're looking for super high-end you'll be disappointed. But mall store brands that are overpriced in their own stores actually cost what they should here which makes it easy to stock up on both basics that you can wear over and over and super trendy items you'll only want to wear once or twice. Plus, I did find some great diffusion line pieces from Marc by Marc Jacobs and Michael by Michael Kors mixed in although they were a lot fewer than the large selection of super soft Aerie by American Eagle underthings that I couldn't resist.
So, how did I do? I did find a great silver brocade party dress (Suggested retail price? $240. I bought it for $54!), three matching undies/pj sets from Aerie, HUE sweater tights (I saw them at Lord and Taylor for $18. I got them for $7), a pair of black heels by Jessica Simpson (super classic, surprisingly comfortable and only $25), and some other odds and ends accessories.
My total? $105.60! The only downside was that it was super crowded but then again it was before Christmas on a Saturday afternoon at Shoppers World. What did I expect? Also, it is definitely marketed to an older teenager audience. I did feel a little old when going through a rack of slogan t-shirts next to a sixteen year old, who thought they there were, like, totally the cutest! But still, it was a great experience. Three plus outfits for the price of one? Definitely worth the trip!
In this economy we all need to find ways to get back but if you need a dress for some event or just feel like a new scarf or bag go check out The Cube at Marshalls. You'll find something you love at a great price.
The Cube can be found at select Marshalls locations including: Framingham, Quincy, Medfield, and Nashua.