There’s a T.J. Maxx and a Marshalls located in a Manhattan shopping complex on 6th Ave not far from TheGloss’ office. I know because I seldom pass it up without heading to either location’s cookware section. Over the years, I’ve gotten Le Crueset, KitchenAid, DeLonghi and Cuisinart stuff from the superstores at variously astonishing discounts. I had not, however, ever shopped for clothes in one.

Feeling curious, I headed over to 6th Ave armed with a phone (stores really, really dislike it when you bring an SLR and just start taking photos). I guess I always associated the sister stores with the same products I could find in any random mall, only at chepaer prices. Subsequently, I was pretty shocked to find Dolce & Gabbana frocks, Rag & Bone sweaters, See by Chloe tops and Cynthia Rowley bags. Here’s a gallery of proof, featuring the more surprising finds from one visit. It may be the case that merchandise like this is specific to New York, but the rest of my co-workers were surprised to learn they could walk a few blocks and find lovely Alice + Olivia dresses for $100, too.

Also: TheGloss is giving away a $50 T.J. Maxx/Marshalls gift card to readers who tell us the best fashion items (not necessarily designer) they found at either store. Leave your thoughts in the comments and you’ll be entered to win (remember to use your real email address when commenting so we can get in touch with you if you win). You’ll have until 5 p.m. July 12th to post a comment.

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