On Valentine’s Day, my Twitter feed was a-flurry with more than romantic messages and cynical retorts: Toronto PR company Strategic Objectives announced that Marshall’s would be coming to Canada. Although I’d never been to a Marshall’s, friends had raved about the amazing deals they’d gotten on new fashions at the store.
This past Thursday, Marshall’s opened three locations in the GTA – Vaughan, Leaside and Warden & Eglinton. Lucky for me, they’re all just a short drive away! I visited the Vaughan location (in the Colossus plaza) on Friday afternoon. It wasn’t hard to figure out where the store was – the parking lot was rammed full of cars and uniformed security guards kept a watchful eye on shoppers.
My first impression wasn’t the greatest. The first thing I noticed upon walking through the doors was the complete and utter chaos. It seemed everyone and their mother had turned out for the store’s second day of business. Having weathered the openings of both Holt Renfrew Last Call and a brand-new Winner’s, the Woodbridge shoppers are a special breed. Living in a mecca of fashion deals has made them ruthless and practiced in their ways – I certainly felt like a rookie!
The clothes racks were a disaster and it was hard to look through them for the crowds. However, along the outskirts of the main pit were smaller racks of ‘contemporary collections’. If you’re looking for steals on designer labels, look no further. The shoe department was full of great finds as well. The beauty section boasted a selection of my favourite products, including OPI, BedHead and Rusk.
Fun fashion finds:
- Black embellished Pucci tank & a pair of pants featuring the brand’s wild print.
- Black MaxMara pantsuit in a couple of sizes
- Large variety of See by Chloe dresses & tops
- Pink Moschino skirt & empire-waisted dress
- Franco Sarto nude pumps
- Dolce & Gabanna lace pointed-toe pumps
- Prada running shoes
- Coach platforms
- Large selection of Tahari flats
Although the shopping experience in itself was chaotic, the check-out was quick and organized and the staff was friendly. The multitude of fitting rooms also ensured the line wasn’t unbearable – I waited only 5 minutes. The prices were also great: my denim & camel leather Tahari flats were only $59.99 – such a steal for a comfy but stylish designer pair!
The verdict: If you’re curious, definitely check it out. However, if you think you can wait it out I suggest you do. Unless you’re an experienced Winners-goer, you’ll probably find the scene a little too chaotic like I did. I’ll definitely be back once the hype dies down a bit.