A couple weeks ago we were invited to check out the new and improved AJ Wright store in Methuen, MA. We're not going to lie, at first we were a little skeptical since we hadn't really heard great reviews of AJ Wright in the past. Actually I was kind of psyched at first because I was getting confused with AC Moore, the craft store. Then I remember the commercials for AJ Wright and couldn't get the jingle out of my head.
In case you don't know about AJ Wright, it's a bit similar to Marshall's or TJ Maxx, it's actually owned by the same company. I pretty much LIVE in TJ Maxx and Marshall's (I consider myself a pretty fabulous deal-seeker), but never consider AJ Wright. But they wanted us to come to their special event to see how AJ Wright had revamped their image. And anytime we're invited to a shopping-related event, especially when we're given the challenge of seeing how much we can individually purchase with a $100 gift card, we don't argue. So, we trecked to Methuen on an amazingly rainy day to check out the scene.
Ooh, the store was actually a lot prettier than we thought it would be. Freshly painted with bright colors and everything was neat and tidy. Sometimes stores like this can get quite messy, so we were pleasantly surprised. We were greeted by Ashley and Keri who brought us to the back room and offered us a great lunch. And then handed us AJ Wright totes with calculators and notebooks and our $100 gift cards and told us to get shopping. OK then, that's never a problem. We were not going to argue with that!
Of course, we started with the clothing. And we liked what we saw. Totally adorable dresses at AJ Wright? For $9.99? Add that to the carriage please.
Another dress for only $12.99? We'll take it!
We both look like regular AJ Wright shoppers! We were having a blast. And sort of felt like we were on a game show... which is obviously awesome.
The fitting rooms felt a bit like McDonald's playgrounds with the bright colors and chunky seats. But, seriously, they were the cleanest fitting rooms we've been in in similar stores.
We modeled... or pretended to.
We spent A LONG TIME shopping. In fact, we sort of lost track of time. There was so much to see and we wanted to make the most of our gift cards. We made a guy in line photograph us holding are giftcards and all our goods. Everyone stared. Because they were majorly jealous, of course. 😉
We are seriously amazing. Look how close we got!
Yup, both of us.
We went to AJ Wright on the same day we were published in the Herald. And since we spent so ridiculously long in the store, we made sure to go to Rite Aid next door to grab the remaining copies. And make the girl behind the counter take our photo. What? We were excited!
Check out our purchases! Remember, we each had $100 to spend... it's unreal how much we bought!
• muffin pan
• Kitchen Aid spatula, measuring cups, and measuring spoons!
• two very pretty turquoise vases
• and a splatter shield/cover for the microwave
• awesome wooden dish rack-that I'd been dying to purchase but couldn't justify spending a ton of money on one! This was $7.99... see what a little patience will get you!
• awesome color block maxi dress
• yellow stretchy t-shirt (it was $3.99!)
• long sleeve button down buffalo plaid shirt for my awesome brother. Rarely do I go on shopping sprees without buying him something. i love him 🙂
• color block yellow and gray dress. It's a little too tight in the... bottom area... so I tuck it into my jeans and make it a cute top! You have to get creative when bargain shopping!
• a set of queen size sheets
• umm... and obviously I bought Wedding Crashers. It was $4.99 and I would never let that opportunity pass me by 🙂
I obviously bought that dress I tried on! I bought a shirt for Chris too, but he snatched it up before I could photograph it (I guess that's a good thing?)
Also, I got TWO. Count them, TWO, really adorable pairs of flats. AJ Wright had a huge shoe selection and so many that I wanted. I've been looking for some new pairs and didn't want to spend a ton. $9.99 each! I'll take it. And those black ones? Are probably the most comfortable pair of flats I've ever owned. Hello, $9.99.
Some beautiful bathroom decor. A pretty trash can, soap dispenser, and rug.
A new framed photo for above my couch. I've been wanting to throw something on that wall until I can get something nice/meaningful and this was perfect for $14.99!
Cupcake pan obviously! I can always use more.
Thank you SO much to Mary, Ashley and Keri for inviting us to check out the new AJ Wright. Honestly, we probably never would have stepped foot inside if we weren't invited to this special event and we're so glad we did. Clearly you can get a lot of shopping done at AJ Wright for not a whole lot of dough. So, in case you're wondering, yes, we will be back! They get new stuff all the time, so we can't wait to see what they have next time we stop in.
AJ Wright Gift Card Giveaway:
And now we have another giveaway! Do you want to go on your own AJ Wright shopping spree? You can win a $50 gift card by commenting on this post and telling us why you're most excited to check out the new AJ Wright. First, you might want to check to see if you have one in your area. If you want to be entered in the contest, specify in the comment. And as always, extra entries for blogging and tweeting! Just let us know.
We are Kindred Spirits Winner:
And we have a winner for the We are Kindred Spirits customized tote bag! After using the random integer generator, the winner is Emily of Better Than Botox! Congrats, Emily, we'll put you in touch with the WAKS girls!
[Sues and Chels]