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Thursday, January 04, 2007

We Heart Target

I polled the Talesies on this so long ago, that I honestly do not remember which points are uniquely mine, although I am sure it is not the Isaac Mizrahi bathing suit. Anyway, we LOVE Target here at Tales, and would love to know what you love about Target too. And we do not called it Tarjghee' to make it sound more upper class....we think Target is high class just as it is.

1. One-stop, CHEAP, convenient shopping. (Even if Wal-Mart is cheaper,
Target is better organized and cleaner and I just enjoy shopping there more.
The Wal-Mart by my house is always a mess). From cereal to a screwdriver.

2. Inexpensive, trendy styles (I still LOVE my Isaac Mizrahi bathing suit
from two seasons ago, clothes, shoes, bags, sunglasses - you name it -
although I never found any great maternity clothes there). Paul & Joe...and We can FINALLY afford Shabby Chic-Thank you Rachel Ashwell!

3. Sonia Kashuk make-up brushes & EYE MAKEUP REMOVER-the BEST.

4. Method cleaning products--it's like that WIlliam Sonoma stuff, but affordable.

5. I buy most of my drug store items there - best prices I think

6. Target brand products measure up (I like their body wash - compare to

7. Baby everything - especially diapers, nursing pads, sometimes clothes.

8. I think they have the best priced cereal. We always buy dry cereal

9. Holiday stuff is the best and SO CUTE - christmas cards, ornaments,
beach stuff for the summer, etc.

10. Furniture and home stuff is also trendy and fun. The pieces of
furniture that I bought from Target in NYC have survived 3 moves (1 cross
country) and are still in really good condition. They aren't the best
quality ever, but you get what you pay for.

11. The smile it puts on my face. I go to Target and I can look at magazines, books, music, DVD's, pick out a few scrapbooking supplies, check out the shoes, the choxie candy, and grab a fountain drink on my way out. I love Target so much that I am even willing to go up an down the toy aisles with my kids and say No, no, No, no, we're not getting a toy today, no.


  • Dollar Bins! Dollar Bins! Oh how I love those Dollar Bins at Target!
    posted by Blogger trimama at 1/04/2007 04:59:00 PM  

  • Target is total mormon mom mecca, at least around here. We joke that if you're feeling isolated, head to Target and you'll see at least three people you know. Good Housekeeping Institute did a study a while ago of the kids clothing from several major department stores and included Target, which at the time I thought was odd - I'm sort of a clothes snob. But the clothes from Target were by far the best made and held up the best to repeat washing. So, yay Target.

    I ventured into Walmart around Christmastime and was frightened.
    posted by Anonymous Sue at 1/04/2007 05:21:00 PM  

  • I joke sometimes that I get in the car and it automatically goes to target. . .but it really happens.
    And sometimes when I walk out I say to myself, "am I parked over there, or was that yesterday when I was here?"
    I love the clearance racks (end of almost every aisle!) I'm there often enough that if I see something I really want I can usually end up getting it on clearance. I love the style too. Fun, current styles at a price I can afford.

    Imagine my excitement when they recently announced a new SuperTarget going up not too far from me!!! Groceries and all my regular target stuff!!! Are ya kiddin' me??? I even drive by to check on the building progress!!
    posted by Blogger wendysue at 1/04/2007 05:48:00 PM  

  • It is my personal Mecca. My nearly DAILY Mecca. My children now assume that anytime we get in the car, we are going to Targe. My 2 year old said to me on Sunday "Thank for shoes, mommy. You buy dees shoes at Ta-get?" Oh my...

    Carrie and Mckay got me addicted to Method cleaning products and I LOVE them.

    Large chunks of our family wardrobe are from Target.

    DH and I did a lot of our Christmas shopping this year at Target and he remarked that Target is like our generations version of what Sears or Best used to be - remember going there as kids? WE used to get everything there, minus grocery items that you can now find at Target.

    I really dislike Wal-mart because I'm so used to the clean aisles, smart designs and funky products I can find at Target.
    posted by Blogger chloe at 1/04/2007 05:50:00 PM  

  • I've had to make many adjustments in my life, moving from Astoria to rural VT. One of the things I mourn the most (aside from the readily available international cuisines delivered to my doorstep at any hour of the day) is Target. What was once a 10 minute trip is now a 55 minute trip, which means I don't go very often. It's hard to justify that kind of drive (dragging kiddie along) when I'm just "running errands". Sigh. So I make special pilgrimages every once in a while, and try not to think about what I'm missing. Sniff. Sniff.

    Luckily, I can get Method cleaning products at lots of other places (THANK GOODNESS!) including my local grocery store. :-)
    posted by Blogger marian at 1/04/2007 07:46:00 PM  

  • Although I don't wish it to be true, I have a feeling that Target is probably just as evil as Wal-Mart... The stuff there is just too cheap to be true.
    posted by Anonymous Anonymous at 1/04/2007 07:51:00 PM  

  • I love target. I just hit up their clerance and got some cute t-shirts for 2 and 4 dollars. I get all my girls shoes there and we can actually find pants that I don't have to hem for my short hubby. (He's only 5'6")
    posted by Blogger Lacey at 1/04/2007 07:59:00 PM  

  • I love Target too. Everything about it.
    One thing I don't heart about Target is their return policy. No good.
    Everything else gets an A++
    posted by Blogger Melissa at 1/04/2007 08:37:00 PM  

  • My favorite thing about Target is their impact on the environment and local economies...oh wait...

    Sorry, I actually really do shop there alot, but I just can't get all warm and fuzzy about a store. Its just stuff....somewhere right now a Target marketing exec can be heard ala Mr. Burns...'exxcellent'
    posted by Anonymous Anonymous at 1/05/2007 12:35:00 AM  

  • I have heard rumors about Walmart, don't know specifics, of course in my business classes (back in the late 80's), Mr. Walton was worshipped. I don't know about the stuff that tamr and anon have alluded to....any more details you would like to provide?

    I have never had issues with their return policy..they even exchanged some wedding gifts for me without a receipt I remember....

    Oh, and I don't necessarily shop at Target b/c of the cheap prices (Walmart seems to be better at that I think?), I just like it there.
    posted by Blogger Kage at 1/05/2007 04:47:00 AM  

  • "I have a feeling that Target is probably just as evil as Wal-Mart..."

    It's so funny that you say this. While I was in Target a couple weeks ago, I thought the same exact thing. They must have great PR people. But until I hear otherwise, I will still shop there almost guilt free.


    The things anonymous is referring are almost too many to count. What I know is that Walmart has been known to ignore basic labor laws, discriminate, not provide health care to many of their workers and engage in mnay other bad bullying business practices so they can make a buck and the consumer can save a buck. The other two things Anon alluded to - the negative effect on the environment and the local economy - seem to be mostly a given of any "superstore". Target would also seem to fall under this category even though they have elluded much of the bad press.

    But even after all that, I can still get warm and fuzzy about Target because even though so many of their products appeal to this mom's design sensibilities (which I like), the practicality of only having to schlep the kids to one store to accomplish so many errands on the list frees up my time and allows us to do better things (which I love). It may be selfish, but sometimes it also means survival for me. :)
    posted by Blogger TftCarrie at 1/05/2007 08:04:00 AM  

  • They say the color red makes you hungry. Well....it sure does make me hungry for shopping! Carrie, they are building a brand new TWO STORY Target in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Unfortunatley we have two (at least that I've seen) Super Wal-Marts or whatever they are called AND we have several regular one as well as a Neighborhood Market Wal-Mart (I'd never seen one before). It's TINY compared to the Super Wal-Mart.
    posted by Anonymous Mia Mortensen at 1/05/2007 11:52:00 AM  

  • Oh, I love Target, too! Their grocery bags are so much better than anywhere else, that's all I gotta say...
    I'm just so bummed that our nearest Target is a good 10-15 minutes away, while Wal-mart is 5...so, yes, I'll admit to shopping at Wal-mart more frequently than Target...
    posted by Anonymous Anonymous at 1/05/2007 02:32:00 PM  

  • I have been blessed to never live remotely close to a Walmart, so I've never had to make that decision....

    Target absolutely rocks.. I got this oversized clock for our house that I absolutely love on clearance....it ended up being about $30. I am with Carrie, I will live in ignorant bliss, until their bad deeds are revealed. However, I do believe that with today's technologies and efficiencies, it is possible to run a store like Target and be successful and remain a good corporate citizen. Costco is a pretty good example.
    posted by Blogger Jen at 1/05/2007 03:17:00 PM  

  • Actually, Target has a very good coorporate reputation as being one of the best at giving to charities.
    posted by Blogger a spectator at 1/05/2007 07:04:00 PM  

  • The big hitter with Walmart (and another store similar in size with a big orange sign that tends to draw the male persuasion in...) is that they beat up their vendors for pricing. This is the other side of the economy that they help to destroy. Because of their size and power in buying they put huge restrictions on vendors and knock their pricing so low that there isn't much to be made on the products and then they can't sell to other mechants. They literally make and break products each day on the whims of their buyer. And then those vendors are forced to compromise quality over time to remain in the game with Walmart....in my mind they are the lowest of the low seeking only for their gain. Target on the other hand competes fairly in the market with vendors--and in fact "partners" with designers to bring their customers high quality products. They contribute to brand equity which in the end supports the economy rather than degrading it and squeezing every last drop out for themselves.

    No, I'm not bitter. I'm plenty happy to do my part and shop at Target for all the reasons mentioned above and so much more!
    posted by Anonymous anon2 at 1/06/2007 01:17:00 AM  

  • Clearance. Clearance. Clearance. I love how low Target sets their prices when they want to get the stuff out of there. I have a route I take at our Target, making sure I don't miss any endcaps! They have the best things at the best prices and it's CLEAN. I'm like all of you. It's just fun to go there - something therapeutic about it. I usually put all the kids to bed, leave them with dh, and take a little excursion there a few nights a week.
    posted by Blogger Namona at 1/06/2007 09:19:00 AM  

  • Since I had a child, Target is heaven. Heaven. I have used the Method Daily Shower spray (just not daily...) and it seemed ok. Are the other products really that good?? It's gonna be hard for me to give up my Scrubbing Bubbles....
    posted by Anonymous Amy at 1/09/2007 04:48:00 PM  

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