On my agenda yesterday, was a quick trip to TARGET to pick up some depleted household items. You know, the usual tissues, kitchen cleaner, toothpaste, etc. One hour and $118 later, I walked out with 8 bags of things that I most definitely did not know I needed. I don’t know what it is about Target, but it sucks you in like a vortex and despite your best intentions, you can never come out with ONLY what you had written down on your color-coded list. There really should be a professional study about the psychology of Target shopping. I’d be happy to volunteer as a subject.
During my hour-long Target spree I took a look at some of the clothing and accessories and was pleasantly surprised. Target’s designs and quality seems to have come a long way in the last few years. I was impressed enough, that when I got home I checked out their website to see what other gems I could find. Let’s just say, my virtual shopping cart is pretty full.
As with any bargain shopping, your primary concern should be composition and quality. Sometimes, that shirt/dress/shoe is so inexpensive because the materials that it’s made out of are flat-out cheap: polyester, acrylic, vinyl, etc. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with that as long as you know that it’s not the best quality and will probably last you no longer than a season. It’s a perfect example of, “You get what you pay for.”
All that being said, the products I selected above seem to be a step above the “usual”: real leather, gold, diamonds, merino wool… you get the idea. Also, when shopping at a store like Target, I generally go for clothing and accessories that are more simple in nature with less complex embellishment and seam-work. The combo of better materials and clean designs make my bargain buys nearly indistinguishable from much more expensive splurge purchases. Next time you’re cruising down the aisles of the infamous Tar-jáy, keep this more discriminatory shopping strategy in mind and I guarantee you’ll end up with a (slightly) lighter cart and a fuller wallet.
What’s on YOUR Target shopping list?
P.S. While this post was focused on clothing and accessories, I noticed there were so many new fun home items being stocked while I shopped. I’ll definitely be doing a Target home decor/accessory roundup in the near future! Stay tuned.