Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Look for Less: Crate & Barrel vs. Hearth & Hand

Kudos to reader Cotton Candy for this lookalike find! I guess "tree collars" are the new thing to adorn your Christmas tree vs. the traditional tree skirt. Now you could shell out almost $70 for the galvanized zinc one from Crate & Barrel (shown here on top). Or, you could save some dough and get the Hearth & Hand's version (at Target, shown on bottom) for just $34.99.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Fab Find: Bottle Brush Tress

For the last couple of years, these bottle brush trees have been trending everywhere at Christmastime - from Neiman-Marcus to Cost Plus to Etsy. Now Target's Dollar Aisle has their own version in several different sizes. As shown here, you can get two 6" trees for $1, or four 3" trees or six tiny 1-2" trees for $1. They also have larger (I'm guessing 8"?) trees in pretty pastel pink tones for just $1 each.

Friday, November 10, 2017

The Look for Less: Magnolia Market vs. Hearth & Hand

Earlier this week I posted my review of Target's new Hearth & Hand with Magnolia collection, commenting that several items are quite similar to products on the Magnolia Market website. Case in point: on the left is Magnolia Market's Brass Bell ornament for $8. And on the right is Hearth & Hand's version (at Target) which is both cheaper (at just $4.99) but also cuter IMO with the year monogram.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Target's Big Weekend Sale...

Starting this weekend - Nov. 11 and 12 - Target is kicking off a series of Weekend Deals that’ll have you saving big on everything you need for the holidays, both in stores and on Target.com. These weekend deals will continue throughout November and December.

First up - in preparation for Thanksgiving - Target is serving up delicious deals that’ll make cooking and entertaining a breeze. It's their biggest sale of the year on kitchen appliances and essentials: Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 11-12, take 25% off all kitchen appliances, including brands like KitchenAid and Cuisinart and 15% off Thanksgiving prep essentials from disposable tableware to dish soap, paper towels, tin foil, and more. If you're shopping in stores, you'll need a coupon for the kitchen appliances offer, which can be found in the Target app or by texting KITCHEN to TARGET (827438). The Thanksgiving essentials discount will be applied automatically.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

New at Target: Wit & Delight's Holiday Pet Line

Kate Arends, the blogger, tastemaker and designer behind Wit & Delight, has already created everything from barware to entertaining fare for Target. Now she's put her focus on a new holiday pet line that's paws-itively adorable. This too-cute collection of pet beds, bowls, PJs, bandanas and more is available exclusively at Target, just in time for the holidays. Decked out in this festive gear, your pet’s sure to steal the spotlight of any family photo, holiday party or any old wintery day.

Wit & Delight Pets, starting at just $4.99, is available in stores and here on Target.com.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Tuesday's Rant: Target's Shrinking Jewelry & Accessories Department

On Tuesdays I sometimes take the opportunity to rant about something I do not like about Target… because although I love ‘em to death, they ain’t perfect. Today I want to rant about Target's Jewelry and Accessories Department, or lack thereof.

The first thing that happened a while ago was the elimination of the glass cases where the 'better jewelry' was kept behind the counter. Then the department started looking much like what you see here, with a dedicated space near the front of the store showcasing a variety of jewelry, watches, and sunglasses, seguewaying into the scarves and handbags nearby.

But now, this entire area has been transformed into what I call the "overflow cheap clothing section". When Summer was in full swing, I thought it was just a way to showcase seasonal clothing like maxi dresses and beach coverups. But now it's morphed into a hodgepodge of Junior-sized clothing with no cohesive theme. Meanwhile, the jewelry has been pushed over near the shoe department and has dwindled in size so much that now it looks like an afterthought. Likewise, the scarves/bags have less of a defined space, and are now more scattered within the women's clothing section. This follows Target's new merchandising strategy to employ "elevated, cross-merchandise product presentations" in order to "amplify Target’s exclusive style assortment across apparel and accessories, home, jewelry and beauty, encouraging guests to browse." However, I find it to be annoying. If I'm looking for a purse, I want to go to the handbag department; I don't want to hunt and peck among multiple departments to find one I like.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Target's Black Friday Ad...

Can't wait to check out Target's Black Friday deals? Well your wait is over, as Target posted their Black Friday Ad today.

Target's Black Friday Sale sale will include special offers on TVs, tablets, the Apple Watch Series 1, and Fitbit fitness trackers. For a rundown of the best electronic deals, check out this post from Consumer Reports. Target will also offer Black Friday shoppers who spend at least $50 in store or online a coupon for 20 percent off a follow-up trip to Target between Nov. 28 and Dec. 10.

This year, Target stores will open at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving night, close at midnight, then reopen at 6 a.m. on Black Friday. Target REDcard holders get access to the retailer’s deals on Nov. 22, while everyone else has to wait until Thanksgiving. The Black Friday deals are good through Nov. 25 in stores and on Target’s website.