Monday, November 20, 2017

Fab Find: Faux Snowballs

This find made me smile! In the Dollar Aisle at Target, I found these faux snowballs, perfect for an indoor snowball fight with the kids. Just $3 for a set of 10 fluffy orbs.

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.

My Review: Hearth and Hand With Magnolia

Unfortunately, I was battling a stomach bug (ugh!) over the weekend, so I didn't get to Target yesterday until mid-day. By that time, the frenzy over the new Hearth and Hand With Magnolia collection was in full swing. There were more than a dozen women buzzing around the huge-house display and grabbing things up left and right.

But this collab was different... first, the display itself - and the thoughtful way the goods were arranged - was much more like a high-end department store than a big-box retailer. While browsing, I felt like I was looking at merchandise at Williams-Sonoma or Crate & Barrel vs. Tar-jay. And the goods themselves seem well-made and well-designed. In fact, after going back last night and perusing the Home section of the Magnolia Market website, I found many similar items to the ones in the Target collab. In fact, I'll be doing a "Look for Less" post on that topic later this week.

The other difference with this collab - at least on launch day - was that there were dedicated Target employees around to help customers and ask if they needed anything. If an item they wanted wasn't out on the floor, the employees would look for them in the back or try to get them from another store. And if an item was depleted on the shelf - as the Christmas wreaths were - they were on hand with additional stock to replenish the supply.

Despite really liking this collection, I didn't buy anything. Don't get me wrong: there was a LOT to like, and if I had loads of $, I'd probably go crazy and buy a ton of the holiday decor and coordinating dishes. I may go back to the website and order a few things, although some choice items - like this glass and brass candle holder - is already sold out online and selling out fast in stores.  Overall I think this line is going to do very well, and I'm glad that Hearth & Hand is a long term partnership with Target and not just a one-time holiday thing.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

The Look for Less: Sorel vs. Merona

Boot season is in full swing, but that doesn't mean you have to spend an arm and a leg to be fashionable. Case in point: you could buy the lace-up gray wedge booties by Sorel on the left for $250. Or you could get a super-similar look by Merona (at Target, shown on the right) for just $37.99.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Have you peeked behind the curtain yet?

A friend of mine texted me this pic earlier this week after seeing a Hearth and Hand display go up at her local Target store. She peeked behind the curtain at the goods to get this shot, but presumably the "big reveal" won't happen until launch day on Nov. 5th.

According to A Bullseye View, about 500 select stores will feature "a 12-foot-tall house structure decked out with the collection and designed to recreate that feeling of joy when family and friends gather in a home." At other Target stores, "guests will find the products in an elevated display with table settings and other product vignettes," which seems to be the case shown here. And at 100 special stores, Target has an extra surprise planned on launch day: a floral cart with stunning silk florals free of charge to guests, good while supplies last.

So how about it, readers? Have you seen a Hearth and Hand display go up at your store, and if so, have you peeked inside?

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Target's looming clearance racks...

Back in August, I posted details from Target about their new brand A New Day, including the fact that the line would feature fresh pieces every month instead of quarterly, following the 'fast fashion' trend of competitors like J Crew and Zara. The problem is, I don't think the stuff is selling. Here's a shot from one of my local stores, in which I tried to capture all five clearance racks in the women's department. And there's actually a sixth clearance rack off to the side that's not pictured here. 

A good portion of the stuff on clearance was from A New Day, and I saw a lot of Who What Wear, too. WWW follows the same model as AND - by introducing new styles monthly - so if the stuff doesn't sell quickly, it needs to go on sale to make room for the new stuff constantly coming in. And from what I can tell, people just aren't buying it. I know I'm not shopping the women's department as often as I used to; the last thing I bought was this little black dress, and prior to that, I got a Merona sweater way back at the end of July. Between AND's cheap fabrics, WWW's crazy styles, and the abundance of velvet, I just haven't found anything at Target I like. How about you, readers? Are you liking Target's new looks, or are you passing on them like I am?

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Tuesday's Rant: Target's Silly "Basket" Displays

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. I haven't done a 'rant' in long time, but I've been meaning to do this one for a while. 

Have you noticed these oversized store displays that look like giant shopping baskets? I have, and I think they're ridiculous. Not only do they look stupid, they also cheapen the store experience. Target seems to be using them to promote items on sale, and they're usually found awkwardly placed in main aisle in the Food & Beverage or Household Essentials sections. But instead of enticing me to buy, I avoid these displays like the plague. 

Monday, October 30, 2017

Velour/Velvet: make it stop!

I've noticed a disturbing trend in retail lately: Velour/Velvet is everywhere, including Target. You can't walk anywhere in the Womens' department without running into a top like this one (shown) which I call 'velour' but is probably just a poor attempt at crushed velvet. I can't tell you how bad these tops look IRL. The fabric just screams "cheap". This particular top was at regular price, but I also saw a ton of similar Mossimo velvety tops already on the clearance racks. And if do a search on 'velvet' on Target.com, you get over 200 results for clothing alone.

While Target is a prime offender, they're not the only one. During a trip to the mall yesterday, I noticed a ton of velvet clothing at stores like Banana Republic and Madewell. But to be honest, some of their stuff - despite being a lot more expensive - looked just as bad as the options at Target.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Fab Find: Who What Wear LBD

Last night I went to a fancy cocktail party and I wore this lacy little black dress (shown) by Who What Wear (at Target). Not only did I get a ton of compliments, but the dress was comfortable as well, which you can't always say about eveningwear.

Unfortunately, this dress is pretty much sold out on Target.com, but it's still available in some stores. I've seen it in a variety of sizes for as low as $10.48 on the clearance racks. I found my size on sale for $17.99, which is still a great deal.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Target to slow down Christmas promotions...

The Associated Press reports that Target says their customers want to pause the "Christmas creep." So in order to be more in tune with their customers' mindset, Target plans to ease in holiday promotions this year while better recognizing Thanksgiving.

The retailer's holiday plans also include a new e-gift service, adding kiosks that focus on impulse presents mainly under $15, and launching a wallet feature to its app. It's also offering more weekend deals since shoppers do more holiday buying then.

While all retailers need to worry about online growth and the expansion of Amazon, Target is spending $7 billion over three years to remodel old stores, open small ones in cities and college towns and offer faster delivery for online orders. It's also been refreshing its store brands and trying to be more convenient to shoppers. Eight of Target's new brands will be available for the first time this holiday season.

The company is also expanding its marketing focus and increasing its holiday marketing budget compared to a year ago. For November, Target will keep Thanksgiving signs and displays at the entrances and its marketing will play up Thanksgiving meal preparation and entertaining for shoppers. "They want us to pause, and be really intentional and recognize Thanksgiving," said Rick Gomez, Target's chief marketing officer. "What they don't want us to do is go right into Christmas. So, we are going to respect that."

And as it eases into the Christmas holiday the company isn't repeating the "Ten Days of Deals" strategy, which it had for two seasons in a row. Instead, it's increasing weekend deals starting Nov. 11, as Gomez says customers are shopping on the weekend twice as much as they are during weekdays.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Target to offer free shipping for the holidays...

The Krazy Coupon Lady reports that you can shop for everything you need for the holidays on Target.com and receive free shipping with no minimum requirements. Starting Nov. 1st and running through December 23rd, all of your Target.com orders will ship for free, with no $35.00 minimum purchase required. Plus, you can use your Target REDcard to receive an additional 5% savings.

Watch this space tomorrow for more details on Target's holiday plans.

Coming Soon to Target: Sugar Paper Holiday Collection

For the third year in a row,  Sugar Paper will bring a holiday assortment of gift wrap and seasonal decor to Target. This time around, in addition to traditional red and white, they've added a chic new color scheme - grey and navy, as shown here - to their signature gift wrap collection.

The Sugar Paper for Target holiday collection has everything you need to deck out your tree to match the presents underneath. From a sweet star tree topper to glittery ornaments, every detail will help you achieve holiday décor perfection. The collection will be available in stores and online at Target.com starting on Oct. 29, with prices ranging from $2 to $15. You can check out more preview pics here on A Bullseye View.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

New at Target: Mia and Mimi Toddler Dresses

If you're looking for fancy little girls' dresses, look no further than Target. Their new brand Mia and Mimi offers a selection of pretty frocks made from brocade, lace, tulle and glitter. Offered in baby sizes up through toddler, the dresses range in price from just $19.99 - $24.99. I've seen these in store and they look even better in person, and they'd be perfect for the upcoming holidays or any dress-up occasion.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Consumer Alert: Archer Farms Bagged Veggie Recall

You may have heard about another bagged salad & veggie recall recently. Now Consumerist is reporting that this recall has expanded, and Target is one of the retailers affected.

The company behind the recalled products, Mann Packing, exports some products to Canada, and routine testing of those exports turned up Listeria. While there have been no reported or confirmed illnesses from these products, note that the incubation period for Listeria ranges from three to 70 days, so people could get sick more than two months from now.

Now there are a lot of products included in this recall. They were sold under Mann’s own brand name, and also under the store brands of Archer Farms (at Target), H-E-B, Little Salad Bar, Signature Farms (at Albertsons), Trader Joe’s, Walmart, and Western Family. You can find a table with all of the items listed here on Consumerist's website, and images of the Mann’s packaging for each product is available on the company’s website.

Mann’s asks that you throw affected products away or return them to the store where they were purchased for a refund. If you have any questions about the recall or the products, contact the company at 888-470-2681 or use its email form.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

New clearance endcaps at Target...

Yesterday at my local Target store I noticed something new: yellow clearance endcap signs (instead of the traditional red ones). I guess Target is trying to better differentiate clearance endcaps from regular ones with the new color scheme. I will admit they're easier to spot, although suddenly seeing yellow signs- in the sea of Target red branding - was a bit jarring.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

At long last, Target expands to all 50 states...

CNN reports that Target will conquer its final American frontier: the state of Vermont. The company announced today that it will open its first store in South Burlington in 2018. Once it's completed, Target will have a location in every state in the U.S.

The new store will employ 75 workers, and have inventory that's specially curated for the neighborhood, with an emphasis on clothing, health and beauty products, home and dorm decor and groceries. It will also be smaller than Target's traditional big-box setup -- by design. Last time Target tried to come to Vermont, it had a difficult time.

Target attempted to open a full-size store in Williston back in 2012. At a meeting of the town's planning commission, the idea was shot down. "Suffice it to say, a single occupant, 160,000 square foot big box was not really what the town had in mind," Ken Belliveau, Williston's planning director, told CNNMoney. "This is a very strong progressive, small-scale, craft, communitarian kind of environment," he said.

That didn't leave Target with many options. At the time, the company was firm on size. But the retail environment has changed since then. Amazon has undercut many discount retailers, and brick-and-mortar stores have been struggling. The new Vermont location, which will be close to the University of Vermont, will be 60,000 square feet."Target's small-format stores allow us to go in much more easily than we would building a full-size Target store," Target spokeswoman Kristy Welker said.

For Vermont, the smaller size changed the calculus. "The juxtaposition of a big box with Vermont's small state, small city, small town feel ... you get into discussion with communities about fit," said Michael Schirling, Vermont's secretary of commerce and community development. Target currently has more than 1,800 stores in the U.S. The company opened its first location in Roseville, Minnesota in 1962.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

New at Target: Cat & Jack Adaptive Apparel

Cat & Jack is expanding its offerings to include adaptive apparel, made specially for kids and toddlers living with disabilities. Based on current brand styles, Target’s internal design team created the 40-item assortment with features like side and back snap and zip closures and hidden openings for abdominal access, all in an effort to make getting dressed easier for everyone (both kids and parents).

Features include outerwear with zip-off sleeves, footless sleepwear and diaper-friendly leggings and bodysuits. Plus the clothing is made from extra-soft, comfortable and durable cotton knits.

Shop the selection of Cat & Jack adaptive apparel pieces in sizes 2T-5T (Toddler) and XS-XXL (Big Kids) exclusively at Target.com starting Oct. 22. Prices range from $4.50 to $39.99, with most items under $19.99.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Target joins Google's anti-Amazon alliance...

Google and the country’s biggest brick-and-mortar retailers have one big problem in common: Amazon. Now both sides are acting taking action to do something about it.

Last week, Target and Google announced that they are expanding what was a years-old delivery partnership from a small experiment in a handful of cities to the entire continental U.S. The expansion will allow Target to become a retail partner in Google’s voice-shopping initiative, which lets owners of the Google Home “smart” speaker order items through voice commands like owners of the Echo can do from Amazon.

This announcement comes several weeks after Walmart inked a similar deal with Google to offer hundreds of thousands of products through the service. Other big-box retailers like Home Depot are also jumping on board. You can read more details here on Recode.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Lookbook: Hearth & Hand

As reported last month, Target is collaborating with Chip and Joanna Gaines—the duo behind Magnolia and the hit HGTV show “Fixer Upper”—on a new home and lifestyle brand called Hearth & Hand. And now, the complete lookbook is here, with 300+ pieces ranging in price from $.99 to $129.99. Check out all the pics here on A Bullseye View.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Fab Find: Pillowfort Lumberjack Set

How cute is this?? Pillowfort (at Target) brings us this adorable lumberjack pillow toy with coordinating throw blanket. This would make a great gift, and best of all, it's just $17.99.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

New at Target: Foodstirs

Craving homemade treats fresh from the oven, but don’t love spending hours in the kitchen—or baking from a box? Turns out from scratch can be easy and kits can be chock-full of goodness. Say hello to Foodstirs by Sarah Michelle Gellar. This new line of family-and-planet-friendly baking mixes are quick, easy, organic, non-GMO and deliciously simple. The scrumptious collection is now at Target, with fun flavors like snickerdoodle blondies, chocolate chip pumpkin bread or pumpkin spice pancakes.

You can read more about Foodstirs here on A Bullseye View.  And this week, grab the Cartwheel deal to get 20% off all varieties of Foodstirs.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Fab Find: All The Feels Blanket

The other day at Target I came across this super-plush blanket by All The Feels. This cozy reversible blanket - ideal for layering on your bed or just keeping warm on the couch - has soft velvet on one side and faux fur on the other. Plus, All The Feels™ helps improve the lives of young people in need by giving the gift of warmth. For every item purchased, All The Feels™ will donate one blanket or the monetary equivalent to our non-profit partners located throughout the U.S., meaning your kindness will be felt by thousands of youth.

Available in 4 colors and 3 sizes (Twin, Full/Queen and King) All The Feels blankets are $29.99 - $49.99 at Target and on Target.com.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Target tops Two-Buck Chuck...

Back in August I alerted you that in order to combat Trader Joe's Two Buck Chuck in the wine department, Target was developing their own line of "cheap wine". Similar to the Charles Shaw brand at Trader Joe's, Target's new brand California Roots offers "wine blends carefully crafted with premium, California-grown grapes at just $5 a bottle."

Well it seems that Business Insider has done a side-by-side taste test, and according to them, Target wins - at least in the Cabernet department. According to BI, "Target's California Roots cabernet has a delightfully smooth and silky mouthfeel that languishes on the tongue. It's full-bodied and has a satisfying consistency — especially when compared to Charles Shaw's rather lanky and watery cab."

Thursday, October 5, 2017

What happened to Who What Wear?

Earlier this year I spoke about my fondness of Who What Wear at Target. Now, however, that fondness has waned. Outside of a couple of cute off-the-shoulder tops I bought over the Summer, I haven't purchased anything from WWW in quite a while. And looking at some of their latest Fall offerings (shown here) I'll pass. Shiny faux-leather bomber jackets with baby blue fake fur collars? Ick. Oversized sweatshirts with exaggerated poplin ruffled sleeves? No thanks.

There still are a couple of bright spots in the WWW line, like this flutter sleeve lace LBD which is highly rated on Target.com. Likewise, this leopard-print coat looks cute and versatile. But for the most part, I'll be avoiding Who What Wear this season.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Everything old is new again...

As I wrote about two months ago, Target's new brand A New Day seems awfully like their old brand Merona, despite the claim that A.N.D. is supposed to be more "hip" and "edgy". Case in point: on the left is a pic of one of the last Merona items I bought back in July: a rust-red chunky cowl neck sweater. And on the right is the same exact sweater from A.N.D., for the same price ($29.99).

And I'm not just judging by the pics: I actually found this sweater in the store and saw for myself that it was exactly the same as the Merona one, only there was the A.N.D. tag sewn in it instead. Likewise, a quick search on Target.com shows other A.N.D. versions of old Merona favorites - like this colorblock hooded car coat and this plaid pullover sweater. My point is that if you've been mourning the loss of Merona (as I have) give A.N.D. a chance. That said, I haven't been entirely impressed by the quality of A.N.D., as it seems lower than compared with Merona. And Target isn't living up to the claim that this new brand will have better price points, as thus far prices are trending the same as Merona.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Coming Soon to Target: Ayesha Curry’s Cookware Line

Get ready to fire up your stoves, because chef, cookbook author and TV personality Ayesha Curry’s new line of cookware, bakeware and kitchen tools is coming exclusively to Target for the month of October, before rolling out to other retailers. Target guests will have the chance to put their favorite recipes to the test using her cutting board, cast iron skillet, sauce pans, baking dishes and more.

And speaking of recipes, check out Ayesha’s recipe for Thai-style chicken burgers (with quick-pickled carrots) here on A Bullseye View, along with more details about Ayesha's cookware line.

Friday, September 29, 2017

The Look for Less: Talbot's vs. A New Day

Ornate sleeves continue to be a hot trend for Fall. And now that the weather is turning cooler, fancy sleeves are showing up on sweaters, like these two bow-sleeved black pullovers. You could opt for the one the left from Talbots, which will cost you almost $90. Or you could choose the more wallet-friendly version on the right - from A New Day at Target - at just $24.99.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The Look for Less: Heath Ceramics vs. Project 62

An eagle-eyed reader pointed out to me that some of the new stoneware dishes from Project 62 (at Target) are strikingly similar to offerings from the luxe line Heath Ceramics. Case in point: you could opt for Heath's "Coupe" cereal bowl (shown here on top) for a hefty $30 per bowl. Or you could save a lot of dough by opting for Project 62's "Tilley" cereal bowl (shown at bottom) which cost just $4.99 each.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Target's Fall Catalog...

Have you received one of Target's Fall Catalogs in the mail yet, with 80+ pages of new products and styles? If so - lucky you! - yours included in-store coupons on the back cover. [Side note: it always amuses me that I - as a loyal REDcard holder for over 15 years - never receives these in the mail anymore]. You can also grab a copy in stores, where I've seen them stacked in the home decor department near the new Project 62 display. You can also check out the online version here on Target.com.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Target Debuts Maps of Stores...

Consumerist reports that Target has announced that customers can soon traverse their local stores using maps of the locations within the retailer’s mobile app. The system will be available in nearly half its stores by the upcoming holiday season.

The feature, described as a “GPS for your shopping cart,” uses a system of in-store beacons and Bluetooth technology to show customers their current location on the map as they move through the aisles. Shoppers can use the map to find the next item on their shopping list. For example, Target customers can already create a list on the store’s app. While shopping they can click on that item and the new map will show them exactly where it is located in their local store.

Integrating a GPS-like map into its app isn’t entirely surprising for Target. For years, the retailer has experimented with mapping stores to make shopping easier for customers. For instance, in Nov. 2014, Target issued an update to its app that told shoppers what’s in stock and where to find those items inside the store. That feature was more broad, showing customers the aisle the item was located in, but not directions to that area.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

New at Target: Da Bomb Bath Fizzers

Teenage sisters Isabel and Caroline Bercaw made their first handmade bath bombs in the basement of their Minneapolis home when they were just 10 and 11 years old. After being disappointed by bath bombs that quite literally fizzled out, the girls were eager to create a product that kept the fun going long after the bath ended. It was less than one year ago when these two driven "sisterpreneurs" debuted Da Bomb Bath Fizzers at Target stores across the U.S. And based on double-digit sales growth, these teenage sisters seem to be on to something. Guests are loving these fizzy bath bombs, and so starting this month, Da Bomb Bath Fizzers are getting their very own main aisle endcap at Target.

With catchy names like “Cake Bomb,” “Bling Bomb” and “Cozy Bomb,” the 3.5 oz Target-exclusive bombs include fragrant fizzers made with just a few ingredients. But the bath bombs aren’t all fun and games — they’re about giving back, too. Proceeds from the sale of their “Earth Bomb” go to organizations that help clean up the world’s oceans.

So what sets these bath bombs apart from others out there? To start, each one has a surprise inside, which could be toys, charms, messages and even jewelry. They're also handmade in the USA using just a few simple ingredients. Plus, these bath bombs produce what the sisters like to call a “clean fizz,” meaning they won’t leave a bunch of gunk and residue in your tub, nor will the pigments stain your skin or your tub.

You can read more about the Bercaw sisters here on A Bullseye View.  Da Bomb Bath Fizzers are available at all Target stores for just $4.99 a piece.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Cartwheel Deal: 40% off Halloween Today Only!

Prepping for Halloween? You may want to head to your local Target store today with your Cartwheel app, as today only they're offering 40% off all Halloween costumes and select holiday candy. Offer in stores only, and only with Cartwheel.

Target + TOMS Teaming Up On Holiday Gifts

Target + TOMS is about to light up the holiday season with Apple Watch bands and exclusive iPhone cases that give back. Starting Oct. 8, with every TOMS case for iPhone or band for Apple Watch you purchase, TOMS will help bring solar light to a person in need. (And the need is real—about 1.2 billion people worldwide lack access to safe, reliable electricity). So you can feel good about adding some new bling to your favorite Apple devices—all while literally brightening someone’s day. Plus, Target REDcard holders will be able to shop the collection online a week early.

And the designs? They have a story of their own. “The watchbands are inspired by the bracelets I have collected throughout my travels,” says TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie. “They are reminders of the places I have visited and the individuals I have met along the way. Like these bracelets, my hope is that the TOMS Band for Apple Watch will serve as a daily reminder to make a positive impact on another person’s life.”

You can check out more preview pics here on A Bullseye View. Target + TOMS will debut on Oct. 8th, but Target REDcard holders can shop the collection starting Oct. 1 on Target.com.

Have you checked out Project 62 yet?

Anyone get one of these emails (shown) in the past few days? Today I got my third email hyping Target's new Project 62 brand. I've checked out the new brand in stores, and so far, I like what I see. That said, the selection you find will vary by store. One of my local stores had the entire Project 62 display up several days prior to launch, while on Sunday my closest store just had shipping pallets on the shelves with nothing unpacked yet.

That said, fans of longstanding Target brands Threshold and Nate Berkus may want to stock up now while you can, as the future doesn’t look bright for these two popular lines. As noted recently in my comments section, a design consultant with ties to Target reveals that Threshold will continue for now with home décor (but not much furniture) and Nate Berkus will be regulated to “softlines” (like bedding and bath). And one of my faithful readers chatted up a Target merchandiser last week, who admitted that both brands are basically being phased out over the next several months to make way for Project 62 and other new home furnishing lines.

Hopefully Project 62 will fill the void left by Threshold, albeit with a bit more modern slant. I’ll desperately miss Nate Berkus for Target, though; all my bedding is by Nate, and his sheets have held up better than any other brand I’ve ever owned. Not to mention that half my house is furnished with Nate Berkus baskets, throw pillows, table runners, vases, candle holders, etc.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Grieving Grandfather Hands a Toddler $20 in Target....

There's still good in this world. Heartwarming... just read this link. 

Friday, September 15, 2017

Consumer Alert: Room Essentials Dresser Recall

Consumerist reports that Target has announced the recall of its Room Essentials four-drawer dressers after receiving reports that two children were injured when a piece of the furniture tipped over.

According to a notice posted with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the unstable dressers pose a serious tip-over and entrapment hazard if they are not anchored to the wall. In all, Target is aware of 12 reports of dressers tipping over or collapsing, including one incident in which a piece of furniture tipped over on two three-year-old children. Thankfully, no injuries have been reported so far.

The affected Room Essentials dressers contain four drawers and come in three colors: black, espresso, and maple. Measuring about 42 inches tall by 31.5 inches wide, the dressers were sold exclusively at Target and Target.com from Jan. 2013 to April 2016 for about $118.

Recalled dressers can be identified by the following model numbers printed on the furniture packaging:
• 249-05-0103 (black)
• 249-05-0106 (espresso)
• 49-05-0109 (maple)

Consumers who have the furniture in their homes are urged to stop using dressers that are not properly anchored to the wall and place it into an area that children cannot access. The dressers should be returned to Target for a full refund. Customers with questions can contact Target at 800-440-0680 or online at www.target.com.

Fab Find: Halloween Luminary

At Target the other day I found these fun Halloween luminary mason Jjrs. They light up with batteries (included) vs. candles, and come in brightly-colored pumpkin, skeleton and cat designs. Best of all, they're just $3 each in the Dollar Aisle.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

New at Target: Brit + Co. DIY Planners

Brit + Co. has a new collection of DIY planners at Target. As described on Target's website, they are "Designed for creative gals on the go, these stylish planners are customizable for any lifestyle. Start it any day of the year, plus mix & match inserts and accessories to truly make it your own. Perfect for school, work, play, or anything in between!"

The collection includes undated weekly planners, mini 3-ring binders, tab dividers, calendar inserts, bookmarks, labels and more - all in a variety of colors and patterns. Best of all, everything is $14.99 or less.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Coming Soon to Target: Hearth & Hand with Magnolia

Chip and Joanna Gaines—the duo behind  Magnolia and the hit HGTV show “Fixer Upper”—announced some big news yesterday. This November, Target will launch Hearth & Hand with Magnolia, an exclusive home and lifestyle brand designed in partnership with Chip and Joanna. It’s Magnolia’s first time working with a retailer to design and create product, with over 300 items spanning tabletop, home décor and gifts.

The best part? This is not a limited time collab. This partnership will last multiple years, and will refresh season after season, bringing Target’s guests stylish home goods on an ongoing basis. The first collection debuts in early November, just in time for holiday gatherings. The collection reflects a modern take on Magnolia’s signature aesthetic with modern, classic, industrial and vintage touches. And in true Target style, most of the items are under $30.

Hearth & Hand with Magnolia arrives at all Target stores and Target.com on Nov. 5, with prices ranging from $.99 to $129.99.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Method's Limited Edition Art Collection

A couple of months ago I told you about Method's new Limited Edition Art Collection, which supports Creative Growth, a non-profit arts center for adults with disabilities based in Oakland, California. At the time, I only saw one design on store shelves, by artist Barry Regan. Now the other 3 artist's creations have hit shelves, as shown here. Scents include Cedar Spice, Jasmine Lily, and Vanilla Sky (in the bottle on the right with the cute cloud print).  The entire collection is now available online at Target.com.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

The Look for Less: Steve Madden vs. Mossimo

Embroidery details are everywhere this Fall, and not only on clothing: now it's showing up on footwear as well. You could catch the trend with the Steve Madden embroidered bootie on the left, regularly $129.95 but currently on sale at Nordstrom for $77.96. Or you could save some dough and get the Mossimo version on the right, which is just $37.99 at Target.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

First Look: Project 62

Of the new brands Target is rolling out, their new home decor line Project 62 is dubbed "modern pieces made for everyday living." Named after the year Target was born, the line offers a range of mid-century modern silhouettes. You can view preview pics here on Target.com, with items available for sale online on 9/16 and in stores on 9/19.

So far I like what I see, but it also makes me a bit fearful for the future of Target's popular Threshold and Nate Berkus lines. It seems like both lines have been dwindling in stores - perhaps in anticipation for making room for Project 62. Then again, Nate's Fall Collection doesn't usually hit stores until mid-September, so perhaps I'm jumping the gun a bit.

Target slashes prices as Amazon heats up grocery wars...

As Amazon heats up the grocery store wars with new discounts at Whole Foods— which has been bringing in more shoppers since the two companies became one — Target is fighting back by promising to cut prices on thousands of items. Comsumerist reports that Target has slashed prices on a slew of items, including cereal, paper towels, milk, eggs, baby formula, razors, bath tissues, and thousands of other products.

Instead of focusing only on sales or promotions, Target says it’s trying to “cut through the clutter and provide guests with everyday value, while continuing to offer additional savings on the right products at the right times.”

To that end, Target has eliminated more than two-thirds of its “price and offer call-outs,” which just means any signs or labels touting specials or deals. Mark Tritton, Target executive vice president and chief merchandising officer, says the company spent months looking at everything it sells, “with a focus on offering the right price every day and simplifying our marketing to make great, low prices easy to spot.”

At the same time, Target isn’t doing away with promotions all together, he adds. “We want our guests to feel a sense of satisfaction every time they shop at Target,” Tritton said in a statement. “Part of that is removing the guesswork to ensure they feel confident they’re getting a great, low price every day.”

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Business Insider reviews Goodfellow & Co...

A reporter at Business Insider went ahead and reviewed Target's new mens brand Goodfellow & Co. You can read his first-hand account here, but to summarize it for you: he found it on-trend, but ill-fitting. One telling detail is that the reporter - who's a slim fit himself - found several items even too slim for him. That's a shame, because not all men (my hubby included!) are built slim, so it seems like Target is leaving out a whole segment of male shoppers.