To Tar-Jay or Not to Tar-Jay?

January 14, 2009

I know I'm not going to make any friends by saying this but I'm Just Not That Into You, Target. Every lovely lady I know adores shopping there, but for me, a trip to Target is a necessary evil. I don't quite know what it is, the stale popcorn smell? All those heaps of plastic bags? The fluorescent lights? Anyway, suffice it to say, I just can't get that excited about buying cleaning products and little boys' crew socks. This is not to say that I don't feel I am missing something fundamental about a shopping experience at Target. Some of the most stylish and savvy shoppers I know get all hot and bothered just talking about the place.

But I think I get it now! Check out Orla Kiely's new home line! At Tar-jay! I can hardly sit still while I'm typing this!


I really super duper need that apron, tiered serving platter, that insanely awesome wooden pitcher and those tumblers. Oh, and a couple of those darling serving bowls, please? I guess I'm going to be one of Those Women. You know, the ones pressing their noses up on the glass waiting for the store to open when these beauties arrive the first week of February. Yikes. I'm skeered.

p.s. there's even more....looks like O.K. will be taking over the whole housewares section!

15 comments:

  1. OMG OMG OMG OMG. Now, the challenge... find out which Targets are getting the best shipments and when.

    But I am SO feeling you about Tar-jay in general. I want to get into it, but I just can't seem to find the sweet spot. Ikea on the other hand...

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  2. Once again your post made me laugh out loud. I SO understand you, while we don't have Target here, I'm just not that into big shopping places like that at all... not even Ikea... I know I know... I'm not normal, but truth be told, since having kids I am actually not that into shopping at all. I love looking, drooling and dreaming about things in magazines, but I just can't get excited enough to actually purchase. Even the apron, which looks SO hip, somehow threatens to loose it's cool when pilled carelessly into stacks under the bad lighting amid sale items, light bulbs and cleaning products. At least that's how I remember Target? BUt having said that, all of those items would look killer in your home!

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  3. I'm right with you on feeling somewhat mystified by the Target appeal. I have relatively modest tastes, but Target isn't me either.

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  4. Agree about Tar-jay. It's one of those things where it's cool in theory, horrid in practice. and the smell truly is awful.

    but i WILL be rushing to the store for these. none of their other designer collaborations seem to have kept the essence of the designer's work, but these are spot on! loving the kitchen wars and office organization stuff especially! how fun would it be to usher in summer with a picnic on those fab melamine plates?

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  5. Feel sorry for me people. My hubby finds a reason for us to go to the Jay about every other weekend. And he buys popcorn to shop with, so the wretched odor follows us wherever we go.

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  6. I'm the dissenter here because I do love to go to Tarjay. It's one of my stops when my kids are in bed and I just need to get out to wander all ALONE. Target is a fun place just to wander about aimlessly. I can't however really do Ikea...that just takes it right out of me.

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  7. oh I love the 'jay... But maybe it's a love affair built upon distance and infrequency. I.e., you have to travel outside San Francisco proper to get your shop on. Strangley, there are two TJs right across the freeway from eachother once you get there. Not sure why!

    On another note tho I do feel guilty shopping there since it's still a bunch of stuff made overseas in whoknowswhat conditions... Somehow I still love TJ and loathe wal-mart. Go figure.

    But this stuff is SO cute!

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  8. I was holding my breathe for the first week in February arrival of the Orla Kiely products at Target.

    Then I emailed Target's corporate office and was told "The collection sets will be in all stores beginning Sunday, February 15, 2009 and running thru mid-May."

    arghhhhh a month from now?!!

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  9. The PEARS! Sometimes I wish we had Target here in Canada!

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  10. I am Target all the way. I always seem to find the cutest clothes and shoes. I am actually making a conscious effort to avoid Target altogether for a few months, because I know that I always end up impulse buying.

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  11. oh i want it all! i found you via your amazing home tour on cookie. breathtaking really.

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  12. I really like Target for the basics. But gotta say this stuff made likely of lovely melamine will be the stuff your kids hold up some day when they're cleaning out your house while you're on the way to "the home" and aksing each other "Can you believe sho thought this was attractive?" Reminds alot of the avaocado green and harvest gold from the 70's. ow, if they only had some oversized glass fruit to go with...hmmm...

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  13. Yay, glad to see you're as excited about Orla Kiely's collection as I am-I actually posted about it this morning! I usually am a fan of Target, more now that they're collaborating with designers like this. Definitely buy that apron-it's so adorable!

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  14. I really like Target. I like that they try to bring higher end designers to the masses with their Target lines (Isaac Mizrahi, Liz Lange, Thomas O'Brien, etc.) and that they feature up and coming clothing designers. Plus their commercials are fun.

    I spend way too much money there. And now I want some of that deliciously fun O. K. stuff too!

    jbhat

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  15. I've heard this from other people and I definitely think it makes a huge difference how new your Target is. The ones I go to are really clean, bright, don't smell at all and are spacious. But I've been to others in different states where they were dark, dingy and dated and it totally changed my shopping experience.

    At any rate, I do love how they bring on so many designers to create lines for them. Orla Kiely is a great choice!

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