$10 at Target

Last month, I got an opportunity for a quick stop in at Target.  I had the kids with me, so after they got their time in the toy department, I squeezed in a few minutes in the beauty, health care and the dollar sections.   Spending time in Target is a treat to me and even though I had my two little shadows with me, I managed to find a few things.

Want to see them?

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The pom poms were from the dollar section and the plan is to put them on the end of my son’s Santa hat (I’ve got until next year to do this now).   The First Aid to Go kit is now in my car’s console. The Savon soap is patiently waiting on my counter to be used. The small pack of band-aids are in my purse along with the tissues.  All perfectly needed and useful items.  Can you believe that all the items came to just under $10??

They did!

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Maybe it is a good thing the kids were with me, as I’m sure I would have spent a lot more!

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$10 at Target

Ever since Target left Canada (insert sad face here), I long for our trips south of the border so I can hit up my favourite store.  A few days ago, I got my opportunity.   The Canadian American border crossing is approximately 40 minutes from my house.  The nearest Target is about 60 minutes from my house.  My sister is about three hours from my house.

Being that it’s the holidays and a busy time for both our families, we decided to meet part way for lunch to celebrate and exchange gifts.  It was great to catch up, see my nieces and take a few pictures.  On our drive home, I made the whole family stop at Target to fulfill my need.  My husband had phone calls to make so while he did that, I took the kids around the store – not exactly what I envisioned.

They each felt the need to buy something with their own money, so off to the toy section we went.

Here’s what they had to have:

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My daughter loves the Littlest Pet Shop and found this to add to her collection.

My son is still a big Minecraft fan, so he got this:

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This package contained a chest. He wasn’t too thrilled with what he got and in the two days since we have been home, it is now lost.  Thus, no photo to show you what was inside.

Funny thing is that both these items came to just around $10.  No lie.

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I may have created little Target monsters as they are wondering when can we go back….

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Hello….Stitch Fix!

On the retail front, things were a little low here in Canada after Target left.  Although, nothing will ever replace Target, we now have DSW, J Crew, Nordstorm, Famous Footwear and a few other retail darlings.  What we don’t have though, is Stitch Fix.

My sister who lives in the States had ordered a couple of times and really liked the service.  She wrote about her boxes here and here.   To say I was jealous, was an understatement.  I was reading bloggers who raved about their boxes and the awesome stylists that Stitch Fix employed.  So, after lamenting for the umpteenth time to my sister, she suggested she order one for me.  I would fill out the questionnaire and it would be mailed to her house.  Easy peasy.  Yes and no.  The questions were easy, but I messed up her address (just by a few houses), so there was a small address correction I had to take care of.  Then, we had to figure out how to get it to me.  Hmmm….

When it arrived at her house, I made her open it and we FaceTimed while she tried on the most of the pieces.  I was interested in what I saw and she was quite enthusiastic about what was in my box.  But I still had to get it and we had to send back the pieces I didn’t want, so she mailed it to a border town close to me.  Most of us along the 49th parallel, have had parcels ship from the States to us, but the cost of shipping, duty, taxes and the time…well, sometimes it isn’t worth it.  Enter in the border towns and parcel shipping.  Lots of small towns along the Canada US border have parcel shipping / receiving companies and a lot of us Canadian drive less than an hour to pick up items we have purchased online from the States.  It’s really quite simple and doesn’t take too much time.

So, when I received notification that my box had arrived I set out to get it.  In less than 45 minutes, I saw this:

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Then, I saw this:

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I wasn’t prepared to try on my items in the parking lot, so I headed to the beach where there was not a soul around.  No one.  Just me and a deserted beach in November.

First up, this lovely on trend scarf:

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I don’t have anything like it, it wasn’t too big or too heavy.  So, I kept it!

Next, this grey cardigan:

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Cute hoodie, eh?  It was soft, grey and fit just right.  So, I kept it!

Next was this top:

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It is a classic baseball style shirt which is dark grey with black sleeves.  But there’s a twist…

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How cute is that elbow patch?  So cute!  But the neckline was too wide and it didn’t feel comfortable, so I put it in the return bag.

Next up was this top:

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I thought this top was great.  It was soft, fit well, but I didn’t love all the stripes – on me!   It also went back in the bag.

Lastly, was a pair of DL 1961 Cherise Skinny jeans.  I had never tried this brand before, but both my sister and blogger Jo-Lynne Shane have raved about them, so I was excited they were in my box.   They were soft and they fit well, but they were a little big and I could feel them stretching out as I walked around.  Sadly, I said good bye to the DL 1961 jeans until next time.

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Overall, I was so happy with my Stitch Fix box.  It is really not that inconvenient to drive across the border, pick it up and try on your clothes at the beach.  The beach in November makes for an interesting background, doesn’t it?

Would I do it again?  Probably. Maybe.  Yes.  For sure!!

Have you tried Stitch Fix?  Will you keep ordering?  Please let me know in the comments.

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$10 at Target

Well, I guess I should clarify this.  I spent 10 euros at Monoprix.   What’s Monoprix you ask?  Well, I had been told that Monoprix was the French version of Target.  It’s a French department store that is all over the country.  It looks like this:

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I recently returned from a trip to Europe and while I was there, I was more than excited to check out this chain.  But I have to say I was a little dismayed by the two stores I went into.  The store I visited in Paris was small, had a food market on the lower level and women’s clothes and accessories on the main floor.  The clothing section had some good deals, but it was a mess and I really didn’t see anything worth trying on.  #disappointed

The second store was much larger, but I had only a few minutes to get what I needed.  And what was that, you ask?

This:

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We had forgotten our nail tools at home, so I needed to get an extra set.  These two items totalled €10.  I’m not sure about you, but it seemed like a lot to me.

So, although I didn’t get to really experience the French Target, I got the feeling it did not have the deals and selection that the real Target has.  Did I mention I’m still sad that Target left Canada?

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Fun Finds – Home edition

Since the demise of Target here in Canada, I’ve had to look elsewhere for my home decor inspiration.  I’m always heading back to Superstore (Loblaw’s), Winners, HomeSense and Marshall’s and here are a few of my recent finds:

These towels say it all!
These towels say it all!

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Where could I put this great Union Jack pillow?

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Outdoor dishes and glasses in my favourite shade of blue and those fake topiaries are pretty cute, too!

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These woven baskets felt really sturdy and came in several different shapes and sizes.

This fun rug would be great at the front door during Summer.
This fun rug would be great at the front door during Summer.

I have a friend who would like to live in Paris and would love this pillow.
I have a friend who would like to live in Paris and would love this pillow.

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These cute little storage drawers would be perfect for all the small lego accessories and mini figs in our house.
Hope you enjoyed my roundup of fun finds – home edition.

Target Finds

A few weeks ago, just before my holiday I headed to Target.  If you haven’t heard, they are closing all the Canadian locations within the next few months and prices have been reduced to 40-60% of the original price. I have to say, I am more than disappointed that Target is leaving after two years. It is unfair (ok, maybe that’s a little personal) and it’s just too bad.  In my opinion, it was definitely bad planning on the company to expand so quickly with so many stores and so little stock in such a short period of time.

But, what’s done is done and all that is left to do is to hit the sales. So, when I entered the store, I couldn’t believe how stocked the shelves were.  I’m not sure where they were hiding all the merchandise, but it definitely wasn’t in any of the stores over the past couple years.

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Who doesn’t need a plaid shirt?
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Denim and chambray shirts are always in style and there were plenty on the racks.
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Espradrilles or slip on runners? Floral, stripes and solids. Perfect for Spring.
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Colourful buckets and bins for organizing.
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Shine a light on it! So many great lamps.
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For the kitchen command centre, or in the mudroom, this chalkboard would be perfect.
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I have always loved these aluminum or brushed steel bar stools. Best price is at Target.
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Racks and racks of girls’ clothes, bathing suits and jackets in lots of sizes.
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Another cute chalkboard – this one was in the garden section.

So, I’m sad to report on this day that I didn’t buy much except for some small items from the dollar section.  I wish I had bought the acrylic ball lamps like this:

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Because when I went back last week, they were gone!   Fast forward a couple weeks and the shelves were pretty much empty.  In fact, they were selling the shelves! Yes, they were!

A few empty shelves won’t stop me from going back until they are closed.  The The Budget Babe just posted this all about the shirts you need to buy among other things from Target.

Here’s hoping a few of those shirts might just be at my store.  I’ll keep you posted.