7.08.2013

PS Target... I love you

Do you sometimes have those days, when you think to yourself...

"Self, today sucks... let's go wander around Target,
looking at pretty things till we start feeling better."

What? YOU don't? Weird.

Target is like my therapy.

I'm pretty sure there's something mysterious in the air that makes you lose track of time, your worries (and your budget). Their popcorn is DEFINITELY laced with something dangerously addicting, and don't even get me started on their in-store Starbucks drink offerings.
Talk about a diet downfall
:(

That being said, even if I manage to resist that salty corn popped goodness, and overly sweet scrumptious cup o' yum... I still seem to spend way too much on things I don't need, but reaaaaally want. Can I get an AMEN!?
So... I'm sure you can imagine my utter shock, surprise and excitement, when I stumble upon end caps like these every once in a while... 

Eeeeeee!!!
I don't know about you, but shiny, pretty things with a 70% off sign in front of them, sure turns my "not-so-great-day" into a SUPER one. After a little jumping up and down, furious hand clapping and squealing... I started piling things into my cart.
I can't quite recall the exact phrase that my 7 year old muttered out from under her breath to her twin sister, but I think it was something to the effect of... "Mom is so crazy about decorating stuff, why is she making that noise?"

To be honest, I think I was more excited about this clearance pile because it had a lot of things that I had been wanting for a while, but just couldn't justify paying full price for.
See below:

Can you believe it? $105.00 saved, people! That's pretty dang good if you ask me.

So did you know that there's an "unofficial" markdown schedule for Target stores? I only found this out last year, and it seems to still hold pretty true. If you don't have this info, but shop at Target frequently... pin or save this, you'll be happy you did.
You can also read a lot more details on how Target marks down their goods, here.

Tomorrow I'll be sharing some picture of our master bedroom nightstands that we finished, and you better believe that a few of my Target pieces are making a debut.
:)


Till then!

63 comments:

  1. I've had my eye on that mirror forever. Sad I missed it!!

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  2. Amen! Target MIGHT also be my therapy... =)

    Jen =)

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  3. I have that same conversation with myself! Always makes you feel better to buy a new tablecloth or kitchen towel, picture frame, lipstick, necklace, notepad, pens, or a movie! Target can be a dangerous place for unsupervised shopping! :)

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  4. DUDE, JACKPOT CITY!! That starburst mirror is gorgeous. I seriously can't believe ALL that goodness was just sitting there, waiting for you. :)

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  5. I don't go to Target nearly as much as I think I should... although I'm unsure if Target Australia is different. I love all home decor items! I haven't bought much being in a rental, but we're moving to another house in a few weeks, and I'd like to hang pictures and other things on the walls. I never did in our current house and it never quite feels like home.

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  6. Soo jealous! We don't have a target close by, but thanks for sharing photos....it may be worth a little day trip ;)

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  7. That's the exact mirror I've been eying at Target too...I do hope it's on sale here (Canada) too!
    xo,
    Shannon

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  8. LOVE that starburst mirror....been eyeing it forever! I'm making a beeline to my Tarjay this morning. I may have to hit 3 of them! Keeping my fingers crossed. :)

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  9. Wow, amazing haul! I was just thete yesterday and saw some awesome marked down lamps... Just waiting until we found out if baby #2 is a boy or girl next wk! Can't wait to see what you did!

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  10. One of my stay-at-home-dad friends calls it "Target Time" when it's yucky out and his 3 year old is bored. :)

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  11. I do Target therapy on a weekly basis! :) It's good for the soul.;) Great finds! Thanks for the "unofficial" markdown schedule. Have a good one!

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  12. Tuesday is Target day around these parts! Great finds, they had a good selection! xo Kristin

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  13. Shelley,
    I am soooo glad I am not the only one. Target is my retreat!!!! And all of the new Threshold things....I seriously have to keep myself in check or we will lose our house, but it will sure be purdy on the inside! Haha! Happy Tuesday!

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  14. Thanks for the markdown schedule!! I'm definitely saving that. :) You got some great deals!!

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  15. I love that sunburst mirror but I do not really care for the antiqued look of the actual mirror. Now that the price is so cheap, I can justify buying it and changing out the mirror. I am headed to my nearest Target to see if I can find it on clearance, wish me luck!

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  16. I had my eye on that gold vase too. Nice score!

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  17. Well done you! It's always great when you find a good deal.

    http://jax-and-jewels.blogspot.com

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  18. I love your xo in the last photo, can I ask where you found those?

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  19. man my Target never has cool things on sale :(
    Thank for sharing making me jealous. xo

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  20. Augh, I'm so jealous that you got that starburst mirror! I've been watching my target clearance section, but I guess everyone around here was willing to pay full price for it. Great haul, can't wait to see what you do with it all!
    Oh, and I had a conversation with DH the other day where I told him, "Target is my happy place." I should start going on Tuesdays...

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  21. I have this same feeling! I love it when i have a bad day and i go to the gym and run for 30 minutes and then wander around Target (which is right next door) with my Starbucks and popcorn, by myself. FREEDOM!!!

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  22. i just bought that black nate burkus lamp for $14 yesterday! i know, i can never believe some of the deals. i know in some bigger cities this stuff rarely sees day two on the shelves, so i feel really blessed to get it at all, let alone a deep discount!

    and there's something about the smell of target too. they all have a certain smell. i can never go in there without spending way more than i intended!

    thanks for sharing!

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  23. WOW!!! What bargains! I have been known to jump up and down and squeal myself ;)

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  24. Im so jealous! I was watching that Mirror, waiting for it to go down more and then they all disappeared! :( I learned my lesson, You gotta grab it when you see it.

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  25. I saw that same mirror in a damaged box in a woman's cart at Goodwill and almost cried....so sad I didn't get to it first! Quite a haul of goods you have there, hurray for target.

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  26. I also got that mirror at 70% off. I can't wait to see how you style it!

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  27. Wow! Amazing scores! Looking forward to seeing what you do with them all...

    ~Steph @ Silver Boxes

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  28. Oh my goodness. I was eyeing that mirror. I'm stopping at our Target today to see if it's on sale. I'm with you on LOVING that store! I wish we had the Super Target, because it would be one stop shopping for me.

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  29. I have to admit, I know JUST what you mean. Love, love, love Target!!! And you can't beat the clearance stuff you found. Awesome!! Can't wait to see what you did with it.

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  30. I love a good Target day, and a clearance end cap is the best! I kinda search those out first when i wander around target. :) you're not alone.

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  31. Glad to know I am not the only one. I do this with Target, Home Goods and sometimes TJ Max if I still haven't got enough retail therapy! :)

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  32. squeal!! Target is my therapy! Although going without my 3 kiddos is very dangerous to my wallet! :)

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  33. Target is most definitely therapy! I live in a small town, though. The closest Target is 45 minutes away, so sometimes I just settle for the local thrift store as my therapy. :) I can't wait to see what you do with your finds!

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  34. Great stuff! Thanks for the schedule :)
    Debbie

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  35. OOOO fancy! I'm headed to Target this afternoon and now I'm just extra giddy =)

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  36. CUTE!!! I have been eyeing that mirror for awhile! I bought the Nate Berkus turtle shell after Christmas and I love it. On the weekend I saw it on clearance though :(

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  37. So jealous but extremely happy for you!!!

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  38. I'm able to stay away from the food (unless they have Pizza Hut chicken alfredo - yum!), but those big red end-cap signs and tempting red stickers?! Furgettaboutit. They somehow trigger the opening of my wallet. Everytime.

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  39. Cute post! With you on the Target love! Luckily my toddler boys won't have any of it. But if I'm alone? Oh dear.

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  40. Most mornings I have what I call my "Target moment" where I just feel that I NEED to go there. Most mornings I'm able to resist, but sometimes I just have to go! You found some great things! Can't wait to see your room reveal.

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  41. I love Target clearance! You found some great items. :)

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  42. OMG. I have to go see if my target still has those coral sculptures!!!!

    and I do the same thing.

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  43. I can't resist Target's clearance ends. I have to walk by them all when I visit. I never knew that they had a markdown schedule. My favorite day will be Tuesdays!

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  44. I heart Target. The air conditioning, the quiet, the fabulous stuff, all of which I NEED. What's not to love?

    Did you check the outdoor section? There's probably tons of stuff for cheap now.

    I must go soon and see what mine has in store!

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  45. I would go crazy too if I found a 70% off endcap at Target especially since it has Nate stuff!! How awesome!! I went with my daughter last week looking for fun stuff for her apartment. She found several things on the clearance spots. So fun!!

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  46. I was just at Target today and they didn't have any of this stuff marked down! This Target isn't a Super Target though. There may be a difference. Anyhoo, I did get a grill cover and patio pillows at 70% off though!

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  47. That's a pretty full 70% off clearance endcap. I'm impressed! And I love that you posted an "unofficial" markdown schedule. I worked at Target for 8 years on the planogram team (the people that set all the aisles. you know change Halloween to Christmas in 24 hours) and the pricing team. A good thing to know, is that this schedule varies by region. Some of the stuff is pretty standard, but some stuff has different days for markdowns.

    For example, I live in the Southeast, and in most stores here the clothing schedule will match most of this chart. But instead of stationery on Mondays, it's on Tuesday along with garden and any other seasonal merchadise (this goes for all seasonal endcaps and anything marked individually. Wednesday is Housewares/Home Decor, food and health and beauty. Thursday is domestics, cosmetics and toys. Friday (at least here in the Southeast) is typically a light day and that is in case the team members have worked extra hours during the week or need to catch up on anything they didn't get to during the week. It's why you'll find departments like Automotive, Luggage and sometimes hardware on those days.

    Another thing to remember, in most cases if you saw an item go clearance on a particular day it will not get another markdown for two weeks. There are of course exceptions, but that's how most clearance goes.

    And, aside from clothes, everything in the store gets reset twice a year, usually about 6 months apart, so knowing whe that is about to happen will really help you know when to start looking for clearance in those areas. Most of the time these resets are not big so you may not even notice them too much, especially with areas like health and beauty and food. Cosmetics is in February and August. Toys is in January and August (I think). The August set is in preparation for Christmas, so the number of toy aisles increase. Usually they take all the aisles occupied by the summer toys and pools, so start looking for summer toys to go on clearance the end of July or beginning of August. In January, the toy aisles condense, so they have a bunch of the toys that were aonly around for Christmas that need to go. Start looking for clearance toys one two days BEFORE Christmas. When I worked at Target, we would go in overnight on December 23rd to clearance a ton of toys. When the store would open on Christmas Eve, most everyone was done Christmas shopping so they don't lose any money on clearancing before Christmas and they know everyone will be in the day after for Christmas clearances and will buy toys then. I can't remember when Housewares/Home Decor and Domestics reset but I think they are back to back and I think they are in April and October, but don't quote me on that.

    And a final note, the seasonal sections (the front dollar section and the back next to where Christmas/Halloween/Back To School is located) resets approximately every 6 weeks! Want to figure out when they will reset? Right now, about the first or second week in July will be the "value" stuff. This is done again in January. They are basically fillers for summer and holidays with candy and costumes. The main seasonal area gets reset now (the first or second week in July) with Back To School, in mid-September with Halloween, usually Halloween overnight for Christmas (they sneak that in on you and do it all in one night if they can), followed by a slow transition to Patio Furniture. Hope this helps you even more :)

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  48. Love it! I too do a little victory dance when I come across a great markdown end cap. Those are really great pieces you found! high five!

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  49. Lots of good stuff. I LOVE a deal!!!

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  50. Target is totally my therapy! And I have that exact same self discussion...Target makes everything better! LOL
    Fantastic finds! Im off to Target this afternoon and I am on the look out for that awesome stinkin' mirror! I must have it in my life. I must!

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  51. Can you come and decorate my house please? thanks!

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  52. After working for target for 5 years only leaving to be a full time stay at home mom I have to be nosey when I see posts about target clearance because they are often wrong! Yours is pretty spot on though!! That schedule can change by region but if you ask your store what day they mark down a department they will gladly tell you and often the really good deals that have been lost in the back room don't make their way out until that night or the next day!! An I won't lie even being there fit 40 or 50 hours a week I always found time after work to wander an score a good deal!!!

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  53. I need women's clothes, housewares and snacks to go on sale the same day. And by "need" I mean I don't need because my wallet will cry!

    Thanks for the information!

    xx,
    Kate
    ummmnowwhat.blogspot.com

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  54. have you seen this?
    http://pinterest.com/pin/262897696967657201/

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  55. Have you seen this?
    http://pinterest.com/pin/262897696967657201/

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  56. jealous! I got the mirror at 30% off, I stalked it for 3 weeks and didn't think it would go lower and they only had 2 left so I gave in. Great luck!

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  57. Guess it's time to go to Target (again) (for the 3rd day in a row)! HAHA! Love the nightstands -- Looks great!

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  58. Target and Pier 1 followed by a stop at Panera. That's my therapy :)
    Great finds! I think everyone in my area in onto the markdown schedule, because I rarely stumble across these kinds of awesome clearance finds! Though I did snag some mercury glass votive holders after the holidays for about $2 a pop.

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  59. I am so totally with you!? I LOVE Target!!! Thanks for the "unofficial" mark down schedule--I'll have to check it out!

    Brittany
    vitadibella.blogspot.com

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  60. I am so glad that I am not the only one who has Target therapy sessions! That end cap is PURE perfection! I have had my eyes on that mirror for months. I need to hit up my Target tomorrow and see if there are any left at mine.

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  61. I have meant to say thankyou for this post! After seeing your post, I went to our new Target in Canada (only have been open a few months now) and bought two of those Nate B. turtle shells for only $11+ each! I had been eyeing them but didn't want to pay full price as I knew that I would want to paint it a different colour if I bought one. They will go well with our home's Beach House theme!

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