The Problem with Target

…is that they sell everything, and then some, and even though you go in looking for something cheap and innocuous, you end up leaving having spent half a million dollars.

This evening, we did just that. I wanted to pop by Starbucks for coffee filters and and a latte, dash into Target to look at sports equipment (I’m shopping for a home gym) and juicers (the basic automated orange squeezing type) and sunglasses, and we ended up coming home with 2 pairs of sunglasses, a new bath pillow, a plastic bin specially designed to hold rolls of wrapping paper, another large purple storage tub, slippers, flip flops, underwear and socks for Fuzzy, a pepper mill, a juicer and a jewelry armoire.

Along the way, we also looked at battery operated raptor toys, floppy gardening hats, home theater popcorn machines (I wanted one), chocolate fondue fountains, a lovely dining table and console table in espresso colored wood, a coffee-and-cream microfiber office chair (that I should have bought, but didn’t), and wine.

Who knew Target even sold wine? And while some of it was gross, cheap, wine, some of it was actually pretty good, if you’re adventurous and like to try boutique wines from small, predominantly Californian vintners. (I do.)

It was a fun trip.

And at least we got the juicer.

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2 thoughts on “The Problem with Target

  1. Ahh, yes, the ubiquitous “I’m just getting some coffee filters (or some socks, or some tupperware, or some printer paper) which turns out to be an espresso maker, a set of china, and a new computer. Been there, done that.

    I am getting more focused as I get older. I’m running out of room to put stuff.

    Your jewelry armoire is very nice, however. I could be tempted.

  2. I agree. I have this problem with Target more than any other store on the planet. I mean, for goodness sakes, they put a Starbucks IN THE STORE, so you can drink your white chocolate mocha while you shop. That gives you a ton of energy and suddenly you have to buy EVERYTHING!!!!

    We don’t have one here in Aberdeen, but we’ll be moving back to civilization soon and I am very nervous about our spending … we’ll have to freeze our credit cards again. :-)

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