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Oct 25th, 2005, 08:13 AM
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Another Target fan here! My favorite sister and I speak via phone several times a week(She's outside of Seattle). Our discussions often include what was found at Target. On a visit to her when she was infirmed she permitted me to do her family's Target run. That's real love I say!!
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Oct 25th, 2005, 08:18 AM
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Had to chime in on Target my all timr favorite store. When I was young (long time ago) and poor I so wanted affordable attractive home design and now Target fills that niche. The designer affiliation is fabulous. I am waiting for my Gig Harbor area Target to get the Mizrahi cashmere sweaters!!!
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Oct 25th, 2005, 08:24 AM
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Didn't know about the upcoming cashmere sweaters. Good show!
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Oct 25th, 2005, 08:26 AM
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While we are in praise of Target, I will add that it is considered a very plum place for a high school student to work. They are considered a good employer. One of our friend's sons worked there in high school and Target gave him a $1,000 scholarship for college! Another discount store, Costco, is also considered a good employer.
I think there aren't many KMarts left in the northwest and Walmart hasn't made a lot of inroads here, either.
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Oct 25th, 2005, 08:34 AM
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love the end of their new commercial song....

Boo...Ya'll !8-X, (I have to repeat that everytime I hear it)
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Oct 25th, 2005, 08:39 AM
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At least 2/3rd of IL K-Marts are gone in the last 3 years. The only ones I know that are open are two Big-K's and I tried to stop quickly for a baby present once this summer at one. NOT! I can see why they are gone.

We still have lots of Wal-Marts but some of them (like the Bridgeview one I mentioned) are beyond chaos and I won't waste my prescious time trying to get any one thing there.

Target has more choices in dishware, glasses and table settings than I thought was possible in that kind of store setting. And the quaility of the products is superior to the other box stores, definitely.

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Oct 25th, 2005, 08:43 AM
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Well, count me as one who wanted a Target. I get very tired of lines at WalMart, but also the WalMart is in a very business parking lot without great access, so I wanted options. A Target just opened up a few miles on one side of me about 1 1/2 years ago, and a second just opened this month on the other side. Now, lots of options (very meaningful when you drive 80 miles to and from work every day). I do agree that WalMarts don't seem as well laid out and are a little more cramped feeling.
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Oct 25th, 2005, 09:01 AM
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Target is one of my favorite stores. I have outfitted my kids for ages with their clothes. They are stylish, very reasonably priced and durable enough. The kids rooms have been decorated with Target stuff also.I even bought a suede jacket there for myself recently - lovely chocolate brown suede with a zipper front. Compared to department stores, the stores are neat and the stuff is easy to find.

Their houseswares are cool looking and reasonably priced. For example - my family goes through glassware like its disposable. We are constantly breaking drinking glasses. So once a year I have to replenish. Target always has something fun, trendy and reasonably priced. We have our Waterford for those times when you want to drink out of something good. But we also have our Tarjay for the rest of the time.

I started a tradition years ago that the girls get a backpack/tote bag filled with goodies to take on vacation. Target always has some cute little bag for less than $10 that I can fill with fun stuff like books, journals, stickers etc. Comes in handy during the trip and after too.
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Oct 25th, 2005, 09:06 AM
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If you're going to a Target or Wal-Mart on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, while unfortunate, I think the management of both companies would view clutter and empty shelves as a good thing.

Both companies have acknowledged problems with keeping their stock levels up during busy weekend periods.

BTW, Target doesn't "hire" the designers. The designers license use of their name to Target. Target "designs" the products with influence from the designer - but the actual designs are usually not done by Michael Graves, et al.
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Oct 25th, 2005, 09:13 AM
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I get excited every time I see blue lights flashing on top of a cop car. Makes me feel like I am getting pulled over so I can get a ticket at a bargain.
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Oct 25th, 2005, 09:30 AM
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Well it seems to me that even after a brand new walmart opens, within a few weeks the parking lot remains filled with litter, the inside of the store is dirty and grimy, and they go on down hill from there. I realize the parking lot litter is mostly due to the class of clients they attract (hey, Bubba, if yall done with that there big mac just chuck the sack and wrapper out the winder, dont be amessing up my 4 wheel drive pickemup truck yall hear?)But even given that a company with the financial means of walmart should hire 7x24 crew of trash getters and keep the place clean. Makes one wonder about the "grocery store" part of the walmarts.....
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Oct 25th, 2005, 09:33 AM
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Ryan, one of Michael Graves most famous quotes is that he had to start designing for Target because he otherwise could not afford his designs.

Also, Ian Shraager designed for Target in the 1990s and his designs were so out there, they would not sell.

Also, Isaac Mizrahi is very vocal about how he loves designing for Target.

I'm not doubting you but do you have a source you could cite?
Oct 25th, 2005, 09:42 AM
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Ryan, clearly you have not worn Liz Lange -- the maternity designs at Target are very, very similar to the lines of her designs elsewhere, so much so that there is an explanation on the tag as to why they fit the way they do (which is MUCH different from other maternity clothes). I really do think the designers actually design the goods for Target, in this instance at least.

OSB--We live a mile from Target. I am there literally every single day for something. You coulnd't pay me a hundred bucks to go into Walmart. Just the parking alone is a chore -- and the lines are a catastrophe for someone with a young child who doesn't like to wait. Target's goods are made a little better than Walmart's too - more in style and seems less cheaply made.

Oct 25th, 2005, 09:57 AM
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"Ryan, clearly you have not worn Liz Lange -- the maternity designs at Target are very, very similar to the lines of her designs elsewhere"

Well, with a name like "Ryan", I doubt he's worn maternity clothes ever, or any women's clothing, for that matter.
Oct 25th, 2005, 10:05 AM
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In the early 80's I interviewed for a job at the Target design department which at the time designed the look of the buildings. At the time Target was a Dayton-Hudson company and was headquartered in the IDS Tower in downtown Minneapolis. Target built their own headquarters a few blocks away in about 2001 and changed there name to Target Corp. The most high end sophisticatd Target store anywhere is next to the tower. Three stories of curved glass walls, granite and escelators comprise the entry on a pedestrian mall in a building which looks like several tradition style structures instead of one monolith building

I think Target stores in general have a much better feel to them than its competetors.
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Oct 25th, 2005, 10:21 AM
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Kelly, that is so true!

What IS UP with the horrendous parking at WalMart?

The very rare times I'll even go there I feel like I'm taking my life in my hands walking through the parking lot!

Why is there never a parking space in the front?

Why do people always try and mow me down inside the store with their shopping carts?
Oct 25th, 2005, 12:28 PM
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Usually doesn't imply always. That's why I didn't say "never." When Target uses a designer name it's under a license arrangement. The designers certainly influence the look of products with that have their "label" but the bulk of the designs are done by much lower paid designers. Graves, et al. have their name on the products and certainly sign off and influence changes. There may be specific designs that they have done but given the need for extended lines, frequent additions, and at least 8 to 10 "merchandise sets" per year, the bulk of the work isn't done by the designer.

No, I've never worn Liz Lange. But, I was a daily reader of Women's Wear Daily for 8 years! (I've done financial work in the retail sector for a decade and I've had dealings with executives from the Neiman level down to the people at Dollar General.)

And yes, my wife hates being married to someone who can spot a new St. John's suit and know exactly how much she paid.
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Oct 25th, 2005, 02:58 PM
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Targets just seem cleaner. WalMart and KMart are just too cluttered. I almost always have at least one child with me when I go to this type of store. Our local Walmart and KMart have so much stuff in the main aisles that I find it hard to keep an eye on my kids. If they walk five feet ahead of you, you can't see them.

Also, why have carts if you're going to design the store so carts can't fit in the departments? At KMart, you can't leave the main aisle with a cart.

OK, my rant is getting out of hand - don't get me started on not keeping things in stock and the quality of the clothes.
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Oct 25th, 2005, 03:44 PM
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I have a friend whose daughter designs for Target. She goes to the designers shows and translates the design in a different fabric and adjust that designs of the Target's designer, making it economical. Another ex-friend is divorced from Michel Graves and he does make the initial design and that too is adapted.
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Oct 25th, 2005, 04:09 PM
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Well NOW I'm just all excited!! Thanks for the info! I have seen worn, run down WMarts but, with the new Super Centers, we don't have that problem at present.

Casmere - won't do me any good...can't wear it much down here and it gives me major 'electricity' (outstanding hair!LOL).

The parking is bad at peak times here as well....I do my best to go an a Wednesday when I can, less hassle!

Go Travel: If you were in LA (Lower Alabama), it was probably me! So sorry! I get excited when I smell a good bargain!

Jorr: Funny, blue light special, eh? Are you telling how many of THOSE you've lucked up on?

BamaKelly: if you haven't already, please notify PM your present and accounted for! He's been missin' ya something fierce!

I'm glad you're back too! Let us know how you've been!?

Yes, I've made internet orders for Brides' Registries from Target.Believe it or not, WM does this as well!

I hate to admit it, but I really don't even recognize the names of those designers...guess that tells you alittle about my fashion statement!

...But I'll surely be checking them out when they get here!

Thanks again!

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