I talked to my favorite veteran shopper, my mother-in-law, about it and she said she would stop and look at a local Target while visiting her friend in Indiana. She called me later and had struck the mother load of kids clothes! There were tons of items available in Patsy's size. I had her pick up 2 dresses, 2 shirts and a pair of shorts. The next day when I picked up my daughter after work, she gave me the items and I was hooked. I was almost possessed by some other force to go check out other local Target stores to see what treasures I could find. That night I drove to a few that were about 20 minutes from my house. There, I found more items, this time in housewares. I didn't even know what I was looking for, I just needed more items! I came home, took an obligatory Instagram photo of my purchases and continued on with the rest of my week.
|Scoping out some deals with my favorite shopper|
|First round of purchases. Some of these items were returned.|
But I still couldn't stop. I scoured eBay all week, looking for the dress that I wanted that matched Patsy's. I read an article that said that there were no limits set on item purchases so that consumers could purchase a bit from each section (clothes, beauty, accessories, housewares) without having to worry. They didn't expect people to clear shelves, clear racks and resell the items online.
|This photo has been circulated all over the internet. HOW IS THIS ALLOWED?|
Let's be honest here. An ebay alert came on my phone on Saturday morning, that an auction I was following was ending soon. I looked and it was the dress I was so desperately dying to purchase! The one that matched Patsy's! In my morning haze, it seemed reasonably priced, comparatively and I bid with 10 seconds left. I won the auction. Later that day when I went to pay for my item, I immediately regretted my decision. What did I just spend on that dress, knowing what it originally cost?
Oh eBay. The LillyforTarget items are all selling on ebay for a markup of 10-200% of what they are selling for in the store. THAT IS INSANE! (No joke, a $38 dress is selling for $125 dollars.) On twitter, people overheard Target employees bragging about how much money they made from what they bought and resold on eBay. Now that just isn't right.
|THIS DRESS WAS ORIGINALLY PURCHASED FOR $38!|
This is NOT how much I paid for the same dress
Over the weekend, I visited several additional Target stores (including my own trip to Indiana) and I found a lot of cute things. I bought items for Mothers Day, bachelorette party gifts, and a little something for myself. On Monday, the famous dress that I had been lusting for all week had finally arrived. It included a thank you note from the seller saying "thank you for your purchase!" For some reason, this made me really mad. I had a million things I wanted to respond with; none of them were nice. Instead, I threw the thank you note away and tried on the dress. I was overcome with excitement to wear a matching dress with Patsy! We tried on our matching clothes and walked around the house and twirled together.
After the excitement wore off and after wearing the dress for 5 minutes, I found some flaws. I didn't like the length (it was too short to wear to work) and it was a very stiff and thin material (not very comfortable). It seemed like a dress that would be worth $38, not the price I paid. What did I just do? What do I do to rectify the situation? Try to return it to Target without a receipt? Try to resell it online for what I paid for it? Just keep it and learn from my mistake for next time? Decisions, decisions.
Target has come out and explicitly said that the items were only available for a limited time.
@kellywils0n Thanks for reaching out. The collection was available for a limited-time. We do not anticipate more items becoming available.
— Target Style (@TargetStyle) April 22, 2015
However, I saw some employees opening up a few small boxes of brand new Lilly Pulitzer items that hadn't previously been on shelves. That bright pink sticker cannot be missed! Some folks have recommended talking to the people in customer service. I tried that and got a mouth full of attitude so maybe it depends on the day and the employee?? As the window to return things from this line is just 14 days. From the initiation of the sale, that date is approaching so there will probably be more and more returns to stores this upcoming week for people that were unable to sell their items on eBay. If you're interested, I would check your local store. You never know what you might find! I know I'll be checking this week and weekend!
|My brand new $15 summer tote! Perfect for weekend trips to Michigan!|
1) Clothing near the front. Usually womens and kids clothes are lumped together although sometimes you can find the kids stuff actually in the kids section.
2) Seasonal in the back corner. This is usually where you will find the larger items such as the hammock, umbrella, footstools, and sometimes housewards
3) Beauty on an endcap. This is where you'll find the nail polish, emery boards and occasionally the beauty bags.
If you see all three types of items up front, that is all that's left.
Good luck and happy shopping!
Oh, and if you happen to see the Lilly Pulitzer Laundry Basket at your local Target store, can you let me know? I'm trying to buy it for my mother-in-law for Mother's Day. She is impossible to shop for!