I grew up shopping at Target. I remember being about 3 years old and picking out a pack of Glitter Crayola crayons (which I still have, by the way) and a coloring book and feeling like the happiest little girl in the world. Every season, Target had something exciting to offer, always at good prices and always something more unique than Walmart. But now, things feel different and I don't find myself as attracted to Target as before. Could it be because everyone and their friend's uncle shops there? Could it be that most things are so cheaply made and overpriced? I'm not sure... but I do know, these are the things I miss about Target...
I miss the days when Target did not have Starbucks (don't get me wrong, I'm a huge fan of their baked goods) hogging up everyone's attention, but rather a simple little snack shop that sold really good popcorn, hot dogs, and unlimited amounts of free cups of water that you could refill yourself.
I miss Target before every store became a Super Target- I don't want to buy my toothbrush at the same place where I buy my orange juice. I just don't, okay? (By the way, don't EVER drink orange juice right after you brush your teeth...)
I miss their outside garden area even though I used to get so bored when my mom would drag me through looking at all the plants.
And I miss when they sold Christmas trees because that's where we would buy one more often than not. I would inhale that familiar pine tree smell like it was some kind of drug. The smell was always much more prominent because of the enclosed space.
I miss their stylish and affordable clothes before the designer collaborations became a thing. Even the Target brand (Xhilaration?) is now so ridiculously priced...
I miss always being able to catch the good clearance deals (the beautiful red sticker that brought so much joy) before anyone else but now that everyone shops there, the clearance shelves are always empty.
Issac Mizrahi- need I say more? His incredibly quirky but classy colors and designs were the first that ever spoke to me. He made me wish that I could be a fashion designer (he's the reason pink and orange is one of my favorite color combinations ever).
I remember Target had the hugest selection of Spice Girls merchandise back in the day. Those were some of my fondest memories. I waited weeks for them to restock the Posh Spice doll because they kept selling out of them.
Oh Target, we've always been friends. But lately, you're acting like just an acquaintance.