The moments immediately following the opening of the doors are a blur of running fast, getting elbowed in the kidney, and a crazy feeding frenzy. Unfortunately we were behind some hardcore shelf-clearers/resellers in the lineup, so by the time we had gotten through the door the blitz at the Phillip Lim handbag rack had already begun... so I ran. I ran, and somehow ended up with four bags on my arms. It was truly a miracle. I didn't keep all four, because a few of us bloggers had made our "wants" known beforehand, and I had ended up with a bag another blogger (who hadn't been able to grab anything!) wanted. So, obviously, I gave it to her :)
But it was also very disappointing to see the greed and selfishness displayed by the shelf-clearers. They took about 2/3 of the bags, leaving the rack completely empty. I admit I lost my cool a bit and yelled at one of them, a young woman with at least 10 bags loaded into her arms. She didn't seem to care that there were many disappointed people standing and staring rather dejectedly at the empty racks... I realize that this might sound a bit ridiculous coming from someone who ended up with multiple bags (from 2 different stores, mind you), but I would have been 100% in favour of a reasonable limit on how many you could purchase. I have no problem at all with people getting multiple bags (obviously), especially if they're in different styles and colours. But clearing the entire rack of the black mini pashlis or the yellow medium satchels? Not so cool. I'll end my rant there, as I'm sure this happened at a lot of locations and you don't need me to remind you of it. It was just so deflating.
After the rush had calmed, the store didn't seem very busy, which was a relief to me! There were definitely people there, but they had so many cashiers open and the aisles are so wide that it didn't seem crazy busy. It gave me a chance to look around some more and come down from the hysteria of the "scrum". I scoped out the cosmetics aisle (specifically Sonia Kashuk!!) and poked around in the shoes, where I found a fab pair of leopard print pumps for only $30! After a while I ventured back to the scene of the fashion apocalypse, only to see latecomers staring confusedly at the empty racks. I offered up my version of events as an explanation for the scene in front of us, and when asked how I had managed to end up with three bags, I could only say that I "ran fast". Because other than that, I really don't know! I also chatted with some of the store employees, who were absolutely horrified by what had happened. One told me that they had tossed an idea around about having a limit on how many bags a person could purchase, but it never came to fruition because they just didn't think something this crazy would happen. I was told that they may be getting more in their next shipment, so if you missed out on the bags you may not be out of luck just yet :)
|Waiting in line with some other bloggers!|
|Sadie, and my final haul!|
Overall I'm thrilled that Target is finally here - it was just very unfortunate that the grand opening and the launch of Phillip Lim for Target were happening on the same day, as it sure brought out a whole lot of crazy. Aside from that hiccup, the store was just as wonderful as I had expected and hoped it would be. They've really done their market research and used the data they gathered from the first wave of openings to make this wave even better. The staff were all very friendly and helpful, and I can't wait to go back! I have a feeling I'm going to be quite the regular there... ;)
P.S. In the interest of full disclosure, we were gifted a $50 Target gift card at the blogger event. This went towards my haul, as seen above, and was greatly appreciated! But this in no way affects how thrilled I am that Target is finally here. I have always loved Target.