This morning I went to Target with the three littles, which is a crazy plan but I thought I was going to go crazier if I stayed in the house with them one more day. Plus, I had a prescription to pick up, and the automated voice system gets cranky if you don't pick up within ten days.
I'm sooooo glad I went, because TOTAL SCOREAGE. I'm just showing one of each item, but in some cases I got two so I'd have one to keep and one for a future Swistle care package.
Four different cute notebooks, assorted sizes. Pack of cute notecards, stack of cute round paper, another pack of cute notecards, and gift tags. Re the gift tags: I already HAVE those gift tags, because Jess Loolu gave them to me back when we did the very first pay-it-forward package (on this blog, I mean, not, like, in the history of the world). And I love them, and I use them sparingly to make them last. So I'm happy to have another set, either to use myself or to give away in a future care package.
Box of recipe cards. Sheet of Elvis stickers. Another box of gift tags, this time solid-color.
Three more cute notebooks. I love notebooks.
Hello Kitty napkins, cute oval notecards, pretty stationery, pink argyle post-it cubes (center), and three more cute notebooks (because of love of same).
Princess napkins. Two slightly different (one is circles; the other is squares) sets of mod birthday candles. Pack of flower stickers (also got Hello Kitty and those little animals with huge eyes, but I must have forgotten to take a picture of those). Cute pens. Cute mechanical pencils. Cute non-mechanical pencils.
Arts and crafts stuff. A kit that makes custom bouncy balls. Assorted coloring kits of the "no mess" and "color with water" varieties. A...hover launcher. And a set of double-ended crayons.
Large birthday gift bags, birthday-themed tissue paper, and three rolls of wrapping paper (2 birthday, 1 all-purpose). This is particularly awesome timing because we have a birthday party to go to on Saturday. I like to do up the package, but not when it's $4 for the gift bag and $1.50 for the tissue.
EVERYTHING was 75% off. It was MADNESS. I had to take both twins out of the cart so I'd have room for all the STUFF. Now I want to go to the other Target in our area so I can scrounge for more stuff.
Now. Sometimes when I have a huge score, there is complaining that other people's Targets are not as good as mine. And that may very well be. In fact, the situation might be that you and I share a Target, and I am stripping it clean before you get there. But if this is not the case, I have a few tips to help you make your Target the very best Target it can be:
1. Go SOON. I did some HEAVY PICKING at my Target today, and there were two other women doing heavy picking as well. If you wait until Saturday, or even until Friday, there might be nothing left.
2. Go to the ENDCAPS. The endcaps are the ends of the aisles that face the walls rather than facing the main aisles. NEW stuff goes on the caps near the main aisles; CLEARANCE stuff goes in mixed heaps on the caps near the walls.
There might also be good clearance mixed in with the non-clearance stuff on the shelves, but it's less likely.
3. Be patient and persistent. Sometimes a Target has NOTHING, and sometimes it has TONS. And sometimes, like in the case of my brown toile bird shower curtain, NO Targets had them, and then there was a big pile at one of the Targets I'd already checked. So I think sometimes they consolidate.
4. In fact, how about just going to Target every day? That'll do it.
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