09 April 2007

Enough Is Enough

I love Target. LOVE it. Loyal to the core. I don't step foot in the far inferior Walmart, but I cross a Target threshold at least once a week (there's a store by my office ... it opens an hour before I'm due at my desk ... you do the math).

If the title of this post left you singing that Streisand/Summer classic, you just got two points on the Cup Coolness Chart. I'm betting Dale and Brat scored.
I can discuss in detail the product lines of Isaac Mizrahi and Todd Oldham (don't you love him on Top Design?), Thomas O'Brien and Michael Graves (someone from his office hit this blog last week, which was a mega-thrill for me) ... and show you lovely samples of their work in every room of my home. I'm wearing Target-bought yoga pants and a cute Merona T-shirt while I type this on the keyboard I got at ... yup ... Target.

But now my beloved bull's-eye has gone too far. Have you seen the commercial that bastardizes The Beatles' "Hello Goodbye" into "Goodbuy"? Tacky. Inappropriate. Just plain wrong.

Not too far to keep me out, of course. The new Mizrahi spring line is due.

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At 4/09/2007 09:42:00 PM, Blogger Tanya Espanya said...

I love Target. It's one of the main things I miss about living in the US. Thank god I live only an hour away from Buffalo so that I can get my fix in.

Haven't seen the ad yet though (we do get the US tv stations, but since I PVR everything, I usually skip the commercials.)

And yes, I was singing a la Donna Summer.

At 4/09/2007 10:45:00 PM, Blogger lulu said...

Thanks for the earworm.

I too am wearing a Merona tee-shirt, although my yoga pants are from Lands' End.

At 4/10/2007 12:36:00 AM, Blogger The Wandering Author said...

I haven't heard the ad yet, and I'm just as glad. I do like Target (miles better than Mall-Wart!) and most of the clothes I have I didn't get from LLBean come from Target. But I hate it when some twerp thinks it's OK to massacre a perfectly good song in the name of advertising. I've lost tooth enamel over some of those stunts. I'd try to recall the last incident that ticked me off, but I'm trying to keep my teeth intact...

At 4/10/2007 06:58:00 AM, Blogger Marni said...

I LOVE Target... my little town doesn't have one yet. One IS coming though and I cannot wait!

At 4/10/2007 07:14:00 AM, Blogger haahnster said...

Give me a minus 2 on the coolness chart, because I wouldn't sing Streisand even if I did recognize it.

A very cool thing that Target is involved with is the Target House in Memphis, which is a residence hall for St. Jude patients and their families. An amazing and wonderful piece of support for kids fighting cancer. Fantastic bit of corporate citizenship!

At 4/10/2007 07:32:00 AM, Blogger Beth said...

TANYA: I knew you'd hit the two-pointer. You are, after all, in Dale's inner circle for a reason.

LULU: Always a woman of style!

WANDERING AUTHOR: The one that gets me is "Blister in the Sun" for Wendy's. It doesn't make sense, except to capture the attention of our age group.

MARNI: There's a new Super Target out my way; c'mon over for your fix.

HAAHNSTER: I forget you're all man, Haahnster. And thanks for the Target House plug!

At 4/10/2007 10:26:00 AM, Blogger Nadine said...

Another Target fan here. I was bummed when I moved back home from Florida before the new stores were built. Now I live about a quarter mile from one. Yay!

I don't usually like any of their commercials.

At 4/10/2007 11:26:00 AM, Blogger Keith Kennedy said...

I too, love Target - but I completely ignore commercials because they're all ho's (as Imus would say) anyway.

Blame Michael Jackson for the bastardization of the Beatles - we all know what a FREAK he is.

It was probably his idea!

At 4/10/2007 01:13:00 PM, Blogger coffeypot said...

I prefer Goodwill. You can get some good deals on underwear and toothbrushes there. And sometimes you can find a comb with all the teeth still in it. But the t-shirts are the best deals, two for a dollar. Man, I’m stoked just thinking about it.

At 4/10/2007 03:20:00 PM, Blogger Grant Miller said...

I understand liking Target more. But I read some stuff on their corporate policies that made me less excited. Evidently, they give tons of crash mainly to politicans and political parties I don't like.

Go Costco!

At 4/10/2007 03:37:00 PM, Anonymous Glassmeow said...

I'm torn on the Target thing. I love their style, yes. But other than for design sense (which counts a LOT with me) are they truly any better than Walmart? Same overseas manufacturing that exploits cheap labor. Same business plan that supports the Republicans (there's a website somewhere that I can't remember the link to that has lots of stores and other businesses ranked by whom and what they support with their profits).

Being single, COSTCO presents different problems...great stuff but what do I do with 2 gallons of salad dressing??? I have to plan my COSTCO strikes carefully :)
I do approve of their corporate model that supports local businesses and gives to more middle of the road politicians.
(but tell me COSTCO, howcome you can't sell recycled paper paper towels, tp, tissues, napkins and such???)

At 4/10/2007 04:27:00 PM, Blogger Artful Dodger said...

OMG! Please tell me Target didn't truly destroy a Beatles song?? I hate it when stores destory songs. :( But I must say I prefer Target over Wal-Mart any day.

At 4/10/2007 09:15:00 PM, Blogger lulu said...

I hate Walmart, but at the same time, I don't kid myself that Target is any better of a company, they just have cooler stuff and market themselves to my demographic.


At 4/11/2007 01:54:00 AM, Blogger Bubs said...

Ah, Target. I'm holding a $50 gift card still, from Christmas, that I have to go and use soon. My daughter got me one of my favorite t shirts there--it's tan, and says, simply:

"I make stuff up"

At 4/11/2007 03:07:00 PM, Blogger Tenacious S said...

You can find anything you want at Target. Why, just yesterday I found an old friend there. Really.

At 4/11/2007 05:43:00 PM, Blogger Dan said...

What about that other song they've got goin' in the new commericals? "A little bit mo'... little bit mo'" Catchy stuff. I've been singin' that phrase for over a week!

At 4/11/2007 06:51:00 PM, Blogger Tumuli said...

Two points for me. :)

I adore Target. Even a few minutes of browsing leads me to entirely too much merchandise...

Haven't heard the ad, but the holiday series soundtracked by Goldfrapp was genius.

At 4/11/2007 09:48:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

NADINE: I like most of their commercials; I find the graphics and the fade-tos fascinating. Have you ever heard the very early R.E.M. song “Hey, Hey Nadine”? If not, e-mail me and I’ll send you an MP3.

KEITH: Oh, I’m blaming that Jackson freak. I didn’t put it in the post because I didn’t want Jacko Googlers coming to this page … now you’ve done it!

COFFEYPOT: Something wrong happened during that ten-year gap between you and OM, didn’t it?

GRANT MILLER: You think Target’s bad? Check out Home Depot’s political leanings …

GLASSMEOW: As an independent, single woman with no roomies, I’ve never felt the need to join Costco, so I can’t compare. Sadly, I think any big biz is going to lean toward Republican contributions, so I put on my ditzy, ill-informed hat when I’m in the mood for new Mizrahi.

ARTFUL DODGER: Yes, Target did the unforgivable. (And welcome to the comment boxes.)

At 4/11/2007 09:49:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

LULU: Great article; I just forwarded it to my labor-union-working friend. I've heard some real horror stories lately about Walmart and their anti-union pressures.

BUBS: I just spent my $100 birthday gift card last night; may I have yours? And the shirt?

TENACIOUS S: Okay, you can’t start an interesting story, then sign off …

DAN: I’m going nuts trying to figure out what song that is.

TUMULI: And Tumuli hits the board! I’m always excited when I can walk out of Target having spent less than $100.

At 4/11/2007 09:51:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

Oh, and TUMULI? You scored another point for the Goldfrapp reference ...

At 4/12/2007 08:36:00 AM, Blogger Coaster Punchman said...

I think Target is evil. Not in that make-your-employees-punch-out-and-keep-working kind of way, but in the oh-here-you-are-to-buy-shampoo-let-me-entice-you-into-emptying-your-bank-account kind of way.

And while I didn't think of the Babs/Donna duet (cool??) do I get extra credit cool points on accounta Poor George went to high school with Isaac?

At 4/12/2007 06:57:00 PM, Anonymous glassmeow said...

I'm wearing Target today myself! :) (Not Mizrahi, just a cute knit skirt from the juniors section).

Ya gotta say it "Tar-jayhh" (like, French) when you're talking clothes. :)


Oh yeah... a favorite quote from some business magazine, long forgotten, just got the clipping in my cube:

"The Bauhaus didn't have the channels of distribution that Target has."

& now that Target is paying designers for cool stuff (they got into trouble ripping off craftspeople a bit back), it's all good!

At 5/01/2007 12:49:00 PM, Blogger Old Lady said...

I hate Target, they have nothing, nothing worth wearing in the plus size department. They cater to the young and skinny. They do not get my dollars.


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