Yesterday was the Target Canada soft opening for many Ontario stores.
Yesterday was also my birthday!
I LOVE birthdays and I thoroughly enjoyed ‘my day’ yesterday. I stayed in my pajamas until noon. Dean came home early. We ordered pizza and watched movies and ate entirely too much junk food.
And we went to Target.
And here’s where I feel the need to gently remind my fellow Canadians that the stores that are currently open have only opened as a soft launch. According to wikipedia a soft launch or soft opening is described as follows (emphasis mine):
In a “soft opening” or “soft launch” the establishment begins to operate with little promotion. This allows the organization to become more organized the first few weeks or months before the more publicized grand opening and gives the management and staff a chance to become familiar with the daily operations of their inventory, accounting, and customer service requirements.
Which means that IT’S NOT GOING TO BE PERFECT, PEOPLE!
Shelves will not be fully stocked, staff will be figuring out how to do their NEW jobs and Starbucks (yes Dean and I are absolutely Starbucks people!) won’t be setup to take iPhone payments yet.
But that’s okay.
Really it is! Because there were some nice finds to be found and Target’s Buyers definitely know their stuff a whole lot better than Zellers Buyer’s ever did.
What I Liked
There were many stylish design finds including an assortment of items from the Nate Berkus line (hello happy tortoise shell!), unique photo frames, lighting that is tough to find up here and baskets with chalkboard tags attached.
And prices were pretty reasonable (hate to break it to you but we’re still shopping in Canada folks!), with brands that aren’t easily found in Canada or brands that up until now we’ve only been able to find State-side. Which of course meant either a trip to the U.S. or ordering online with shipping costs to get things here.
What I Bought
As for what we actually purchased and brought home? I saw plenty of things that I liked and could make use of. Although a few of those things I figured I could DIY for less – like the UMBRA clipboard frames shown in the bottom left corner of the photo above.
Realistically I went specifically looking for a few yellow and gray accent pieces for our Master Bedroom knowing I could spend a little money, since it was my birthday.
White 5×7 photo frame. I figure I’ll print a favorite photo of the kids to put inside.
Gray and Yellow Plaid rug which fits PERFECTLY in front of my dresser.
White ceramic tea light holder. Although I will probably just leave it as a little accent piece without a candle.
Geometric yellow and white lamp shade. Target had these lamps too, but this one is from Home Depot. LOVE the touch of pattern the new shade brings!
The total for everything we purchased, including two yellow pillar candles that aren’t shown and three rolls of kids’ duck tape (yes, DUCK tape) was a little less than $100. Oddly enough all of the decorate-y type stuff we purchased was from Target’s newish Threshold line.
Although I am still a little in love with that Nate Berkus Tortoise Shell. #cheerfullywhimsical
Will I Go Back?
Obviously I liked the Target Canada soft opening enough to purchase several items, so it’s pretty likely I’ll go shopping there again. Truth be told I didn’t even look at anything but home decor items, so I can’t give you my thoughts on other departments. But Target is definitely on my list of go-to shops for decorating spaces in our house!
Have you been in to Target Canada yet? What did you love? Buy anything? Do share!
P.S. This was NOT a sponsored post.