It's 8:30 am (really 7:30 am, since daylight savings ended last night) on a Sunday morning, there's a crazy, torrential downpour outside, and what was I, along with a bunch of similarly loopy people doing?
We were at Target, loading up our carts with Liberty of London stuff as fast as the beleaguered staff were unloading them. See that yellow file box in my cart? I literally reached into a half-unpacked pallet to grab it.
I'm not proud. Not proud at all.
But I was definitely not the zaniest or fastest of the Libertyphiles. I met three ladies who had been standing in rain -- rain that was coming down diagonally and in sheets -- since 7 am (one hour before the store even opened).
Despite not arriving until 8:30, through some strategic shopping and swift cart navigation, I got myself some awesomeness, including:
|"Dunclare Black" Dining Collection|
We often have little visitors over for dinner, and this melamine and acrylic set is perfect for adorable but clumsy hands.
I ordered these canisters online. They don't quite go with the decor in our kitchen, but if I can't make it work there, I'll use them in my study to store craft supplies.
|Watering Can (not available online)|
|Pink Dunclare Print Ruffled Neck Top|
At $19.99, this blouse was a steal, and I could see myself rocking it with a pencil skirt and some sexy secretary Mary Janes.
Since there were about ten of us lunatics hovering around the store, raiding half-unpacked boxes for Liberty items, I put a lot more in my cart than I would have -- should have -- if I had been calm and sane. I brought home a few things that I'll be returning shortly:
I was too lazy to try this on at the store, and so I didn't realize its mumu-ness until it was too late. I looked like I was a little girl playing dress-up in my mom's prom dress -- the prom dress she rejected because grandma made it out of her stained polyester curtains. It probably would be adorable on someone taller and thinner, but alas, I gotta work with the Oompa Loompa build I got.
I took home a few of these boxes, thinking they might work well in our walk-in closet. But I think they might end up taking up more room than we can afford to give up. So these, along with the afore-depicted file box, are going back to the store. I'm keeping, though, the tres chic clipboard, binders, and notepads I found (not available online).
|Liberty Picture Frames|
I'll also be returning some of the frames I purchased. They're sweet, but I really don't need them or even have a place for them.
And then there were items that were not to be for other reasons:
|Garla Ladies Cruiser|
Oh how this lovely cruiser makes me dream of warm days, biking around our local pond, breeze running through my hair, picnic basket looped over my arm! But at almost $200, I just can't justify it. It also helped that they didn't have it at the store. I don't know if I could have resisted if a dozen other sharks shoppers were circling.
They had a number of gorgeous throw pillows, which have a graphic fabric on one side and luscious velvet on the other. But it seems like the Target I was at only got one of each pillow, and my reflexes were too slow to win in a game of grab-the-goodies against a woman who had the dexterity of a ninja.
|Toddler Bathing Suit|
If only I had an adorable little girl, who wanted to frolic in her kiddie pool all summer in this sassy little bikini . . . . The adult swimwear collection was cute, but nowhere near as fabulous as the kids' version. Unfortunately, I don't fit in the kids' version, so no swimsuit for me.
I suppose I should be glad that these items were not to be since I already spent way too much money on the goodies I purchased. Sure, these items were super cheap compared to merchandise from Liberty's non-Target lines. But $9.99 here, $3.99 there really adds up.
Did you get your hands on any Liberty of London merchandise? Which items are your favorites?
Update: One of my fellow early shoppers this morning was the blogger behind Style Carrot, a blog I was recently found via Boston Magazine. You can read her take on the Liberty shopping spree (with lots of photos) here.
She even took a photo of my ridiculously overflowing cart!
|Image Courtesy of Style Carrot|