Years ago, I volunteered on the entertainment sub-committee for my job’s annual summer party. One of my tasks involved coming up with giveaway prize ideas: a few high-value “grand” prizes, and enough door prizes so that almost everyone left a winner.

Before purchasing the prizes, my committee shared our ideas with the larger planning group. The list included gift cards from Target as a few of the door prizes.

One of the alcohol sub-committee members wrinkled her face at the mention of Target.

“Target? Ha! Does anyone shop at Target? Do you think anyone’s gonna want that? I don’t even know where a Target is!”

Everyone fell silent. Even the crickets in the potted plants went mute.

Does anyone shop at Target? Is she for real? It’s only one of the most popular superstores in the country. Where she been?

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Around the conference table, people hid grins and stifled chuckles as Mrs. “I don’t even know where a Target is” scanned the room looking for validation and found none.

Finally someone piped up:

“Uh, yeah. shop at Target. I love Tar-zhay! Who doesn’t?”

A woman from the food committee added, “I go to Target  for ONE THING and I always leave with 10 other things I’m not even sure I need. They just have good stuff!”

Heads nodded.

It’s relevant to mention that Mrs. No-Target lives in a posh area of Los Angeles, near the beach in a spectacular home with a long winding driveway. L.A. has no fewer than 10 Targets. They are kind of hard to miss. Maybe she never has to leave her compound. Perhaps she has staff who take care of menial duties like shopping at discount stores. Is that what it’s like to have serious money? You don’t have to bother with knowledge of plebeian shopping centers?

It reminded me of Oprah, when she taped a camping episode of her show, and her amazement at discovering the existence of REI. She couldn’t believe an entire store dedicated to recreational equipment and sporting goods existed. I love Oprah, it’s an REI, not a cat café.

In the end, we gave away several Target gift cards at the party. The recipients loved them! One even did a little jig. At least that’s how I choose to remember it. Take that, Mrs. No-Target!

As a thank you to all of my readers – the loyalists, the newbies and everyone in between – I have partnered with several other bloggers to offer you the opportunity to enter to win a Target gift card of your very own! Thank you for your comments, encouragement and kind words, readers!

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  • JcCee
    April 6, 2015

    Since I stay near a Target now, I have fell in love 🙂

  • Parris S.
    April 2, 2015

    wow!!! I think she is seriously out of touch! I LOVE Target! It’s my go-to store for most everything. I choose it over Walmart any day. The people and products are great!

  • Jessica
    March 25, 2015

    Oh my gosh! How does one NOT shop at Target? Haha! I’m hooked on that store!

  • Rachel G
    March 22, 2015

    I’ve never been much of a Target shopper–largely because it was a little pricier than the local or smaller stores where we lived. Funny, because of the area we lived in, I considered it a little more of a ‘rich people’ store! I sure wouldn’t turn up my nose at winning a gift card to one! 🙂 Funny story.

    • Oh that’s interesting; thanks for sharing your perspective. Fortunately, $400 at Target can go pretty far!

      Thanks and good luck! 🙂

  • Paula Kiger (Big Green Pen)
    March 22, 2015

    Fun post, great giveaway, and this line made me LOL: Even the crickets in the potted plants went mute. 🙂

  • cherri h
    March 21, 2015

    Loved your story and I love target! Thank you.

  • Charlotte
    March 21, 2015

    Seriously?! Who in the hell DOESN’T shop at Target is the real question. Every time I go in with a few things in mind, I always end up perusing the clothes section and maybe picking up a handbag (because OOH! It’s on sale!) and then let’s just take a look at what’s in the $1 bin and OH HAI! MAKEUP SECTION!

    • The $1 section is so hard to resist. I always end up buying stuff I don’t have use for because “it’s cute.” I agree about the makeup section too!

  • lifeofatravelingnavywife
    March 21, 2015

    I live so close to a Target I could walk. But I don’t. Because I could never carry all the stuff I end up with all the way home! No-Target lady sounds a little “off” to me and from the looks of many entries this giveaway has, I would say everyone shops at Tar-jay!

    • Haha, “a little off.”

      Up until recently, SF only had one Target. It was such a big deal when a second location opened that they advertised it on the bus shelters and trains!

    • Hehe, “a little off.” I decline to comment further on that subject. 😉

  • Kim
    March 21, 2015

    Target isn’t too close, but it’s still got some great stuff! We’re always price matching toys, especially. We can usually get them at a better price there. And then we get a few… other… things. *facepalm*

  • In this day and age how does someone NOT shop at Target?!?! I swear I go there no less than twice a week! That being said, a $400 gift card would really be awesome 😛

  • misssrobin
    March 21, 2015

    What a funny story. I am always amazed when I run into someone who seems completely oblivious to the world the rest of us live in. And I’m especially pleased to hear there were Target gift cards awarded anyway. The next time I shop at Target I’m going to walk around in awe and amazement that such a cool place exists, as if I’ve never been there. Just for a moment. Because of this story. Thanks for sharing.

    Happy sharefest. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

    • Lol, I like this idea! Perhaps next time I go grocery shopping I’ll do this. “Wowww, what is this magical place with all these pretty, shiny fruits and vegetables from around the world?!”

  • the color palette
    March 20, 2015

    thank you for the giveaway, i love target!

  • Lana
    March 20, 2015

    How could anyone not love Target? It’s my favorite store and I go there at least once a week (and I’m ashamed to admit, sometimes more). Have a great weekend!

    • Your experience is what I’ve heard from many a person (and have done a few times myself!). I probably sound like a Target groupie writing this post, but it reflects real life. People drop money at Target!

  • Mrs. AOK
    March 19, 2015

    Target is my home away from home. 😀
    “Does anyone shop at Target?”- Seriously? Who doesn’t shop at Target?
    My goal is trying to leave Target without spending over $80 and basket full of things I didn’t plan for.

  • Adelynn Lovellette
    March 19, 2015

    I’m with you on that. Take that Ms. No-Target! Lol. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Lisa Coomer Queen
    March 19, 2015

    I love Target. This is too funny! The question is who doesn’t want a Target gift card? Thanks for sponsoring.