Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Lilly For Target {Plus a Giveaway}


So over the weekend you might have heard a thing or two (or a million) about the Lilly Pulitzer for Target sale. Well you just know we Lilly lovers couldn't let the event go by without joining in on the fun. :) 

I would say we were both semi-prepped. We had seen the look book, had read a few tips, but in comparison to many we were well under prepared. Some people had their Lilly sale shopping down to a science...and trust me when I say, it was not for the faint of heart. 

 Being a long time Lilly shopper, I kind of knew what to expect with the sale. If the Lilly website itself always crashes during a sale, I just knew to not even attempt the Target online sale. I heard speculations of it going live at 1:00a.m. and was somewhat tempted to stay awake to see but sleep won out. 

When I woke up, I instantly regretted that mentality. I realized my shopping buddy C had texted me overnight saying she was able to shop with ease online with no problem and to wake up. Oops! We were scheduled to meet at 7a.m. so before heading out I did a quick check and just as expected word got out and Target.com was shut down. 


I actually was more than okay with that because I was so excited to just be witness to the sale and see how it was all going to go down. The pre-shopping portion was so fun. We arrived about 45mins early and were pleasantly surprised to see we were one of the first few in line. We had so much fun chatting it up with those around us and meeting some new people. 

Around ten minutes before the doors opened, this nice manager came out to greet everyone, help form a line, and answer questions. He was doing great until someone asked from the crowd where the shoes would be located. You could see the panic set in that he had to give the news that there weren't any shoes in the shipment. Poor guy. 


Everyone was so nice and polite and at our portion of the line people remembered who arrived when and graciously lined up in order of arrival. Some even moved around when they realized they would be going in two different directions first in order to give that person a better chance at getting to their section first if they weren't competing. Seriously so nice! C and I ended up about 5th from the front of the line and we were so excited. 


Our excitement was almost dampened when a certain teenage girl and her boyfriend (grey sweatshirt to the left) walked right up and cut in front of everyone. To his credit he was completely embarrassed and kept trying to get her to move. She was having no part in it. I was more appalled at her behavior than worried about her cutting. The 200 people behind me, probably were a little more perturbed. 

About this time I also received a text from Carrie Beth. She and her mom were shopping at a different store and she told me even though they arrived early there were 150 people in front of them. Craziness! Southern ladies love their Lilly. 

Promptly at 8:00a.m. the doors opened and people were off! Listen, there was no time to stop and take pictures. It was a blur and with in seconds the racks were located and stripped bare. And I mean stripped bare. I am pretty sure at 8:03a.m. the Target employees were already taking down the signage. 

C and I managed to grab a few things in the frenzy and headed to the dressing room. This was the most interesting scenario. Negotiations were going down as if negotiating a peace treaty in the Middle East. People were swapping sizes and bartering for other items from other sections. It was so fascinating. Carrie Beth said at her location it was a similar situation and sometimes got a little heated. 

After one last lap around the store we made our way to check out, with a yummy brunch in our minds. It might have been 8:10a.m. at the point. 


I was so excited to run into our line buddy at checkout. Let me just tell you this was the sweetest dad/husband. He came to the sale with one of his three daughters and wanted to get his wife the patio/outdoor items. He showed me his phone home screen of his three daughters Lilly'd out, and a few photos, and said that even though Lilly wasn't his thing it was his wife's and daughters and was excited to join in the fun with them. I LOVED his enthusiasm for the event and was so excited for him at what he managed to find. That is going to be one happy wife and beautiful patio! 


Here were some of my finds. I managed a few other things, but am saving those for gifts and don't want to ruin the surprise. I was excited to walk away with anything, especially after learning of other's experiences over the course of the morning. I was saddened to see during checkout a few Ebayers (they were pretty open about it when we were chatting in line) manage to get cart fulls of merchandise when others walked away with nothing. 


Carrie Beth witnessed similar actions, but even with being deep in the line and competing with Ebay resellers, she managed to score some super cute items for she and her girls! I am swooning over those pants! 

After comparing notes we thought it was so funny how each store had completely different offerings. 


Another item I managed to walk away with were these plates. I was actually more excited about the home items than the clothing only because Lilly doesn't produce home items any longer. These plates were on my wish list with the napkins, pillows, and some of the cocktail items, but were the only thing I managed to come home with. 


I love the little Lilly for Target symbol hidden in them. I can't wait for the next dinner club we host or shower to bring these out! 

Over all I would say the experience was interesting. The event was so hyped up that it created quite a frenzy, but I think everyone around me was genuinely nice and excited for the Lilly experience. I hate that tens of thousands of items are on Ebay right now while others would have loved to have gotten just one thing. My advice would be if the public holds strong and doesn't purchase any of the items on Ebay then the sellers will be forced to either lower prices or return within the 14 day window. Then hopefully it will be start becoming available to everyone again. 

With that said Carrie Beth and I wanted to do a little mini Lilly for Target giveaway. Everyone should get a little something right? :)

One lucky reader will receive this Lilly for Target manicure set. To enter simply leave us a comment below. Winner will be chosen randomly, and announced on Saturday, April 25th. 


Did you attend the sale? What was your experience like? Did you get any fun items? Have anything you have to return or want to share? We can't wait to hear!

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31 comments:

  1. I wanted those palazzo pants in "My fans" !! I was not so lucky but it is OKAY! ;) And I LOVE the new line that's been released from Lilly.

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  2. And i LOVE those plates! haha - actually I loved it all. ;)

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  3. Love this new line and hope they eventually restock! I didnt get a chance to participate in the craziness. Probably a good thing lol Love the springy nail set!

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  4. Everything is so cute!! I love it all and you were able to get so much.

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  5. Those plates are adorable! Unfortunately I didn't make it to the sale...

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  6. I love the plates and the springy nail set. I didn't make it to the sale, but loved seeing what all you posted!

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  7. As much as I wanted to grab a few things.. I didn't even try. I knew it was going to sell out. :)

    Love those plates, BTW.

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  8. I so regret missing out on the Lilly madness, thank you Magmamas for letting your readers in on the shopping fun. Even reading about Lilly brightens my day. :) Carol Harrell

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  9. I would be so happy to win this!! I missed out on the Lily because I had to work! :(

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  10. I drove 21/2 hours to the nearest target and by the time I got there everything was sold out. Although I did find some other great deals I didn't come home with any Lily Pulitzer products.

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  11. I drove 21/2 hours to the nearest target and by the time I got there everything was sold out. Although I did find some other great deals I didn't come home with any Lily Pulitzer products.

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  12. The plates are adorable...I went online to shop at Target during the launch, everything was sold out...Amazing!

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  13. I love Lily, her color palette is amazing.

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  14. I wanted to get some things online but no luck.

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  15. I wanted to get some things online but no luck.

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  16. That sale looks crazy! Thank you for the giveaway!

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  17. I didn't go but would have loved too! Thanks for sharing!

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  18. I didn't get to go because I had to work! :/
    Thank you for the chance to win!

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  19. What a great prize! Thank you!

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  20. Wow - I didn't realize they made plates! Those are awesome and I may just have to get some for my new house!

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  21. Omg, those patterns and prints are to die for, and on everything! I'm hooked!!!

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  22. I wish I would have gone! Those prints are so pretty.

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  23. I did not get to attend the sale :( I heard all about it after! I am so hooked

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  24. Thank you for sharing.

    dlatany at gmail dot com

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  25. I had to work and couldn't make it in to our Target, but the pieces are soooo cute!

    demureprincess7(at)gmail(dot)com

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  26. Unfortunately it was all sold out by the time I made it. So many cute things!

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  27. I didn't...Target is so far away from me and it makes me sad!

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  28. I was so bummed that in my post baby haze I apparently missed the memo on this sale. So would've loved to have been there to attempt getting anything. Love all your great finds! ! Must have been exciting for you for sure! :)

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  29. I was so bummed that in my post baby haze I apparently missed the memo on this sale. So would've loved to have been there to attempt getting anything. Love all your great finds! ! Must have been exciting for you for sure! :)

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  30. i love that they partnered with lilly! but i wasn't surprised when everything sold out in hours!

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