Liberty at Target

by Erin on March 16, 2010

Liberty stationery

Am I excited about the Liberty for Target line? Insert all questions you've ever heard about Popes and bears here. Yes, I am excited.

I'm a bit more excited about the accessories and some of the housewares than I am about the clothes, because many years of trial and error have shown me that stuff from Target simply Does Not Fit Me, but I have purchased several little things (e.g., the girls' dresses, in size XL, have a surprising amount of fabric) with big plans for remaking them into something else.

I'm a little disappointed that most of the prints are florals, even though I know that's what people associate with Liberty. I was hoping for more of my favorite abstracts (although there are some things in the Cars and the Mark prints, both of which I love).

The women's clothing was the most disappointing — not the best prints, and almost all made in that scruffy poly-chiffon. Good thing the accessories are all so cute (and cotton).

(Speaking of Liberty, I also bought the bright bright bright pink "Petals and Peacocks" lipstick from the MAC Liberty collaboration, and I think I will actually wear it. It's really fun, and the packaging is spectacular, natch.)

Did you rush your local Target last Sunday? What did you buy, if anything?

{ 39 comments… read them below or add one }

Lorene March 16, 2010 at 6:58 am

Yes, I rushed to Target on Sunday. I arrived at 7:50 a.m. to find absolutely no one in the parking lot. Very surprised about that because I truly thought there would be crowds waiting for the store to open.I, too, was disappointed in the womens clothing. Honestly. If the little girls clothing had been made in larger sizes I would have bought everything. As it was, not a single grown-up piece came home with me. Well. They come home for a day and were returned on Monday.I TRIED to make the mens shirts look good on me, but regretfully gave up after several attempts.In the end, only the Zip Around Wallet – Susanna Green and the Babydoll – Maddsie C Martha are still with me. And the babydoll will only stay if I can figure out how to wear it in public. Um. Im very optimistic. I also have the Sixty Duvet Set on back-order but Im still debating keeping it. Im pretty sure I can find something I like even more at Ikea.

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stellans March 16, 2010 at 7:29 am

well, being a size larger than pretty much everything Target carries for women (sometimes t-shirts will fit), I didnt buy any clothes for myself. However, I did buy a couple of darling dresses for my granddaughter (both floral), a set of bowls (blackwhite), and a clipboard/folder (petals peacocks).I wasnt there at the first-opening of the doors, but later in the morning; it seems I was one of the few in my town excited about this, heh.

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makeandmingle March 16, 2010 at 8:10 am

Im with you, Erin. I also bought a bunch of girls dresses in XL for the fabric. I was really impressed with the quality of the kids clothes — cotton, lining, pockets! Already made a maxi dress into a dress for me. Very disappointed in the womens clothing, except for the very cutest ever nightie and bras.I went not one, but two Targets Sunday morning. The first didnt have accessories out yet, and I just had to see that stuff right away.

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Justine March 16, 2010 at 8:31 am

I goofed and thought the Liberty hit shelves on Monday. On Monday my local target had no dishware left at all.I did find a cute umbrella, a shoulder bag, a few storage bins, a notebook, and a peacock piggy bank that had been marked down to clearance for some reason. I ordered a Sixty duvet cover from Target online yesterday and they cancelled my order today. When I placed the order they were showing matching curtains and when I clicked on the curtains button they had been removed from the website. Im disappointed with Target. When I looked Monday a.m. online most everything was sold out. Monday evening the stores were bare. It looks like Target ordered 2 of everything for all stores nationwide. Why heavily advertise something on TV and then not have the merchandise?

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Sal March 16, 2010 at 8:50 am

I indulged. Stocked up on dresses and couldnt love them more. Past Target/designer collaborations have really disappointed me, but this one was dynamite.

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Lorene March 16, 2010 at 8:50 am

@Justine — Ack! They cancelled your order? Ill have to check mine. I placed the order on Sunday for $59.99. But cancelled on Monday and re-ordered it again at $50.00 because it was on sale.

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Anonymous March 16, 2010 at 8:51 am

I got one of the ruffly blouses. I have a couple of cardigans that match quite nicely. I may have to go back for the pink print bucket hat. I also really liked the hot pink print dress, but opted for the blouse as something I could get more wear out of. –Karen

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tea March 16, 2010 at 8:59 am

I just popped in there yesterday and thought, oh! I wonder when Erin will post about this? Ta-da! Today is the answer. :)

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Jen March 16, 2010 at 9:31 am

Sad about the chiffony dresses, but loved the cotton (nearly Tana Lawn) lingerie and nighties. Cute floral mix. Best bet? Cotton lawn shawls that were simply yardage: 1.5 if I guessed right–but at $15, I could find better fabric with cuter prints elsewhere.so, No, bought nothing.(housewares were sold out by late a.m., missed the kids stuff)

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Joni March 16, 2010 at 9:50 am

Im bummed that every last one of the womens dresses and tops are sleeveless. So, none for me.Still eyeing a rain hat or umbrella, though. And if the duvet sets ever make it to clearance, I will buy one, cut it up, and make myself a shirtdress. With SLEEVES.

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The Hillbilly Banjo Queen: March 16, 2010 at 10:28 am

I too was quite disappointed with the womens dresses. No sleeves is a no go for me. I didnt like the scarves and I didnt care for the bedding either. I did snag a mug. The mugs werent at all a nice shape, but I couldnt help myself. It still called my name, darn it!

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Zegi March 16, 2010 at 11:52 am

I saw the cutest rainboots and I wanted them badly but The Husband was present and looking at me with the dont-you-already-have-a-lot-of-shoes look. I suppose I have to admit if I bought them I wouldnt wear them very often. But super-cute!

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Joni March 16, 2010 at 12:05 pm

In case anyone is wondering, those scarves are 41 by 60 – you get a lot of yardage for your $14.99. yes, Ive already bought one and am planning to butcher it.

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lucitebox March 16, 2010 at 12:26 pm

I forgot. I went yesterday. I got a binder and a set of mini journals. Im sad. I wanted to see the canisters the storage bin thingies in person. I wish I liked polyester chiffon, but I dont so the womens clothes werent going to work for me. I thought about one of the lingerie pieces and then decided to pass. Im not very good at shopping at Target. I only like to buy cleaning products and t-shirts, it seems because I left with both of those things in my bag along with my two LoL items.

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lucitebox March 16, 2010 at 12:26 pm

I forgot. I went yesterday. I got a binder and a set of mini journals. Im sad. I wanted to see the canisters the storage bin thingies in person. I wish I liked polyester chiffon, but I dont so the womens clothes werent going to work for me. I thought about one of the lingerie pieces and then decided to pass. Im not very good at shopping at Target. I only like to buy cleaning products and t-shirts, it seems because I left with both of those things in my bag along with my two LoL items.

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Elle March 16, 2010 at 1:02 pm

Went today and bought 2 tops, one sleeveless with a ruffle collar, and one a 3/4 length sleeve long top with a hideous ruffle at the bottom that Im just going to cut off.I didnt have time to check out any of the other departments, but will go back.

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Domina March 16, 2010 at 2:48 pm

I think its just great that so many of you are buying this stuff and planning on cutting it up in one way or another! I was sadly dissappointed with the fit of the womens clothes – all my purchases will be returned. I will keep my small toss pillow and mini-journal set. When I went on Monday our local Target was still putting stock on the shelves and setting up displays. A bit behind the ball…

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Justine March 16, 2010 at 2:49 pm

I was so upset about my Sixty Duvet order that I phoned Target. The order is back on and for the sale price. I hadnt thought of hacking up a duvet cover for material. Good idea. One of my local Target stores said they were putting out the Liberty of London dishware today. They just finished adding a grocery store and were putting merchandise back. So maybe Ill get my goodies after all.Hope the boss didnt hear me on the phone looking for this stuff! :)

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Eirlys March 16, 2010 at 2:49 pm

We dont have Target in the UK. Im so frustrated I could eat my Liberty hankie. I need a new word to express this distressing emotion. It should be German. Target-verlangen? Target-ersehnend? First we lose Cadburys chocolates (before the great chocolate festival of Easter, for goodness sake!), next were deprived of gorgeous Liberty stationery at an affordable price. Woe is me. I may need to work this all up into a sonnet… or at least lobby the Poet Laureate to work up some kind of a lament. Sad times for Blighty indeed. :(

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Nathalie March 16, 2010 at 4:39 pm

Eirlys, you can go to the Liberty online site which is selling some of Targets Liberty range, including crockery etc. I got the email today from Liberty, and already several items were sold out!

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Nathalie March 16, 2010 at 4:43 pm

… although I see theyve added some stuff since earlier today and some of the things listed earlier as out of stock are now listed as being in stock.

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paisleyapron March 16, 2010 at 5:34 pm

I was more than disappointed in the crabby construction and fabric choice for the womens garments. Too bad only the kids stuff was cotton or Target would have gotten more of my money!

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Angela March 16, 2010 at 6:38 pm

I went today, and couldnt convince myself to buy any of the clothes because they are just too skimpy for Irish weather (Im visiting Florida at the moment). I might go back and have a look at the girls section!

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Anonymous March 16, 2010 at 7:18 pm

I just wanted to steal the window clings on the front door. Bunnies in Liberty print. So cute.jenL

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angldst March 16, 2010 at 7:41 pm

I didnt even remember it was coming about. Heh. Ive looked on the site, though, and now I have the wanty for the teapot in the black white colourway. Really, I just want a teapot, preferably including an infuser for looseleaf teas, but this ones particularly nifty looking.-d

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mere March 16, 2010 at 10:39 pm

I walked into Target on Sunday having no clue that Liberty was at Target. I saw the bunny and thought, What a cute bunny…that looks like Liberty fabric. Then I saw the little girls dresses, and tried vainly to get my one and only four year old daughter to show some interest. Alas, she spied something with stick on sequins and declared that she loved it. Then I saw the signs. LIBERTY!!!! Liberty at TARGET!!!! I kept repeating this over and over. My husband and five children all looked at me like I had finally gone over the edge…they know nothing of Liberty. I cannot wait to go back and buy the stationery.I knew 2010 was going to be a good year!

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Belinda March 17, 2010 at 1:46 am

I want that Liberty bike more than anything Ive ever wanted. EVER. Ive even been in the market for a bike for about 6 weeks, so its not even like a weirdo out-of-the-blue desire. Goshdarnit, I really wish I lived in the States sometimes, Im positive the shipping on that thing would cripple me (thus, Id never be able to RIDE the bike…)

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Eirlys March 17, 2010 at 6:55 am

Nathalie, thank you! Checking the Liberty site was just too obvious for me. ;) Wondering how prices compare to those in US, though? I was hoping for outrageously bargain-basement prices. But a fiver for a bowl isnt so bad, I guess.

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bani March 17, 2010 at 9:26 am

Oh there was some lovely stuff there. That cake platter thingy! THE BIKE!!!But what a GODAWFUL website.

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Jenny March 17, 2010 at 9:43 am

I wasnt thrilled with the womens clothes – too much flounce, not enough sleeve, icky fabric. I bought the mens shirt in blue on blue cotton for myself. Ill add a couple of darts and be good to go!Apparently no one else around here was that excited about Liberty at Target because all the racks were still completely full as of last night. Then again, we have three Targets within a six mile radius of my house, so perhaps the oversaturation of the suburbs (Illinois side of St. Louis Metro) is the problem, not the collection itself.

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Ripple Dandelion March 17, 2010 at 10:16 am

I had marked my calendar and scheduled kid-free shopping time. But then when I previewed the stuff online it all looked like stuff to me. So I didnt even go check!

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Mitzi March 17, 2010 at 8:42 pm

I was at Target by 2.00 pm on Sunday. Bought a dress (sheath) (Mommy dress as my daughters call it)and two tops. 1 daughter bought a Liberty of London bikini! Over all Liked it, is there going to be any more offerings?

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Katherine March 18, 2010 at 3:24 pm

I have been scouring (SF) Bay Area Targets for the yellow floral trenchcoat but to no avail! I cant even find the Target DPCI number so that they can look up which stores have it. Anyone have any info?Ive been skipping most of the poly stuff, but I also bought a few girls dresses in cotton although Im nowhere near a girls size! Its still cheaper than buying the equivalent fabric by the yard, I think.

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Annie March 18, 2010 at 3:57 pm

Just bought a juniors tea length dress with a smocked top. It is a green and yellow flowered pattern with cute little pockets. The dress looks hideous on me, however I have big plans to turn it into a skirt and a handful of fun accessories! Missed the lingerie department somehow. I wish they would have had dishcloths!

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Cookie March 18, 2010 at 5:22 pm

Oh dear! This is what happens when you dont check in. I hope my Target has some of the notecards left…..!!!

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anneland22 March 19, 2010 at 9:40 am

Im a little disappointed. I definitely like the housewares better than anything else.

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Anonymous March 20, 2010 at 6:29 pm

With the exception of a couple of items (boxer shorts in hyacinth print and the storage box in the same print) this collection seemed pretty meh to me.

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Anonymous March 21, 2010 at 1:49 pm

I rushed there, but left disappointed. Nothing would fit or was even vaguely appropriate for someone my shape and age. :{

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