As you can probably tell if you've spent much time reading this blog, I'm a pretty devoted Target shopper. I think, when you grow up in the Twin Cities, it's hard not to be. For most of my childhood, my mom worked as a programmer at the company's headquarters in Minneapolis. A number of my college classmates were hired to work there after we graduated, and some of my high school friends have also joined in. While I know Target is the opposite of a "mom and pop," I think supporting a corporation that creates jobs in your own community is a little less of a bummer. I also have always thought Target had better stuff and a nicer experience, which were worth the slightly higher prices.
For these reasons, when I venture over to Wal-Mart, it's a special occasion! I feel like I'm never at Wal-Mart just to pop in a pick up one or two specific things. Instead, I'm there to browse and see what kind of interesting things I can find. Though I think they were a little late to the party, Wal-Mart now also has a dollar spot. So, when Ginny and I went there as part of a marathon shopping trip that lasted well into the evening, we dug around and she noticed these bad boys.