Since moving to the US in 1998, I’ve always lived in cities that are usually excluded from the fashion world maps—Wichita Falls, TX; Lexington, KY; and now, St. Louis, MO for a second time.
If you have fashionable interests, the good thing about living and shopping in these types of “small town” cities, is that you usually have unbelievable access to amazing style treasures. When special collections, like Missoni for Target, hit stores, we don’t have to stand in line hours before stores open. We might even be able to wait a few weeks for markdowns on limited collections. Well, apparently, things have changed in St. Louis.
I went to Target to check out the Missoni collection this afternoon and met empty racks. Yes, empty racks.
|3 clutches and one infinity scarf left.
There was no sign that clothes were ever even in store, but for a random
blouse on an odd rack.
|A pair of flats and about 5 pairs of wellies stand alone.|
|Who knows what was here?|
|Missoni for Target vase anyone?|
Interviews with Store Employees
In disbelief, I spoke with a few store employees, who each shared stories of the long lines they met outside when they arrived at work this morning. One cashier told me that her first few customers spent over $2000 each on Missoni goods. Puzzled by the purchases, the cashier told me that she asked these customers why they were purchasing so many items with this weird zigzag print (she was not familiar with the Missoni line). She said that many of these bulk buyers replied, “I am going to make a killing selling this stuff on eBay!” Talking about eBay, have you seen some of the inflated prices this merchandise is already selling for on that site?
If you are still interested in purchasing some Missoni for Target items in local stores in St. Louis, there are lots of baby and children’s items (even the girl’s shoes). The women’s rain boots are also still available. The sleepwear sets seem to be widely available. You might find one or two items in the home goods collection as well.
|Loungewear and other intimates still available this afternoon.|
Target appears to be somewhat overwhelmed today as evidenced by the website continuously crashing throughout the day. In stores, there are some price discrepancies between the tags and what the registers are ringing up. I bought a clutch with a tag saying $22.99, but it rang up at $34.99. I don’t know what the correct price is, but I do know that customer service made adjustments in my favor.
|Something’s not quite right…|
|Price adjustments promptly made after a quick visit to
My little piece of Missoni for Target history:
|Missoni for Target infinity scarf and knit clutch.|
So, did you buy (or try to buy) any Missoni goods?