I’ve been a Lilly-lover for as long as I can remember. There’s something about the colorful prints that make me downright cheerful! I only collect a few Lilly pieces each year because of the hefty price tags. I usually try to buy items on eBay, where I can purchase new items, with tags, for a fraction of the original price. When I must purchase from the website, I make sure that I make my purchase when a free item is being offered. I love my older pieces just as much as the recent ones. For me, my Lillys are the investment pieces that stand the test of time.
I was ecstatic when I first heard that Lilly Pulitzer was designing a line for Target. I jumped at the chance to pick up a couple of the reasonably priced items. Although I knew that the quality wouldn’t be the same as the original Lilly, the prints were far too fabulous to resist. The most careful plans had been prepared to navigate Target on the day of the arrival.
My sister agreed to be my shopping partner, probably against her better judgement. Because I had looked forward to this shopping spree for some time, I felt that it should be an event. In my book, events are always worthy of champagne. On Sunday morning, I prepared a brunch of fruit, hash-browns, and mimosas. I packed my Lilly wine glasses, cute napkins, and sterling spoons. The original plan consisted of tailgating in the Target parking lot. After all, shopping is the one sport in which I excel.
To my horror, when we arrived at Target, there were already people in line. With no time for sips of anything, we were out of the car before I had barely parked the sizable Escalade. I had borrowed it from my husband in anticipation of the loot we were going to purchase. This was the first sign that things were not going to be easy. Immediately, we began trying to purchase online, while in the line. In the one brief second that the website actually worked, I was able to purchase a green and white jumpsuit. You know the one…..it’s the one every other person in the world purchased that morning.
Finally, at 8am, the doors opened. People began to walk towards the door. The closer they got to the door, the faster they walked. By the time I was inside the doors, people were in full sprint. I grabbed the first thing I saw, which was a straw beach bag. I was excited to see that the interior fabric matched the fabric of the jumpsuit I had just purchased! However, it would make my fourth straw beach bag. Really, I didn’t need another.
I was completely shocked at the amount of greed as people grabbed and snatched multiple items from the racks. I decided at that moment that I wasn’t going to display that type of behavior. I didn’t need anything badly enough to push or shove. And maybe it is being judgmental, but bad behavior will always be bad behavior, even when dressed in Lilly. It’s just not my personality type to act aggressively. Maybe I’m so bothered because I see this type of “me-first” behavior all of the time in the kids I teach. Maybe graciousness is a thing of the past. I feel sure, that if given the opportunity to fill my cart, I wouldn’t have done so. I would have wanted to make sure that the other seventy people in line could have had something.
So when my sister and I left Target, we decided to continue our plans of celebration. We weren’t celebrating purchases as others were. Instead, we celebrated the survival of the Lilly madness. We celebrated that our dignity and good manners were still in tack. We bore no battle scars, other than a sharp elbow to my ribs. So there, in the parking lot of Lowe’s, before we ran our our errands, we popped that bottle of champagne. We sipped pineapple mimosas and feasted on hash-browns and fresh fruit.
Once again, we were reminded that life isn’t about things. Life is about the moments that we share with others that make it special. Sometimes, because of disappointments, better things come our way. It had been a while since I’d spent any quality time with my sister, and there is no amount of Lilly for Target that could ever replace that.