I did something about a week ago, that would definitely NOT earn me the good shopper gold star award.
Yes, I must confess.
Now, some may say, “What’s the big deal? I do it all the time!” but I still felt a little shady doing it. The store security camera would have shown me looking around nervously and then awkwardly walking away while whistling in that obviously fake, “I’m trying to hide something but nobody is fooled” way.
So what was the horrible shopping crime that was committed? What shameful act was displayed? Well, dear friends, let me start at the beginning. I’d been hoping to add a rhinoceros to my circus of ceramic animals for a while now. I wasn’t in a rush. I knew that eventually one would cross my path. And that path crossing happened a couple of weeks ago. I was running around Target with three of my kiddies. We had all split up to maximize our shopping coverage and as I was walking through the linens, I spied it. The little rhino of my dreams. It was from the Nate Berkus collection (love him). Someone else had just randomly left the rhinoceros in the wrong section of the store. I paused for a moment, debating whether or not I should buy it when I noticed the time. Oops, time to go! I didn’t think I had time to wait in line to purchase the rhino. So, I was sneaky and just hid it behind a quilt in the bedding section. Yes, I did! Rationalizing that I would just pop in the next day to purchase it.
Well, sorry Target. I ended up not making it back to the store for another week. In that time, I had been to other Targets but not to that particular store. And I could not find rhinos anywhere. Nowhere. Some places just carry different products depending on the location of the store. So I was getting a little nervous that I blew my chances of ever having a rhinoceros of my own. (Yes, drama queen here.) When I finally was able to return to the store, I headed right for the linen section. I knew the rhino would have long been discovered and sold, but I still held out hope. But of course, it was nowhere to be found.
I then checked the actual Nate Berkus area in the decor section. Bingo! Two shiny specimens. So I ended up with my rhinoceros after all.
The brown serving tray was a thrift store find and came in a set of three. The first tray, I painted gold and added black and white stripes to jazz it up. But this next tray design was inspired by a roll of wrapping paper.
The tray was already looking better with a coat of white paint.
Then I just cut out a piece of wrapping paper to fit the bottom of the tray.
Mod Podge came next.
My shiny rhino with the funny house of mirrors reflection.
The pattern of the tray is actually more of a coral hue despite the fact that it’s reading more as tangerine in the photo.
A little styling with my newly painted gold rhino.
And what would a project post be without another feline photo? (Kitty is confident in her styling abilities and must assist in each photo shoot.)
So what about you? Have you ever (gasp) done something as shady as hiding an item in a different area of the store? Do tell.