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Target 42" Twinkling Snowflakes

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Target has begun to put out their Christmas decorations. I just wanted to let the people know that were looking for the 42" Twinkling LED Snowflakes that they are stocking them in the stores.

 

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Do you know if all Target locations have these out yet?  I looked on Target's website and was unable to find the product. I really hope to get some this year!!

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Do you know if all Target locations have these out yet?  I looked on Target's website and was unable to find the product. I really hope to get some this year!!

I only checked the one store in Augusta, Georgia. You would have thought that Target would have the snowflakes on their website before they began to stock the stores. I had visited Target to check out their Halloween decorations and found the Christmas decoration right behind the Halloween decoration. Most of the Christmas decorations they had stocked were lights.

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Do you know if all Target locations have these out yet?  I looked on Target's website and was unable to find the product. I really hope to get some this year!!

I only checked the one store in Augusta, Georgia. You would have thought that Target would have the snowflakes on their website before they began to stock the stores. I had visited Target to check out their Halloween decorations and found the Christmas decoration right behind the Halloween decoration. Most of the Christmas decorations they had stocked were lights.

Update: Target now has the snowflakes in their website. After calling two Target locations, they both have them in stock, but they are not on the sales floor yet. Hopefully they will be out this week.

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My local Target store only stocked 4. Now they have to reorder. Thinking about getting more when they restock.

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My local Target store only stocked 4. Now they have to reorder. Thinking about getting more when they restock.

Our local Target has always stocked 4, but when they are gone they have not restocked. You may want to place an order if you need anymore.

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Can you give an update on these?  Do they appear to be sturdy/well constructed?

Both target.com and the eBay store both show "out of stock" today. :o These snowflakes have been very popular with the Christmas decorators. May still be available in the local store though.

I have been using these snowflakes since Christmas 2012. They have held up well. I have had to replace a some of the LED's. Each snowflake comes with some spares. I have used them on the roof and on the gable.

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