Have you ever heard of a “come apart” before?

We have them in Kentucky.

You have a “come apart” when something is so amazing or so awe-inspiring or so over-the-top incredible…

…that you just can’t even.

That was me at the Dollar Spot this week.

I drove to another state and walked through the sparkling shiny glass doors and picked a lucky red cart and drove it by the bins by the front door and enthusiastically started tossing things into my cart and right then and there in the middle of Target…

…I had a patriotic come apart.

Here are my favorites from my haul. 🙂

1. Patriotic bobby pins


Let’s pause and take a moment to tell the person to your left how cute these are.

You know I love a good bobby pin and a teased up messy bun.

The higher the hair the closer to heaven.

2. Stars and stripes treat bags

I love something that looks cute without any effort.

Just imagine handing these out at the fireworks display.

Everyone would look at you like you’d been preparing all week.

3. Stars straws

I like the non-committal holiday stars on these straws.

They would work for the Fourth.

Or New Years.

Or a seventies disco party.

Take your straw pick.

4. Tiny banners

I wasn’t sure what to do with these.

But I didn’t let that stop me.

They made it into the cart because they were cute.

5.  Galvanized map with magnetic heart

This artwork has a galvanized metal USA with a heart that’s magnetic and travels the country.

I put it next to Kentucky, but it’s also covering Illinois, Indiana, and parts of Tennessee.

Oh, good.

I heart those states, too.

7.  Blue and white striped ribbon and canvas banner

This doesn’t really say HRFO.

It says Happy Fourth.

The better to celebrate with.

8.  Patriotic party napkins

There was a whole set of paperware that matched these napkins.

But I’m cheap.

So I thought I’d splurge on $1 for the napkins and .25 for white dishes from a yard sale.

9.  Patriotic decorations

These paper medallions came in a set of three.

They are sturdy and super easy to put together.

Well played Target.  Well played.

Here’s to the red, white and blue.

Here’s to this land that I love.

And here’s to a patriotic come apart–with extra sparkle. 🙂

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  1. Image for Nancy @ Slightly Coastal Nancy @ Slightly Coastal

    I just went there the other day too and apparently had a come apart too (even though I didn't know that's what it was). It made me want to host a big bar-b-que and decorate my whole yard. I'm going to use all my haul in a Patriotic tablescape next week! Eeeek! So cute. Nancy

  2. Image for Barbara Barbara

    GREAT finds-love Target! And I'm a sucker for all that is patriotic. I made your shims flag and have it hanging in my playroom:) Gotta go to Target today!

  3. Image for Lisa Lisa

    I heard there is also a red and white grain sack stripe runner in select Dollar Spots. I cannot confirm this because I have not seen one in the wild yet. XX Lisa PS...I am familiar with the come apart. They recently reset my Target store and I am working through my issues with this. :)

  4. Image for Cindy Brown Cindy Brown

    KariAnne, I had the same reaction! I bought the cutest banner of blue and white ticking and red and white checks for only $3.00!!! I could not have made it for that! Plus it was already done for me so that was a plus. Love crafts but working full time and handling other matters right now leave me no time to "cut and paste"! I never pass up that section of Target! Love you, rock star! Cindy

  5. Image for Linda Pinion Linda Pinion

    "Come Apart! It's right up there with an "Undone"! As in "she's come undone"! Gotta love some southern slang!

  6. Image for Michelle Michelle

    I've never heard the term but I've had plenty of those 'come apart' moments. My dad used to think I was faking my enthusiasm. Later in years, he told me he realized I was completely sincere. Well, it's nice to finally put a name to the affliction! I don't have a Texas accent but people can still usually tell I've spent some time there just because I can't seem to keep 'fixin' to' out of my vocabulary. By the way, I love all the celebratory Target 4th decorations! So cute!! I have a red white and blue neckerchief (betcha haven't heard that term in a hot minute!) I wear every year but, right now, I think I'm fixin' to head on over to Target for some stuff for my apartment to wear :D

  7. Image for laura {not a trophy wife} laura {not a trophy wife}

    I tried very hard last week not to have a comin' apart moment when my cart veered left to the dollar section. Now, I have to go back! ha! Our dollar section had these adorable lanterns.... dang! As always, you had me at your images! xo laura

  8. Image for Ellen Ellen

    Being a born and raised "Northern" girl, a "come apart" is a new expression to me - and I love it! I can't wait to slip this into a conversation. I must get to Target and check out these cute finds. The $1 corner is the best spot for my Grandson's shopping fun, can always find something that delights a 3 1/2 yr. old. Thank-you for this informational and delightful post.

  9. Image for Loryl Loryl

    I was just in Target on Monday and bought a couple cute things from the Dollar Spot, a red/white striped pillow with blue fringe for my front porch and a flag block frame. SO cute. I didn't see the treat bags but will go back. They're SO perfect for a fireworks snack! I'm a sucker for 4th of July decorations. We used to do a big party so I have lots of decorations and tableware. I just decorated my mantel last week with stuff from my bin in the basement. LOVE to shop the house.

  10. Image for Betsy Betsy

    Kari Anne, thanks for the heads up. Everyone needs to go to Target today if they want (need) any of these items! Last year when you posted the great items you found for the 4th I waited until the next day to go........big mistake! The bins were gutted!

  11. Image for Colleen@LilacDriveDesigns Colleen@LilacDriveDesigns

    Such cute stuff! Can you imagine being the buyer for Target whose job is to pick out merch for the dollar spot? Do they have as much fun picking out those things to sell as we do buying them? I saw the most adorable red white and blue straws at the Dollar Tree a few days ago too.

  12. Image for Cindy Richter Cindy Richter

    All you had to say was Target Dollar Spot and I knew it was going to be great. That section is always going to bring about a come apart! Always love your stories. Big hugs

  13. Image for Lanita Anderson Lanita Anderson

    I've never heard of a "come apart", but it looks like I need to make a trip to Target!! :) Thanks for sharing, friend!

  14. Image for Marilyn Marilyn

    What a great haul . We are going to put up our July 4th decorations in a few days. We have kept our Memorial Day[Decoration] decorations up. Marilyn

  15. Image for PC PC

    I had a come apart 2 weeks ago for a funeral and saw that mess on the parkway. I appreciate your blog because it keeps me close to home We need a Target close than another state

  16. Image for Cecilia Cecilia

    Oh I love those! I haven't been in Target for two weeks now! I know, shameful, right? Somehow, the 4th is such a fun and magical day. But then we were married on the 2nd so the whole 4th of July week is just special! (35 yrs this year!) The Dollar Spot has the best stuff. Happy Weekend, friend!

  17. Image for Diane | An Extraordinary Day Diane | An Extraordinary Day

    From my perspective... it looks like the heart on the metal USA map is cradling Michigan. Not that I am biased or anything, but a mitten being cradled by a heart.... <3 KA... you hit the mother lode at the dollar spot for sure! I'll look forward to seeing a reappearance on the blog of these delightful finds. Happy 4th! (Just in case I forget later!)

  18. Image for JaneEllen JaneEllen

    Usually by time I make it to town and Target all the good stuff is gone. At our Target Grand Junction, CO) many of prices have gone up, not too many $1 items anymore, now $3 and $5 and noticed couple $7 little runner rugs, cute tho,, only 2 or 3 of those left.. Didn't see any of little lanterns. Sure would like to be there when they get shipment in so could have pick of goodies. We lived in KY for 5 yrs. but never heard that term "come apart". Maybe wrong part of KY? Lived few miles north of Bowling Green, miss a lot of things there, mostly our house and land. Great shopping for vintage goodies too. Enjoy rest of week

  19. Image for Julie Briones Julie Briones

    Love the site changes... I mean really love them... I wish I loved red/white/blue. I don't know what happened in my childhood for me to have such an aversion to the three colors together. Looking at all the blogs I follow, I may need some therapy to figure out what went wrong with me.....

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