Tips for Shopping the Day of the Target 70% off Toy Sale

Tips for Shopping the Target 70% off Toy Clearance

If you are new to this unadvertised clearance sale, here are a couple of posts to get you up to speed:

Learn about the 70% off Toy Clearance at Target (Usually happens January and July/August)

Getting Ready for the Target 70% off Toys Clearance (things to do before the sale starts)

Here are some tips for shopping the day of the sale:

Arrive early:
Once word gets out that the markdown has taken place, things will start to go quick.    At some stores everything may have already been marked down when the stores open, at other stores you may have to shop while the employees are marking stuff down.   There is no way to know what it will be like at your store.

Leave the kids at home:
The aisles get crowded, if possible it’s so much easier to shop if you can leave the kids at home.   Maybe a friend can babysit for you while you pick up items she wants.   Team work!   If you do have to bring your kids, I usually say stuff like “Oh, don’t you think your cousin Cason would love this Lego”, so it’s totally tricks them into thinking I am not buying the Lego for them.   (Do you think that works?)  I have had years where I have had to bring my small children. so it is possible it’s just not my idea of fun. (once I even brought 4 of them – crazy, huh?)

Don’t believe the signs (check the stickers):
When you get there the signs in the toy department may say 30% or 50% off – don’t believe them!!!   I would walk down the aisles and check the individual stickers, you will probably find the items are in fact 70% off. The employees are so busy scanning and changing prices, they don’t get the chance to change the signs.

The scanners are your friends:
If you see an item that is only 50% off, scan it to see if it is actually cheaper.   It takes the employees awhile to actually switch out all the price tags on the toys so they may not have gotten to all of them yet.   If you scan and see the toy is 70% off, a happy dance is required!

The employees are your friends too:
They employees with the pricing guns are the ones that are changing all the prices on the toys.   In order for the new discount to take effect, they have to scan each one of the items with their pricing gun, if the price is lower they will have a little red price sticker print out with the new price.   If there are 3 identical Leap Frog items, only one item needs to be scanned, once one item is scanned all the exact same Leap Frog items will ring up at the new lower price.

Since there are a lot of toys it takes the employees awhile to price all the toys.  Maybe you found a 50% off toy on the next aisle over that the employees haven’t gotten to yet.

When I first started shopping this sale (about 13 year ago) nobody knew about it.  It was kind of like my own little secret!  Asking the employees to check to see if an item was lower with their little pricing guns was a piece of cake.   Now, the employees have a long line of people wanting price checks and it is not easy on them.   I ask politely if they can check and item or two (not a whole cart).   I have never had anyone turn me down.  They employees at my stores have always been more than polite and I appreciate them so much for it!

Have fun:
I have had great experiences almost every time I have shopped this sale.  I find that most everyone is willing to point out where they found an item or share their thoughts on toys. I have run into several Grandmother’s that love to chat about their grandchildren.  It can be fun and friendly experience!   Make the most of it, even if it’s chaotic and you see and people buying tons of items for Ebay.

Share your Photos:
One of my favorite parts of this big sale is seeing all the fun stuff people bought. I LOVE PHOTOS!! Please email me photos of your finds to allthingstarget@gmail.com, or you can post directly to the All Things Target Facebook wall if you want.

Oh, and I should mention if you end up shopping at more than one Target, it doesn’t make you crazy, it makes you dedicated!!    Have fun everyone!!

Get Ready for the 70% off Target Toy Clearance

It’s getting close to the time when a good portion of the clearance toys will be marked down to 70% off at Target.   The markdown should happen at most stores on a Thursday, but it is possible for stores to mark them down on a Wednesday or even Friday.

If history repeats itself, the markdown should take place on Thursday, July 31st 2014.   Please understand this is not a guaranteed date, it can happen the week before or the week after.    This is an unadvertised clearance, so we won’t know for certain when it happens until it happens.    Historically, the markdown has taken place the last week in July.

Here are some things you can do BEFORE the big sale happens to make sure you are ready for the big day!

Make your list and set your budget:
Figure out your budget now, and stick to it.   It is so easy to go overboard when you see all of the great deals.   I would also make a list of potential gifts you will need for the year.   It’s much easier to decide what to buy when you have specific people in mind.   When I make my list I usually ad a few items for birthday parties my kids may get invited to through the year   (Example: My son is 8, so I will look for items that will work for boys turning 9.)

Check the clearance deals now:
If possible, you will want to visit all of your local Target stores now.   If you have 3 Target’s that are close to your house (LUCKY!) you will want to check what the clearance is like at each store.   This will help you know which store has the largest selection of clearance, and help you to see if there is a store that has more of the items you are interested in.  The store that meets most of your needs should be the one you shop at first.

Should you buy items at 50% off:
If you see an item that you are extremely interested in, but the stock is very low, you may want to pick it up at 50% off.   I do this for VERY FEW items!   I figure another amazing sale will always come along.

If you see an item that has been marked down to 70% off and you already purchased the item at 50% off, you will not be eligible for a price adjustment.   Target does not do price adjustments on clearance items.   You can buy the item at 70% off and then return the original item with your 50% off receipt.

Check reviews before you buy:
Once you have seen which toys are available, go home and check the reviews on Amazon.com.  Some toys aren’t worth the money even at 70% off.   You want to make sure you are bringing home quality items that will get played with and last a long time

Keep your schedule clear:
Don’t make any appointments on Wednesday or Thursday for the next couple of weeks.  I am serious about this one!!  It may seem silly, but you don’t want to miss the sale, because you had a dental appointment. Seriously, what’s more exciting – shopping for toys at 70% off, or getting your teeth cleaned?

Get your hiding spot ready:
Once you buy your toys, you are going to need a place to hide them.   I have kept things in my car a couple of times, because I wasn’t exactly sure where I wanted to store them.   On both occasions one of the kids saw something that I was planning to give them for their birthday.  I hate it when that happens!

Check for coupons or rebates:
Check to see if there are any coupons or rebates.  Make sure you check Target.com for Target printable toy coupons too.

Here is more information regarding the 70% off Target toy sale:

What to Expect Target in July (70% Toy & 90% off Summer Clearance)

July is a BIG month for clearance deals!   Here are some of the sales and clearance deals you can expect to find at Target in July.

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Toy Clearance: The BIGGEST deal at Target in July is probably the 70% off toy clearance.   Toward the end of July, Target marks down a nice selection of clearance toys to 70% off.  They do this in order to make room for the new toys that are coming in for the holiday season.   You can learn more about the Target 70% off toy clearance HERE.   While this markdown usually takes place the last week of July, last year the markdown took place on August 1st.

Remember, most stores markdown their toys on Thursdays, so that is the day the markdown will probably take place.   I do know of some stores that do the markdown on Wednesdays, so there is a chance that your store will do the markdown on Wednesday.   There is no guarantee which day it will happen, it’s just a “wait and see” kind of thing.    I will be posting lots of information regarding the clearance sale throughout July in order to keep you informed. Make sure you “like” All Things Target on Facebook to stay up-to-date on this big sale.

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Summer Clearance:   Another great section that goes on clearance is the summer section.   All of the items they brought in for summer will get marked down in July.   These items will go as low as 90% off!!     Here are the days the markdowns took place last year (just to give you an idea of when they may happen this year):

  • 50% off happened around July 16, 2013
  • 70% off happened around July 20, 2013
  • 90% off happened around July 23. 2013

School Supplies:  July is a great time to buy school supplies, before you know it we will see the pack of the store filling up with lunch boxes, folders, crayons and more.  We should see some great sales as well as coupons for school supplies that can translate to FREE items.   Last year we saw FREE pens, Scotch tape, Sharpies, Rose Art items and more.

Patio & Garden Clearance:  The remaining patio furniture  and garden clearance should go down to 70% off sometime in July.    Most people saw these items go to 70% off around July 5th.     There is a very good chance we can see the same happen this year, they need to clear out the department so they can make room for all the school supplies.

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Baby, Shoes & Clothing:  We should also see some baby items, like car seats go on clearance to 50% off during the month of July.    We should also see some shoes and clothing get marked down to 70% off this month too.

With so many departments cleaning things out we will see lots of brand new items at Target too.   I love, love, love shopping Target in July!!

Target Toy Clearance: 70% off is happening today!! (January 16, 2014)

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I have received word from tons of people that the 70% off clearance has in fact started at their Target stores today (1/16). I am also hearing that while there are quite a few items marked down to 70% off there are still some items that have remained at 30-50% off (probably LEGOs and a few other items). Keep in mind that clearance can vary by location, so there is chance that the markdown has not taken place at your store.    You can keep on eye on this Facebook post and  this Facebook Post for what people are reporting at their location.

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Make sure you don’t pay attention to the 30% or 50% off signs on the shelves, check the individual price stickers to see if they are 70% off. You will see a number in the top right hand corner that will tell you what percent they have been marked down. You may also want to scan an item or two just to double check.

I do not recommend calling the stores, the employees up front aren’t usually aware of the markdown and you may get incorrect information.

I would LOVE to see photos of the toys and so would everyone else. You can share your photos the following ways:

Target 70% off Toy Clearance is Happening Today

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I have received word from so many people that the 70% off clearance has in fact started at their Target store today. However, it sounds like the Target’s system went down (nationwide) early this morning and the scanners quit working, so some places weren’t able to finish (or even start) the scanning.    The scanners are back up and running now, so hopefully you will find the markdown at your store.

It also sounds like many stores do not have the toys consolidated to one aisle, so you may have to do some looking around.

Keep in mind that clearance can vary by location, so there is chance that the markdown has not taken place at your store.    You can https://www.facebook.com/allthingstarget/posts/567127076680783 for updates throughout the day on the different location.

I would LOVE to see photos of your deals and so would everyone else! You can email photos to thriftyandthriving@gmail.com or post them directly on the All Things Target Facebook page.

My Thoughts on the 70% off Target Toy Clearance (will it be 7/25?)

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Lots of people are wondering if the big 70% of toy clearance will happen tomorrow.   The clearance happened last year on 7/26, so one would think that it should happen on Thursday, July 25th right?     We never know for sure until it happens, but I am thinking that the big clearance may not actually happen until Thursday, August 1st.    I have noticed that almost all of the clearance events this year have happened a week later than they did last year, which leads me to believe that the markdown will probably take place next week.

I have no way of knowing for sure, so this is just an educated guess.   Having said that, there is a chance the markdown can happen at a few store (or even the majority) of stores tomorrow.  So, I will put a post on on the All Things Target Facebook page bright and early tomorrow morning, so if you do head to Target can you let us know what you find.

If you want to make sure you don’t miss the sale, you may want to check out your Target just to be safe.   Happy shopping!

Target Toy Clearance: Finally Some LEGO’s!!

For some reason the LEGO’s always seem to be marked down later than the rest of the toys, but the good news for you LEGO fans is that there will be some LEGO’s on clearance this time around.   Here are the deals I spotted at my store in Kent, WA.    The LEGO’s usually start out around 15% off and then go down from there. These clearance deals are part of the big toy clearance that happens in July. A large portion of the clearance toys will get marked down to 70% off towards the end of July.


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More Target Clearance Toys

I have a few more photos of clearance toys that have recently been marked down at Target. These are the same toys that we should see go to 50% off and possibly even 70% off sometime in July.   If you aren’t familiar with this clearance sale, you should read up on the 70% off Target Toy Clearance, so you know what to expect. In previous years we have seen the 70% off markdown happen the last week in July.

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I spotted a few more games and Crayola items that have been marked down.

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A few more “girl” type items.   There does seem to be more for the older kids and more for boys this time around.

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I notice there are tons of the Laser Pegs at almost every store I go to, I don’t think we should have any problem finding these toys marked down to 70% off.     Make sure you check out my other post for even more photos of the summer Target clearance toys.