Clearance Info

Shopping the clearance at Target is probably my favorite way to save.    Once you know how and when Target marks things down, you can easily find stuff for 70% off, not just lame stuff that nobody wants, you can find GOOD STUFF!

How do you find clearance items?  The clearance items at Target will have a red sticker.   In the lower right hand corner you will see the price they are currently marked down to.   The lower left hand corner will let you know what the origninal price was.  Plus, you can find the percentage of the markdown in the upper right hand corner, so you don’t have to do the math!   They make it super easy on us.  Clearance prices generally end in either a 4 or an 8.

This example shows:

  • This items is marked down to $2.08
  • The regular price was $6.99
  • The percentage it is marked down is 70% off!

Where do you find clearance items?  Most of the clearance items are found at the end of the aisles, usually on the endcap facing a wall.  You can usually see a clearance sign posted at the endcap.   When items are marked down for the first time, there is a good chance you will still find them in the aisle.   Once they have several items on clearance, they will get moved to an endcap.

How do they mark things down?  Target has a system for marking down their clearance items.  In general the markdowns go 30%, 50%, & then 70% off.   There are exceptions to this rule, sometimes more popular or everyday items will start at 15% off.   Often, you will find that the food, healthy & beauty, electronics and Lego’s will start at 15% off.   Holiday and seasonal items follow a different markdown schedule, they will get marked down to as low as 90% off.  SWEET!

Generally, they seem to mark things down to the next level every 2-3 weeks (sometimes it is longer, or shorter).  So, if you see something in sporting goods that you are interested in that was just marked down 50%, you may want to check back in a couple of weeks.   Sometimes you may come back and the item will be gone.  If you see an item that you really need, it might be a good idea to buy it at 50% off.   If I am buying items for the future use, or for my gift closet, I usually wait to see if I can get it at 70% off.

What days to items get marked down?  Generally, Target marks down their items Monday-Friday.  Each department is generally assigned a certain day that they do their markdowns.   Knowing this schedule is the key to  finding great deals at Target.   Holiday items don’t follow a set schedule, so they could get marked down on a weekend.    Below, you will find the Target markdown schedule.   Please note that some stores may follow a different schedule, and also departments can change to a different day.   As an example, several years ago the markdown for the toy department used to be on a Wednesday, but now the majority of the stores have moved the toy markdown day to Thursday.

Mon. — Electronics, Accessories, Kids Clothing, Books, Baby and Stationary, (Cards, Gift Wrap, etc.)

Tues. — Domestics, Women’s Clothing, Pets and Market (food items)

Wed. — Men’s Clothing, Health and Beauty, Lawn & Garden items

Thur. — Housewares, Lingerie, Shoes, Toys, Sporting Goods, Decor & Luggage

Fri. — Auto, Cosmetics, Hardware, & Jewelry

It is important to mention that there is a good chance that clearance prices will vary by store.   You may find some towels on clearance to 70% off at one store, and run over to another Target to try to get more and find that their towels are only marked down to 50% or even 30% off.

Holiday Clearance Markdowns: The holiday clearance is fun, fun fun!  These items get marked down to as low as 90% off.  That’s like nearly FREE!  The holiday items will go to 50% off the day after the holiday.  If the holiday involves bagged candy (Halloween, Christmas, Valentines), then the candy will usually start out at only 30% off.  Usually a week or so later the items will get marked down to 70% off, a few days after the 70% markdown, everything that is left gets marked down to 90% off.

Here are the items that are considered holiday items:

  • Valentine’s
  • Easter
  • Summer
  • Back to School
  • Halloween
  • Christmas

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Desiree November 6, 2012 at 1:10 pm

So would furniture, like coffee tables, bookcases, etc be including in Thursday’s markdowns? I scored a coffee table and the desk you got a while back for 70% off and ever since I have been waiting to score another deal line that on a bookshelf or cube storage system!

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Katie April 15, 2013 at 10:33 am

Hopefully you already received an answer regarding your question as to furniture being marked down when. You are correct, it would be Thursday. I would always double check with your local Target just to be certain so you don’t waste a trip out.

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Woody May 28, 2013 at 8:20 pm

I asked a target employee to hold a tv on clearance for me and they said they couldn’t hold clearance items. I understood and left to arrange my finances so I could come back and buy it. When I came back less than an hour and a half later it was behind the electronics desk and was supposedly on hold for a guest. Can someone please help clarify this for me? Are there any circumstances that would allow someone else to hold a clearance item? Can anyone site any sources for this?

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Christy May 28, 2013 at 9:42 pm

It’s always been my understanding that they don’t hold clearance items. Maybe it was already bought and paid for and they just needed to pick it up.

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Kelly October 21, 2013 at 10:44 am

The employees at mine held a car seat (for someone else) recently. I, too, found it very frustrating because _I_ wanted to buy it and couldn’t because it was being held for someone else. I suppose it probably depends on who you ask and how much authority they feel they have (though it’s probably generally not something that it supposed to happen).

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Dee October 29, 2013 at 10:48 am

Woody and Kelly there is a possibility the employees hid or purchased your items. There is a Target store here in Atlanta on Mt Zion Blvd in Morrow that is known for being so unprofessional and dirty. My family watched several employees use their portable scanners to check markdown prices. They don’t mark the merchandise down, but place it in a cart and go from aisle to aisle placing marked down merchandise in their basket. Then they take it to customer service and place it behind the counter and purchase it later for themselves. We had such horrible service and asked to see the store manager. A guy named Charley came up to my husband and could not answer our questions. My husband kept asking why their store was so unorganized and the guy walked off from us and hid out behind in the office. We waited for 10-15 minutes and left the store. He made my husband so mad that we refuse to step foot in that store. That is so sad

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joy August 5, 2013 at 4:03 pm

do you know when Target collaboration with designers go on sale? E.g Kate Young, Feed USA.

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jackie August 21, 2013 at 10:04 am

I see that back to school is listed under holiday. When would they start marking those items down since school start dates vary?? I love stocking up on these items and wouldn’t want to miss it!!

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Keri Schulz September 9, 2013 at 3:45 pm

Would a Crock Pot be considered housewares?

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KAV November 19, 2013 at 3:43 pm

Yep!

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Megan @ livingafternoon.com October 18, 2013 at 7:02 pm

Love this! I’m waiting for all the Halloween stuff to go on sale right now. Last year I scored a ton of Christmas stuff at 70-90 percent off!

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KAV November 17, 2013 at 11:33 am

How long do they keep the items in clearance? I’m planning to buy a pillow that is 30% right now, but waiting until after Christmas. Wanting to get a better deal :) Please reply! Hope it doesn’t go away soon….

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Angela December 2, 2013 at 1:01 pm

Have you guys heard that target marks down all online returns at 75% off the regular price. I don’t know if they have a special day or not for online markdowns however I can say
a cashier at my local target told me that is targets policy and I just go in randomly and look for items and they are always there but you have to look and once I get back home look up item on internet and its still full price. Score!!!!!

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Brent December 26, 2013 at 12:53 pm

Not necessarily true. I think it just depends on the item, how BIG it is (i.e. how much shelf space it will take up), and of course, whether or not they normally carry it.

I have seen discounts range anywhere from 15% to 70%, like you said. The item will have the ‘special’ clearance sticker on it, just like the items that say “Repackage.” This will typically but not always be covering the regular item UPC.

BTW – Target doesn’t do 75% off anymore. They changed it to 70% a couple years back.

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sandra January 8, 2014 at 9:15 pm

Does anyone know at what time they start to put the cosmetics on clearance?

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Christy January 8, 2014 at 9:21 pm

It varies at every store. Sometimes they are marked down when the doors open other times they may work on them in the morning.

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Lynn January 13, 2014 at 8:14 pm

What does a kid’s backpack fall under? Skip Hop backpacks have been 13.98 for a week or two and I’m hoping to score them 50% off.

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Amelia January 14, 2014 at 6:57 am

My question is why does each Target have different markdown prices?! I bought Kleenex hand towels and one target in my town on clearance for $1.48 last week. Went to another target in my town last night and it was 2.48 there! Wth?! How can they do it?? And yes same exact box design and all. And it’s Christmas!

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TO January 14, 2014 at 8:24 pm

Amelia, as it states above, different stores may have different percentages off their items. I know all of my local area target always have varying markdown prices or even sometimes say 50% off and have two different amounts at the 50% discount! Each store is usually run by different managers who don’t often care to coordinate with other stores or only worry about their own. They also could care less when the clearance stuff sells as I have seen stores keep it at 30% for well over a month. They know someone will eventually come in and buy the items because it’s a ‘deal’. They all eventually drop though, it’s just the joy of the clearance waiting game. =) I go crazy waiting for the Barnes and Nobles clearance drops!

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ROB February 23, 2014 at 12:01 pm

Nice weblog! If the price ends in 4 I was informed this is the final mark down. They will not price match other locations on clearance; has anyone been able to do this? I have found items more than 90% off without clearance stickers. These are secret marke downs that certain store managers do.

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Billie Rae February 25, 2014 at 9:52 am

FYI- the remaining clearance items that do not sell are sold to a salvage company, and Goodwill buys them. They are then priced very reasonably and sold in the stores!

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Jim March 9, 2014 at 8:40 pm

Hi. , I have a few questions. What department do the fire safes fall in, and what department to batteries fall in. And also what department is called “domestic”. Thanks!

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Jim March 9, 2014 at 8:45 pm

The flashlights just went on clearance. I’m trying to find out what department there under so I can see when there getting marked down again. Thanks

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roger April 1, 2014 at 7:23 am

OK so are the items scheduled to be marked down on say Monday already marked down and ready when the doors open Monday morning or do they physically mark them down on Monday at the leisure of the emoloyees discretion making them available at any time Monday or even Tuesday morning.

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Christy April 1, 2014 at 8:39 am

For the most part I find they are marked down when the doors open. This isn’t always the case though, some departments take longer (like clothing). Plus, if they have a large amount of clearance it may take longer than normal, like when the big toy clearance happens.

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