For those of you that read my blog on a regular basis, you probably already know about the Target 70% off toy sale that happens in January and July. So, for those of you that are new and don’t know about one of the best ways to score some cheap gifts to give all year long…read on!
Target will reset the toy department in January and July. When they do this, they clear out a good portion of the toys to make way for new ones. . Good ones too! To get an idea of the deals you can find, you can check out what several readers picked up during the clearance last July, see all the fun stuff HERE, HERE and HERE. (Please note the markdown level used to be 75% off)
Target follows a markdown schedule, they will markdown each department on a certain day. The markdowns usually go 30%, 50% and then 70% (only holiday/seasonal items go 90% off). Twice a year each department will get “reset”. This means that they will bring in a ton of new merchandise for the next season. So, the toy department will get reset in January, to make way for the upcoming spring and summer toys. The toys also get reset in July to get ready for the holiday seasons toys. I have a post explaining the markdown system in detail, you can read it HERE.
They have one day where they mark the majority of the clearance toys down to 70% off, so they can clear them out quick. Since the markdown day for toys is a Thursday that is usually the day the markdown takes place (some stores markdown on Wednesdays). Last year the markdown happened on July 28th and 29th, so that will give us a general idea of when the markdown will take place this year.
How the Toys are Marked Down
The markdown for the toys and other departments are different than the holiday clearance that can be marked down via a computer. When the toys get marked down each individual item will need to be scanned with a pricing gun before the new price will take effect. If you are interested in two identical items, only one of them will need to be scanned with the gun, once one of the items is entered, the discounted price is good on all identical items.
In years past, the scanning team starts at my stores around 9:00 am, and they are usually still scanning items when I get there. If there is something you want that still have a higher price, scan it with the store price check scanners. If it isn’t 70% off, then you can save it in your cart and then ask one of the employees with the pricing guns if they wouldn’t mind seeing if the item has been marked down. I have NEVER had an employee tell me no, they are generally very nice about it, however, I have noticed that as this sale gains more popularity it is harder for the employees to scan lots of extra items to see if the price has changed. So please be patient with them!
This last January, I noticed that the majority of the toys were already marked down when I arrived at 9:00. The time they get marked down will really vary by store.
Why shop the sale if you don’t need toys now?
I use this clearance sales in January and July to buy toys that I will need for gifts all year long. If you do some thinking, you can purchase lots of toys now that you can use to give as gifts all year long at a BIG discount. Shopping all at once also saves time! It’s so much easier to run to our “toys stockpile” for a gift than having to go the store every time a birthday party comes along. I have 5 kids and over 50 nieces and nephews, so there are a lot of parties in our family!
I shop for the following items:
- I buy items for my kids birthdays and Christmas next year (there are some toys that you just can’t go wrong with, in our house, that is Lego’s, Playmobil, Games, and Arts & Crafts)
- I buy items for nephews and nieces birthdays
- I pick up gifts now for birthday’s my kids may get invited to
- I help my sister and other friends and family by picking up toys for them to give to their kids (my sister works, and she can’t always make it to the sale, so I help her out by picking up items for her)
- I buy items now, so I can donate at Christmas time (Sometimes when you plan for generosity, it’s much easier to give! It’s not so much of a strain on the pocketbook)
- You can even find games that would work well for adults and teens
Want to learn more?
I will be sharing lots of posts over the next month to get you familiarized with this sale. Make sure you are a Fan of All Things Target on Facebook, because I and lots of readers will post directly to the page when they know that the toys have gone 70% off at their store.
They have just recently marked down a lot of the toys to 30% off, so I will be sharing some photos of the items you may find at 70% off, so look for that post sometime tomorrow.