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There are some people that are new to Target holiday clearance shopping and the question I get asked by most of them is how I go about finding the 90% off deals. I am going to share some tips how I personally go about finding the best holiday clearance deals. Before I fill you in on the tips, it’s important to first understand how the Target holiday clearance works. The holiday/seasonal clearance is the only time when Target clearance gets marked down to 90% off.
Target holiday and seasonal clearance happens around major holidays and seasons. The holiday clearance usually excludes holidays like St. Patrick’s Day that aren’t as big, and don’t usually bring in a lot of merchandise. Here are the times when you can usually find the holiday/seasonal clearance deals at Target.
- Valentine’s Day
- Back to School
At these times of the year the seasonal clearance will get marked down to 50% off the day after the holiday, around 3 days after, it will go 70% off, then about 2-3 days later, it will finally get marked down to 90% off. These are general guidelines, the rate at which things are marked down can vary by store. There are some items that aren’t marked down as deeply too, food generally goes 30%, 50% and then 70% off. Beauty items will sometimes only go as low as 70% off too.
These clearance items WILL NOT be marked with yellow clearance stickers. It’s best to use the scanner to check the markdown level for these type of clearance deals. While regular department clearance usually has a price that ends in an 8, the holiday seasonal clearance items will usually end in a 9 or a 0. When it’s time for the markdowns, I recommend scanning an item or two and not looking at the percent off signs on the shelves, sometimes they don’t change those signs right away when a new markdown has happened.
The best thing about the holiday/seasonal clearance is that many times they will include items that aren’t holiday themed at all, they are items you can use year round. You can check out the items I found on clearance to get an idea of the type of items you may find during various seasonal clearance times.
- 90% off Valentine clearance
- 90% off Christmas clearance
- More 90% off Christmas clearance
- 90% off Halloween clearance
- 90% off Easter clearance
- 90% off Christmas clearance
A lot of times these holiday clearance deals will include items from the Target Dollar Spot and those items even make it to 90% off.
My biggest tip for scoring great deals during the holiday 90% off clearance is to scope out what seasonal items there are BEFORE the markdown happens. I do this a couple of ways, the first way is to just walk through the seasonal department, pay attention to packaging that isn’t necessarily holiday themed.
The second thing I do when checking out the items that I believe will be included in the holiday clearance is to check out end caps in kitchen and home decor. They often have an entire end cap devoted to seasonal merchandise. It’s important to look at these things ahead of time, because often these items will be in their respective departments or on a random shelf instead of back with the holiday clearance. A lot of times these items won’t necessarily look “holiday” themed. For instance, at Christmas time it could be a serving bowl with a gold rim or a pastel serving pitcher at Easter time.
Another great way to get a peek at what items will probably be included in the clearance is to check the respective holiday section online at Target.com. I look through the items and take mental notes of things I want to look for when the clearance happens.
Here is a peek at some items I noticed for Christmas. I can’t guarantee all of these items will be included in the Christmas clearance, but there is a very good chance they will. Of course, once the markdown happens I’ll be at the store scanning all the stuff and sharing photos so you will know for sure.
Some of my favorite things to watch for are beauty items, like lotions, bath bombs, face masks and lip care. Target usually brings in a ton of these items and they can get marked down to 70-90% off. Bath items usually only go 70% off. Check out a few more below:
I am guessing these will be included in the markdown, how fun would it be to find these at 70% off?
Lip care items usually go 90% off. My stores have an entire end cap filled the lip balms that they brought in for the holidays. After Christmas these will all be on clearance. Check out some of the holiday themed items below:
Home Decor is another great thing you can get at 90% off. Here are a few items that might be included this year.
This markdown usually includes Hearth & Hand items at 90% off! If it happens again this year, the markdown will probably include all the Hearth & Hand toys.
There is an entire end cap dedicated to holiday baking, but most of these items can be used year round. Watch for the item that have holiday photos or printed packaging.
Here are some items I found in the Christmas section that are stocking stuffers, many of them are not Christmas themed at all. All of these items would be great to use in Easter baskets too. So buy when they are cheap and save them!
LEGOs!! If you fine them at 90% off they will be only $.39. Another great thing to do with items from this section is to buy them for party goody bags.
The holidays often bring in seasonal Ziploc and Glad items too. These storage bags have Halloween themed packaging.
You will also find clothing too! Some is totally Christmas themed, while others are not.
Keep an eye on the gift kiosks around the store, these items usually go 70-90% off. We have found the sock sets at only $1.49 each and every year! Here is a peek at some items from the kiosks. Keep in mind not all of these items will be marked down.
Don’t forget to check for Glad and Ziploc holiday themed packaging. Your food does not care if there are Christmas trees on the outside of the packaging!
Another thing to look for is food items that might be included in the holiday clearance, many times they will have seasonal packaging. Food usually only goes 70% off, but at Halloween it went 90% off, so we can keep our fingers crossed!
Another section I recommend checking is at Starbucks at the front of the store. They often bring in seasonal tumblers and mugs that are included in the 90% off markdown. Study them now so you know what to look for later.
Once you know what you are looking for it’s easier to score the amazing 90% off deals. Most of the time the items that are included in the holiday clearance will be moved to the back of the store with the other holiday items, but often times things can be found around the store instead. Here are a few examples of holiday clearance items I found around the store after the Christmas clearance markdown happened last year. Looking at the items before the holiday means there is a better chance you will recognize random items sitting on shelves after the holidays.
One more thing to note, this clearance usually also includes the Dollar Spot items, but as late they have not been following the same markdown schedule as the holiday items and also only going to 70% off. I’m hoping that the Christmas items will go 90% off too, but we’ll just have to wait and see.
I found this tray in the home decor department sitting with all the regular priced items.
This basket was also just in the home decor section with regular price items.
This was randomly on an end cap with other clearance items that had the yellow clearance stickers.
Clothing and accessories are usually some of the items that can be found in their respective department. I have found tons of clothing mixed in with the regular clothing.
I found three of these shower curtains hanging with all the other regular priced shower curtains. I wouldn’t have known to look for this one if a reader hadn’t shared a picture on Facebook. I love my readers, they are the best!
There were about 10 of these hanging on the regular Chapstick section in the health and beauty department. I could share tons more, but I think you get the idea. You will want to look around the entire store!
Another great way I find all the great holiday clearance deals is from my wonderful All Things Target readers! I love our Facebook community that is very active, especially when the holiday clearance starts. So many readers share photos of their finds on the Facebook page, which makes it easy for me and others to know what to look for, I have found so many great deals thanks to people that were willing to share. It’s the best! I highly recommend you follow along on the All Things Target Facebook page and also follow All Things Target on Instagram because we can often share the markdowns in real time over on Instagram.
So, there you have it! My main tips for scoring the 90% off deals. Who is ready for the next seasonal clearance? We won’t have to wait long, the Christmas clearance will be here before you know it.