Tomorrow is the day that we should hopefully see the majority of the Target stores with 70% off their toy clearance items. We won’t know for sure until the sales start, so make sure to leave a comment on the blog or on our Facebook page if you find that your Target store has started their big 70% off clearance toy sale. This sale happens twice a year – once in January and also end of July/beginning of August. Last year, the sale started on July 30th, a Thursday, so chances are good that it will start tomorrow!
Tips for shopping the Target toy clearance sale:
Scan, scan, scan
Don’t rely on what the signs or even the red clearance stickers say as they may not be accurate. I always pick up the items that I’m interested in & head to one of the in-store price scanners to check the price. You just might be pleasantly surprised by what you find.
Put items in your cart if interested
When the toy clearance sale happens, these items will move fast, so if you’re debating about a few things, it’s a good idea to stick them in your cart & then decide whether you want them. On the other hand, if you have some time to stick around, you just might find some deals you didn’t find at first as people bring back the items they choose not to get.
Check out the store in person
I’ve never had luck when I call the store to find out if the clearance sale is going on. The people in Customer Service may not be aware of the markdowns taking place, so I think it’s best to just go to the store yourself or tag-team with a friend (you each take different stores & report back on what you find). I love when my friends send me texts or pictures of the deals they find in the stores. It’s great to have that heads up!
Make a list & stick to it
I admit, I can get a little caught up in these sales when they happen. I definitely believe in buying ahead when you find items at rock-bottom prices like 70% off. However, you don’t want to overbuy & end up with a lot of items you won’t end up using. So, I recommend making a list ahead of time of possible birthdays/gifts that you could use the items & ages. There are often a lot of people at the toy clearance sales & it’s hard to think clearly when you’re so excited about those great deals you’re finding (at least, that’s the case for me!)
Follow Thrifty NW Mom on Facebook
We have a great community here at the Thrifty NW Mom Facebook page and everyone is great about sharing tips on when the clearance sales are happening at their stores. So, make sure to be checking the Facebook page regularly tomorrow & Friday, as we’ll be asking daily what people are finding at their stores. Make sure to list your specific store & share what you found so the rest of us can check our stores for similar items. We also love to see pictures of your finds, so feel free to send them to us at thriftynorthwestmom (at) gmail (dot) com and we will try to share those pictures with everyone else, too. It’s always fun to see what people find – and what you can look for at your stores!
Happy Toy Clearance Shopping!!