Every year after Christmas Target has major toy clearance and eventually a BIG portion of it all moves to 70% Off all at once if it survives. I think 75% Off is now an extinct number for everyone and 70% is what we will all see. I don’t know about you folks but I feel like the entire toy section is on clearance these days.
Down every row there seems to be tons of toys on clearance- everything from dolls, to games, to Lego sets. The endcaps are full of clearance, and there are a couple of rows at my store designated only for clearance. I feel like the clearance range is all over the place this year- with items ranging anywhere from 30 – 70% Off at my store.
Most of the brand-name, popular toys like Lego are sitting at 30% Off, but there is quite a bit at 50% Off and a few items at 70% Off. Most of the toys at 70% Off for me were the Time 4 Toyz items. But I did see some others at 70% Off like the My Little Pony Canterlot Play tent down to $7.78 and the Star Wars Mighty Beanz down to $5.98.
The above Hot Wheels set was 50% Off down to $39.98 and had a $5 Off peelie coupon on it too. I feel like clearance is starting early this year but I think I say that every year and usually the majority seems to hold out until mid January for the big drop to 70% Off.
But there is no guarantee, and if it does happen mid-January again, some of the more popular toys like LEGO may not make it that long. Usually most disappear at 50% Off. But each store is different as to what is available and what will be left when the majority makes the big drop.
At my store last year, it was January 13th on a Friday. But stores can vary. One thing you can do to be more prepared is to find out your stores markdown schedule. While many stores do markdowns on Wednesdays in Toys, not all stores do. For example my store typically does toy markdowns on Thursdays AND sometimes Fridays. So I knew when it didn’t hit Thursday last year- that I needed to be there bright & early on Friday and I ended up with some wonderful finds.
This year- I am betting on the 11th, 12th or 13th of January- but it could be the following week OR I could be way off and maybe it will be this week but I don’t think it will. It’s something to carefully watch, and worth a good long look in the toy aisles now to see if anything interests you- since there is no way of knowing if what’s there now will survive a bigger discount.