Target has some fantastic clearance items that you can find in-store. Going through a couple of times weekly I’ve been able to score some highly discounted goods from sheets, and kids clothes to housewares and furniture. However, new shoppers aren’t always sure where to find the Target clearance stuff, how to spot it or when to shop.
Where Can you Find Target Clearance?
Target clearance is going to be found in one of two spots, in its own section like seasonal clearance where you were able to find reduced summer stuff over the past month, or at the end of the aisles. Clearance that is placed at the end of the aisles in the store are going to be marked with a bright red “clearance” sign on the top of the shelf, so like a pro you won’t need to walk through the entire store, you can gaze down the end of the aisles to find the goods. Lately, I’ve found lots of clearance mixed in or in specific sections through the aisles, so it pays to have walk through the store.
In the clothing and accessories sections, same deal, you’re going to see a bold red ‘clearance’ signs with indications of under $20, under $5 etc.
What Do the Stickers Look like?
Target clearance stickers are red and white with “clearance” at the top of the sticker and the new, reduced price at the bottom. They’re easy to spot when you’re looking for them and can snag you up to eighty percent off in savings.
Target Markdown Tips
When an item has been marked down you’ll find the the first mark down price ending in an 8 (unlike the regular priced items that end in 9). If it hasn’t sold and been marked down further you will see this reduced to a 4. If the price ends in 4 and you’re debating with yourself whether you should buy it, you should buy it. It’s not going to be marked down as it has previously been reduced and it’s not going to be coming back into stock.
Tip: Always use the price scanner, there are times when reduced items aren’t marked correctly and you’ll save even more. This becomes useful for big clearance, 90%+ off.
Big Clearance Events
There are two big annual clearance events that take place at Target, worth keeping your eyes open for. July holds the toy and baby clearance (though stores here have just opened so it seems that a big clearance isn’t necessarily going to be seen on these items) and in October you’ll find another toy clearance to get ready for Christmas shopping. Also, check back to the store in July for big reductions on baby items. That’s the perfect time to shop to take advantage of some New Years sales.
The $5 Clothing event. Keep a close eye on for future $5 clearance clothing events, where all clearance clothing is marked down to under $5. You’re going to get the best deals if you’re there right when the store opens on the day of the event. Most recently, outerwear and children’s snowsuits for five bucks.
Tip: Shopping after the holidays? With most sales, prices are reduced 50% the day after the holiday, 70% off up to three days later and usually down to about 90% a week after the holiday. Check your local store to see how they do things there.
Can I Use Coupons on Clearance Items?
Yes, you can use coupons on the Target items in the clearance section.
Watch Those Prices
More often than not, the price marked on the item that I’ve purchased on clearance was higher at the till. Watch those prices. Target does not follow scanning code of practice.
The Unofficial Markdown Schedule (US) Check with Your Local Store
Browsing through the internet, you’ll find much mention of this “unofficial Target markdown schedule”. Compare it to the clearance section at your local store and come to your own conclusions about whether the local store is following the schedule.
- Monday: Baby items, children’s clothing, electronics, and office supplies/gift wrap/stationery
- Tuesday: Home décor, women’s clothing, and domestic items
- Wednesday: Food, health and beauty items, men’s clothing, toys, and garden items
- Thursday: Lingerie, housewares, sporting goods, shoes, and luggage
- Friday: Cosmetics, jewelry, hardware, automotive, and home improvement