Over the years, I’ve shared that Target routinely moves select toys to 70% off clearance during the month of July. When in July? Typically towards the end of the month, but it can vary from store to store. Interested shoppers often swap tips about which stores have moved to 70% and when. It’s important to understand that this is not an advertised sale or event. So calling your Target store and asking “if it’s happening” may or may not get you anywhere. Likely not.
As a brief primer, here’s what you need to know:
- Target progressively bumps up their clearance pricing until it reaches 70%. Items that are discounted by 15% will then move to 30%. Then they go to 50% and finally 70%.
- Some of the better items may not reach 70% because they will sell out. A key example of this is Legos, which may sell out when they hit 15% or 30% off. I’ve yet to see any Lego-branded item reach 70% off.
- Clearance selection, timing and location varies from store to store. I’ve been to some Targets where the clearance items can be found throughout the toy aisles (just look for the red “clearance” tags). Other stores conveniently move all the clearance items to a section of aisles in the department.
I had the opportunity to visit the Tacoma Target store on Friday with my daughter to scout out what’s currently happening. During that trip, most of the toys I saw were on 30% clearance, but there were a few still stuck at 15%, and a few others had bumped to 50%.
Whimsy & Wonder Pup: $9.98 (currently 30% off)
Poppit: $3.98 (currently 50% off)
Elena Doll: $13.98 (currently 30%)
Sleeping Queen Card Game: $5.99 (currently 50% off)
You can see that this toy had been at 30% off previously.
Movin’ Lights Monkey: $25.48 (currently 15% off)
Cute stuffed pups in a bag: $16ish (30% off)
Sorry, but my daughter claimed this!
Melissa & Doug Sports Set: $13.99 (currently 30% off)
Boss Baby Action Figure: $4.48 (currently 50% off)
Kidizoom Action Cam: $24.98 (currently 50% off)
Star Wars Rogue One Action Figures: $12.48 (currently 50% off)
Pirates of the Caribbean Play Sword: $6.48 (currently 50% off)
Melissa & Doug Wooden Door Hanger & Name Plaque: $10.48 (currently 30% off)
Qixel: $1.98 (currently 50% off)
Lego City Airport Starter Set: $9.25 (currently 15% off)
Gemmies: $17.48 (currently 30% off)
DC Super Hero Girls Lego Set: $55.98 (currently 30% off)
Melissa & Doug Wooden Jewelry Box & Necklace Set: $10.48 (currently 30% off)
Shimmer and Shine Mega Bloks Set: $7.48 (currently 50% off)
Fisher-Price Flip & Surprise Caterpillar: $6.98 (currently 30% off)
Motorized Coin Sorter: $22.98 (currently 30% off)
Eye Clops TV Video Microscope: $20.98 (currently 30% off)
Uncle Milton Moon in my Room: $13.98 (currently 30% off)
Poppit: $9.98 (currently 50% off)
Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Puppy’s Smart Stages Driver: $25.48 (currently 15% off)
Baby Alive: $25.48 (currently 50% off)
American Girl Mini Doll: $2.86 (currently 30% off)
Cabbage Patch Kid: $69.99 (currently 30% off)
Care Bears: $13.98 (currently 30% off)
Again, please understand that selection and pricing is going to vary depending on the store and timing of your trip. Please consider this to give you an idea only of some of the kinds of deals you may find.