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Every year during the first or second week in January Target stores mark down all their overstock toys that didn’t sell for Christmas.  Well many of you are reporting that your stores started marking things down TODAY!

These sales can be HUGE guys.  Last year we got toys for almost every birthday party we went to this year, plus presents to giveaway.  To give you an idea, this included Pictionary for $5, Curious George Push Toys for $3, Thomas Tanks for $2, and a lot more.

If you want anything I recommend going by soon, if your store hasn’t started yet then check back cause it’s coming…

(thanks Sara Anne, Red and Bee!)

    • Kim

      Just an FYI…I would strongly caution everyone to wait until next week when they mark them down to 70%.  They should anyway if they go by last year’s schedule.  Last year they went down to 75% on January 13th.  Most stores mark toys down on Thursdays, but a handful do toys on Wednesdays.  If people rush out and start buying toys at 30% and 50%, Target may stop marking them down so low. I have been shopping this sale for the last 5 years and almost have it down to a science. =) 

      • Kim

        Oh, and the difference now and last year’s is, they will probably only go 70%.  Target seems to have changed their clearance schedule from 30-50-75 to 25-50-70 sometime last year and it seems to be holding. =(

        • guest

          What area are you in Kim? Do you think it’s different for east and west coast? I’m in GA

          • Kim

            I’m in Jacksonville, Fl.  It is usually the same across the country.  Based on last year when they went on the 13th, they “should” go down next Thursday.  That is why a lot of people may be noticing the clearance this week.  Toys have been on clearance for 30% for a few weeks at one of my stores here…a handful went 50% last week, but typically in the January clearance (they have 2 per year) toys tend to jump straight from 30% to 75 or 70% (whichever they are doing this year)  lol..  Keep in mind though, they could skip a week and wait until the 19th.  I will be there at opening next week and if they aren’t marking stuff down, I will just go back the following week. =)

            • Kim

              Oh and one more thing…my store has a ton of Lego’s on clearance.  A handful went to 50%.  If that is what anyone is after, I WOULD go ahead and buy those now.  Target rarely clearances Lego’s all the way down.  They usually prefer to sell them to Goodwill or a salvage company at that point.  If they have a ton of one particular one, you might wait another week to see what they do,  but they don’t usually last long at 50% anyway.  Hope that helps someone! =)

            • guest

              yes, thanks so much!!!

            • Lyndacoupon

              Which Target in Jax follows this schedule? All of them?

            • Kim

              The ones I go to do.  I’m on the westside, so during toy clearance I usually hit Oakleaf, NAS and Wells Road.  I have friends in Arlington that go to the one in Regency.  Can’t say for certain about the other stores, but this is a general markdown schedule for the country that comes from corporate.  From what I’ve read, some store managers might override this schedule and do it earlier or later, but most stores tend to go the same day. =)

            • Lyndacoupon

              Just wemt tp San Jose store this am and there were markdowns for 30-70% off on some toys, all located in endcaps.

            • Webgrl22

              Yay!  My boys love legos.  I am going to Oakleaf tonight!

            • Kim

              Save me a couple! ;)

            • I have never seen legos on clearance anywhere – the Targets I have been in have one lego set on clearance, it’s a star wars set and it’s marked $5 off the original price – not really clearance!!!

            • Kim

              My usual Target probably has  about 50 Ninjago and Atlantis sets right now.  Or at least a few days ago when I checked last.  I don’t usually look for them because my boys don’t care about them (yet), but some of their friends do so I thought if they went low enough, I would grab some…that’s the only reason I paid attention this time.  Maybe try to scan some?  Sometimes they don’t get the sticker on them, but if you scan them, they scan at the lower price. =)  These were the bigger sets.  I think the original price was around $50 or $60

            • Tammii

              Agree with the legos – I haven’t seen any sets go below 50%.  I waited out to see if they would go 75% last year and they were wiped out before then.  

      • Caryn_dances

        Which Target? What city and state?

        • Kim

          It should be all (or most at the very least) that do this.  All over the country.  I emailed Jenny a link to another website I go to frequently that has a Target thread and if you look at years past, we are all over the country talking about it. ;)  I won’t post the link here because I don’t know Jenny’s rules about things like that, but if she want to post it, she can.

    • Staugstamper

      Are there any toy coupons out there that can make for better deals?

      • 1bigsaver

        There are some new Hasbro printables…. Just look in the database

    • I went to a Target in north GA last week with my mom and they already had all their toy clearance at 75% off, and said it had been that way since December 26th. They said they weren’t doing sales that changed weekly in January, they just wanted it gone. The Target we live near never puts toys past 30% off after the holidays, so I was super happy to find a good sale! 

      • Tulip123

        It depends on the managers too. I went to a Publix where the manager said he didnt have room to store toys so he marked them $1 each dec 26th. Even the $20 toys were $1!

      • Tracybarbare

        The Target in Greer, South Carolina did the same thing.

      • KAM

        Hi which Target? The one in Gaiesville (GA), is only at 30%. I dont mind traveling over to 400 or most anywhere in North GA. Thank You!

        • Mom said it’s off Peachtree Parkway, near Sharon Road she thinks. Hope that helps!

          • KelliS

            Hmmm.  I was there on Monday and only saw toys at 30% off.  I have to pick up photos today.  I’ll check again and let y’all know!

            • KelliS

              Maybe we are talking about different Target’s?  I went to the Target on Peachtree Pkwy in Johns Creek.  Anyway, today toys were 30% and 50%. 

            • KelliS

              Maybe we are talking about different Target’s?  I went to the Target on Peachtree Pkwy in Johns Creek.  Anyway, today toys were 30% and 50%. 

    • Melissa@LillePunkin

      Thanks for the heads up.  This is a great way to save money.  I try to stock up on some toys to give as birthday party gifts too.  I save on the expense and I don’t have to run to the store at the last minute.

    • Mboggus

      there is a $5 pictionary printable if it is marked down to $5 it would be free

      • Tdhsav

        where is the printable?

        • Mboggus

          go to the coupon database and type in pictionary and it will take you to the hasbro site to print the coupon

    • Bernia Vicky78

      Target in Panama City hasn’t marked down toys yet but there were some shoes marked down 70%. 

    • Angelal9013

      Just went to Target at lunch in Smyrna, TN.  Toys are still at 30%

    • Our Target already had slim pickings and I went in the evening of the day this was posted.  I did manage to get some Strawberry Shortcake stuff for 50 off (I got the last two) and Little Pet Shop, also 50 off.  They will be great for birthday party presents throughout the year.  They did have Lego and Thomas at 50 off too, but not really the interesting stuff and hardly any of it so I wouldn’t wait to try for 70 percent if you need to stock up on presents like I did.

    • Couponeagle11

      Went to Target in Tuscaloosa Alabama and they still had toys 30% off said it could a week or two before they go 50% off according to two different employees

      • Ashlyn

        Thanks for telling me this. I live in Tuscaloosa, AL. I found some last year very cheap, but it was at the Target in McCalla and Hoover b/c Tuscaloosa didn’t offer much at all. I will def be checking t-town Target soon!!

    • Kim

      I went today just to make sure I wasn’t steering anyone wrong and the toys had not been marked down further.  I checked 2 of my stores, just to be sure.  The 2 stores I went to both had tons of employees buzzing about consolidating the toys together in one spot.  That is usually the sure fire sign it will be the following week.  Keeping my fingers crossed that it will be next week…Target has been wonky with their clearance over the last year.

      • NiaLee

        I noticed alot of red shirts putting new toys out and reorganizing today as well. It’s going to happen next week I agree!

    • Tchnkds

      I found of Polly Pocket skater sets for $5.98 (originally $19.99) at my Target in Alabaster, AL last week.  Bought them for all the Spring Birthday parties my daughter will attend.  :)

    • Rebecca D

      just left Target on N. Druid Hills in Atlanta – some toys are 30%, some are 50%, and some are 75% off.  i racked up on some small things for our shoeboxes next year, and toys for tots larger toys.  i got a full-size babydoll for $6, and another full-size doll with hospital nursery stuff for $13 (the box is enormous – there were tons of accessories with it.)  also got 2-packs of moon dough for about $2.25.  i’m holding out for the 75% off to buy the bigger items.  lots of good deals to be had, definitely.

    • Rebecca D

      just left Target on N. Druid Hills in Atlanta – some toys are 30%, some are 50%, and some are 75% off.  i racked up on some small things for our shoeboxes next year, and toys for tots larger toys.  i got a full-size babydoll for $6, and another full-size doll with hospital nursery stuff for $13 (the box is enormous – there were tons of accessories with it.)  also got 2-packs of moon dough for about $2.25.  i’m holding out for the 75% off to buy the bigger items.  lots of good deals to be had, definitely.

      • JaeLee

        Hi! Did you happen to see any legos on clearance? I went to the target in buckhead yesterday, but they were only 30%.

    • Susan J

      There are some good deals on line and you can use the code “TGTHTT5Z” for an additional 10% off. 

    • Kelseyk112

      Our target here in Virginia was 30%…got a Jenga with $3 off coupon and it was only $4.69…didn’t find anything else.

    • Sadkisson

      My daughter went to the target in Jacksonville Beach FL today and many toys were already 70 percent off.  We got Hot Wheels track, Barbie House, Matchbox Firetrucks, etc. that were originally $ 60. for $ 18 (:   Got almost $ 800. worth of toys for $ 265/  All birthdays and next years Christmas are covered.  There was a huge selection – Circo kitchen – wood that was originally 80. was only 15!  A Powerwheels VW was $ 60.

    • Ampoe1

      there were 50% off here in pinellas county, FL area 30% lolliloopsie doll for $25 and cars race track 50% off for 15$ and the zhu zhu pet with airplane activity gym for $15 after %50 off also puzzles for $2.50

    • DrmomNC

      Went to the Gastonia, NC, Target last night. The Lego bagged minifigure sets (for stocking stuffers) etc. were 90% off…..making them 39 cents/bag and these included Halo, Star Wars, and Harry Potter, but only the Harry Potter sets were left because when I walked up a mom and her kids scooped up all the others. Anybody think I should have just butted in to get some of the other varieties? Nah! Not my style as she was there first! =) GREAT idea for favors at a birthday party! I got several for my nephew who is having a lego party this spring.

    • Shsa1982

      Target in Canton and Woodstock GA have toys for 70%  They had a ton of steals today and not sure what is left.  Two ladies has two baskets a piece and were just grabbing toys and tossing them in the basket.  One of them said that she was just grabbing stuff so noone would get it and put it back after she decided if she wanted it. I got a huge Thomas the train set, Hot Wheels track set with 10 cars, a Smart Cycle, 2 Thomas the train Christmas sets, 2 Hot wheel wall track sets with cars, 1 Buzz Light Year, 1 Woody doll, 2 Toy Story hotwheels, and 4 single hot wheels for less than 70 bucks.  The Thomas the set was originally 60 and the 2 smaller sets regular price 20.  The Smart Cycle was orignally 80. I think I did pretty good.

    • NiaLee

      Marietta GA at Dallas Hwy 70% off. Racked up for both of our kiddos!

    • Kim

      Yay!  Our toys did go to 70% today! =)  Spent about $450.  I’m taking some of it back, but I’m really happy with everything that I got!  Is there a way to add a picture to a post?