Look, while we talk a LOT about how July is when the Target Semi-Annual Toy Clearance happens, what you might not know is that the summer sales aren’t just for the kids.
There’s STORE-WIDE clearance happening in July at Target, and this summer’s sale looks to be bigger than ever as the bullseye is trying to move merchandise in the midst of social distancing.
Grab your masks — you might need one in order to shop, depending on where you live — and check out the deals (that beat even Black Friday sales)!
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Target clearance discounts start at 30% off, then climb to 50%, 70%, and even 90% off.
You’ve got to be smart about it, though. The only way a clearance item gets to 90% off is if it doesn’t sell. If it’s something that will probably sell out, you won’t want to wait to buy it.
Just know that during this sale, clearance prices start at 30% off, and then progress to 50%, 70% and then 90% off — but every store handles the markdown schedule differently.
2. Now’s the time to buy summer seasonal items at up to half off.
Target is making room for fall decor after a pretty short summer season, so they’re marking down summer stuff — even while summer’s still going strong. Most summer decor items can be found for 50% off.
- Summer colored storage containers 30% off
- Tumblers and travel mugs 30% off
- Pellet grill 30% off
- Most patio items 30-50% off
At my store, the vast majority of these items were sold out already, so if you see them — buy them!
3. Toys are selling between 30-70% off.
Now, at the start of the Semi-Annual Toy Sale at Target, many items are in the 30-50% off range, but we’re already starting to see discounts of up to 70%!
We share a lot of our favorite July Target toy sale finds here, but some highlights include:
- Creatable World Deluxe Character Kit $8.98 (reg. $29.99)
- BTS Doll $9.98 (reg. $19.99)
- Fortnite Dance Squad figures $9.98 (reg. $19.99)
- Trolls World Tour Poppy Finale Look Singing Plush Doll $12.48 (reg. $24.99)
- Fisher-Price Pull & Play Wagon $19.99 (reg. $39.99)
- Untamed Legend Dragon Vulcan Figure $7.48 (reg. $14.99)
TIP: Spend $40 on Hot Wheels toys to get a $10 Target gift card.
4. A lot of the beauty department is on sale and hidden amongst regularly priced items.
Make sure you look around the beauty section; discounted items are stashed between regularly priced products.
Whatever you’re looking for — soap, moisturizers, aromatherapy products, cleansing scrub, facial kits, eye masks, hairdryers, eyeliner, lipstick, even makeup bags — you’re likely to find it for 30-50% off.
Just keep an eye out for small yellow shelf tags; they’re easy to miss if you aren’t looking for them.
That should help dull the pain from the news about Target discontinuing their Beauty Boxes.
5. If you’re looking for baby clearance, you’ll be disappointed.
Although many, many parts of the store are on clearance — including home, office, toys, and patio — baby clearance is few and far between right now at Target, even in the clearance section at Target.com. I only saw one clearance item in the baby section at my Target; it was sold out, and discounted an uncommon 15% off.
Instead, make your own clearance sale by following Baby deals on KCL.
6. Keep an eye out for the three different types of clearance tags.
Some items will have yellow clearance price tags on them, but not all of them will.
Others are marked by large-print shelf tags or signage, and others still are subtly marked with a small yellow shelf tag.
When in doubt, use the price scanners scattered throughout Target stores.
7. Different types of clearance items will be grouped together on end caps.
The end caps are the first place to start looking for clearance items. Sometimes the home section end caps will just have home section clearance items; other times, you’ll see a bunch of different items thrown together on end caps.
8. Use BrickSeek to check clearance sale inventory at Target.
Inventory — especially during big semi-annual sales — varies by location. Even your local Target stores will have different clearance items in stock.
To save time and check inventory before leaving the house, use BrickSeek.com and search for the items you want. BrickSeek is free and will tell you whether it’s available at any of the Target (or other big box) stores near you.
9. Online clearance has more than 800 items available.
Are you social distancing? Are you just not in the mood to go shopping in person? You don’t have to leave home to shop Target clearance.
Target.com has more than 800 clearance-priced items available, including:
- Personal hygiene items, averaging 25% off
- Home decor/bedding, averaging 30% off
- Women’s clothing, averaging 15% off
- Shoes, averaging 15% off
- Toys up to 50% off
If you’re a Target RedCard holder, you get free shipping on most orders of any amount. If you aren’t, shipping is free with orders of at least $35.
TIP: Some items’ clearance prices aren’t listed on Target.com. You have to add the item to your cart before you can see the price, due to an agreement with the manufacturer. Adding the item to your cart doesn’t require you to buy it.
Keep an eye out for Back-to-School clearance (yes, already).
While you’re clearing out Target’s summer stuff, Back-to-School sales have already kicked off, and current sales only go through July 11. Highlights include:
- 2-pocket paper folders as low as $0.15
- Wood rulers and 1 subject college-ruled notebooks, as low as $0.25 each
- Crayons (24 ct) as low as $0.35
- Glue sticks (2 ct) as low as $0.40
- Wood pencils (8 ct), 3×5 index cards (100 ct), pink smudge-free erasers (2 ct), composition notebooks, glue sticks (2 ct), $0.50 each
- Colored pencils (12 ct) as low as $0.65
- Pencil cases and 175 sheets of wide-ruled filler paper, $0.99 each
- Blunt- or pointed-tip kids’ scissors, $1.49
- Highlighters (3 ct), $2.09
- Crayola Washable Broad Line Markers (10 ct), $2.79
- Kids’ lunch bags as low as $7.99 each
- Backpacks as low as $11.99
Check out all our Back-to-School deals on KCL.
Target RedCard saves you an additional 5% on clearance prices.
We dedicated an entire article to sharing why getting a free Target RedCard is a good idea. It’s not a credit card; it’s a debit card that’s connected to your primary bank account. Using it (instead of, you know, your regular debit card connected to the same account) gives you 5% off all Target purchases. But that’s just the beginning.