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If you feel like Target’s clearance prices have been weirdly stuck at 30% off, you’re not crazy. It turns out you can visit a Target salvage store to get those higher clearance discounts like 70-90% off.

When Target can’t sell clearance inventory, a lot of their non-perishable items end up in salvage stores. Your Target salvage store might be a local Goodwill, but Target works with a lot of other local chains to offload their salvage stock as well. Salvage stores carry items from a lot of other brands too, but hidden in their inventory are Target clearance items for up to 90% off.

I dug into all the salvage secrets to help you score savings at a Target salvage store near you. Too excited to wait for salvage? Check out all the best Target deals available now!


1. Ask a Target Associate if there’s a Target salvage store near you.

Big deal outlet salvage store storefront

Visit a Target store in your area and ask a manager or team lead where there’s a Target salvage store near you.

It’s important to know that Target salvage stores don’t ONLY sell items from Target. They collect and resell items from a bunch of different brands. However, many salvage stores have a selection of Target items for up to 90% off (that’s why we call them “Target salvage stores”).

You’ll find a salvage store in most U.S states with locations all over the country. Some of the better-known salvage stores with Target items include Dirt Cheap, Big Deal Outlet, Bargain Hunt, The Salvation Army, Goodwill, and more. The place near me was basically an island of misfit Target clearance items. The store was chock-full of boxes overflowing with closeout decor, furniture, kids’ toys, processed food, cleaning products, and more.


2. Find holiday clearance, toys, furniture, and more at your local Target salvage store.

Some Threshold Project 62 chairs from Target stacked in a salvage store.

The most common salvage store items include furniture, home decor, cleaning supplies, toys, and processed food. You’ll rarely find electronics and perishables at salvage store prices.

According to Target staffers on Reddit, perishable food and pet food are donated to local charities. Anything with a battery is disposed of in an “environmentally sustainable” way.


3. Plan your trip to the salvage store around Target’s holiday clearance schedule.

christmas clearance in target

The best way to strike gold on Target salvage is to shop directly after a Target clearance sale. That’s when you’ll find the largest selection of Target items with deep discounts.

Target clearance schedules depend on store inventory, so they vary by store location. However, there’s a general pattern to Target’s clearance markdowns and this is how it goes:

  • First Markdown: Target clearance items usually start at 30% off the day after a major holiday (or near the end of a season).
  • Second Markdown: Any remaining clearance items will hit 50% off 1-2 weeks later.
  • Third Markdown: If supplies last, clearance items will hit 70-90% at Target.

When Target clearance hits 70% off, that’s your queue to visit a Target salvage store. KCL can help you track movement on Target clearance prices. Download The Krazy Coupon Lady app and set a deal alert for Target. We’ll let you know when Target clearances start and when (or if) items get further markdowns.


4. Shop daily specials at salvage stores to save over 70% on Target home decor.

A person's hand holding a tag up for a Hearth and Hand basket sitting on a box.

Psst! Target salvage stores have specials and sales, too. Mine even has its own loyalty program. Sign up for all those extras and use them to keep money in your pocket.

At Bargains in a Box, the daily specials usually apply to anything available in the boxes throughout the store (practically everything that isn’t furniture). I went on a Friday when everything in a box was $10 or less. I got this Threshold lantern for 72% off the regular price!


5. Buy furniture and bedding at a Target salvage store to save up to 80%.

A Pillowfort pom pom canopy box sitting on a shelf.

I saw some of the best savings on bedding and furniture from Target brands such as Casaluna, Threshold, and Pillowfort. These items included Target Threshold stools, which are regularly priced at $100, for 75% off, as well as a Pillowfort Pom Pom Canopy for under $15 (that’s 63% off).

Buy 1 Threshold 24″ Rumford Saddle Counter Height Barstool with Wood Leg, $25
Final Salvage Price: $25
Compare to Target at $100 reg. price

Buy 1 Pillowfort Pom Pom Canopy, $14.99
Final Salvage Price: $14.99
Compare to Target at $40 reg. price

Here’s the catch: My salvage store only allows 30 days for returns — versus the 365-day return window in Target’s return policy.


6. Double-check expiration dates on salvage store food items.

target salvage food with sign stating food may be out of date

Checking the expiration dates on food items like candy is always a good rule of thumb (especially when the store openly reveals their food isn’t inspected).


If you take a trip to a Target salvage store, let us know how it goes! Share your salvage experience in the comments below.

How to Shop at a Target Salvage Store for 50-90% off Clearance