Score Huge Savings at a Target Salvage Store: 50-90% Off Retail!

Why pay full retail price when you can score items for up to 90% off? Here's how to maximize your savings by shopping at Target salvage store locations.

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Everyone loves shopping for a good store clearance section or aisle. After all, those clearance sections offer the best opportunities to save big on anything from groceries and medicine to kids' toys and household items. 

But what happens to the clearance items that don't sell in-store? Where do they go? Well, they go to salvage stores, which collect salvaged items from many major retailers, like Target, and then re-sell them for up to 50-90% off retail. 

Plus, when items get returned by customers, rather than re-shelving them, many retailers will just ship the products to a liquidation vendor to resell in bulk, like what Amazon does with their Amazon return pallets

Here's how to score huge savings at a Target salvage store near you.




Why Shop at a Target Salvage Store?

If you're on the hunt for some major savings, shopping at a Target salvage store is a surefire way to find them. With discounts of up to 90% off on retail items such as furniture, kids' toys, beauty and makeup products, and holiday items, shopping at Target salvage store locations can literally save you hundreds on retail items.

If you're planning a big event, for example, shopping a Target salvage store could be a good way to get a deep discount on party decorations or goodie bags for gifts. Or if you're looking to give a room in your house an affordable face-lift, Target Salvation stores sometimes have indoor and outdoor furniture, bedding, rugs, wall art, and other household items for a fraction of the retail price.

How to Target Markdowns Work

To score the most savings, it is helpful to first understand how Target's markdown process works. While it may seem like a product goes right from full price to clearance, there's actually a phase-down process where Target will reduce the price by a certain percentage at a time. 

Here's what this looks like:

  1. 30% off: Products sold at full retail price will first be reduced to 30%, usually following the change of a major season, like summer, or right after a major holiday, like Christmas.
  2. 50% off: Products that remain unsold at the 30% discount after a couple of weeks will then be reduced to 50% off.
  3. 70% off: Products that are still unsold at the 50% discount a couple of weeks after that, will be marked down to their lowest in-store clearance discount of 70% off.
  4. 70-90% off: Unsold products from the 70% off clearance category are then shipped from the Target overstock warehouse and collected by Target salvage stores to be sold at up to 90% off.

How to Find Target Salvage Store Locations

If the term "Target salvage store" is new to you, you may be wondering where these stores are located. Unlike how it sounds, Target salvage stores aren't actually in—or really even part of—Target. 

Most Target salvage store locations are stores that re-sell salvaged inventory from the Target overstock warehouse and other major retailer warehouses. Usually, these stores are the stores that typically carry new and used items for resale at a heavy discount.

Here's how to find stores near you that accept salvaged Target inventory:

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Tips and Tricks for Maximizing Your Discount

Target salvage store locations already offer such a heavy discount, that it can be hard to imagine that there's a way to save even more. But, there is. Here are some things to keep in mind when shopping at a Target salvage store to save even more money.

  1. Look at the tags: Sometimes the listed Target markdown price is less than the salvage store price. Be sure to check both before heading to the register to make sure you're not being overcharged. 
  2. Keep an eye out for daily deals and promotions: Target is only store with special sales and deals! Stores that sell salvaged items often also have their own daily deals, like $1 bins on Fridays or 20% off the entire store on weekends. Keep an eye on your local store deals and shop the sales then to get the most bang for your buck. 
Shop right after a major in-store clearance sale: Usually after a holiday or season, Target (and most major retailers) will have a major in-store clearance aisle or section to get rid of any last unsold products. When those products don't sell, they get moved to a Target salvage store. Therefore, shopping at a salvage store right after a major holiday or season is the best time to find the best deals.

Other Ways to Score a Discount at 50-90% Off

Shopping liquidation stores is another great way to get items at a fraction of retail cost. Then, if you combine that with shopping at some of the cheapest grocery stores, you're in for some major monthly savings on standard personal and household products.

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Target Salvage Stores: FAQ

Where can I buy discontinued Target items?
You can buy discontinued Target items at a Target salvage store, like the ones listed above, or another location by searching "Target salvage store near me."

What does Target do with unsold merchandise?
When clearance items go unsold in-store, Target ships the items from the Target overstock warehouse to salvage store locations across the U.S.

Are Target liquidation stores worth it?
If major savings are what you're looking for, and you don't mind not knowing what items may or may not be available, then yes!

What does it mean when stores salvage items?
Stores that salvage items, called Salvage Stores, collect and sell products that retail stores can no longer sell in-store. Often, salvage stores resell food and drink products that can no longer be sold at grocery stores because of a sell-by date, damaged packaging, or unsold clearance retail items from stores like Target or Walmart.


- Vanessa