If you’ve been following the Toys R Us closing fracas, you’re likely a little confused about when the actual liquidation sales will start. The good news is, some have started and are as high as 60% off, and some will start in earnest on Thursday. Confused yet? Let’s break it down real quick.
In January, 182 stores are designated to close. Liquidation sales for these stores start late February with an anticipated end date of March 31st. These stores include both Babies R Us and joint Toys R Us/Babies R Us store.
Early March it is determined that all Toys R US, Babies R Us, and joint locations will close as the company liquidates to pay off debt.
For the original 182 stores, clearance is as high as 60% off. For the remaining 600, clearance sales are set to start on Thursday, March 22nd. It’s anticipated they’ll start at 30% off, but that could also vary by store and region.
The component that is unclear is closing times of these sales. The original 182 stores were set to close quickly to aid in the restructuring of the Toys R Us brand. But now that the entire brand is going away, it’s unclear if the original 182 will stay on the accelerated timeline, and what the timeline will look like for the remaining 600 stores. On some of my toy scans it said “Sale Ends 4/15”, so does that mean the Mach 31st close date is scrapped for the original stores? Are all the Toys R Us stores shooting for April 15th? Tell me, so I can plan my clearance shopping trips, store!
The best bet with the these store closures is to treat them like a clearance sale: check back often, if you see something you need at a good price, don’t hesitate, because who knows if it will be there the next day.
I visited my local Babis R Us when they were at 40% off and was surprised to see how many toys they carried. Full disclosure: it’s been a minute since I was in a Babies R Us. I got the lay of the land, made note of a couple things I would be interested in if the price dropped, and said my goodbyes. A week later they were at 60% off, and not only did I take advantage, but I took pictures for all of my Internet friends!
Remember, availability will vary by store, but this should give you a good idea of what merchandise is left and what the going rate is.
Troll set at 50% off. Will those “Only at Toys R Us” stickers give us thrifty shoppers away at Birthday parties?
When the product availability is high, like these live action Beauty and the Beast dolls, it’s usually safe to hold out for a higher discount.
Cards and wrapping paper were at 60% off.
They are selling literally everything. You can own a Babies R Us shopping cart for $75.
I have never heard of these. But hey, 60% off!
Keep your eyes sharp! During clearance sales, things may not get reshelved and then you wind up with a rogue Peppa in the Rapunzel section.
Tons of Disney friends, including Goldie & Bear, McStuffins, Lion Guard, and the Mouse himself!
PJ Masks for days. Owlette is clearly the most popular Mask, because I got the last Owlette doll and a woman trailed me for a few aisles to see if I would discard it.
I’ve never seen this Disney fishing set before. It was super cute. I’m hoping it’s discounted a little more when I head back later this week.
This is one of the coolest toys I have ever seen. So much building!
This Star Wars Millennium Falcon ended up being 85% off. Wowza.
Get a jump on next Christmas.
Lil Pups were 60% across varieties. Swimming, on dry land, wherever you find em, they’re 60% off.
Talking Blaze is 50% off.
I nabbed this Ever After High doll, because it was too good of a deal. Originally $12.99, she had been marked down to $4.98 BEFORE the big sale, so by the time I found her she was $2.99. Sold!
This life size play tea kettle was 50% off and also came home with me.
Love these little DC girls for Easter baskets. Hoping they get further marked down.
Paw Patrol at 40% with individual pups and fancy sets.
I found this on the floor somewhere. It was 50% off. Goes to show, Always Be Scanning!
Plush dolls and animals were 50%.
Lots of Little People. In mail trucks, in castles, airplanes, just all over.
A FurReal pet for 50% off! There were quite a few of these at my store.
A ton of DC Superhero dolls. Supergirl, Wonder Woman, Frost, Poison Ivy. My superhero fan about lost her mind.
Rapunzel was one of many princesses at 50% off. My store had Belle, Mulan, and Snow White.
My haul. The Duplo set was another case of the toy being marked down before the big sale and being a steal. I looked it up and that same Duplo set is running for $20 at Target.
- Duplo Garden-$5.97. Originally $19.99.
- PJ Masks Owlette-$3.49. Originally $6.99.
- Ever After Doll-$2.99. Originally $12.99.
- Tea Kettle Set-$4.99. Originally $10.99.
Total Spent: $17.44
Original Price: $50.96
Total Saved: $33.52
Hot tip: If you don’t want to deal with the hordes at Toys R Us, check out Babies R Us. There are toys galore and maybe less competition.
I’ll be following the progress of the liquidation sales and bringing you back the best deals I find. Look for my first foray into the Toys R Us jungle on Friday!
Have you gotten anything great at Toys or Babies R Us in these clearance sales? Are you sad to see them go? Tell me all about it in the comments!
Kristen B. is wife to the best Prince around, mama to the spunkiest little princesses, and lover of all things Disney. She started her savings journey three years ago and is now dedicated to making her family’s wishes come true one coupon at a time. She is so excited to take her love of saving to the next level and share her journey with you! Click here to catch up on Kristen’s Savings and join in on your own savings adventure!