Ok, ya’ll. I fully admit. I was spoiled by my Babies R Us that closed.
For those of you who missed it, Toys R Us declared bankruptcy last fall. In the winter they announced the closure of 182 stores. Those stores began their liquidation process, with an anticipated closing of March 31st. But then Toys R Us announced they would close all 800 of their stores, not just the original 183. The rest of the stores started their liquidation process in late March, with an anticipated end date of May/June.
The Babies R Us near me was one of the original closures and it had a TON of toys. I was able to get some great stuff for Easter, Christmas, and my gift closet at 80%.
The other store near me was one of the later closing stores, a Babies R Us/Toys R Us combo. I knew it would be slower going, that the sales prices wouldn’t drop drastically for a while.
That’s why I wasn’t worried when the first week things were 10% and 20% off. Clearance isn’t built in a day. I could be patient. I waited. I wrote tips about how to best shop the Toys R Us clearance sales. I read articles and financial reports. I made toy wish lists based on my children’s needs and interests. I was going to be ready.
This week felt like the right time. Maybe it was the snow in the air, but I woke up on Friday and said, “today is the day. Today is the day Toys R Us does a better markdown.” Off I went.
Welp. Insert sad trombone noise.
Good news is, yes, the store is advertising being “up to 30% off”. The bad news is that they are taking that “up to” seriously and really making you work for it. I only saw two aisle with 30% off signs. Everything else remained at the original 10% and 20% off.
Clearance speed will vary from region to region, store to store. So maybe you’re sitting pretty at 50%, but where I am it is slow going.
If your stores are slow going, too, remember to check back frequently, since you never know when prices will change. In the meantime, try and be patient. Maybe read our tips on how to best shop the Toys R Us clearance sales. Read some articles and financial reports. Make toy wish lists based on your children’s needs and interests. Get ready.
Easter is 30% off, compared to 50% at many other stores. Skip this section, unless you see something you can’t live without. There are better deals to be had elsewhere.
Most baby stuff, including food, accessories, sleep, and toys, was holding still at 10%.
Holding out on including diapers, bath, and health items in the sale. At least for now.
Preschool toys, like PJ Masks and Peppa, at 10%.
Books were at 20%, with a relatively small selection at my store.
Arts and crafts were at 10%.
This is crazy to me. 5% off Legos. And it comes with a handy chart.
An aisle of 30% off toys.No rhyme or reason as to why these are 30% off, but they might look awfully familiar if you read my posts about the Babies R Us closing sale…
See that FurReal friend dog for 10% off? He was 50% last time I saw him at the other store.
This stroller was $18.99, and 10% off. I got it for $3 at BRU. Just a reminder, prices will go down when stores are as well stocked as this one.
More helpful signs.
A ton of different Tsum Tsums were 10%. This one featuring Joy I scored for $2 at the other closing sale. Okay, last brag, I promise. It was just so strange seeing things I got for so much less back to their original, high prices.
Boy toys. I have no boys, and so know nothing about these brands. 10% off!
Video games and computer software 10% off.
Star Wars! Look at that cute Porg.
This is the aisle I’m really keeping my eye on.
Have you seen anything so cute? Of course you haven’t. This is adorable.
All the Cars. Literally.
And also trucks.
Nerfs and other outdoor toys still at 10% off.
Another aisle I’m keeping my eye on.
These $2 and $3 dollar bins near the registers were like the Wild West. Things were all higgledy piggledy and there were definitely items in there that didn’t belong. So treat those areas with a grain of salt and scan if you can.
Have you been to the Toys R Us clearance sales? What percentages off are your stores? Any good finds? 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!