Best Time To Shop At Target! (Clearance, Stock, Quietest Times + More)

Target, one of the largest retail chains in the U.S., is visited by thousands of customers every day due to its wide variety of products, reasonably low prices, and frequent promotional offers.

With so many people visiting the store, you may want to know about the best time to shop at Target so that you have a comfortable experience and don’t miss out on any discount deals. Here is what I discovered!

Best Time To Shop At Target

For clearances, stock availability, and quieter shopping times, the best time to shop at Target is early mornings between 8 am and 10 am from Monday to Friday. You will also find evenings after 8 pm quieter, but there will be less stock available.

If you want to know more about the type of items sold in clearance on each day of the week, what discounts Target offers, and how you can stay up to date about clearance sales, keep on reading!

What Day Does Target MarkDown Their Clearance?

Target has many clearances during the week, with each weekday dedicated to a particular group of items. According to All Things Target, here are the clearances you can expect on each day of the week:

  • Monday – Electronics, childrenswear, baby, books
  • Tuesday – Womenswear, pets, domestics
  • Wednesday – Menswear, health, beauty, garden
  • Thursday – Homeware, toys, sporting equipment, travel
  • Friday – Auto, cosmetics, jewelry

When Is The Best Time To Shop At Target For Stock Availability?

While the timing of stock shipments depends upon store location, the majority of Target stores restock overnight between 12 am, and 6 am (when stores are closed).

Therefore, the best time to shop for stock availability is in the morning within the first two hours of the store opening, usually between 8 am and 10 am.

Shopping earlier in the day will give you first access to restocked items, particularly high-demand products, which are replenished overnight.

According to our research, larger stock shipments generally arrive on a Monday- Tuesday, and a Thursday or Friday.

To avoid facing out-of-stock issues, you can try calling your local store to check if specific items are available.

When Is The Quietest Time To Shop At Target?

If you want to avoid crowds and enjoy a quieter shopping experience, weekday mornings are typically the best time to visit Target. You will also find stores less busy in the late evenings but expect less product availability.

Other than that, you can see how busy your nearest Target store is by checking the popular times on Google Maps. Here you will see a chart showing how busy a store generally is on a particular day and time.

What Types Of Discounts Does Target Offer?

Target clearance sales offer discounts from 15% up to 70%, and in some cases, up to 90% off the original price on selected products.

Additionally, it is important to note that the clearance selection at Target changes frequently and that clearance prices may differ from store to store.

How Can I Find out About Target Clearance Sales?

You can keep an eye out for current clearance items online using the Target App. Target Circle is a loyalty program that also keeps you informed of the latest deals and offers.

Additionally, you might also want to apply for a Target RedCard, which gives you 5% off shopping at Target as well as an extra 5% off clearance prices (some restrictions apply).

To learn more, you can see our related guides on the best time to shop at Walmart, Costco, and Aldi.


The best time to take a trip to Target is between 8 am and 10 am from Monday to Friday. Shopping during these earlier hours will give you access to new clearance deals, allow you to check out the most stocked shelves, and keep you well away from crowds and the weekend rush.

If you decide you would prefer to avoid shopping in-store entirely, remember that Target also offers same-day delivery, order pickup, and Drive Up in the Target App, where your shopping is brought out to your vehicle.

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Marques Thomas

Marques Thomas graduated with a MBA in 2011. Since then, Marques has worked in the retail and consumer service industry as a manager, advisor, and marketer. Marques is also the head writer and founder of

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