TK Maxx employee reveals how to find bargain items for just 20p

If you're anything like us, you love a bargain.

And now former TK Maxx employees have shared the secret to bagging unbelievable bargains at the famed high street discount store – and it's all a matter of timing.

It's just one of the hints that have emerged ahead of a new Channel 5 documentary – TK Maxx: How they do it? – which is set to air on Sunday.

The TV series look at how the store keeps their products so cheap, but we have our own way of knocking down the prices even more.

Savvy shoppers amongst us know that TK Maxx is a gold mine, filled with hidden gems and designer buys at a fraction of the price.

But did you realise that there are still ways to save even more when stopping at the discounted store? Neither did we – and we can’t wait to let you into some little secrets…

Former employees of the store have taken to revealing online exactly how to save even more money – with shopping hacks to ensure you’re always getting a bargain – now that's something we can get on board with.

Here are some of their top tips:

Look For Numbers

Former senior merchandiser Daniel Baker has given one top tip, saying "On any label, you can see a number. The number that is really exciting to a customer is number two because that means it’s genuine stock that was sold at a higher price somewhere else."

“It’s excess stock or something like that. That’s normally when you are getting the bargains, or the thing that’s quite exciting."

"One means produced for TK Maxx, two is ‘close out buy’ that is unsold from another brand and seven is ‘packaway’ which means it’s been packed for a previous year, like Christmas crackers bought in January for a following year."

"The real bargains you are looking for are a two and a seven for sure. That’s also part of the treasure hunt, when I got into a store as I’m constantly going ‘oh that’s a type two, that’s a real bargain there.’”

Ditch The January Sales

According to a former employee TikTok user, avoid sales – especially the January ones. Whilst we all love spending our Christmas money on bargains – the former employee says the January sale isn’t any different to their year round sales, and not worth the hype.

The TikTok user explained: "There's always a sale and there's usually a sale section.

"But you will always find sale items in TK Maxx no matter what time of year it is.

"They do big up January sales but they literally just change the colour of the sticker."

Time Of Day

Looking for the best of the best? It’s all in the time of day you shop. The TikTok former employee states the shops usually restock in the morning, so arrive as early as possible to ensure you nab the newest items, or you risk ending up disappointed.

The TikTok user states: "TK Maxx gets deliveries every day apart from a Sunday and it's usually in the morning.

"Usually they'll have staff that start work at 6 and it's their job to put all the stock out.

"However, everything gets put out – unless there's no room on the shelf which is very very rare [and only really happens] at Christmas."

Worth Waiting

If you go into store and see something you really love, but it’s still not in your budget – it’s worth waiting to see if it will go down in price (if you can run the risk of it selling out, of course).

Apparently they discount each item every 6 weeks if it doesn’t sell, until it’s eventually put into final clearance which is where you find the best discounts.

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The TikTok user said: "Everything in the shop gets reduced every six weeks.

"And if it's there for 12 weeks, it'll be reduced again until final clearance [which is when] everything goes down to like 20p. It's ridiculous."

TK Maxx: How they do it?, airs on Channel 5 on Sunday 1 May at 7pm

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