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The Toys "R" Us liquidation sales are coming

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Consumers are going to have to wait a little longer to shop the Toys "R" Us liquidation sales.

The company had said it expected the sales to start Thursday. But there's been a delay, a company spokesperson told CNNMoney Thursday morning. Even a store in Overland Park postponed theirs. Toys "R" Us now expects sales are likely to start Friday.

The iconic toy giant announced last week that it will shut or sell all of its 735 US stores.

“There was a lot of empty shelves," said Ashley Windle, who was shopping at a location in Overland Park on 95th Street. "It was quite busy for being late Thursday morning, so I was surprised about that. But obviously, with them going out of business, people are trying to get with they can.”

“Probably going to try to come back tomorrow and check it out again," said local Kevin Hobbs. "Found some things I wouldn’t mind getting, but maybe not at full price.”

Shoppers looking to snag a bargain should act fast when the sales start.

"It will be quick," said Chuck Tatelbaum, a director with Tripp Scott, a Florida law firm, on how quickly the shelves will empty. "No more than 60 days, closer to 30 days."

The more popular and favorite toys tend to move the fastest, and inventory is likely already slim.

"The [stores] haven't gotten a lot of new inventory in the last month or two, so a lot of the popular things have probably already sold out," said Tatelbaum.

Consumers with Toys "R" Us gift cards and Endless Earnings e-gift cards should also hurry. The retailer will honor these forms of payment until April 20. Stores will no longer accept coupons or other rewards.

Stores will accept returns on products purchased before the liquidation for the next 30 days. All purchases made after liquidation sales begin are final, which means they cannot be returned or exchanged.

Consumers planning on going to the store for one last walk up and down the aisles to reminisce could face a different reality.

"People will go for one last time, but I am not sure it will translate into buying," said Tatelbaum. "I think you are going to find a general malaise - not happy and joyful employees ... this is going to be almost like a wake."

"If they could bring it back to how it used to be, that would be amazing," said local shopper Hobbs.

The company has been posting job openings recently for temporary positions to help during the liquidation process.

But the store closings mean that around 31,000 employees will ultimately be laid off.

"That’s a lot of jobs that people are going to have to go out there an find and there’s just not a ton of opportunities out there for that many people to go find new jobs," said local shopper Windle.

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