1. A smart sofa
All sectionals, couches, chairs and ottomans are 20 per cent off until August 19 at Style Garage (938 Queen West, 416-534-4343, stylegarage.com). That includes new options like this Atwood sofa upholstered in bright Muskoka Surf fabric ($1,720 on sale).
2. Fresh boots
Believe it or not, you can track down fantastic fall footwear at the beginning of August that isn't fresh on the shelf or, therefore, full-priced. Aldo's Adames style ($62.99 on sale, 50 Bloor West, 416-921-9763, and others, aldoshoes.com) comes in a rainbow of colours and neutrals.
3. Patio pleasers
There's still a good six weeks of guaranteed al fresco entertaining weather left, but retailers are ready to clear out their patio party stock. CB2's (651 Queen West, 416-366-2828, cb2.com) discounted offerings include outdoor furniture covers, terracotta oil lamps and this bright, striped outdoor rug ($39.95 on sale).
4. Local fashion
It's true that Toronto-made clothing can be pricier than a feast of fast fashion from the mall, but sale season levels the playing field a bit. Now's the time to search out great locally designed deals like Virginia Johnson's 100 per cent linen lobster-print, V-neck shift dress ($73.75 on sale, 970 College, 416-516-3366, virginiajohnson.com).
5. Classic chinos
A man can never have too many cotton pants, and 18Waits makes some of the handsomest bottoms going. The Thomson trousers ($137.50 on sale, 18waits.com) feature Japanese fabric, a notched waistband and dapper taped seams. 18waits.com.