LOOKING GOOD Short-sighted but style-conscious shoppers know that Josephson Opticians sells all the hottest eyewear lines at prices that are often significantly lower than their competition. Not that high-end specs are ever that cheap. So when Josephson offers 20 to 50 per cent off almost every line in the store, and as much as 75 per cent off older stock and hard-to-sell colours, anyone who needs eyeglasses should pop in for a look. The friendly staff tipped us off to a particularly sweet deal: silver filigree Matsuda shades with blue fashion-tint lenses and nifty removable side shields, marked down from $530 (yikes!) to an almost affordable $175. 60 Bloor West, 964-7070, and others.
FOOT FETISH Thanks to global warming, it still feels like summer, but that isn't stopping Florsheim Shoes from knocking 50 per cent off their men's Rockport sandals -- regularly priced from $125 to $140, now selling for half that -- as well as 20 per cent off older styles of Rockport shoes. Eaton Centre, 218 Yonge, 593-5548, and others.
FREE PAINT CURRY'S IS OFFERING AN UNBEATABLE DEAL ON 60ML TUBES OF TITANIUM WHITE TRI-ART ARTIST'S ACRYLIC PAINT. THE PRICE? THREE EMPTY, USED TUBES OF ANY ARTIST-QUALITY ACRYLIC CAN BE TRADED IN FOR THIS $6.20 VALUE. AS A PROMOTIONAL TOOL TO GET PEOPLE WHO ACTUALLY BUY ART SUPPLIES IN THE DOOR, THIS ONE HAS A LOT OF PULL. LIMIT: ONE PER CUSTOMER, WHILE SUPPLIES LAST. 490 YONGE, 967-6666, AND OTHERS.
COSMIC COSMETICS ACTION INVENTORY IS KNOCKING 50 TO 80 PER CENT OFF HUNDREDS OF COSMETIC LINES INCLUDING NEO-STRATA, CLUB MONACO, PAYOT AND DIOR, PLUS GREAT DEALS ON FASHION WATCHES AND OTHER GIFT ITEMS, FRIDAY (NOVEMBER 10) THROUGH NOVEMBER 19. ADMISSION FEE IS A $1 DONATION TO THE LOOK GOOD, FEEL BETTER FOUNDATION. 131 DON PARK.
HOME STYLE Upmarket home and garden decor retailer UpCountry is offering 20 to 70 per cent off older inventory, floor models and scratch-and-dent items, through Sunday (November 12). There are lots of great deals in store, including three sizes of iron, wicker and upholstered-cushion Barcola ottomans (14-, 22- and 28-inch), regularly priced in the mid-to-high-$500-range, now selling for $145 to $165. 16 Eastern. 360-1559.
IMPORT GEMS Julmar Imports' annual Christmas sale is legendary for its daily door-crashers: last year's deals included gorgeous serving pieces for as little as $5. This year there are excellent values on teak outdoor furniture that's selling for less than half the retail price. Saturday (November 11) to November 18. 96 Spadina, suite 203. 364-3663.