The chicks who make Dude (the Downtown Urban Design Event) the coolest place to shop for deals are back with a doozy --it's the perfect place to find really cool gifts for the holiday season. Labels up for grabs include Spacegirl, Ruckus, Hooked, Smashing Design and Barbie's Basement Jewellery... and there are lots more, selling everything from great accessories to home decor. Opening with a party at Beaver Hall Friday (December 15) from 6 to 11 pm, and running through the weekend. 29 McCaul. 535-3590, 535-5144.
Ready to splurge on something really special to wear to holiday parties? We couldn't help but notice that Price Roman is knocking 20 to 40 per cent off stock, including their drop-dead evening wear. Satin brocade bustiers, for example, are $193, down from $275. It's still pricey, but their elegant designs never look cheap. 267 Queen West, 979-7363.
'Tis the season for handicrafts sales. The Annex Christmas Gift Market of over 50 local artists and artisans runs through December 23 at the Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick. 538-6290.
Trying to deny your inner Imelda Marcos? The Foot Shoppe's fifth annual Shoe Drive of gently worn footwear benefits the clients of Halton's Women's Place, Out of the Cold and the Red Door. The deal is that through December 17 if you drop off shoes or boots -- in good condition, of course -- at the Shoppe, staff will thank you with a little gourmet gift and forward your footwear to the shelter of your choice. Lou Diamond Philips, Andrea Martin and Kurt Browning have already made their donations, so you'll be in good company. 2465 Yonge, 481-4111.
Moving sales at art galleries? Why not? Tatar|Alexander Photogallery is about to relocate to bigger digs at Queen and Bathurst, and in anticipation is selling off framed inventory from past group and solo shows at bargain prices -- like, 25 per cent less than the usual sticker price. It's one way to keep moving costs down while doing something nice for their clientele. Friday to Sunday (December 15-17) only. 173 King East. 360-3822.
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