If you want to buy some Canadian art but have serious budgetary restraints, now's the time to go shopping. Four artist-run centres are holding fundraising sales featuring works donated (all or in part) by ace local artists, and the deals are delirious. Gallery 44's (401 Richmond West, 416-979-3941) Festive 44 offers unbeatable deals, with works by the photographer members going in the $5-to-$300 range (not everything will be photo-based). All works are priced at $100 in the Red Head's (96 Spadina, 416-504-5654) Foxy Fundraiser, which closes with a party Sunday (December 2) from noon to 5 pm. Gallery TPW's (80 Spadina, 416-504-4242) Photorama 2001 features photographs for $50 to $100, through December 8. And Open Studio's (468 King West, 416-504-8238) annual Artist Proof Sale and open house features original prints, $50 to $300, December 7 from 6 to 10 pm.
Hot Property does most of its business renting 20th-century furniture and housewares as film and stage props, but everything in the store -- including prime pieces by Frank Gehry, Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen and Piero Fornasetti -- is also for sale, and some of the stuff is very affordable. Proprietor John Silverstein is offering an amazing 40 per cent off all his inventory, Saturday (December 1) through December 9. 1024 Dupont. 416-538-2127.
Local jewellery designers Deborah Lavery, Victoria Murray, Liz Sass and Heidi Schnabel hold a one-day studio sale, Sunday (December 2) from 11 am to 6 pm. 215 Victoria. 416-364-0009.
Hip College clothier Silence is knocking 20 per cent off everything in the store that isn't already on sale. The two-day special runs Saturday and Sunday only (December 1 and 2). 695 College. 416-516-5509.
Eastern Bloc Records is relocating (from 224 Adelaide West), and to make the move a little easier it's holding a clearance sale in the old space, starting Friday (November 30). All records -- except new arrivals -- are 40 per cent off, all clothes and hats 20 per cent off and all tapes and new CDs are 10 per cent off. The new space opens Monday (December 3) at 336 Yonge. 416-593-4355.
Kinna Sohna Designs by Hand specializes in desert and village crafts made by master artisans in India. A warehouse sale of its exquisite textiles, folk paintings, cushion covers, bedspreads, fashions and more takes place Friday through Sunday (November 30-December 2). 527 Queen East.
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