The week after Christmas is the sweetest shopping time of all, with every -- and we do mean every -- retailer offering significant discounts on at least some part of their merchandise. Go forth and shop. Here are some our favourite spots with great post-holiday prices on things you might want to get for yourself.
Body art specialists Passage are offering drastic -- 40 to 90 per cent -- reductions on all in-stock body jewellery. Basically, the way the pricing runs, the bigger the ring, the bigger the savings. Surgical steel, acrylic, niobium and gold are all reduced to clear. The sale starts January 2 and runs through the month. 473 Church. 416-929-7330.
The Australian Boot Company never has sales, since their entire inventory consists of timeless classics. But this year, from December 26 to 30, they're reducing the prices on every boot in both locations (2644 Yonge, 791 Queen West) by $20 to $60. It's a great time to spring for that coveted pair of R.M. Williams or Blundstone boots.
Top Toronto design team Hoax Couture have let slip that, from today (Thursday, December 27), their anything-but-ordinary black suits for both men and women are being reduced by a very enticing 50 per cent. 114 Cumberland. 416-929-4629.
Bloor Street jobber Just Deals has a steady trickle of singularly good stuff, like second-quality designer denims at one-third the retail price, and down-filled jackets for $99. This one is worth making a regular stop. 236 Bloor West. 416-964-6814.
Toronto's artists, tech geeks and Junkyard Wars aspirants already know that the single greatest store in town is Active Surplus, where last year's cool tool is being sold for next to nothing because it's already obsolete. Don't expect to see sales signs that make any mention of Boxing Day, but with prices that are already ridiculously low, this is one place you'll want to go year round. 347 Queen West. 416-593-0909.
Trendy College accessories store Red Pegasus has serious discounts on selected items -- plus all Christmas gear -- today (Thursday, December 27) to January 6. 628 College. 416-536-3872.
Book bargains abound. The Toronto Women's Bookstore is knocking 20 per cent off all books and calendars, December 27 to 31. 73 Harbord. 416-922-8744. Queen Street's most critical bookstore, Pages, is discounting books by 20 per cent, and cards and calendars by 50 per cent, through December. 256 Queen West. 416-598-1447. The University of Toronto Bookstore is offering 10 per cent off textbooks and 25 per cent off all other books, plus clothing, gift items and stationery, December 27 and 28. 214 College. 416-978-7900.
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