Aboveground Art Supplies (74 McCaul) is throwing another of its ginormous sales. This one is even being tagged the Biggest-Ever Back-To-School Sale ! Super deals abound on all the tools you need to prove yourself artisanal, making this the ideal time to stock up. Score acrylic paints, regularly $5.95, for the clear-out price of $1.99. And while supplies last, airbrushes and compressors are reduced by 40 to 80 per cent. Sale ends September 30. 416-591-1601.
For huge savings on high-quality bed linens (a must if you're outfitting your new dorm room), take advantage of the white sale (through Sunday, August 31) at Down Under (444 Yonge, lower level). Pick up Egyptian cotton (250 thread count, if you speak "fancy pants") sheet sets unbelievably priced at $19.99 for twin to $49.99 for king. Sweet: all sizes of feather beds are being sold for $79.99! Ask about the free points reward program. 416-598-2184.
Rock the bike right
Racer Sportif (2214 Bloor West) is having a summer clearance sale on mountain bikes while supplies last. Check out the sweet selection of hard-tail, free-ride, suspension and rigid styles at 25 per cent off. Also deal-eriffic, selected accessories reduced up to 40 per cent. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 10 am to 7 pm, Wednesday 10 am to 5 pm, Friday 10 am to 8 pm and Saturday 9 am to 5 pm. 416-769-5731.
Stuck on non-stick
Until September 20, the T-Fal Factory Outlet (719 Tapscott, Unit B, Scarborough) offers great savings on espresso machines, deep fryers, irons, blenders, coffee machines, toasters and cookware from T-Fal, Krups and Moulinex. Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm (closed August 30 and September 1). 416-299-8541.
Back to pants
Head to Hill Street Blues (10520 Yonge, Richmond Hill) for some easy-on-the-wallet savings on jeans, cords and fleece sets. It's worth the trek to Richmond Hill, I swear. As always, the store offers this sweet deal: buy one pair and the second (of equal or lesser value) is half-price. Sounds easy enough, eh? Not so. Just wait till you see the mad selection - there are more than 10,000 pairs to choose from. Monday to Friday 9:30 am to 9:30 pm, Saturday 9:30 am to 6 pm, Sunday 11 am to 5 pm. 905-737-3936.
Illuminate your workspace with a bright new desk lamp from Royal Lighting (1549 Avenue Road). Until September 14 and while quantities last, if you buy an in-stock lamp for your desk or computer it comes minus the PST and GST. Daily 9:30 am to 6 pm except Thursdays to 9 pm and Sundays noon to 5 pm. 416-782-1129.