January sale season is the perfect time to perk up your humble abode. The folks at EQ3 (222 King East, 416-815-2002, www.eq3.com) have kicked off their winter clearance sale and filled the shop with frugal design finds. Their cache of storage boxes, glassware and other aesthetically pleasing accessories are discounted by 20 to 50 per cent, while sofas ordered in discontinued but still dashing upholstery fabrics start at 25 per cent off the regular price.
Dudes desperate for discounted designer duds should ride the rocket up to Yonge and Eglinton to check out Off the Cuff 's (5 Broadway, 416-489-4248) extended Boxing Week sale. New and gently used menswear (we're talking handsome suits, shirts, ties, cufflinks and pocket squares) from swanky labels like Gucci, Hugo Boss and Paul Smith are marked down by up to 40 per cent. Finding the joint is a little tricky, but directions are online at www.offthecuff.ca.
There's nothing like comfy new bedding to help you through winter hibernation. The January sale at Grassroots (372 Danforth, 416-466-2841, www. grassrootsstore.com) is all about keeping your bed cozy on the cheap. Organic cotton sheets and pillows (stuffed with your choice of natural buckwheat, rubber or wool) are reduced by 20 per cent. And since there's no point in pampering yourself on a lumpy futon, the same discount applies to organic mattresses and pads.
Kensington is always good for a great buy. So you can bet when every other store in the city is doing discounts, retailers in the Market will kick theirs up a notch. D'Lightful (202 Augusta, 416-593-9095) has colourful V. Fraas scarves at half-price. Select pieces from Bungalow 's (273 Augusta, 416-598-0204) swinging stash of retro furniture are on sale for up to 50 per cent off. And stock up on workwear guaranteed to garner a belated holiday bonus at Tom's Place 's (190 Baldwin, 416-596-0297) four-for-one suit sale.
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