Salt-free sidewalks and balmy days have shoe-store-shelved winter boots around town wondering why nobody loves 'em? Do your part to help raise the self-esteem of a lonely pair of fashion boots by indulging in Capri's (695 Queen West, 416-364-4801) winter sale, on now. A lineup of stylishly needy ankle booties, wedges, platforms and riding boots is marked down 20 to 60 per cent. Equally hard-up bags and belts also get the discount treatment.
Frugal beavers who cut short their December 25 holiday to queue up for Boxing Day discounted tech gear are feeling like suckers every time they wander by the big box electronic stores still displaying "70 per cent off" banners. At least Distillery District furniture spot Fluid Living (55 Mill, building 8, 416-850-4266) is keeping its post-holiday promo on the up-and-up and calling it a Boxing Month Sale. Its entire collection of mod pad-friendly furniture and accessories is reduced by 25 to 75 per cent until January 31.
Nothing beats a plush, cozy bed to help you through winter hibernation, and Grassroots' online shop (www.grassrootsstore.com) has a clearance section full of discounted linens, pillows and mattresses to dress up a tempting boudoir. Big-ticket futon and innerspring mattresses are marked down 20 per cent, and you can outfit them with organic wool and cotton flannel covers at the same discount. And because you'll have to get out of bed to bathe from time to time, unbleached cotton towels are sale priced from $10 to $55.99.
Montreal's Rudsak just opened at 315 Queen West (416-595-9611), and its collection of svelte down coats and leather duffel bags are up to 70 per cent off. New next door neighbour RK (315 Queen West, 416-754-8585) is selling fall/winter stock including nubbly knits and staple styles at up to 85 per cent discounts (and from January 11 to 18, readers who bring a copy of NOW into the Queen West location get an additional 20 per cent off). You're welcome.