Vintage shops thrive on their time-warp, stacked-to-the-ceiling look, but even they occasionally have to clear out piles of polyester checkered pants to make room for another pile of polyester checkered pants. We're not sure how well stocked Mad Gypsy (405 Roncesvalles, 416-516-9054) is with that particular retro item, but we know that until February 28, their collection of vintage dresses, lingerie, shoes, boots, bags, coats and jackets are marked down as part of their Major Winter Clearance Sale.
Northbound Leather (586 Yonge, 416-972-1037, www.northbound.com) is finishing up its 20th anniversary year with its annual sale on winter outerwear. Cruise into the store to browse the selection of jackets and coats marked down by 20 to 50 per cent. Men's styles include pea jackets, motocross looks, sharp tuxedos and dramatic, full-length trenches. Women can pick from opera coats, hooded options, racing jackets and blazers.
There's something about a mod, solid American oak sideboard that makes us all tingly inside and if you share the same affection, Fluid Living's (55 Mill, building 8, 416-850-4266, www.fluidliving.com) new Atlantico line is guaranteed to set off your own pins and needles. The collection includes beautifully constructed wood slat stools, cross-braced coffee tables and upholstered pieces. And since you're already down at the Distillery, stop by Lileo (55 Mill, building 35, 416-413-1410, www.lileo.ca). A store flood caused by a burst pipe has resulted in up to 80 per cent off discounts on designer clothing and accessories.
For a fun night of charity fundraising (for canine cancer and the Ontario Veterinary College Pet Trust Fund), the $20 ticket that gets you into Ultra Supper Club (314 Queen West) on Wednesday (February 28) for Fashion Frenzy For Our Furry Friends is a great bargain. The night includes a fashion show featuring doggie looks by Versace and Thien Le paired with human styles by Jason Meyers, Martiza Reyes and Jeanne Lottie. Doors open at 8 pm and the models hit the runway at 9:30 pm.