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Sport Chek has taken over the former Tower Records store (at 2 Queen West) through December 31 as a seasonal clearance outlet. Everything is at least 10 per cent off, and most of clothes are half off or better. One deal we spotted — a Helly Hansen shell, regularly $225, going for $75. 416-596-0303.sam’s sell-offSad though it is that Sam the Record Man is going out of business, he’s making sure his customers remember him fondly by knocking 30 per cent off all remaining stock. 347 Yonge, 416-977-4650, and others. princely piecesWith Hanukkah starting Sunday night, the city is packed with gift-oriented arts-and-crafts sales. Swizzle Gallery (“the place for Pop!”) offers super-affordable art for holiday giving, to December 16, in Turkey A La King. Nothing costs more than $100, and prices start at $2, with screen prints and drawings by Rob Elliott, punky paraphernalia by Jan Noestheden and much more. 1162 College.class glassGeisterblitz Glass Studio sells its goods direct to the public, today to Saturday (December 6 to 9), and December 13 to 16. 442 Dufferin. 416-536-9678.

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A Piece Of Africa — with goods including jewellery and tribal artifacts — comes to the Hilton Toronto Airport (5875 Airport Road) Saturday and Sunday (December 8 and 9) before moving to the Hilton Toronto Downtown (145 Richmond West) for December 15.

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The International Christmas Gift Show bills itself as an “authentic European Christmas market,” complete with strolling carollers, gift-centric crafts and Old World food. Admission is $7 (seniors $5, children 12 and under free), but parking and child care are free. Friday through Sunday (December 7-9) at the International Centre (Airport Road at Derry). 416-213-1035.

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For more seasonal stuff, check out the annual Annex Christmas Market, with givables including candles, soap and herb kits, at the Tranzak Club Saturday and Sunday (December 8 and 9). 292 Brunswick. 416-929-2357.

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Theatre Direct raises funds by selling off costumes and props in its Buncha Young Artists sale, Saturday (December 8) from 9 am to 4 pm. 720 Bathurst. 416-537-4191.

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The members of Woodlawn Pottery Studio hold their annual Holiday Sale Saturday and Sunday (December 8 and 9), with unbeatable prices on handmade stoneware, raku and more. 80 Woodlawn. 416-964-0758.

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Arcadia Artists Co-op holds a seasonal sale of hats, quilts, pottery, glassware and other great stuff made by the building’s residents, weekends through December 21. 680 Queen’s Quay West. 416-260-0498.

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