Rating: NNNNNEver notice that it's harder to find a really good deal on high-end men's shoes than fashion-forward women's footwear?.

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Ever notice that it’s harder to find a really good deal on high-end men’s shoes than fashion-forward women’s footwear? We found a bonanza of booty at Dack’s factory store (595 Trethewey, 241-5170, and others), where overstock, ends of lines and seconds with minor cosmetic imperfections — as if shoes don’t get kicked around! — are being cleared at deep discounts. And there’s a full range of sizes.

“Even on our top-of-the-line, you save a hundred bucks,” explains one supremely helpful staffer.

“It gets even better from there.”

Looking for blistering steals on basic cotton pieces? The outlet stores of popular chain Cotton Ginny — home of our favourite affordable stretch denim jeans — are selling off spring and summer stock at 50 per cent off the lowest ticketed price. Meaning that if a dress has been marked down to $11.99, you’ll pay six bucks. The biggest bargains lurk in the back of the store, and 99-cent bins are not unknown. Lawrence Plaza, 528 Lawrence West, 784-1389, and others.

The recent death of a much-loved dishwasher sent us on a frenzied two-week mission to track down Toronto’s best deals on major appliances. A sign boasting “lowest prices in Canada” lured us into County Appliances (6166 Yonge, 225-2367). You won’t find it in the yellow pages, but “Thornhill’s oldest appliance dealer” — with signage that looks alarmingly like a car dealership — has regular prices on Maytag models that are lower than sale prices posted by Sears and the Bay. Keep this one in mind — it’s definitely worth the trek to just-south-of-Steeles.

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