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.