November 26, 2008


I’m not talking about Velveeta… just plain Velvet, as in the brand of clothing. I like to say Velveeta though, because that’s a brand of cheese, and I like cheese. When I say velvet it sometimes makes me think of vulva, which isn’t as nice a thing to think about as cheese. Although, if I really wanted to be gross, I could perhaps find a link between vulvas and cheese, but I’ll leave that one to you to figure out.

ANYWAY! Sample sale in Toronto this weekend care of the Slavin Agency, where you will find brands such as Velvet, Bench and Paul Frank. It’s on the 29th and 30th between 12 and 4pm, 80 Wingold Ave (west of Dufferin, south of Glencairn), 416-703-8338, use the back door and bring cash only.



Sales this weekend and beyond

November 21, 2008

Sorry, such a boooorrriiinnnggg title. I need to start coming up with euphimisms for the word ‘sale’ or find out how the word is said in other languages.  For example in Italy they say ‘Sale-io’ and in Spain they say ‘El Sale’….ok, totally joking (yes, I’m reaching dad-joke levels here).  Anyhoo, here are some ideas to keep you out of trouble and in debt this weekend:

Luxury Holiday Bazaar: The Spoke Club is holding a sale of clothing, accessories, fragrances etc from Canadian designers like Noor, Jessica Jenson, Jenny Bird etc etc on Saturday 22 November from 12-8pm. I might just go to check out the Spoke Club (600 King St. West, 4th Floor).

Due West/Next Door Pre-Christmas Sale: 30-70% off entire stock, one day only – Sunday 23 Nov., 10am-7pm.  431 & 433 Queen St. West.

 Due West/Next Door Pre-Christmas Sale

Club Monaco: 30% off regular priced items from 21 Nov – 24 Nov.  Just wondering when CM’s marketing campaign became so portrait studio cheesball-y? (P.S. Suz, I, on the other hand, am allowed to be cheesy with my own photography as I have no photography budget). Check this photo:

Hand on chin?

Hand on chin?

Pink Tartan Sample Sale: Tuesday 25 Nov., 4-9pm, Wednesday Nov. 26, 12-8pm, 27 Bathurst St.  A portion of the proceeds will go to Toronto East General Hospital Foundation.  You see, you are not only shopping but you are giving to charity too. 

Gotstyle Ladies Night: Wednesday 26 Nov. & Wednesday 3 Dec., from 6-10pm at 489 King St. West. You receive 20% clothing for men, a cocktail and gift bag too! You have to RSVP for this one to get the discount:


Ample Sales

November 17, 2008

No, that’s not a typo, just wanted to let you know that there are a sufficient number of sample (and otherwise) sales happening in Toronto this week.

Nada Sheperd: Don’t really know this lady, but checked out her website and her stuff shows hints of Sophia Kokosalaki and Greta Constantine. The sample sale takes place Nov 18 – 20 (12-6pm) at 51 Bulwer, Suite 100,

Soos Rocks: Another one I’m hearing of for the first time. In stock jewellery is reduced by 50-80% and the sale runs from Nov 20 – 22 at 599 College St, 3rd floor. With every purchase you get a free pair of earrings.

Token: pre-Christmas sale on Nov 22; Sukie and Orla Kiely (lurrve Orla Kiely!) etc reduced 15-40%. 888 Queen West.

Dagg & Stacey and Snoflake: Nov 20 trunk sale for both labels at Nathalie Roze & Co (1015 Queen St. E)  between 5.30 and 9.30pm, 20% off current collection and older items start at $20.

Secrets From Your Sister: For the busty mamas among us – check out the Boudoir Sale, with 75% off already reduced bras and knickers.


MORE London Sample Sales

November 15, 2008

Can you believe it? More sample sales in London, and I’m sorry T.O. – at the moment, these kick arse to anything our city has up its sleeve. Went to the Reia sample sale today and it was less than ideal.  To be fair I did turn up for the last half hour, and the shoes were ok, but nothing that prompted me to part with any cash. And the Dries van Noten stuff – one terrible looking shirt.  But I know, I have to stop being such a sample sale snob.

So, mates in London, here are a few more for you:

Sweet Home London: Such crispy, fresh looking linen. From 19-23 Nov you get up to 80% off linen, quilts etc., sale is on from 10-5pm, 207 Munster Rd, SW6.

Lisa Stickley: Excellent Christmas pressie ideas! 26-29 Nov, 74 Landor Rd, SW9.

Emily Evans: For anyone with a bun in the oven. Designer maternity gear that includes Malene Birger (my fave) and Little Paul & Joe.  27-29 Nov, 8 Hollywood Rd, SW10.

British Designer Sale: I regret that in my years in London I never made it to this one, although I saw it advertised time and again.  But anyway, it will include frocks by the likes of Jenny Packham and Vivienne Westwood. 28 & 29 Nov, Chelsea Town Hall, Kings Road.

Anita’s Vintage Fashion Fair: Another one that I regretfully never made it to. 30 Nov, Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, SW11.


Ok, so not sure if the ‘van’ bit is considered a word, but who cares?  Apparently there’s a sample sale in T.O. that lasts until tomorrow (9am-6pm) where you will find 70% + off women’s clothing (Adidas by Stella McC, Rick Owens etc), 50-70%  off men’s clothing (Cerrutti; Hugo Boss etc) and 70%+ off shoes – this is where Dries van Noten comes in. I might donate an egg to get the cash to participate in this sale…

Reia N Studio, 555 Richmond St. West, Suite 706,,


30% off the Banana

November 13, 2008

The Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy are having their friends (read any shopper willing to part with cash for their goods) and family event this weekend where you will get 30% off regular priced merch.  You need to bring in the flyer thingamabob though….

Bring this flyer with you. Valid until Nov 16.

Bring this flyer with you. Valid until Nov 16.


You may need one with a barcode…email me if you want me to forward you the real deal.


For my London sale-ers…if you haven’t seen this list of sample sales (which I’m sure you have, but let an old woman squeeze some delight out of just listing the sales, will you), here they are:

Aquascutum Warehouse sale (have yet to figure out how to pronounce this name): Ready to wear and samples from £25; sale runs until 20 Nov; can be found at 57-60 Haymarket SW1Y 4QX

Goat: up to 70% off cashmere knitwear, coats, trousers etc; sale runs 13 & 14 Nov; can be found at 76 Gloucester Pl W1U

Boutique Sale: up to 90% off clothing etc from the likes of Vanessa Bruno and Paul & Joe; runs from 13-16 Nov; can be found at Shop 14, Old Truman Brewery, 16 Hanbury St., E1

Les Nereides Secret Sale: Actually went to this one last year, it’s pretty good. The stuff is located in a small basement area, so be patient. 75% off jewellery and you can get an extra 20% of items from the shop floor; runs until 15 Nov; located at 35 Longacre, Covent Garden

Lollapalooza Sample Sale: stuff from Temperley, Missoni, Jenny Packham etc.  and cocktails will be served! Runs on 13th (5pm til late) and 14th (11am-11pm) Nov at the Gore Hotel, 190 Queens Gate, SW7

Gieves & Hawkes: Get suited and booted from the 13 to the 15th; 10am-6pm, The Music Rooms, 26 South Molton Lane, Mayfair

John Smedley Sample Sale: runs on 18th Nov from 10.30-6.30pm at London College of Fashion, 20 John Prince’s St. (near John Lewis!)

Fashion Forward Designer Shoe Sale: For all you label whores out there, get 60% off the retail price off shoes, boots and bags from Jimmy Choo, Prada, S. McCartney (clearly not P. McCartney); Miu Miu, Marc Jacobs etc etc etc; runs from 18-19 Nov, from 11-7.00; 15-16 Margaret St, W1W

La Perla Sample Sale: Up to 60% of skivvies; 19 Nov at Hornvale Ltd, 4th fl, 22 Newman St., W1T

Monsoon/Accessorize: Sample sale to benefit disadvantaged women and children in Asia runs from 21 – 22 Nov at 79a TCR, W1T

Chloe and Valentino:  runs from 24 Nov to 7 Dec, The Music Rooms, 26 South Molton Lane

Fourmarketing Sample Sale: runs from 4-5 Dec, 50-70% womens and mens wear from MQ, True Religion, Superfine etc; 20 Garrett St. EC1Y

….*sigh*…I’m spent…