January 29th, 2015
Q: I am from Alberta and I work with a group that teaches at risk children to read. At home, I go, to the several Goodwill stores on a weekly basis and go through shelves of their most recently donated books. They sell their children’s books for $1.00 or less. I rarely go home empty handed and have been able to purchase great quality children’s literature in great condition.
I have literally bought thousands this way. I have been coming to Montreal for years and when I go to these shops here, I only ever find a few ratty books on their shelves. I am looking for mainly English soft cover picture books but some French is okay too. Any suggestions?
A: There is a section in my Smart Shopping Montreal book on used book shops with at least a dozen English ones and more French ones too. One that I know has lots of kid’s books is on the West Island and is called, Book Market, 3343H boul des Sources, DDO. The books are not $1 but maybe if you are buying a lot they will work with you. Second-hand (mostly clothing) chains like the Salvation Army would be: Village Valeurs or Fripe-Prix Renaissance. They have some books.
January 28th, 2015
Denim Kings is a retail store which specializes in the hottest men and women’s premium denims and designer clothing at 40-70% off regular retail prices. Starting in February they are offering a last change sale with even better prices: jeans $49.99, jackets and boots 25%-50% off,, sweaters for $19.99 t-shirts for $9.99.
For men size 28-40 and women size 23-32, you will find deals in brand names: Arctic North, Mackage, Moose Knuckles, Pajar, Rock Revival, Diesel, Palladium, True Religion,7 for all Mankind, D-Brand,Lucky 7, and Soia & Kyo.
Location: 8575 boul St-Laurent, Montreal QC H2P2M9
corner: du Liege
Dates: Feb 1-18
Hours: Mon-Wed 11-6, Thurs & Fri 11-8, Sat 11-5, Sun 12-5
January 27th, 2015
It’s the Winter Clearance Sale for Surplus which sells high end jeans brands like: Diesel, G-Star Raw, Scotch & Soda, Lucky 7, Maison Scotch, Lucky 7 and Pearly King. Expect to pay up to 75% off during this sale.
Maison Scotch (ladies) and Scotch and Soda (men) hail from Amsterdam, so their European flair is quite evident in their styling and quality.
Location: 5168 boul St-Laurent H2T 1R8
corner: rue Fairmont
Dates: Jan 29-Feb 1
Time: Mon-Wed 10-6, Thurs & Fri 10-9, Sat 10-5, Sun 11-5
January 25th, 2015
At Linen Depot Direct linen and home décor outlet stores you can save up to 80% on a huge range of goods from mattresses, duvets, comforters, sheet sets and pillows to towels, curtains, blinds and decorative accessories.
Now you can shop online for all of that: www.linendepotdirect.ca
This Montreal company liquidates overstocked high quality, brand name items at rock bottom prices – and taxes are included. You will be thrilled with the low prices for brand names like Quiksilver, Sandra Venditti, Liz Claiborne, U.S. Polo, Beverly Hills Polo and Maison Condelle.
Linen Depot Direct even delivers mattresses and box springs right to your door.
Locations: 2005 rue Drummond Montreal QC H3G 1W6 (Tel: 514-963-2244) Main location
4089 boul St-Laurent Montreal QC H2X 2V5
4437 rue Wellington Verdun, Qc H4G 1W6 (Tel: 514- 419-1493)
Hours: Mon-Wed 10-7, Thurs & Fri 10-9, Sat 10-6, Sun 11-6
January 24th, 2015
Mega Vente d’Entrepot is a warehouse with prices are hard to beat, and there is almost always something for everyone there at prices that are generally 75%-90% off.
Prices for family clothing start at $2.85. For outdoor warmth, snowsuits (12 mos – size 18) $49 and up while adult coats are only $39. Men’s suits including a tie or belt are only $99.99. All sizes of sheet sets are going for $19.85.
There’s a coupon below. If you spend $50, you get an additional $10 off, spend $100 and its $20 or spend $200 and it’s an amazing $50 off.
They have 4 warehouses so no matter where you are in the city, you are close to their deals. Please note that the West Island location will be closing on January 25th.
Locations: 120 Boul. St. Joseph, Lachine QC H8S 2L3 (514-637-1116); St-Leonard, 8235 Boul. Langelier (514-223-0510); 3259 boul Taschereau Greenfield Park J4V 2H5 (514-226-1497); 79A boul. Brunswick, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, H9B 2J5 (this one is closing Jan 25th)
Hours: M-W 10-6, Th & F 10-8, Sat 10-5, Sun 11-5
Tel: 514 -238-0705
Dates: for 1 week
January 23rd, 2015
Expresco specializes in creating top quality, easy to cook skewers and now they are selling more variety of frozen cooked foods. Shopping at a food wholesale outlet means you get great pricing.
Open since 1987, Expresco Foods is the leading manufacturer of meat-on-a-stick and their state-of-the-art facility ensures the strictest health standards are enforced. At this factory outlet you can also buy cooked or raw chicken breast or pork brochettes, among other meat products.
This weeks specials feature 6 Kg of grilled chicken wings for $50.
Location: 8205 Transcanadienne, VSL H4S1S4
Tel: 514-344-9499 x 270
Dates: Jan 21-24
Time: Wed-Fri 10-6, Sat 9-3
January 23rd, 2015
Q: My mom and I are planning to visit Montreal for a girls weekend. We are hoping to do a lot of shopping but I have no idea where to take her. She is over 50 and wears a size 12p (petite). I’ve googled petite stores but I don’t want to take her in anywhere that doesn’t carry her size or isn’t age appropriate. She almost exclusively shops at Talbots. If you have any suggestions, please let me know.
A: There is one store downtown Boutique Claudia in Complexe Desjardins, 150 Ste-Catherine St. Ouest (Tel: 514-282-0476) which has a good amount of petites. There are more scattered all over town in my Smart Shopping Montreal book.
January 21st, 2015
If you are looking babies and kid’s clothing (0 – 12 years) in irresistibly cool looks, head right over to Faon. Prices are always reasonable here. Right now prices are even better as they are offering 50% off. There’s still a lot of winter to go or you can stock up for next winter.
Expect wowie brands: Hatley, appaman, Petit Lem, Deux par Deux, tea, see kai run, Robeez, mayoral, noppies, Zutano
You may come across baby and kiddie accessories by: Skip Hop, Boon, 3 Sprouts, Franck & Fischer, Iplay, les portes-bébé Ergo and Chimparoo.
Faon is a family business run by the parents of three young children. Quality and good advice is included with every purchase.
Location: 4334 rue St-Denis
Hours: Mon-Wed 10-6, Thurs & Fri 10-9, Sat 10-5
Date of Sale: starting Jan 23
January 21st, 2015
Montreal has made it very easy to save the planet and re-cycle our old electronics. the Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA) is a not for profit organization. It keeps at least 100,000 metic tonnes of end-of-life electronics out of landfills every year.
Go to www.recyclemyelectronics.ca/qc and you can find lists of what they accept and drop off points all over the island. Since it’s so frigid outside, you have plenty of time to gather up all your monitors, printers, old TVs, keyboards, video games, phones, car audio systems and answering machines.
Now is the time to help save our planet.
January 19th, 2015
Q: I am often asked where one could sell a used fur coat. Very few second hand shops buy them and I have lost my last Montreal contact for this.
A: However, in this month’s Senior Times, there is an ad which says “I buy women’s and men’s fur coats”. I pay cash and pick up anywhere in Canada.
If anyone uses this service, please let me know how it turned out.