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Q: Hi you have a great site! Can you please tell me if there is a Winners sale.

[Sandra - Jun 6, 2009]

A: I get regular e-mails from Winners. This is the address it comes from: "Winners" winners@email.winners.ca. Perhaps you can reach them and get on their list too. If you find out about sales, please let me know too.

Q: My 21st anniversary is coming up next week and I know my husband needs some new t-shirts. He likes brand names like Nike, Puma Addidas etc. Where can I find these shirts at a reasonable price? Is there a warehouse in Montreal open to the public?

[Charmaine - Jun 6, 2009]

A: There isn't a warehouse permanently open for that. I continually write about the warehouse sales on my shlog at smartshoppingmontreal.com some of which have branded t-shirts. Right now there is one for Tommy Hilfiger

Q: My teenage daughter has found great shopping on St. Laurent and St. Denis, but we cannot seem to find much for the 9 year old. We have been to Lavaza Girl (is that the name) in the mall and Zaras, but I need to get her something for a party at the end of the month and have not found much luck here in the states so far.

[Monicanne - Apr 4, 2009]

A: Not a lot of great places for dressy things for that age girl as hardly any one dresses up anymore. You might find some very upscale things at the fancy kids' shops on Laurier, east and west of Ave du Parc. There's Jack 'n Jill on Queen Mary Rd in Snowdon. There's a Winners downtown. There's a shop that specializes in confirmation, communion, weddings and that kind of fancy called Centre d'Aubaines Eva and is on 6681 St-Hubert but that's north of downtown.

Q: I need your help with my mother. She is 78 years old and is size 3x and has difficulty finding heavy material jogging pants and socks

[Giovanna - Aug 8, 2009]

A: An inexpensive chain that goes to 3X might be: L'Aubainerie The closest location to you is at: 80 boul. d'Anjou in Chateuguay. Additionelle has a clearance center on 6809 St Hubert. Call Gilbert and daughter and ask: 514-695-3107, they're near the airport. Jay Set in the Dorval shopping center might work. Jeannine Julien is pricey but goes to size 30 at 1330 Beaubien est and many more in my book.

Q: A while back my friend heard you talking about a place that sells those really nice terry bathrobes like you get at hotels and spas. Would you let me know the phone number and name of this place? My friend didn't write it down but was very interested. He even bought the book but couldn't find it in your book

[Barbara - Aug 8, 2009]

A: Page 80 Lieberman Tranchemontagne. They sell them to hotels and have all kinds.

Q: I've spoken to Shreter's and Goldtex only to find out they carry husky boys pants starting at size 10. Our twin boys are 5 years old and need a boys size 7 (or even 8 waist.) I wouldn't mind having to shorten the length, but the crotches hang really low. If only I could find Husky pants in their size!

[Audra - Jul 7, 2009]

A: Husky pants are a rarity in Montreal. (Did you ask Schreter if he can order them in a smaller size for you?). One other place to call might be Centre d'Aubaines Eva 270-5496 but they may only have dress pants. Again ask about ordering. We tend to forget that you can have pants made by a dressmaker. The price may not be as high as you think, especially if you're doing quantity. If you have a pair for them to copy, that makes it even easier. Here's one: Maria 514-695-1235

Q: In your Gazette column which appeared on the 13th or 14th, I cannot recall the exact date, you mention an outlet on Sauve St. where one can buy discounted bathing suits.

[Max - Jul 7, 2009]

A: Paradis du Maillot, 9800 boul. St-Laurent.

Q: I would like to know if there is a store that sells jeans with elastic waist bands

[Sandra - Jun 6, 2009]

A: You can go 3 ways here: Maternity wear stores like Bloom, 4937B Sherbrooke W. or buy jeans fabric and go to a dressmaker: Maria 695-1235 (she's really nice and not too expensive), or there are stores for people who have trouble dressing like Creation Comfort, 6015 Louis Hemon 514-355-3374. They have "men's" jeans in 6 sizes that have velcro closings on both sides.

Q: I know it is the month of May but I want to ask you if you know where I can get a 3/4 length black coat with hood - no fur.....these coats were selling at Costco last July but I didn't think of buying a winter coat in July.....Everyone seems to be wearing these semi quilted coats.

[Elizabeth - May 5, 2009]

A: Off season, you can find coats at Manteau Manteau liquidation center in the Galeries des Sources, DDO

Q: I love listening to you on Cjad and also seeing you on the news. I was wondering if you could tell me where I could find good prices on GUESS handbags. My daughter's 18th birthday is the middle of June...

[Elizabeth - May 5, 2009]

A: Try 2 on St-Hubert: Kaza, 6596 or Moura Cuir, 6581. There is also a company that has them in their sales which happen a few times a year. Follow my shlog and you will find out when they happen

Q: I am wondering if could you name some best places to buy kids brand name clothes, jackets, shoes, and toys. I have 3 kids ages from 2-6.

[Nimal - May 5, 2009]

A: In my book, you can find at least a dozen places that would be good for you. Here's one: Factory Outlet Children's Apparel, 8955 boul. St. Laurent. Only opne Thurs & Fri 10-6 and Sat 10-5. I also list sales on my website shlog as I hear about them. There's a toy one coming up in May. Check it out at my website.

Q: I have a complete wardrobe of incredible classic clothing all size 10-12 suits, pants, jackets, skirts, tops, from Holtz, Escada and numerous designers in mint condition. At least 50 pairs of shoes and boots size 9.5, coats, accessories. I would like to find a vintage or consignment or someone to purchase all of the items or to donate them for a receipt.

[Aliza - May 5, 2009]

A: There are over 2 dozen second-hand clothing shops in my book that you can call and ask your question. Most consignment shops want recent styles as that is what their customers are looking for. It's hard to move even "classic" ones. I might try Friperie La Gaillarde, 4019 Notre-Dame O. or Folle Gueuille, 4039 Ste-Catherine e. Both shops give older styles a re-vamp and sell them.

Q: I am looking for a pair of good leather winter boots. New ones. I usually buy my winter boots in the spring and summer, when sales are on, but this spring, I have checked Aldo at the Colisee and downtown, but nothing in my size- only pointy ones, which I loathe.

[Brenda - May 5, 2009]

A: It is a bit late to find much in winter boots. There are over 20 places you could call or visit in my book (see how to buy the newest one below). At this time of year, you might look at Le 103, 103 Mont Royal est, only open Thurs and Fri. or maybe Chaussures Super Prix 4829 Wellington in Verdun.

Q: My teenage daughter has found great shopping on St. Laurent and St. Denis, but we cannot seem to find much for the 9 year old. We have been to Lavaza Girl (is that the name) in the mall and Zaras, but I need to get her something for a party at the end of the month and have not found much luck here in the states so far

[Monicanne - May 5, 2009]

A: Not a lot of great places for dressy things for that age girl as hardly any one dresses up anymore. You might find some very upscale things at the fancy kids' shops on Laurier, east and west of Ave du Parc. There's Jack 'n Jill on Queen Mary Rd in Snowdon. There's a Winners downtown. There's a shop that specializes in confirmation, communion, weddings and that kind of fancy called Centre d'Aubaines Eva and is on 6681 St-Hubert but that's north of downtown.

Q: For many, many years, I have used "duck boots" to do our outside work. It is a pair of shoes made of all rubber -- they are actually a "cut-off" version of a bushmen's boots.

[Ron - Apr 4, 2009]

A: I would head to uniform type stores where people use those kind of boots for working outdoors. They probably won't be the duck boots but they definitely have waterproof choices. Also, the regular shoe stores have been selling these cool looking rain rubber boots in all kinds of wild patterns. They come high and low. I know they have them for women, not sure about men. Perhaps call St-Henri Uniforms, 2671 Notre-Dame ouest 514-933-8570 or Equipement de Security Universal, 6855 St-Jacques Ouest 514-369-6699. L'Equippeur stoes might even have some.

Q: I'm interested in '' faux '' fur jackets or coats. I am having a very difficult time finding boutiques that carry these

[Lucia - Apr 4, 2009]

A: Similitude, 5116 ave. du Parc. Tel: 514-521-8223. They have ready-to-wear and made to measure and has been around for 24 years.

Q: I was shopping at the Winners store and I saw 3 items of clothing that I have seen on sale in the States. A dress that I saw at Orvis in Essex Junction on March 10th for $ 9 was being offered as new stock, I believe the price was $49 or $39.A bathing suit that I actually bought last September on sale at TJMaxx in Hyannis, and a dress that I saw at Filene's Basement in Hyannis last September.All these items are offered as "new" stock by Winners. I don't think that most people shopping at Winners are understanding that they may be buying clothes that are a couple of seasons old

[Bonnie - Mar 3, 2009]

A: Winners model is to buy up liquidated stock from companies. Most companies that do this do buy out-of-season merchandise. The stock is new to Winners. There is no problem with this. Also you cannot expect prices to be the same between merchandise in 2 countries (nor different companies) as there are many factors that go into that pricing.

Q: I was wondering where in Montreal I would be able to find dresses to wear to a wedding, I would like it semi-vintage.

[Oreet - Mar 3, 2009]

A: There are a couple of dozen second-hand boutiques in my Smart Shopping Montreal book. To look for vintage, it means going to most of them as each will have a selection, but not in all sizes of course. If you get friendly with the owners, they will call and let you know when something comes in in your style. That's what they do best. Here are 2 in two different style ranges: Paula Howe Harding, 353 Prince Albert in Westmount or Boutique Eva B. 2013 boul. St-Laurent.

Q: I'm looking for something a bit unusual: a franchise of purses and belts in order to open up a store.

[Carla - Mar 3, 2009]

A: I'm not knowledgeable about who all the franchises are, but there is a franchise show every year in Montreal where you can take a look .However, since we have the heart of the Canadian clothing industry in Montreal, you have a pool of manufacturers and importers of purses and belts right here. Tap into that. You can start by checking out Quebec Apparel Manufacturers Directory apparelquebec.ca.

Q: I sometimes receive visitors from developing (i.e. "poor") countries, and they would like nothing better than to find out where there are rock-bottom discount or liquidation clothing centres (like the 8th Floor in The Bay store in downtown Montreal).

[ - Mar 3, 2009]

A: That's what my "Smart Shopping Montreal" book is all about. I scout out all the stores in the city and the Annual Event sales that give you the best value for the buck. There are dozens of answers. The clothing section in my book is 60 pages long. Here are a few: R&D Boutique, 283A boul. St-Jean, Plaza Pointe Claire $4.99-$29.99 racks. For $15 jeans, it's Jeans, Jeans, Jeans, 5525 de Gaspe. For baby sleepers, 4 for $12 at Les Textiles Goldtex, 8875 Salley in Lasalle, Chaussures Super-Prix for $29.99 on all shoes and on and on and on... There's a $10 store in the Galeries des Sources too

Q: I was hoping to find a winter coat for next season on special. I'm looking for a woman's black warm 'dressy' winter coat. Would you know of a place to go ?

[Diane - Mar 3, 2009]

A: It's a bit late for the coat sales at the stores as they have mostly brought in their Spring lines. However, there is a coat manufacturer that always has some coats and I was there about a month ago and there was still lots of winter coats on the racks: The Coat Centre, 6595 St-Urbain which is open 8:30-6 and Sat 9-1 Also Manteau Manteau has a liquidation store in the Galeries des Sources in DDO.

Q: My sister is in charge of organizing a Fund Raising dinner party entitled "An Evening in Paris". She wants the waiters to wear black berets and has given me the job of finding them. She needs 12, black only.

[Joan - Mar 3, 2009]

A: You have a few options. The costume houses sell them. Here's one: Johnny Brown, 7300 Hutchinson 514-495-2002. I would guess theirs would be less expensive than the hat stores. Here are 2: Chapofolie 514-982-0036 or Imex 99: 514-288-0022. Also this costume fabric store has hats: Les Textiles Bon-mar, 8448 boul. St-Laurent 514-382-2275

Q: I was looking for a place that custom make bathing suits.

[Christine - Dec 12, 2006]

A: Lili-les-Bains 514-937-9197 ($395 7 up) or Angela Jones, 3938 St-Denis where you can buy and get it altered or get one to measure.

Q: I was wondering if you knew where I could get diesel jeans at a warehouse price

[Karen - Dec 12, 2006]

A: Surplus, 5168 Boul. St-Laurent is their warehouse store. Only opens at noon. certain times of year they have clearance sales too.

Q: Where can I find a pair of boots that are made for wider calves?

[Judy - Dec 12, 2006]

A: Chaussures Le Depot, 501 de l'Eglise, Verdun or Chaussures d'Antin, 6629 St. Hubert (I think this store is closing so go quickly).

Q: Is there a place that I can get boots stretched to fit?

[Judy - Dec 12, 2006]

A: Carinthia Shoe Company, 1228 St. Marc below St. Catherine.

Q: I don't know my way around Chabanel. I'm looking for cute, casual sundresses.

[Meetu - Sep 9, 2006]

A: The 555 Building's mezzanine is like a trendy mall with samples of all kinds of clothing. The 225 Chabanel building has more dresses than the others. In my Smart Shopping Montreal book there is a section on Chabanel where I list 7 pages of what you can find floor by floor, suite

Q: Where would I be able to find a full length winter coat at a good price (factory or), example Jones New York?

[ - Aug 8, 2006]

A: There's a Jones outlet at 3280 Jean-Yves in Kirkland 514-695-8385 or the Hilary Radley outlet at 555 Chabanel M15A (only open Sat 9-12 and sells sample sizes) or Boutique Maude 545 Hauterive in Duvernay, Laval which is a full ladies shop (nicely discounted) and has some nice lines of coats.

Q: I saw you on Pulse News a few weeks ago and you were talking about bargains for children's clothing. Where is the Krickets store that you mentioned?

[Meena - Aug 8, 2006]

A: Krickets, 333 Chabanel suite 800, open during the week approx 9-4

Q: I am looking for shoe stores which carry wide widths. Thank you.

[Cynthia - Aug 8, 2006]

A: Le Depot, 501 de L'Eglise, Verdun has shoes for women up to EE, Chaussures d'Antin, 6629 St-Hubert has to size 13EE, and Naturalizer on the same street, 6701 St-Hubert has up to 11 and to EE widths. Tony's, 1346 Greene Westmount is a bit more expensive but goes to G in ladies shoes

Q: I was wondering if you could help me with 2 different things. Firstly I am looking for bra/lingerie stores which carry larger sizes.

[Cynthia - Aug 8, 2006]

A: Chez Rose Marie Lingerie, 5614 ave du Parc sells up to 48G; Jeannine Julien, 1330 Beaubien Est. goes up to 56i

Q: I am looking for leather garment stores with quality, men's, ladies jackets etc. in Montreal.

[Gilbert - Aug 8, 2006]

A: Here are two: Alaska, 71St. Viateur Est and Coronet, 7475 St-Laurent Blvd. and there are many more in my book.

Q: I do some designing of clothes for myself and my daughter and am looking for consignment stores in Montreal that I would like to start selling my items.

[Janet - Jul 7, 2006]

A: There are some consignment stores on Mont Royale between boul. St. Laurent and St Denis that have designs by local creators. You can find a list in my Smart Shopping Montreal book (see details below). If they don't want them, ask them who might sell them. Another idea is to go into beauty salons. They sometimes sell jewelry, purses and clothing by local designers.

Q: I wear a size 38DDD bra and Im looking for a good place in Montreal to get support swimwear and bras. I've had difficulty finding a good bathing suit that will hold things in place, and that isnt too old looking, as I am only in my twenties.

[ - Jul 7, 2006]

A: There's Tour Eiffel, Boutique Anne Marie, J.Hauerstock (Decarie Square). Jeannine Julien, 1330 Beaubien E. is the specialist in Large Size Bras and undergarments. If you go to Tour Eiffel on page 157, edition 10, there is an older woman who comes in part time for alterations on bras. You will also find that service at Boutique Anne Marie across the street and she can also make them to measure. For made-to-measure bathing suits: Lili-les-Bains (starting at $395) or Angela Jones at 3938 St-Denis

Q: Do you know where I could find discounted yoga pants and tops? This niche market is incredibly over priced and I am looking for reasonably priced outfits that won't break the bank!

[ - Jul 7, 2006]

A: I'm not exactly sure what you mean by yoga pants and tops but there is a factory at 9400 boul. St. Laurent, suite 503 that is open on some Saturday mornings. It is called Kim & Company and sells all kinds of separates made out of a slinky stretchy fabric.

Q: Are there good tailors or seamstress around town who can make shirts and pants for a decent price?

[ - Jul 7, 2006]

A: It is usually over $100 for a custom shirt but the one below does it for less. You can also wait for Maxwell's Clothiers maxwellsclothiers.com to come to town in October and March. They are Hong Kong tailors that will do 3 made to measure shirts for about $140. Excellent quality and work. Chemiserie K. Sako, 56 Jean Talon St. East can make a poly/cotton shirt with fabric from the US for only $50.

Q: Places to buy made-to-measure bathing suits in Montreal.

[Lucy - Jul 7, 2006]

A: Lili-les-Bains 428 Victoria St-Lambert 937-9197 prices start at $395&up. Angela Jones, 3988 St-Denis 845-1542. Off rack adjusted ($110-160) or made to measure. La Tour Eiffel, 6975 St Hubert 276-0347 Off the rack adjusted bras mostly and some bathing suits.

Q: I have an 18-year-old son, who is very skinny, and I have so much trouble finding him clothes. He is too old for children's clothes, and too small for adult men's clothes.

[Gail - Jul 7, 2006]

A: In mens' tops, there exists an XS for extra small - try Schreter's, Bedo or Le Chateau warehouse store. Boys clothes these days are just a copy of adult clothes so a size 14 or 16 should fit him and still look age appropriate. Jeans, Jeans, Jeans at 5525 de Gaspe has jeans of every size possible. For men's suits in every size (you can buy separate jackets and pants) there is a suit factory 5455 de Gaspe on the 10th floor,suite 1000. You can go up on a Sat morn. Consider finding a good dressmaker

Q: I'm looking for a place to sell my wedding dress.

[Tracey - Jul 7, 2006]

A: Oui, je le voeux, 6924 St Hubert is one store that sells on consignment. If they don't want it, you can ask them perhaps, who you might donate it to.

Q: I am looking for a ski suit for my eleven year old daughter. She would like to buy at Sport Experts, but although their quality is good, I find their prices too high. Do you have any suggestions?

[Karen - Jul 7, 2006]

A: Up in Chabanel: Brador Sports, 9600 Meilleur, Suite 920 open Mon-Sat 9-4:30 or Clearance section (left side of store) at Oberson 1355 des Laurentides, Laval.

Q: Where can I find a dressmaker--just a plain, simple dressmaker or seamstress, who could make skirts, or even curtains and such things?? Or do they not exist anymore?!

[Marita - Jul 7, 2006]

A: Dressmakers usually leave their cards at dry cleaner's shops so check a few of them around your neighborhood. Also ask at a local fabric store. There is a dressmaker shop in the Fairview Pointe Claire up on the 2nd level near Sears.

Q: We still have some ancient "three-quarter" (48 inch) beds. Do you know of any place in the Montreal area that might still have sheets, and perhaps mattresses in that size?

[ - Jul 7, 2006]

A: Laval Bedding, 950 Berlier 450-663-5921 makes mattresses in any size. For sheets, just have a dressmaker shorten bigger ones.

Q: I am looking for custom labels to sew on different jackets like leather etc..labels with lettering like Gothic..etc..

[John - Jul 7, 2006]

A: Try calling the Quebec Apparel Manufacturers as there are companies in the city that do just that. (514) 382-3846 or www.apparelquebec.com.

Q: I am seeking quality fabric that I could give to my tailor that you recommened ( Sako). He does great work but his selection is quite limited. I find it difficult to find correct sizing for me and custom tailoring is the way to go.

[Ronald - Jul 7, 2006]

A: Twice a year, Maxwell's Clothiers comes to Montreal from Hong Kong. Custom shirts (with lots of fabrics to choose from) are only 3/$135 plus shipping. My husband has a few made of Egyptian cotton and they are fabulous. Any time you need one after he is here, you just e-mail and they know your measurements. Next Sale is Le Centre Sheraton, 1201 Rene Levesque Sept 22-26th. Then Ruby Foo's Motel, 7655 Decarie Blvd. Oct 1-5th. You can be put on their mailing list www.maxwellsclothiers.com

Q: I would like to know where to get a good buy for winter leather boots on Chabanel?

[Nancy - Jul 7, 2006]

A: There isn't any place to buy boots at Chabanel. Best deal in town is the chaotic store, Chaussures Super Prix, 4829 Wellington where they are $35 for leather boots including tax.

Q: I would like to know where I can buy panty girdles, corsets, underthings right in town.

[ - Jul 7, 2006]

A: Chez Rose Marie Lingerie, 5614 Parc Ave., Phone: 272-0347. Mother/daughter duo selling this for the last 37 years with a huge size range.

Q: I'm on a quest to either find a shop where I can buy ready-made Phentex yarn slippers or perhaps a store that has people who do actual knitting on special order.

[ - Jul 7, 2006]

A: Ask at these knitting stores for both questions: Brickpoint Needlework, 318 Victoria Ave. (514) 489-0993 or Les Lainages du Petit Mouton in the Pointe Clarie Shopping Ctr (514) 694-6268. I just came across a shop that I know sells Phentex yarn: Magasin Liberal, 3443 Notre Dame Ouest 932-3278

Q: Could you tell me where I can find a hat, not a woolen hat, but sort of a hard type at a reasonable price.

[Pam - Jul 7, 2006]

A: Chapofolie, 3944 St. Denis St.at Roy St. Phone: (514) 982-0036 for a store and if you like to go up to the factory, call Nicole & Co. at 383-5599 and find out when you can go up

Q: looking for gym long pants--without advertising that are elasticized. Would you know of a tailor that would make such pants?

[Jim - Jul 7, 2006]

A: You would be happy buying at: Creation Comfort, 6015 Louis Hemon 728-6889 or Chic Chez Vous, 22 St-Louis Ville Lemoyne 450-923-5933. Both of these companies specialize in easy to get on and off clothing and they have pants that are elasticized. To elasticize the ones you have, just contact a local tailor or dressmaker. You can ask at your dry cleaners or at a fabric shop in your neighborhood

Q: I am looking for a coat (you know the black ones that business people wear, in a specific style (short collar that stays up around the neck).

[ - Jul 7, 2006]

A: Not sure exactly what you mean but you might try Schreters, 4358 boul. St-Laurent or on a Saturday morning between 9-12, you can go up to a coat factory, Apex, at 9494 Boul. St-Laurent to Suite 100.

Q: I have a black leather jacket that I would like to restore to nearly new colour. Would it be possible to send me the names of the businesses that offer this service?

[ - Jul 7, 2006]

A: Leatherwear, 28 18th Avenue at 14th Avenue, Roxboro. Phone: (514)685-4012

Q: I have a few bags of clothes, some used some new which can not be used by anybody - not even by the Salvation Army. Could you please suggest any company which could use these by cutting them and making something out of these.

[ - Jul 7, 2006]

A: If you donate them to Village Valeur (try one of their stores to find out where to drop off, here's one number: 739-1962) or Frip Prix Renaissance Montreal 276-3626), whatever they can't sell as clothes they sell as bulk cloth and still make money for their causes. There are also churches and organizations that send clothes to third world countries or disaster zones.

Q: Do you know where we can look for dress pants (not cotton) for back to school, size 16?

[Jean Pierre - Aug 8, 2009]

A: There are lots of answers in my Smart Shopping Montreal book, here's one: Schreter's, 4358 boul. St-Laurent. It has been THE place for men and boys for 80 years.

Q: Do you know the best quality and price for a kids snow suit. I see Costco has them. I need it for a 3 yr old boy.

[Sharon - Aug 8, 2009]

A: Gusti makes a really good one. You can buy them discounted a bit at Brat Pack, 1283 Van Horne or Les Textiles Goldtex, 8875 Salley, LaSalle

Q: I would like a pair of of jeans that will really fit well on a mature figure. I am not that big, but I am an active 75 year old woman . I know there is a designer jean discount store in Montreal.

[Helen - Aug 8, 2009]

A: There is a great jeans discount store but it is down a flight of stairs, Jeans Jeans Jeans 5525 de Gaspe. Another one is in a storefront Pantalon Superior, 69 St Catherine east. Both of them will take them in or hem them while you wait.

Q: Hi Sandra, I am looking for school uniforms White and Blue for boys(age 14) and girl(age 13) Currently buying thru Sauve, but very expensive. I reside in Chateauguay and want to buy at better pricing.

[Murray - Sep 9, 2009]

A: You can get much better pricing at: St-Henri Uniforms, 2671 Notre-Dame ouest or Schreter's on boul. St. Laurent corner of Marie Anne

Q: We're trying to find socks for my son (12 years old), but it really haas to be something that allows his foot to "breathe", something in 100% cotton. Not a sport sock but something that fits into a good pair of shoes (in grey). Do you have any idea where we can find this. So far the best we ca find in 80% cotton.

[Mark - Sep 9, 2009]

A: L'Equippeur stores have a really large selection of men's socks. Since it is oriented toward blue-collar uniformed workers who need their feet to breathe all day, there should be something that works. Also you can call Schreter's and ask: 514-845-4231.

Q: We just moved to Montreal. There seems to be great shopping here...I need to find out where to go for top quality children's shoes. I have a 5 year old daughter who has wide and sensitive feet.

[Lisa - Sep 9, 2009]

A: There's an Italian children's comfort shoe shop called Naturino 1325 Greene Ave in Westmount. They are designed with "walking on sand" cushioning. www.naturino.com

Q: I am a fan of your Book Smart Shopping Montréal and have received it as a stocking stuffer from my husband on a number of Christmas's . I even have a signed copy from 1991 when you gave a seminar in Lachine. Our daughter is to be married in May 2010 and we have been looking for hair combs to make her veil.

[Grace - Sep 9, 2009]

A: pg. 41: F.F.F., French Feather & Flowers 6565 Henri Bourassa o. Phone: 514-332-8584 or try the St-Michel Flea market on Fri/Sat/Sun for older beautiful ones (maybe Jenny G has them, ask for her), 7707 Shelley at boul. St-Michel.

Q: I am attending a 10 year reunion at a restaurant in downtown Montreal mid October. What should a girl wear? I come from sunny California where anything goes and so I am concerned in regards to being cold. Is it OK to wear a dress in October?

[Danielle - Oct 10, 2009]

A: Dresses are always delightful to wear or be seen in. Montreal is a European-influenced style capitol and we have been happily wearing dresses/skirts for years. And fashion-wise everywhere, it has been dresses, dresses, dresses, for the past couple of years. We dress up here much more than CA - and it's so fun. Just bring a warm coat or some layers as it will be chilly here for you.

Q: Where do you suggest I sell a selection of men’s suits, coats, trousers? They are all in great condition and hardly worn, most are designer label.I would also consider donating them for a tax receipt- Not sure if this is done in Canada.

[Stephen - Oct 10, 2009]

A: Good thinking. There are a few re-sale shops for men. Check with them first to see if they want your size and brands. Here's one: Boutique Encore at 2145 Crescent has been around over 50 years and has upscale men's clothing (Armani, Hugo Boss, Brioni, Prada).

Q: have just been asked by husband if they have mens clothes stores in Chabanel? open on Saturday mornings. Hey this is a surpise to me. May be he'll be hanging out with the ladies Ha,ha. Hope you can help me once again

[Lorraine - Oct 10, 2009]

A: Very good thinking on his part. Check out the Chabanel section of my book, pages 52-56. #555 Chabanel has the most for men the last time I looked. I'm about to go out and re-check them. Here's 2 from last time I was there: M40 Les Importations Europa Uomo and M01 Mel Goldenberg (his phone won't pick up though) had casual clothing.

Q: I would also like to have the name of the wholesale jeweler in Montreal.

[Nancy - Oct 10, 2009]

A: The one I mentioned on the radio show is: Bram Schechtman 212-842-0222

Q: First of all, I appreciate your service and knowledge. I am looking for a second-hand store. I have few good new items which I bought it for daughter. I need a good deal to sell them

[Vanaca - Oct 10, 2009]

A: There are at least a dozen places in my book that buy kids' clothes. The best way to accomplish this, is to buy the book, and call each one to see which one might want the items, brands and sizes you have. Here's one: Boutique au jardins d'Enfants, Phone: 514-428-0820 325 Bord du lac, Pointe Claire As soon as you sell the items, you will have made the money back for the book!

Q: On Tuesday, September 29, 2009, you mentioned a place for children's snowsuits on Beaumont. What is the address & name of the place. Thanks for your time

[Maureen - Oct 10, 2009]

A: This one is going up on my shlog next week. Moni is a secret bargain spot tucked away at the rear of the Kute Knit factory. You do have to go up a flight of stairs to check out this spot for children's (newborn-18) casual clothes, some $5 (even 2-piece outfits) and under and mostly less than $10. New this year are the snowsuits in fashionable designs for only $32-$50. There are excellent prices on school uniforms: jumpers $18, pants $12-$16, polo shirts $8 and dress shirts $10. Adult fleece jogging sets can be found at only $12 Location: 1000 Beaumont, in rear, Corner: boul. l'Acadie, Phone: 514-273-2544, Hours: Mon-Fri 9-4:30, Sat 9-2

Q: Do you have an outlet for good quality ladies regular sized underwear? I live in the West Island but location is not a problem

[Marianne - Oct 10, 2009]

A: There's a shop in the Pointe Claire shopping center that sells undies - can't say what quality they have or you are looking for. Lingerie Hanna. You will see socks outside on a table. J. Hauerstock is in Decarie Square is a 2nd generation shop and Venus Lingerie, 3854 boul. Notre-Dame is a lovely fancy undies shop.

Q: Does Gusti Snowsuits have a warehouse here, or some importer, looking for boys, size 5 or 6, or any other good importer in snowsuits.

[Frances - Oct 10, 2009]

A: Try Brat Pack on Van Horne, Goldtex on Salley (pg 37 & 39 in my book) for Gusti full lines in regular stores or 333 Chabanel Suite 538 on a Saturday morning for Gusti samples and liquidation.

Q: I was wondering if you could help me. My daughter (who is 26) is having trouble finding clothes to suit her taste in Montreal….clothes that are not made in China, and preferably made in Quebec. She is an environmentalist. She is also about a size 5. Do you have any suggestions where she could shop?

[Gail - Nov 11, 2009]

A: There are stores popping up all over - St Denis, Hochelage Maisonneuve, etc. - that are on the same page as your daughter. Here's just one: General 54, 54 St-Viateur o. they represent over 30 local designers. Each store usually has cards for others of the same ilk as they all help each other

Q: Are events coming for winter coats for kids?

[Nadia - Nov 11, 2009]

A: Each week I post those sorts of things on my shlog at smartshoppingmontreal.com. Three or four times a week I give shopping tips and let you know about terrific sales. In general, for great prices snowsuits: Moni, 1000 Beaumont. $32-$50. For a huge selection at good prices and a sale coming up on expensive lines: Les Textiles Goldtex, 8875 Salley in LaSalle.

Q: My daughter will be getting married in over a year and would like to know of various possibility to shop in Chabanel's district for wedding gowns. I have already took note of Bridalane, is there other you may suggest?!

[Paulette - Nov 11, 2009]

A: SB Soiree just moved to 470 Chabanel. They can also handle made-to-measure gowns. Don't forget St-Hubert St, the best for weddings

Q: I went shopping a few years back on Chabanel and bought clothing from my favorite designer Jacques Rue or Animale;;; I do not remember the adress of this store, have you got the information?

[Paulette - Nov 11, 2009]

A: In my book I go through Chabanel suite by suite. It's in the 555 building, look at page 56. Many have changed but Animale is still there.

Q: My dad would like to buy a woo/twill baseball hat for fall/winter usage. I have only seen some for females. Can you recommend some places?

[Christina - Dec 12, 2009]

A: There is a section in my book for Hats under Specialists. Here's one: Imex 99, 168 ave du Mont-Royal. There is a gentleman I have not visited that makes one or two kinds of wool caps/hats, perhaps he makes the one you want: Maple Leaf Hats 5758 boul St-Laurent Tel: 514-271-8850

Q: My daughter is extremely short on cash and I would like to know where I can buy a girl’s winter coat size 12 or 14. Your help would be greatly appreciated.

[Dina - Dec 12, 2009]

A: Perhaps you can go up to the places in the 160 St-Viateur building on Sunday morning and see who might have coats. There are snowsuits (up to size 18) at Moni, 1000 Beaumont for $32-$50. Prices for clothing there is all less than $10. There are also second-hand stores in the book and you can call to see who might have a coat

Q: I would like to know where I can find some nice clothes for women (I am a small size) in the Chabanel area. Also, if you know of any upcoming factory sales

[Bianca - Dec 12, 2009]

A: In my book (see below), there is a section called "Direct from the Manufacturer" which lists all the suites in the Chabanel buildings. These change often however you will always find things. I am small too and this year I bought 3 sweaters for $15 and $20, tops for $5 and on and on. Try the 555 building first and then the 99 one and then go through all the others. For factory sales, follow my shlog and I post them as soon as I hear about them

Q: Bonjour Je cherche un pompon en fourrure , de 3-4 pces de diamètre , préférence renard argenté , en gris ( foncé si possible ) Vous auriez ? Merci

[Constance - Dec 12, 2009]

A: Of course I can help you. I just quickly reached one manufacturer who said he can do it. You can see him on my web site www.smartshoppingmontreal or his: Fourrure Dubarry, Mr. Ivan Katz Phone: 514-844-7483 info@dubarryfurs.com

Q: Can you recommend a place to get a good quality shearling coat (for a woman) at a really terrific price?

[Marina - Dec 12, 2009]

A: My 2 favorite leather stores are Alaska, 71 St Viateur est and Coronet, 7475 boul. St-Laurent. There is also Fourrure Dubarry, 206 St-Paul W. all have great custormer service and the ability to mostly get what you custom-made to your size or taste for no extra $$

Q: My Mom has arthritis, where can I find sleep wear with the opening to the front all the way? Your help would be greatly appreciated. Your reply does not have to be before the holiday...

[Lynette - Dec 12, 2009]

A: There is a nightwear factory building at 3565 Jarry which is open on Sat morn 9-12 or some on lunchtime M-F 12-1. Try the 3rd, 5th and 6th floors. Prices are really low - below $20 and they each have all kinds of styles.

Q: Where can I find a millinery store or fabric supplier with an extensive line of feathers, boas and extravagant decorative fabrics for theatrical productions. I believe you wrote an article about such a place and they supplied the designers at Cirque de Soleil.

[Ferg Gadzala - Feb 2, 2010]

A: For boas and feathers: F.F.F. French Feathers & Flowers, 6565 Henri Bourassa West, VSL. Also stores on St. Hubert St. See my shlog about Fabric Central.

Q: I just discovered your website - fabulous! I was wondering if you could let me know where I could buy a "Descente" winter coat for women at a good price.

[Marie - Feb 2, 2010]

A: Oberson Sports, 1355 des Laurentides in Laval has a section for last season's ski jackets and they do carry Descente.

Q: I'm the one who asked you about the jeans place at the American Womens' Club. You had said there were a couple of men who sold high-end jeans near St-Laurent.

[Betsey - Feb 2, 2010]

A: Denim Kings, 8575 blvd. St-Laurent. Whatever denim is hot in the clubs right now is what you will find on sale here at 50-80% off downtown prices. For men (28-40) and women (23-32) premium lines like Diesel, William Rast, Ernest, Rock and Republic, True Religion, you'll find in jeans, shirts, jackets, belts, jewelry, shoes, hats,

Q: On my way to Montreal for the first time this weekend for 3 days and in search of a fashinable purse, hobo, bohemian. Not looking to spend more than $100. Help! Please and thank you.

[Ashley - Mar 3, 2010]

A: Try Montreal's very own (prices could be higher): m0851. 3526 boul. St-Laurent 514.849.9759 www.m0851.com. For knockoffs (about $30), go to St-Hubert St , Pettasat #6739 or Moura Cuir: #6971

Q: I am looking at buying women suit – size petite – in size 12 and/or 14. Will I find this info in your book ? Will I find more than one location for this ?

[Lise - Mar 3, 2010]

A: Yes there are some stores that carry petite lines like Boutique Avantage, 1264 Beaumont in TMR. They have great labels like Gerry Weber, Jones NY, Junge, Anee Klein, and Tummy Tuck jeans.

Q: Just found your site as I'm looking for where to shop in Montreal for a Prom dress for my daughter. We are coming to Montreal tomorrow and don't have much time. I heard St. Laurent Boul. has many shops, one next to the other. Is that right? I don't know Montreal very well, if you could send directions as well that would be great !! We're coming from Ottawa....

[Carole - Mar 3, 2010]

A: Best street for prom dresses is St-Hubert St, north of downtown. The northern end is at Jean-Talon and you keep walking south for about 4 blocks. You can reach it by Jean Talon metro station. There are a dozen or more formal shops for weddings, galas and proms. Shoe and purse shops too.

Q: I listen to your show all the time on CJAD. Recently, my son (aged 24 years) advised me that he is looking for a new suit, because he has 4 weddings to attend this summer. If possible, It would be very helpful to us if you could recommend some mens' shops which carry classy, not too expensive 2 or 3 piece suits for young (very good looking men).

[Belinda - Mar 3, 2010]

A: Two long-standing family businesses with tailors on the premises: Boutique Jacques, 5970 Cote-des-Neiges or Jaf, 900 boul. Decarie, VSL

Q: I came across your blog on the internet and I think it is a great idea to share the info on all sales and outlets. I have to ask you for a recommendation. I am looking for designer suits for work at a reasonable price. Do you know where I could get these in Montreal and area?

[Natalya - Mar 3, 2010]

A: There is an entire section in my book on women's clothing plus endless factory sales. I don't know your age or fashion preferences. One shop you may not know about is France Mode, 90 boul. de la Concorde est, Pont Viau. Enjoy reading the book and the city finding ones you'll like.

Q: I need to know where I can get a 'Mother of the Bride' dress at a reasonable price. But don't want a second hand store. There are stores on St. Hubert, but they are very expensive and I am on a tight budget. My daughter is getting married this July, so if you have any information please let me know as soon as possible because I might have to have it altered etc.

[Barbara - Mar 3, 2010]

A: You can go to the wholesaler, Bridealane, 333 Chabanel ouest, Suite 201 514-384-2451 bridalane.com or you can try Home of Designer Clothing by appointment, 514-428-5907

Q: am interested in purchasing the J Brand 901 denim legging in the color Olympia. Eva Friede had written up about it on Feb. 1st in her column in the Gazette, but made no mention of where to buy them. Would you happen to know where I could buy them.Thank you.

[Sherry - Mar 3, 2010]

A: You may find fashions like that at a fabulous designer sale happening now. Go to my shlog and look for Hot brands Hot Prices.

Q: Where could I buy gaucho pants, size 16? Thanks, you have a lovely site.

[Angela - Mar 3, 2010]

A: Not sure of who has them at the moment. Why not call: Oppen's, 4828 boul. St Laurent 514-844-9159. She specializes in fashionable plus size clothes with personal service so she may be able to help.

Q: Where can I find “not my daughter’s jeans?”

[Constantina - Mar 3, 2010]

A: Oppen's, 4828 boul. St Laurent 514-844-9159 or Boutique Avantage , 1264 Beaumont, TMR

Q: Many years ago my niece would buy large quanties of second diapers from a depot in Montreal. These diapers would have tabs missing. Does this place still exists and where are they? My daughter just had a baby boy this month and we would like to know if this place is still in business or if there is another source.

[Susan - Mar 3, 2010]

A: A couple of years ago I saw them at: L'Entrepot des Couches, 3333 Cremazie 514-852-0701 and 6564 Leger 514-955-0101. Please let me know if you still find them there.

Q: My son just got a new job and needs to dress properly. He wants to buy shirts (with opening for cufflinks). Where can he buy them at the good price?

[Harriet - Apr 4, 2010]

A: If he can wait, got to the Maxwells sale in Ruby Foo's: maxwellsclothiers.com where you can get 3 custom shirts for about $130. Or if not, try Jaf, 900 boul Decarie

Q: Hey I am sick of shopping at Wal-Mart.....lol. I wear a size 48 waist jean and I love xxl xxxl large t shirts and other stuff... I kept hearing a advertisement on CHOM 97.7 talking about a big and tall place on the 440 in laval..... I drove up and down and could not seam to find it.

[Keven - Apr 4, 2010]

A: Not sure which one they were mentioning, but here's one that's been around for years selling jeans to size 58: Jeans, Jeans, Jeans, 5525 de Gaspe.

Q: I heard you speak about leggings that look like jeans. I’ve been looking for them. Who sells them in Montreal?

[Claire - Apr 4, 2010]

A: Look at my shlog under the CJAD 1 on 1 shopping headline and the store Fashionwear has them.

Q: I am going prom dress shopping with my daughter this Saturday – she wants something unique and one of a kind (?vintage?). We’re hitting Chabanel and downtown – I am trying to avoid St Hubert as I remember the dresses being kind of tacky (rhinestones and big bows). Any suggestions on which building on Chabanel for prom/grad type dresses?

[Anne marie - Apr 4, 2010]

A: For Chabanel: S.B. Soiree, 410 Chabanel W. For vintage, Boutique Eva B, 2013 boul. St-Laurent. However, I would not dismiss St-Hubert St. as there are over a dozen stores and they every kind of fancy dress beyond rhinestones and bows like 2 Ribcoff stores. You have a lot to look at in one district.

Q: Do you know if the two clothing lines SPANNER AND OR VEX have a warehouse or outlet here in Montreal, or are they strictly importations. These two have great clothes for women at reasonable prices

[Frances - Apr 4, 2010]

A: I don't know a warehouse outlet, but there are stores in my book that discount those lines all the time (at least 15% off), one is Boutique Mary Seltzer, 7380 Cote St. Luc Rd. There are more in the chapter on women's clothing. You once asked about Gusti sales. This week there is one happening: Gusti warehouse sale will start this Sunday at 8:00. Here’s the address: 3255 Jules Brillant Laval, Quebec H7P-6C9 (450) 682-0500

Q: My grandmother has bought your book Smart Shopping Montreal update no.12 and she uses it a lot! She really enjoys it and told me to ask you for help for my problem. I have been looking for stores in Montreal to purchase or to rent a Kimono for my Prom this year. I couldn't find a website about a good shop with nice real kimonos (I googled everything related to shops, montreal, kimono, japanese clothing...gives nothing really good).

[Patricia - Apr 4, 2010]

A: You can rent from the costume companies in the Specialists Section (Johnny Brown sells and rents). You can buy from the party stores in the Leisure section (try Giggles).

Q: I am visiting Montreal and would like to know where I can find Plus size shopping for women. I will be staying in the Pointe Claire area but hopefully will be able to travel to downtown Montreal or Old Montreal. Can you offer some suggestions? I have heard of one place Oppens.

[Kim - May 5, 2010]

A: Oppens is very good with designer like clothes and personal help but you should know that the prices are not low.For many more options, you need to buy my book (Clio in the Pointe Claire Shopping Center or Chapters Pointe Claire or see below), In the back Index you will find the stores that sell plus sizes.

Q: About 16 years ago a friend of mine show me your book. For her your book was like a bible. Now I just went on the internet and saw that you have a site !!!! Great !!!!!!! I was wondering if you know about the Sears Liquidation on Décarie. Do you know if they sale clothing ???

[Nathalie - May 5, 2010]

A: Sears Liq is on page 61. They used to have only household items but now they have clothing too. There are many other clothing liquidation stores in the book too.

Q: I’m from out of town and was wondering if it’s worth driving 2 hours to go to the Tommy Hilfiger’s warehouse sale (Ville Saint-Laurent)? Would you be aware if there is a Puma warehouse somewhere in the Montreal area?

[Marie Josee - May 5, 2010]

A: If you are in St-Sauveur you are only about 45 min from the sale. I love warehouse clearance and liquidation sales and if it is that close and a brand you like, it's worth the drive. You never know what you might score. Don't know about a Puma warehouse. Hard to find discounted running shoes here. We used to have a warehouse but it closed. Since you will be in Montreal, you should buy my book to help you find more deals. It mentions the St. Sauveur factory outlets where there is a Tommy outlet, one for Nike, Reebok and Sports Experts which should have running shoes.

Q: Hi! I'm desperate! I'm 5 months pregnent and I cant find not expensive maternity clothes. We dont have very much money and I need clothes for the summer.I was wondering if there are warehouses in montreal or second hand clothing stores were I could find nice maternity clothes and where they are. I hope you can help me

[Rachelle - May 5, 2010]

A: You need my book for both you and your baby to come. Du-date is a wholesaler for maternity clothes. The building is old and worn but the clothes are cool and new: 5605 de Gaspe, suite 402 M-F 9-3, Sat 9-12. Used maternity wear can be found at Friperie Peek-a-boo, 807 Rachel (page 122 in my Smart Shopping Montreal book and lots of gently worn clothes/equipment shops for kids).

Q: just fell upon ya on the net, cool site, will defintely order yr book online,......question for ya.....is there a website that indicates all factory sales in montreal,?? I know of some that open their doors to the public in the spring, especially around the ville st. laurent industrial park, such as soap, {canus} bathing suits {christina} purses {on stinson} luggage {KGB} Or on the south shore, fruits & passion, in laval, cosmetics etc........ Is there such a website dear, that exists for the public to pick and choose......thanx

[Marlene - Jun 6, 2010]

A: You came to the right place. If you go to my website smartshoppingmontreal.com and then click on Sandra's Shlog, I write up all the sample sales I hear about and then more deals in town that I find out about all week long as I do my research. When you order the book from me online, if you indicate that you want it autographed to you, I can do that for you.

Q: I was wondering if by any chance you know good addresses in Montreal for wedding dresses cause I have a wedding in a week and a half and all my colleagues will be there it's a big Italian wedding of 300 people and most of the girls will be wearing long dresses. I don't want to spend to much so I hope you can help me cause I went downtown, st-hubert, rockland and bcbg yet.

[Kim - Jul 7, 2010]

A: My Smart Shopping Monteal book has many many answers. Also, there is an area on my web site called Q & A where I have answered this question (and 100's of others) a few times. Just put wedding, or dress or bridal in the find box and it will search for you. Here is a couple of answers: 1 -Downtown, there's Sheinart's on the corner of St-Antoine and Atwater. 2 - SB Soiree just moved to 470 Chabanel.

Q: I wonder if you can help me. I have great problems finding a one –piece swimsuit in size 4 or even 6, with some bust support. All summer long I have seen wonderful sales ($29.99) at The Bay and Sears of Christina swimsuits, but the smallest size is 8. Do you know of any place in Montreal where I might find one in my size?

[Jose - Aug 8, 2010]

A: A) My Smart Shopping Montreal site has lots of answers. 1) Go to smartshoppingmontreal.com and click on Clothing in the left hand corner. Scroll down til you find women. 2) I have answered that question a few times on the Question and Answer page of smartshoppingmontreal.com. Do a control "F" and put bathing suit in the box and look for "next" and you'll find answers there. 3) Have written about them in my shlog. Put "bathing suit" in the search box there. 4) My Smart Shopping Montreal book has answers too.

Q: I am looking for shops that sell bras in a size 32 G (4xD). I will be there this weekend (oct 2nd).

[Shannon - Oct 10, 2010]

A: I answered that question twice this year on my shlog at smartshoppingmontreal.com. You are lucky that there are many choices in Montreal for you. Go to Sandra's Shlog and on Sept 24 and last April 19, you will see some of them. More answers are in my book

Q: When I went to the last sale at Raffinati in August, they told me there would be another in November. I really need a winter coat (wool blend camel color) and have been waiting for this sale. Do you know when this sale is supposed to take place?

[Linda - Nov 11, 2010]

A: Keep track of all of these at my website smartshoppingmontreal.com at Sandra's shlog. I post all Montreal sales all week long. Check often.Today mentions Raffinati

Q: We have always heard about the Fletcher Leisure group golf clothing sale through the publi sac.however this year not a word.do you know when it will be?? It is usually an amazing sale!

[Brenda - Nov 11, 2010]

A: I list it in my book under Annual Sales, so the phone number to call: 514-341-6767. Let me know if they still are having it (they said yes in August) and what you bought or what was a great deal.

Q: Is it possible to buy a decent 2 piece suit size 36 for between 200 and 300 dollars, somewhere on the island of Montreal, I know Chabanel has a few spots where you can buy them, but I'm not so sure about the quality.

[Brian - Nov 11, 2010]

A: I covered that in my shlog at smartshoppingmontreal.com this week. Look for Boutique Jacques Black Friday Suit Sale (tell him you saw it in my shlog so he'll give you the $195 sale price). His prices are much higher in general, as that was a special. However in my new Smart Shopping Montreal book there are at least 5 places that sell in that range. All good quality. Last week my son bought 2 sports jackets and a suit for $375 at 353 Chabanel (a Sean Jean suit).

Q: This Saturday Dec 4 th I’m going to Chabanel St. I’m not sure if 555 Chabanel or 433 is the building or the suite.

[Luce - Dec 12, 2010]

A: I was on the road.when you sent this so did not see it until tonight. All of that information is in my book, "Le Consommateur Averti Montreal" pages 49-57. I list each building on Chabanel St. suite by suite and tell you what is there. However, the french edition is quite old (#11) and there is a new English edition (#13) coming out next week if you are comfortable reading English. In the new English book, for men's ski jackets I'd look at Brador on Meilleur, Apex in the 9494 St-Laurent building or Trio Selection for winter jackets.

Q: I ‘m an avid CJAD listener and listen to your show. I’m trying to help my friend who is 77 years of age and recently bought 2 new formal gowns to attend her grandchildren’s weddings this year. She paid approximately $1,000.00 each and wishes to sell them. Sandra, would you know any store in Montreal that would buy used formal wear that is in impeccable condition.

[Nancy - Dec 12, 2010]

A: There are over 30 second-hand clothing shops in my Smart Shopping Montreal book. Each one has a different set of clients so it is impossible to say which one buys gowns (not many as women hardly wear gowns anymore), in which size and by which labels. You would have to buy the book and then call them one by one to find your answer. After that you can donate them to one of the charitable organizations like NOVA (also in the book). You can buy it on my web site this week for a pre-pub bargain of $18 tax and shipping or wait til it is in the stores at the end of next week.

Q: I am looking for an adjustable dress form for around 100 dollars or less. I have tried kijiji and craigslist and people seem to think a used one is worth about the same price I would pay for a new one in the US. The thrift stores have them but are incredibly stubborn when it comes to letting them go.

[Kait - Feb 2, 2011]

A: Dress forms are quite expensive - $250 and up to $6-700. I've been told, the new US $100 ones don't hold up well. J&L on St-Laurent (514-844-4351) has new ones in the $200+ range. Delisle on St-Laurent near Cremazie had good but very expensive ones. Maybe you can ask at one of these places if someone is getting rid of an older one? Use Fabric Central list in my book and ask your question at those stores. There are so many, some one is bound to have an answer.

Q: I am a desperate woman. My daughter is in crisis because she is morbidly obese and her last bra just broke. She needs a 46 I . Do you know where we can find one in Montreal? We have been to Mamy Blue on Beaubien St East. Any other suggestions?

[Lynne - Feb 2, 2011]

A: Don't panic. There are places that can help her. I have always covered specialty bra places in my Smart Shopping Montreal book so here's a couple that can save the day. Tell them you found them in my book: Boutique Anne Marie, 6648A St-Hubert have up to 50G and have a woman who can make or adjust bras to fit. Jeunique 514-695-9507 is going out of business but still has stock in Pointe Claire. They are specialists in fitting and had up to 46KK. Should be clearing them all so maybe you can score a few. Prices $110-$150.

Q: My 17 year old niece is coming down in March to go grad dress shopping with me and I have no idea where to take her. She has expensive tastes, loves the boutiques! Her Mom on the other hand wants to keep the price fairly reasonable. Any ideas?

[Kelly - Mar 3, 2011]

A: You can do the St. Hubert street crawl. It has a proliferation of wedding shops so it is oriented toward fancy dresses and gowns. There are over a dozen on the strip from Jean Talon going South so there's a lot in one place.

Q: My daughter will be doing her first communion this coming May 2011. Do you know any at stores on Chanbel or on St.hubert street here in Montreal that sells dresses. Please let me know. Thanks.

[Angie - Feb 2, 2011]

A: Les Textiles Goldtex, 8875 Salley, Lasalle has a whole mezzanine section for communion and there's more on page 40 of my Smart Shopping Montreal book.

Q: Je veux savoir les prochaines dates pour les ventre qui sont une seule fois par mois (vendredi et samedi). Suis intéressé. Merci de porter attention au courriel.

[Anne - Feb 2, 2011]

A: Check on my web site smartshoppingmontreal.com for sandra's shlog. Each week I post sales I find out about plus other great shopping tips. If you buy my Smart Shopping Montreal book (see below), there is a section called Annual Sales which lists about 75 of the sales and the months that they usually happen. You can keep track on a calendar to be ready for the ones you like.

Q: Hi Sandra, h How do I join your blog so I can keep posted with current sales and are there any warehouse sales going on for children’s clothing?

[Lori - May 5, 2011]

A: Check at my website daily: smartshoppingmontreal.com and go to sandra's shlog and scroll down the last week or 2 for the sales.. Follow me on twitter.com/smartshoppermtl

Q: I am looking for a head piece with feathers/tule to wear on the side of my head to a wedding, since my hair is in a very low bob I do not need anything fully covering my head. Any suggestions as to where I can find this?

[Lymna - Jun 6, 2011]

A: Page 43 in my book, F.F.F. French Feather and Flower is a wholesaler that has all the pieces to put one together 514-332-8584. Cirque du Soleil shops here too.

Q: Hi i was wondering if you had any advice on where i can find inexpensive maternity clothes. Walmarts (kirkland) maternity section is a joke and thyme is so expensive for clothing i wont be wearing that long anyways. Got any ideas?

[Lisa-Marie - Jun 6, 2011]

A: Page 16 in my book, Dudate is a manufacturer: 5605 de Gaspe, #402 M-F 9-3, Sat 9-12. Great prices around $20

Q: Hello, i'm helping my mother in-law in her search for a dress for her son's wedding. Thing is, we went on St-Hubert, the dresses arent to her taste and plus they say they cant order it on time for the wedding which is in September. Do you know of any other store that sells plus size dresses that are suitable for a mother of the groom? And that wouldnt have the ordering issue?

[Sabrina - Jun 6, 2011]

A: Here are 2 stores in my book (there are more) Sheinarts, 3001 St-Antoine ouest has dresses, from day to evening for galas, mother of the bride, bridesmaids and prom (sizes 0 to 30). SB Soiree, 470 Chabanel, lots to choose from.

Q: Just wondering when the next warehouse sales are for the below brands in MONTREAL: Reebok warehouse sale BROWNS WAREHOUSE SALE TOMMY HILFIGER SALE NIKE WAREHOUSE SALE

[Serena - Jun 6, 2011]

A: Just check each week at smartshoppingmontreal.com on sandra's shlog. All Montreal sales get posted. Have never seen a Brown's warehouse sale. Have you ever been to one?

Q: My grandmother needs a dress or a pant suit or dressy pant and top to attend her first grandchild's wedding, she is a petite woman, plus size 18 ish, she is hunched over a bit, all the dresses she has tried on thus far are too young for her, she is 83. Where can I find an age appropriate store for her in Montreal? She is very discouraged at this point and I'm not sure where to take her

[Tania - Jun 6, 2011]

A: Jay Set has more casual stuff. Don't think you will find what you want there. Try Sheinart's, 3001 St Antoine. They sell lots of dressy dresses and have that sizing. The owner's wife also has a bridal store on St-Hubert so you may want to ask about that when you are there. For sure there is a dress for her on St-Hubert as there are over a dozen bridal shops with gowns, etc. You may have to go first and winnow it down to the few for her so you don't tire her out. If price is not an issue, I'd go to Oppen's, 4828 boul. St-Laurent which give you personal service and has lots of mix and match dressy pant options.

Q: I am arriving in Montreal from the USA on Friday want to shop on Chabanel Street, Can you please tell me when I go there do the buildings have a list of the companies that allow the public to shop? How do I know which ones will allow me in? Hoping you can guide me.

[Catherine - Jun 6, 2011]

A: There is a whole chapter in my Smart Shopping Montreal book on this subject including all the showrooms that are open to the public and on which days. You can buy the book downtown at any bookstore as it is too late for you to buy it online. If you go to Chabanel on Saturday mornining from 9-1, you will have the most places open. However there are a few floors/showrooms open during the week (#99, 4th floor is one). The styles are most fashionable in the #555 and #455 buildings. Bring cash, and don't be afraid to bargain. There are often papers taped to the front doors or being given out on the street or boards standing in building lobbies announcing some of the open places.

Q: Hello Sandra, I was wondering if you know what happened to Alberto Ferrini he is listed on your Smart Shopping Montreal book on page 24 update 12, the phone is out of service and no one is there at the address.

[Diego - Jul 7, 2011]

A: You have an old edition. They are no longer in the new edition of the book. Other options are now in there. See below how to buy the book directly from me . Best price for suits is Mega Vente, 120 boul St-Joseph, Lachine (size 34-60 short reg tall) for $99 and they even throw in a shirt and tie! Other places for higher prices, better suiting in book.

Q: I'm writing from Paris, France and I just bought your book. I'm travelling to Montreal with my son later this month, he will be starting at McGill. I would like to buy him a quality down jacket and winter wear for Montreal and wasn't quite able to find this in your book. Where would you recommend we go for brands like North Face or something similar? Also we won't have a car so preferably in Montreal or somewhere we can go by metro?

[Olivia - Aug 8, 2011]

A: You really need to get him (you?) a copy of my shopping guide (see below). Here is one wholesale place that concentrates on winter outerwear and is stocked now: Brador has been the place in town for a wide selection of winter wear for children and teens, with discounts of up to 40% on quality brand name snow-wear (Gusti, Innsbruck, Deux par Deux, Louis Garneau, Conifère, Ripzone, Powder Room, Below Zero, Nano, Nuovo & Liquid Boardwear). Adults can also buy winter outerwear including jackets, coats, ski-pants, snowboard suits and soft-shell jackets and pants. The brands names include Liquid, Ripzone, O’Neil, Sun Ice, Misty Mountain, Killtech, Powder Room and Below Zero) In addition to the winter suits, Brador sells 100 % waterproof Kamik boots for children, winter hats, undergarments, thermal socks, neck warmers, balaclavas mittens and gloves. Their knowledgeable sales staff will guide you through the different stylish brand names which provide winter warmth, resistance, functionality and comfort. Your children can enjoy an educational play area while you shop. Brador was founded in 1977. Under the Lupa label, it was one of the first companies to manufacture and design cross country skiwear and outer jackets adapted to cold Canadian winter conditions. After more than 30 years , their reputation is based on the quality of their products and customer satisfaction. They offer exclusive seasonal sales for their VIP customers. Their early season promotion offers $20 worth of accessories on a regular priced suit AND they pay the taxes! Their after-sale service helps you out with broken zippers or fabric to replace a torn knee. Brador Hiver customers get the best of both worlds – personalized service and discounted prices which include after sale service. New this year, they are giving away gifts to your children with a minimum purchase of $50 in celebration of the Grand Opening of their new location. Location: 350 Louvain ouest corner: boul. St-Laurent Phone: 514-381-8076 PreSale: Aug 6-Sept 30 Hours: Mon-Sat 9-5, Sun 10-4 (April-July Mon-Fri 8-4:30) www.bradorhiver.com

Q: What week in the winter is the best clothing sales in Montreal ? Good prices but still a fairly good selection.

[Aline - Sep 9, 2011]

A: The day after Christmas (called Boxing Day), all the stores start liquidating their stock going right through January to make room for the Spring lines in Feb. Best selection would be that week after Christmas.

Q: I heard you speaking on cbc, radio on Saturday morning, and I thought perhaps, you could help me this this. So here goes. I am looking for a cashmere sweater, that is not costly, for me. I am looking for a cardigan, and little sweater to go underneath it. Do you know where I find this on the West Island of Montreal,

[Patricia - Nov 11, 2011]

A: I heard an ad on CJAD radio that The Bay now has reasonably priced cashmere. You can wait till they have special sales to score a better price too.

Q: Could you please, if you know, tell me when Manhattan Industries have their sale? Thank you very much, it is much appreciated

[Gabriela - Nov 11, 2011]

A: Not sure of the sale date but they have opened up a clearance store that will be open for a month or two: 4910 Jean Talon West. If you have my book, there is a section that has the months of all the popular sales and the phone number or web site to call to find out the next one.

Q: I bought sheepskin slippers at the Bay about 6 years ago and they're more or less worn out. Cannot find a similar pair because Made in China slippers are made narrow and tighter than the average Canadian size. But if I could find somebody to make me a pair of slippers using my old ones, I'd be very happy. I live in Prince George, BC

[Bernadette - Nov 11, 2011]

A: Try Dubarry Fourrure which is listed on our website http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=47 It is a family business that is located in Old Montreal so they are tourist oriented and they are used to shipping things. Very friendly helpful owner should be able to help you.

Q: I lived in Montreal in the 70s and was involved in pro hockey. When we came to play the Montreal Canadiens we shopped at two suit mfgrs burtmar and another one on st laurence on the second floor. I believe it had an italian name. Can you help me? thx

[Sandy - Nov 11, 2011]

A: Of course I can. It's in my book on page 173: Giovanni, 5240 boul. St-Laurent 514-274-2427 or 866-647-2427. Tell them I sent you.

Q: Hi. Can you tell me where I can find jeans of length 29? Finding odd numbered lengths for jeans is extremely rare and it costs a small fortune to have a pair of jeans shortened to look "original". Thanks.

[Kingsley - Dec 12, 2011]

A: You obviously do not have a copy of my book, "Smart Shopping Montreal". Both Jeans, Jeans, Jeans 5575 Casgrain and Pantalon Superior, 69 Ste. Catherine est (page 26) not only have all sizes of jeans but they hem them or take them in for free.

Q: I am looking for one piece bathing suits that are stylish yet keep everything tight and for older woman(40's) I got one a Bikini Village but they don't have many and I want a few. I do not need custom made, I am a size 12.

[Sandy - Feb 2, 2012]

A: The answer is right on my web site: http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=30 (Paradis du Maillot) and of course, there are more answers in my book..

Q: I am looking to purchase large feathers (see photo below to give you an idea of what I am looking for). Would you know somewhere in Montreal where we could purchase these at a good price, it is for a school event and we are on a low budget.

[Brenda - Mar 3, 2012]

A: Glad to hear you are busy helping out at school. I have answered that question a few times on my Q&A page, etc. If you put the word "feather" in my search box at smartshoppingmontreal.com, you will come up with all the times I have talked about feathers. Here's one good place (mostly wholesale but will sell in bulk to schools) but you must make an appointment and buy a bunch: F.F.F. French Feather & Flowers, 6565 Henri Bourassa Blvd. West at Sartelon St. Phone: 514-332-8584. Hours: by appointment, Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 ...There are more on pg 70, Fabric Central in my book.

Q: My father claims that there’s a store that has a large selection of leather jackets for men on Mount Royal east. He claims that you can negotiate the best price. Unfortunately, he doesn’t remember the name. I’ll be there this weekend and I’d like to go..any ideas?

[Mark - Mar 3, 2012]

A: Coronet Leather is a friendly family business, around for 33 years. This manufacturer has a showroom of jackets and coats in lambskin, cowhide and sheepskin for men, women or children, and will do made-to-measure (even embroidery on them) as well. They can make suits, pants, skirts, long coats and can do repairs. If you have a sports team, jackets can be personalized with logos or emblems. Anyone looking for retro wool jackets with leather sleeves, this is the place for you. 7475 boul. St-Laurent at Faillon. www.leathercoronet.com Alaska Leather sells to high-priced boutiques who require only the most scrumptious leathers - baby lamb and kid, for example. You too can shop here right at the source for highest quality men's and ladies' jackets and coats in the newest styles at about half the price of downtown. Make a choice from the showroom or have something made to order at the same price. 71 St Viateur East at Casgrain. Phone: 514-277-6259. Hours: Mon-Sat 9-4

Q: My daughter is in almost 12. She has her Confirmation and Elementary Grad this year. I am having a hard time finding an appropriate dress for her. I would like to find a dress that she could wear to both occasions. Almost Everything is strapless and made for Barbie Dolls. Would you have any suggestions for this age group?

[Joanne - Mar 3, 2012]

A: Check with Les Textiles Goldtex, about her size and what they have, 8875 Salley, LaSalle. Phone: 514-365-9699, There are a dozen or more shops on St-Hubert who sell white dresses, grad dresses and bridesmaids, jr. bridesmaids,too. Boutique Eva specializes in communion, so maybe confirmation too, 6681 St-Hubert.

Q: I am writing to you in case you may know of a "Dress for Success" location in Montreal for men where I can donate 3 perfect condition men's suits. I prefer to see if there is an organization in the area that gives them directly to men in need of them for job interview purposes, but I have been unable to locate such a place. If I cannot, I will ensure they go to the Salvation Army.

[Jennifer - Mar 3, 2012]

A: Not sure of an outlet here for that. If I were donating, I like to give to Thrift Shop for Nova, 2750 boul. St-Charles, Beaconsfield 514-697-6692 as all their funds go to a charitable foundation for home palliative care, cancer support, 2 adult elderly centers - all without gov't support and run by nurses. All money stays right here in Montreal.

Q: I'm going to Montreal in a couple days, there s a warehouse somewhere that sells off a lot of shoes and boots that have probably ONLY been wore once...like in a photo shoot...can you tell me where please...

[Alberta - Apr 4, 2012]

A: You probably are thinking of Chaussures Super Prix, 4829 Wellington in Verdun. Prices are $24.99. (34.99 for boots). You need time to go through the stock.

Q: Please, do you know if Canderm-Neostrata will have warehouse sale this year?

[Nina - Apr 4, 2012]

A: Page 38 of my book says once a year, maybe in April. They have not notified me, so perhaps give them a call: 514-334-3970

Q: My son is getting married this July and I am trying to find an appropriate dress to wear to the wedding. I need to find a store with a good range of dresses in small sizes as I am probably a size 2 or 4. It is often hard for me to find clothes that are small enough and that fit well. Sometimes petites are good but then the length is not right as I am 5'6''.

[Loretta - Apr 4, 2012]

A: Go to my website: www.smartshoppingmontreal.com. In the left hand corner click on Clothing.Scroll down to Women, read the one that says "Profile". There are more in my book like Home of Designer clothing: 514-428-5907

Q: I am one of your many silent admirers where can I buy plus size bras in Montreal besides Additonnelle ?

[Stephanie - Apr 4, 2012]

A: There's a few options: Change of Scandinavia is a Denmark inexpensive chain and and goes up to 40J. in Rockland Centre and Carrefour Angrignon. M'Lady, 5520 Sherbrooke West has some and even Wonderbra has an outlet store (if they carry your size) Boutique Entrepot HBI Coin des Aubaines 4405 Boul. Metropolitain E, Corner: Viau 514-376-6240.

Q: I am a 23 year old young woman and I am 5 feet and 1 inch in height. I am petite, but I am also quite skinny and have trouble finding pants and jackets that fit. Normally when I find pants that fit I will still have to have them hemmed, which is normal. But I am wondering if you know of any stores that carry smaller fitting sizes but are not childish; I'm looking for structured-work appropriate pieces. I hope you'll be able to help!

[Alexandra - Jun 6, 2012]

A: Yes, there are stores just for the petite woman, 5' 4'' and under, they're called Cazza Petit. They even have a liquidation store in the Galeries des Sources, 3237 boul. des Sources. I am the same size as you and don't really have a problem buying clothing. In my book there are dozens of discount women's boutiques that start at size 4.

Q: Can you please tell me where to find a cashmere bathrobe at a good price? I live in Montreal.

[Janet - Aug 8, 2012]

A: In my "Smart Shopping Montreal" book, you will find Designer Discount Lingerie, 2585 Bates Rd, 3rd floor. Tel: 514-345-1249 where they sell luxurious gowns and robes at excellent prices. Call to check about the cashmere part.

Q: I am looking for Leather vest (Men) in Beige, Light Brown & black for myself in Montreal or place where I can get it custom made. Your help is appreciated.

[Yog - Aug 8, 2012]

A: On my web site, in the upper left hand corner, click Clothing, scroll down to Leather Wear and you will find Coronet Leather. Click on their name. You will see all the details about them. Lovely family business.

Q: Where can I find chef's jackets/cooking whites.

[Kerianne - Aug 8, 2012]

A: For chef's jackets/cooking whites, I have a section in Clothing for uniforms: try St-Henri Uniformes, 2671 Notre Dame O. or Uniformes J.N. 2155 boul. St-Laurent

Q: The last time we visited Montreal, friends took us shopping across the river to a Tommy Outlet, and a Mexx or Espirit outlet as well as a great shoe store. We are travelling to Montreal again tomorrow from Newfoundland and I would love to shop in this area again but we are not sure where we were? Do you have any suggestions? I love shopping downtown too and plan to do so later in the week.

[Tammy - Sep 9, 2012]

A: Just back from travels. Hope this catches you. Both are in my Smart Shopping Montreal book with 1500 options too. You need it! Both stores are in the mall at 5000 boul. Taschereau, Greenfield Park.

Q: Bonjour, Je cherche ou acheter un cardigan ou une veste en vrai laine à Montréal, dans la taille extra large. Pouvez-vous m'aider? Merci.

[Liette - Sep 9, 2012]

A: For full price stores which sell for the full-figure woman, Try Ritsi, 4863 Sherbrooke Ouest which goes up to size 24 for upscale designer clothing even cashmere sweaters - or Mamy Bleu, Taille Plus, 1330 Beaubien Est beautiful clothes from Belgium and France in sizes 14-28

Q: I live in downtown Toronto, Ontario. I love the Raffinati Coats, and I was wondering if you would tell me what stores I can purchase a Rafinatti Coat in Toronto, Ontario.

[Patricia - Nov 11, 2012]

A: Too bad you don't live in Montreal because you can go right up to their headquarters and buy at excellent prices. It might pay for you to travel here. They are on my web site: http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=127 Perhaps you can give them a call and find out where they sell in Toronto

Q: I remembered your name from CJAD and I hope you can help me with my dilemma I have tried to locate a domestic retailer that would carry this model - Reebok 1330 but to no avail,it seems that it is an old model no stock anywhere. I have found sights in the USA but with shipping charges it comes to over $80.00. They should be around $60.00 Canadian. Can you recommend any of you’re sources!

[Joe - Nov 11, 2012]

A: Well if it is an old model, it's very hard to find anywhere and you should be lucky to have found any and at $80 with shipping, it's not a lot to pay for a favorite style. However, my book's premise is shopping locally. If you had looked in it, you would have found, on page 54 under Shoes, that we have a Reebok Outlet in Hudson. Phone: 450-424-8649. If the kids at the counter, can't help, maybe ask to speak to a manager or owner.

Q: Are there any good discount places to get bathing suits at this time of the year? Would you know if the warehouse for Gottex is open at anytime to the public.

[Frances - Nov 11, 2012]

A: Right on my web site, there's Paradis du Maillot http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=30 where I have seen Gottex. Also, downtown there's a new one Yulsurx, also on my site with lines from South America and the possibility to make one to order. http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=229. They are moving into a mall soon. You would find these by looking at the top left side of any page, where there's a table of contents. Just click on clothing and scroll down to find answers.

Q: Je vois sur votre site que vous avez déjà parlé de "Designer's Fashion Outlet" qui était situé au 5575 Royalmount. J'y allais régulièrement sauf les derniers mois. Ce matin, je viens de voir que le lieu est fermé. Savez-vous si l'endroit est complètement fermé ou s'il est déménagé, si c'est le cas, à quel endroit? J'aimais beaucoup cet endroit que je fréquentais depuis des années pour m'habiller.

[Luc - Nov 11, 2012]

A: That's the reason I keep writing new editions of my book, "Le Consommateur Averti Montreal". I keep track of where all the stores moved and this one moved to: 5620 Ferrier. It's a terrific place for men and women clothes at rock bottom prices for high end brands.

Q: I read your shlog and I found you mentioned two places for snow pants withing cheap prices. I have heard of one close to Angrinion centre. I was told if I had a car( Which I don't) while driving in highway 20 instead of taking the exit to go to Angrinion shopping mall, continue, take the right exit and here it is!!!!! So, I just think you are the most knowledgeable person when it comes to shopping. It is supposed to be an outlet for winter and ski cloths. Do you know anything about it?

[Rayhaneh - Dec 12, 2012]

A: They might be talking about Mega Vente, 120 boul. St-Joseph, Lachine Tel: 514-637-1116 . They have men's snow pants for around $29.99. This was a secret warehouse for a long time, but now it's very open to the public. This huge neat space has something for everyone at 75%-90% off, from men's suits/tie/shirt combos at $99 (34-60 short, reg, tall) - including a salesman to help you out - to $1, $3, $5 kids' (3 mos.-16) racks. The first quality clothing is balance of inventory from the current season. Females (XS-4XL) and males (S-5XL) might find: sweat shirts, dress shirts ($8), jackets ($39), T-shirts ($3), jeans, cotton fleece, nylon pants, pyjamas, dresses, blouses, swimsuits, shorts and even kids' snowsuits all year round. Other location: Laval, 2055 Autoroute 440 O. (450-688-2221). www.megaventemontreal.com

Q: Would you have any idea where I could buy suit covers? The storage bags to hang a suit. I don't even know what to call it. Not special ones, just plain plastic.

[Donna - Dec 12, 2012]

A: Probably any store that has a "closet dept" where you buy shelving, storage boxes, shoe racks, would also have garment bags. However, I just called Boutique Jacques (5970 Cote de Neiges) as they sell men's suits (high end, discounted ones, pg 25 of my book). They will graciously sell them to you for $3 and they are thicker plastic than you would get in the mass market stores.

Q: I was wondering where I would be able to buy designer undergarments (undershirts, underwear etc.) at discount prices? Thank you.

[Paul - Dec 12, 2012]

A: This is a hard question to answer as so many stores concentrate on women. The one chain that is strictly for men's undies is Calecons vos Gouts. It is full price but maybe for boxing day and the days after Christmas, they will have some good sales.They sell it all - boxers, boxer briefs, sport briefs, thongs and ones made out of bamboo. Look for bathing suits, p.j.'s and loungewear. Locations: 705 Ste-Catherine O., Eaton Centre ; Place Montreal Trust (514-849-3382); Carrefour Laval (450-688-9480); Fairview Pointe Claire (514-426-1829); Place Rosemere (450-430-1698); Les Galeries d'Anjou (514-356-0335); Complexe Desjardins (514-288-8380); Mail Champlain (450-465-1440). www.shopcvg.com

Q: I just moved to Montreal and am thinking of visiting Rue Chabanel for their upcoming Deux par Deux sale. However, I am not sure as I don't know how much the discounts are and if they are enough to justify the lineups/crowds, etc. Any insights would be appreciated

[Mary - Dec 12, 2012]

A: Chabanel is open on Saturday mornings 9-1. Next Saturday you can go there but things shut down after Christmas and are quiet right though January. In mid-February things should wake up again for the Spring season. My book has 5 pages about Chabanel with listings in suites with what you can find there. Chabanel has many showrooms open with merchandise direct from the manufacturer or importer. "Open to the Public" is very much alive these days in factory buildings that are open on Saturday mornings or certain hours during the week. You will find some of the same first quality merchandise as in stores or boutiques in town. Don't be shy - everyone knows and everyone goes. Here are A Few Tips To Guide You: 1) Know Your Retail Price. The discounts can be outstanding (up to 90%), but these days some outlets, especially retail-like ones in the Chabanel buildings, may have the same price as a discount store where you have better service, choice of hours, exchange policies, etc. 2) Dress for easy try-ons. The dressing room may be a bathroom, behind a curtain or a communal area. 3) Check out the entire showroom before zooming in on one rack. Often parts of a set may be separated. Make sure tops and bottoms of a set are the same size and dye lot. 4) Go by eye where size is concerned. Sizes can occasionally be inconsistently marked, especially if it's a sample or a second. If it looks right, try it on. 5) Don't be put off by a ripped seam - the repair, even if you can't do it yourself, is often a lot less than the money you're saving. Do, however, check carefully for: snaps that snap, cuffs that are the right side around, centered collars, working zippers, holes in knits, etc. You should, with a practiced eye, be able to run over a piece in 20 seconds. 6) Be prepared to buy immediately if something strikes you. Successful shopping is partly luck; Pounce on a find before someone else does as it probably won't be there if you go back. 7) Bring cash. Don't be afraid to bargain, especially if you're buying a few things in one spot.

Q: I wonder if you know where Laura/Melanie Lyne movee from Cote-Vertu mega Centre?

[Gabi - Dec 12, 2012]

A: There is one 5700 de Boucherville, not far from Place Versailles. Tel: 514-355-7864. It's in my Smart Shopping Montreal book.

Q: Je voudrais savoir ce que vous pensez des vêtements de ski Killtech. Étant à la recherche d’un pantalon très chaud, je me questionne qu’en à sa qualité en rapport à la chaleur pour le ski alpin.

[France - Dec 12, 2012]

A: Many companies design products for alpine skiing using newly developed fabrics which keep you warm, wick away moisture and are water resistant. Killtech is one of many. You can buy it for a discounted price at Brador. Other brands which are as good that they sell: Gusti, Deux par Deux, Innsbruck, Nano, Kamik, Louis Garneau, Lole, Orage, Auclair, Misty Mountain, Sun Ice, Ripzone, Powder Room, Liquid Boardwear, Kombi, Below Zero, Killtech and Luhta for children, teens and adults There's downhill and cross country skiwear, winter outerwear and snowboarding clothing. Besides the suits, there are Kamik boots, hats, underwear, socks, goggles and gloves. There's some liquidation on last year's snowsuits at great prices. Hope there's still some left for you. Please note if you have been there before over the years, that they have moved around the corner to Louvain St. http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=142 Expect to friendly and knowledgeable sales help even with competitive warehouse pricing. Brador Hiver’s exceptional after-sale service helps you out with broken zippers or replacement for torn knees in ripstop fabric. Location: 350 Louvain o. suite 133 corner: Meilleur Hours: Mon-Sat 9-5, Sun 10-4 (Aug-Mar) www.bradorhiver.com

Q: I live in Los Angeles but am currently in Mexico on holiday. I am looking for a short trendy weasel jacket. Is there anyway you could check the sale to see if one is available. I am a size 6 US or small. I will pay you to send it to me. Could you take some pictures and email to me. Does this sound doable? I would also be interested in other flat fur jackets in beige, honey, Taupe or light brown. Could we do Paypal?

[Paula - Dec 12, 2012]

A: I am a shopping guru but not a personal shopper. I write books, a web site shlog www.smartshoppingmontreal.com appear on TV and radio, give lectures and do tours.You can look at Fourrure Dubarry Furs on my site http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=47 . I know that he works with clients out of the country so he can work with you on this. Montreal has the heart of the Canadian fur industry here so there are a dozen or so manufacturers like Dubarry.

Q: I have a copy of last years smart shopping. What I am looking for is reasonable priced maternity clothes for my niece. Any suggestions?

[Jo-Anne - Jan 1, 2013]

A: Look in the section on Women's clothing, and you will find Dudate on page 16 (if you look in the Index it lists the pages of all stores that sell maternity items). Dudate is a wholesaler that sells retail all week long (certain hours). Sizes XS-XXL . Best prices I have found in the city.

Q: Do you know where I can find Tween Cocktail Dress for my 12 year old daughter. She is Petite and not fully developed. It's her Confirmation this spring and I don't know where to look for something nice.

[Gina - Feb 2, 2013]

A: On my web site, Profile in Promedades Cathedrale http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=132 . owner Rochelle Wang sells sample designer dresses (Diane von Furstenburg, Karen Millen, Fifilles, Jacobs, Kate Spade New York, Catherine Malandrino, Temperley London, Laundry) from connections with manufacturers in Hong Kong, Paris and Italy. Only 4 frocks ($129-$269) of each style are purchased (sizes 00-12) and you are paying about 30% of what it would be elsewhere. Custom orders and private appointments are available.

Q: I love ur blog btw..do you know when the upcoming mackage and rudsak sale is?

[Sandy - Feb 2, 2013]

A: Rudsak is often included in sales I post when a warehouse is selling off many name brands. You have to keep reading every week to see when the next one comes. I mentioned it at least 1/2 dozen times last years. Mackage is found less often but every time the La Grande Braderie de Mode Quebecoise has their high end fashion clearance event, Mackage is included. Usually October and April

Q: You seemed to have sent an e-mail to my Smart Shopping web site instead of the e-mail found at the bottom of the Jeans Jeans Jeans page, just above the map http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=14 Q: I would like to go to Jeans Jeans Jeans: what are your opening hours ? Q: During the day, where could I park (seems to be a bit far from metro) I believe from what I saw on the map but, maybe I am mistaken. (1km does not bother me) 1Y1, corner: St-Viateur. Tel: 514-279-3303

[Roxanne - Feb 2, 2013]

A: The hours were just under the e-mail: Mon-Wed 9:30-5, Thurs 9:30-9, Fri 9:30-6, Sat 9-4 A: Parking is free in the #5445 and 5605 de Gaspe bdlgs (give deposit and get it back) which are one block east of the store at 5575 Casgrain St., Montreal QC H2T

Q: Q: Is there a place in Montreal which would sell left over bathing suit fabrics from brands like Nike, Speedo, Tyr, etc?

[Ania - Feb 2, 2013]

A: A: Yes, Les Textiles Bon-Mar ( 8448 boul. St-Laurent) sells new generation fabrics worn in athletics - swimwear, gymnastics, windsurfing, aerobics and also for theatrical events. Their products go from keeping you warm to cooling you off. When Cirque du Soleil, figure skaters, dance schools and synchro teams need sequins, fringe, netting, jungle prints, holograms, tiaras, costume hats, etc., this is the place where they get it. Other hard to find items are the Wonderflex and Fosshape for mask making, Scotchlite and high visibility fabric, reflective tapes and bejewelers for rhinestones and Swarovsky crystals. A new division called canucme.com offers luminescent T-shirts which light up in the dark, keeping you safe at night. www.bon-mar.com Also in my book is the Tyr Outlet, 160 St-Viateur E., suite 602 and you can ask them about leftover fabric

Q: Q: Can you advise me where I can find good quality Indian cotton dresses and skirts in Montreal?

[Loretta - Jan 1, 2013]

A: A: I'm not sure if you mean Indian cotton in the fabric or the style for East Indian women. For all fabrics, head to St-Hubert St north of Jean Talon "Fabric Central" page 72 in my book. Buy what you want and have it made it. For lots of dresses, try Profile in Le Cathedrale, here is the link to info on my web site http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=132 Lately the buildings on Chabanel street have been changing over to businesses oriented toward the East Indian market. I see more clothing and fabric stores for that. You can start on the 4th floor of the 99 Chabanel building.

Q: Q: Do you know of a store where I can purchase a bathing suit (for the over 50 crowd) in Montreal? I used to buy my bathing suits at J. Hauerstock in Decarie Square, but she just closed the store.5th

[Gail - Mar 3, 2013]

A: If you had rummaged around my web site, your would have found Paradis du Maillot http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=30 where I have seen Gottex and dozens of brands. Downtown there's a new one, Yulsurx, also on my site with lines from South America and the possibility to make one to order for a reasonable cost. http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=229. They are moving into a mall soon. You would find these by looking at the top left side of any page, where there's a table of contents. Just click on clothing and scroll down to find answers. Also, if you read my shlog regularly, you will find me mentioning this subject. I wrote about it on Dec 8th and Feb 15th.

Q: Where to go for a prom dress….they all range from 350$ and up…anything less? Thanks

[Ross - Mar 3, 2013]

A: Go to Sandra's shlog on www.smartshoppingmontreal.com. I answered that question on March 3rd: Profile in Le Cathdrale. http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=132 Also, Sheinart's is going out of business and don't forget St-Hubert St.

Q: My clients (two adults and two children 8 and 14 years old) came to Montreal from Israel last week. They need winter clothes. Where would you suggest them to go?

[Natasha - Mar 3, 2013]

A: If you are looking for really reasonably priced outerwear for the whole family, head to Mega Vente, this is the place to click on my site to go there. http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=78 Mega Vente D'Entrepot, 120 boul St-Joseph Blvd, Lachine QC H8S 2L3, corner: rue George V Tel: 514-637-1116. Right now they are having a sale and you can get a discount coupon on my shlog ( www.smartshoppingmontreal.com, click on Sandra's shlog, look for Feb 20th date)

Q: Est- ce que je peux avoir un ensemble qui comprend la chemise le pantalon le manteau le neud papillon la veste sans manche et a quel prix . Stella

[Stella - Mar 3, 2013]

A: (en francais) Classy http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=158 (en francais) L'Entrepot du Tuxedo http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=158&l=fr Here it is only $79.99 for the ensemble.

Q: Thank you for the outstanding blog (shlog :))!! Have been a huge fan of it for a few years now. Wanted to ask you, is there a place where I could buy high-end men dress shoes (e.g. Hugo Boss, Prada, etc) at reasonable price?

[Steve - Apr 4, 2013]

A: A well known high end shoe shop is Tony's on Greene. Not sure if they have those designer names though. 2) Importations J.E.A, Polcaro 1470 Peel brings in high end Italian labels of clothing and some shoes and discounts (Versace, Cerrutti 1881, Lubiam, Giudice, Fratelli Rossetti and Cornelinni and Byblos shoes). 3) Boutique Encore, 2145 Crescent is a high end consignment shop and they definitely get those brands in. You can stop in and tell them your size and perhaps they can give you a call when they show up.

Q: I know in your other editions you had a place to stock up on socks (kids)and was wondering if this place still exists. On ph 206 there is only downtown and doesn't look like a depot

[Silvia - Apr 4, 2013]

A: You have a good memory. That depot closed quite a few years ago. Right now you can shop at the flea markets which all have booths with socks. One in Chomdey is Marche aux Puces, St -Martin on pg 123 or Boutiques Marcado on the South Shore pg121. On pg 18, there's Lingerie Hanna in the Plaza Pointe Claire off Highway 20 on St-John's Blvd. It has similar merchandise to the ones in the flea markets but is in a mall with regular hours.

Q: I live in Montreal and have several items (suits, shirts, blouses, slacks) of used women's professional attire that I would like donate to a group in need. I've tried looking for info on women's shelters, support groups, etc... but could not find anything. Do you have any recommendations?

[Meena - May 5, 2013]

A: A: Two groups that do wonderful work in the community and accept used clothing are: 1- Thrift Shop for Nova: 2750 boul. St-Charles 514-697-6692. NOVA West Island is a charitable foundation that offers home palliative care, cancer support groups, and runs 4 adult day centers for the elderly, all without government funding. www.thriftshopsfornova.com 2- La Boutique du Welcome Hall Mission 4755B Acorn 514-523-5288 x149: It's good to give back to this hard-working charity, as all funds go directly back into Mission services. Their store offers their clients the dignity of a shopping experience, and serves also as a training ground for participants in their work programs. www.welcomehallmission.com

Q: Do you have a recommendation for a company that sells custom-printed T-Shirts. I am looking for a bias towards better quality over cheaper price.

[Richard - Jul 7, 2013]

A: I only have one I bumped into one in the Carrefour Langelier, Argot Design 514-259-0404 www.argotdesign.com. Not sure of quality. No Damn Good, a skateboard place at 2105 Old Orchard, NDG prints their own t-shirts, so maybe they can help lead you somewhere good. Someone connected to the Ski Exchange on Westminster 514-486-2849 used to do this too.

Q: I was just wondering if you know of any bra warehouses in Montreal? Preferably Wonderbra.

[Tarra - Jul 7, 2013]

A: Wonderbra is a Montreal invention. We just happen to have their real outlet store here: Boutique Entrepot HBI Coin des Aubaines, 4405 boul. Metropolitain E. thurs 11-4, Fri 10-1. They also sell Hanes, Playtex, Dim hosiery there.

Q: I am going to Africa and looking for a cooling vest. As well I am looking to purchase a laptop/camera knapsack. Any assistance is very much appreciated. Thank you.

[Irving - Jul 7, 2013]

A: Well I just googled the vest and found a few companies online. I have not bumped in to them here. I might try Mountain Equipment Coop on l'Acadie or for the specialty laptop/camera knapsack, ask at the specialty travel accessories store: Jet-setter, 66 Laurier O. Or try the big camera store LL Loiseau on St Hubert St.

Q: Was wondering if you know of a place where I can buy size 5X or better?

[Laura - Jul 7, 2013]

A: I have of answers for that right here on my www.SmartShoppingMontreal.com web site book: For jeans, go to Jeans, Jeans, Jeans. Look for them under Clothing on my site as the go up to size 62 waist http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=14, Also on the web site is Mega Vente which has clearances (ladies to 4XL and men 5XL), so you never know what's there http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=78 , Change Lingerie goes to 40J bras http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=114 , Nuage Coats, (only Sat morn Sept-Apr) goes to 6XL. At Raffinati Boutique, you can order custom made sizes of their line http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=127, and at Yulsurx you can have a bathing suit made-to-measure for a 30% surcharge http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=229

Q: Not long ago I read of a boutique on st. Lawrence blvd that caters to women with full figure brands like Sigred Osen and Kliana and other well known brands but I lost the name and address. Do you know of it ?

[Karen - Sep 9, 2013]

A: It's Oppens: 4828 boul. St-Laurent. From my book: Women with larger needs (sizes 14-26) are lucky to shop here in these pretty renovated quarters, for they get personalized service with wardrobe coordination, offering lots of mix and match possibilities, and even jewelry to finish off the look. Well known labels such as Linda Lundstrom, Eileen Fisher, Simon Chang, Kokomarina, Tara Vao, Franck Anna, Alain Weiz, Caty Lesca. They also carry Spanx to smooth you out, Sympli knits and Frascara jackets. A seamstress is available if you need one. www.oppens.ca

Q: I am going to buy some brand name handbags like Gucci, Burberry, Hermes, Louis Vuitton etc and brand name cosmetics like Lancome, Chanel etc. I would like to buy several as gifts. Can you recommend where I can find good deals on these? Should I go to US?

[ Xiaolin - Sep 9, 2013]

A: The only place to find designer purses for good prices is to go to a high end consignment shop. You can find ones never worn and just received as gifts. On my website I have Boutique Encore http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=6 Look in the second-hand clothes section of my book to find other high end shops.

Q: My Dad's 25th high school anniversary is coming up and I've been trying to help my Mom find a nice evening gown, preferaby long and sleek with a slit in the leg, Would you know any good places to search?

[Tina - Sep 9, 2013]

A: St-Hubert St is the ball gown capitol of Montreal. Start at Jean-Talon, walk South and there are at least a dozen stores to look through. FYI, right now Sheinarts on St-Antoine and Atwater is closing for good. They sold gowns so they may be clearing whatever is left for great prices.

Q: Where is the store on Beaumont that has great deals on children's uniforms?

[Patricia & Albert - Sep 9, 2013]

A: Moni has moved to 900 Jean-Talon West. Last time I looked there were excellent prices on school uniforms (navy, black, gray): jumpers $18, pants $12-$16, polo shirts $5-9 and dress shirts $10.

Q: I am trying to plan an agenda that includes shopping for a weekend away with my girlfriends in Montreal. Do you have some suggestions? I have read mixed revues about Chabanel garment district.

[Kelly - Oct 10, 2013]

A: Chabanel is and has been the heart of the garment industry for all of Canada. Over the years, with out-sourcing production, there isn't as much as there used to be. Having said that, there are 5 tall buildings still full of manufacturers, importers and distributors, so there still are deals there. The best building to start with is the 555 Chabanel building but only on a Saturday morning from 9-1. In my Smart Shopping Montreal book, I list suite by suite everything I found in all the buildings the last time I was up there. I still find fabulous finds there but you have to work it. Our "Main Street" is Ste-Cathering St downtown where all of the usual chains are as well as Zara, Mango, Forever 21 along with our fabulous Simon Department store and our "TJMAxx" which is called Winners. St-Denis St is more for the avant garde new fashions, independent designers, etc.

Q: I was just wondering if you might know where one can find 2 piece women's sweat suits. I live in mine but they have all become threadbare and I am desperately searching for some new ones.

[Janice - Oct 10, 2013]

A: All the major stores sell clothes for exercising. If you are looking for polar fleece ones, that might be a bit harder as they are mainly spandex-oriented now. Schreters at 4358 boul. St-Laurent has them - with zippers on top or not and with or without elastic waists. For better pricing you might try Winners or the Sears Liquidation store in Decarie Square, L'Aubainerie stores (there's an outlet in Galeries des Sources).

Q: I will be staying right down town Montreal next week from Prince Edward Island and am wondering where the best place to buy women's leather boots. Not too expensive.

[Tanya - Oct 10, 2013]

A: Well right downtown, if you just walk on Ste-Catherine St , you will find quite a few chain shoe stores in all different price ranges. Deals on shoes will not be found there as rents are too high. The only one downtown with bargains is TF 1435 1435 St Alexandre, right off Ste Catherine St. On Thurs & Fri, you can get in to the 103 at 103 Mont Royal Ave East which has lots of samples and some boots.

Q: Looking for plus size bathing suits, preferably Christina in Montreal.

[Gywneth - Oct 10, 2013]

A: Right on my web site under Women's Clothing, there's Paradis du Maillot with 1000's of suits sizes 6-32 http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=30

Q: My girlfriend and I will be visiting Montreal On Nov 29 & 30th. We are in our late 50's and are looking for good deals on clothing for ourselves. Can you point us in the right direction? thanks

[June - Nov 11, 2013]

A: You've picked a great city to shop in. That's why I've written the "Smart Shopping Montreal" book with 1500 stores in it. If you buy it and read through the section on clothing you will find dozens of options. Everything in the clothing section (50 pages) is a discount store You can buy it as an e-book and get it immediately. Also, on my web site there is a blog, called a shlog which has the day to day warehouse sales. A boutique-like store is Boutique Avantage, 1264 Beaumont 514-733-1185 had good prices along with great customer service. It is north of downtown. Downtown for haute couture (like Dolce and Gabbana) is ENERGYxChange, 1455 Peel in Les Cours Montreal. (look for both of these on www.smartshoppingmontreal.com for details and photos). Out west is a French Dressing sale on my shlog.

Q: I'm going to Mexico on 3 weeks. Where can I find summer dresses or other Summer clothing at this time of year?

[Louise - Nov 11, 2013]

A: Usually, clearance stores are a season off. Try Femmes de Carriere, 221 Chabanel o. or BCBG 370 Lourvain O. and another one of their's across from Carrefour Laval. or maybe H&M or Zara.

Q: I love your site! I am looking for a winter hat for my mom. She is 92, drives herself around, very active lady, but she needs a nice vegan hat to zip around town. Where should I take her?

[Patrick - Dec 12, 2013]

A: Most major stores have winter hats now. Very few are wool so it shouldn't be a problem finding one. - A wholesaler who has lots and lots of fancy hats and some casual too is: Nicole 9200 Parc, suite 407 or another is Ophelie, 7050 Victoria suite 415 by appt 341-8624. - - Here's a hat store: Haya Kova in Decarie Sq . Make sure they're still open as that mall has been under going major changes: 731-4383. - Also, in the big malls, there are carts that show up in the aisles around now which sell hats and slippers.

Q: I need to find about 25 matching black suits for a variety of boys (aged 7-15) for a dance show. I was wondering if you would know where I could purchase them at a great price in and or around Montreal or Laval. Either a wholesaler or a discount retailer would be best. I have looked through your book from a few years back that I have, but could not find what I was looking for.

[Sonya - Jan 1, 2014]

A: For boys suits, look in the book under Clothing, children for Goldtex or right on my site http://smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=22 514-365-9699. In the book, same chapter is Boutique Eva and in Family clothing, Schreter. Also, not sure if costume houses would have costume-y type suits that might work for less $$. Look in the Specialists section of the book.

Q: I am looking for a warm long overcoat for my husband to wear to his law firm over his suit. I don't want to pay Harry Rosen prices. I want to pay about $100-$150. Not down, but wool with a liner as it's -30 out there today.

[Alison - Dec 12, 2013]

A: Right on my web site, there's a reasonably priced full men's store Jaf http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=31 Note it also has a liquidation store in Laval. Secondly, right downtown you can check if Polcaro has them http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=10 On page 26 in the book, Bovet has a depot store, and then there's Boutiques Jacques, lovely men's shop on Cote des Neiges which should have them at a decent price.

Q: Hi there, I browsed your site but could not find linen clothing stores this time of year. In the stores and on the web, they seem expensive. Do you know where I can get nice (for my wedding in Cuba) linen clothing that won't cost as much as my wife's dress!!! ?

[Ryan - Dec 12, 2013]

A: Not a popular fabric these days. A Hong Kong Tailor is coming to Montreal this month (see my upcomig Jan 7th blog on my Smart Shopping Montreal site) www.tailoredman.com . He can make you a custom suit starting at $550. You can pick up linen at C&M Textiles on St Hubert and have someone make whatever you want (there are custom tailors in my book who could do a shirt for around $120). For C&M http://smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=39

Q: Hi Sandra! I hope this is the right way to ask you a question, I didn't find a way to post one straight in the website. My daughter wants to have a Japanese theme birthday and we are looking to buy some kimonos for the girls, some Japanese things for the loot bags (such as little dolls) etc. Do you know a good place for that in Montreal other than China town?

[Tali - Dec 12, 2013]

A: Marche Oriental, 2109 Decarie had a Japnese $2 store on the right side which has more kitcheny things but a bit of other. Also location downtown but don't know if they just have food or also the kitsch: 2109 Ste Catherine ouest. Miyamoto, 382 Victoria is a shop for Japanese food and kitchenware might be able to direct you. Not sure about kiddie kimonos. If you can fake it with sari fabric, there is a shop on Cote des Neiges that used to be called Uma Saree but maybe is now Boutique Uma or some variation of that. Tons of that fabric in the 99 Chabanel bdlg on the 4th floor.

Q: Love catching u on CJAD. Was hoping u could help me. Looking for reasonably priced boys wear. Dressy. Something like nice pants w/ suspenders. Matching shirt. Bowtie. For a 5 year old. Have a close wedding in a week. Desperate. Any ideas?

[Miryam - Feb 2, 2014]

A: Answers are in my book (and at my site www.smartshoppingmontreal.com Here's one: Les Textiles Goldtex, 8875 Salley, Lasalle.Whole section of party clothes for kids.

Q: We live in Charlottetown PEI and will be visiting Montreal in March. My daughter is graduating high school this year and one of the things we will be doing on our trip is shopping for a prom dress. Could you please recommend stores that sell affordable prom dresses?

[Dinah - Jan 1, 2014]

A: St-Hubert St starting at Jean-Talon and going South, is considered formal heaven. That's where a dozen or so bridal stores and dressy dress stores are situated. Downtown in Place Cathedrale is Profile: Owner Rochelle Wang sells sample designer dresses (Diane von Furstenburg, Karen Millen, Fifilles, Jacobs, Kate Spade New York, Catherine Malandrino, Temperley London, Laundry) from connections with manufacturers in Hong Kong, Paris and Italy. Only 4 frocks ($129-$269) of each style are purchased (sizes 00-12) and you are paying about 30% of what it would be elsewhere. Custom orders and private appointments are available. Downtown, along Ste-Catherine St, there's H&M, Zara, Winners, Simons and other regular chain stores.

Q: Hi Sandra, Whenever I needed buttons I always headed to the dressmaker on decarie corner queen mary but they have closed down. Any suggestions (hopefully besides st. hubert st.) of where I can go for buttons. Thanks, Rochel

[Rochel - May 5, 2014]

A: In my Smart Shopping Montreal book I have at least 2 button specialists (plus more notions stores); Rubans, Boutons, (used to be on St-Denis), 7363 St Hubert 514-847-3535. From all over the world and collectible buttons too. Rix Rax, 801 Guilford 514-522-8971. Buttons and exotic trimmings. Works a lot with theatrical productions

Q: Sandra I am a single dad with a bad case of procrastination who has, unfortunately passed on that trait to my otherwise amazing daughter. Our time to find a great and affordable prom dress is quickly running out. Please help, and soon Sofia loving dad

[Sofia's Dad - Jun 6, 2014]

A: St-Hubert St starting at Jean-Talon and going South, is considered formal heaven. That's where a dozen or so bridal stores and dressy dress stores are situated. There's H&M, Zara, Winners too.

Q: Hi Sandra, Where would I find good prices on Motorcycle Jackets in Montreal?

[Bryce - Jul 7, 2014]

A: You could have one made-to-measure reasonably at Coronet Leather 7475 boul. St-Laurent

Q: I own an autographed copy of your book, which has been very useful. I am really amazed that you were able to compile such a comprehensive source of information! I have a question for you regarding second-hand discounters. Due to a medical problem I am not able to wear some of my older clothes which are in excellent condition. I have already given some away, but I was wondering if there are any stores that would buy clothes that were bought 25 or more years ago, but are still in excellent condition. Thank you very much!

[Sandra - Jul 7, 2014]

A: Thank you for buying my book. If you look through the section on "Second-hand Clothing" you will find some retro stores which sell older designs (my newest 14th edition has at least 36 stores in there). You can call each one which seems to sell in that era and ask if they are buying. Usually they have "pickers' who bring clothing to them. It is very very hard to get people to buy old clothing. You can donate them to many worthy organizations. I especially like "Thrift Shop for Nova" because all the money goes to help nurses who go to people's homes. They get no funding from the gov't. 514-697-6692.

Q: : Me and my family are newcomers in Canada. We are from Israel and coming from warm country makes next winter our first real winter ever. I have no idea how to make this winter warm and comfortable for my kids. They are 4 and 6 years old. I will appreciate any advice you can provide, where to start looking and what exactly to look for.

[Anastasia - Aug 8, 2014]

A: For quality warm winter outerwear and all the accessories you need, at great prices, head to Brador Hiver, a wholesaler open to the public. Here it is right on my web site. http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=142 If you just want a bargain kid's snowsuit, you can buy them at Mega Vente, also on my site: http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=78 I've seen them sold there for as little as $38. You should get a copy of my book, Smart Shopping Montreal to find for all of your shopping needs at discount stores. See below for details. You will find places for boots, 2nd-hand skis (can rent them for kids!) etc.

Q: I have a visitor coming to Montreal. She loves Simon Chang. Is there any way we could get into their Head office in Montreal to buy at wholesale? Do you have any other source to get Simon Chang at discount?

[Marvin - Aug 8, 2014]

A: I too love Simon Chang. However, I have not yet been able to buy wholesale up there. In my Smart Shopping Montreal book, there are a few women's shops that carry Chang, here are 2: Boutique Maude in Laval, and Boutique Emerence in Dorval.

Household

Q: Where can I get sequins to sew on a costume?

[ - Jul 7, 2006]

A: We are lucky to have many stores that sell notions and therefore sequins. Look in the Housewares section of the book, under Fabric. Here are a couple: Rix Rax, 801 Gilford St. at St. Hubert St. Phone: (514) 522-8971. www.rixrax.ca. Ultratext, 7186 St. Hubert St. at Jean Talon St. Phone (514) 271-9929.

Q: I am a big fan of the program "Clean Sweep". They are showing boxes, either material; carton or leather with a lid for storage and organizing in different styles.Can you tell me where I can purchase these storage boxes

[Sandra - Aug 8, 2009]

A: I'm seeing those boxes everywhere these days. Perhaps try Ikea, Deco Decouverte, Bouclair. Watch the weekly flyers for others.

Q: My husband will be in Montreal in a couple of weeks and would like to purchase a Philips iPod docking station, could you please recommend a good store with reasonable prices?

[Nancy - Jul 7, 2009]

A: Philips has a liquidation store: Electrotech 514-956-0120 so you can call and ask them. You should be able to buy them anywhere they sell electronics like Best Buy or Future Shop

Q: Can you tell me where I can go or call to have paintings evaluated?

[Bonnie - Jul 7, 2009]

A: There are art galleries along Sherbrooke St near Crescent/Mountain, you could check with them. Maybe even ask the auction houses on page 73 of my book. Here's one: Empire Auctions,737-6586

Q: Where can I find good deal on hardwood and laminating floor

[Jonah - Jul 7, 2009]

A: Tapis Lanctot, 148 Boyer, St-Isidore (Chateauguay). Phone: 514-875-1954. Been around 100 years and has many options

Q: I am looking for "Blackout Curtains". Have tried Sears, Walmart etc...nothing...

[Petra - Jul 7, 2009]

A: You looked in all the wrong places. You should've looked in my book! There's a whole section on fabric stores. Tissues Dores, 5425 Casgrain has always carried them

Q: My son is looking for a 18” x 20” black frame that would have a glass top and a glass backing…meaning if you put the article in the frame you can see the front of it and if turned around you can see the back of what is being put into the frame…I hope I am clear enough with my question!

[Elizabeth - Jul 7, 2009]

A: For that there are many in my book. Here's one:Marche du Cadre, 2150 Transcanadienne, Dorval 514-683-5921. It's off of Sources Blvd. I have an inexpensive plastic frame that sits on my desk. It has a bend on the bottom that allows it to stand. I can see either side. It comes in all sizes and can be bought at Walmart or Zellers or places like that. Maybe even dollar stores.

Q: I'm looking for a cast iron bbq similar to the HIBACHI, I once had. Great for picnics and to carry in your car trunk. Where can I find one?

[Edward - Jun 6, 2009]

A: Joey BBQ Servies: 12320 boul Gouin, Pierrefonds has a good brand, Weber which will last a good long time.

Q: I would like to know where I can buy 23" pillows for the backs of a sofa and loveseat.I bought set at a Mobilia warehouse sale and some pillows were missing......thus the sale. I need 7 back ones(23") and 4 side ones 16".

[Charlene - Jun 6, 2009]

A: You can buy foam in any size on St. Hubert St., the fabric strip in Montreal. Two options: Debouk, 7254 or C&M Textiles 7500. Then you can go up and down the street and see what fabric might work with your couch and get a few meters and have someone cover them

Q: Where can I find the Polti Vaporetto steam cleaner in Montreal? Have you hear any feedback on it?

[Rebecca - Jun 6, 2009]

A: Have you tried La Maison de l'Aspirateur? 514--273-2821

Q: I have in front of me your guide for S.S.M (update no.12). I was looking for a lawnmower, but notice these items are absent from your book.I have been very unlucky buying this item from reputable stores, and was hoping that your book would have something on rebuilt ones.Are there any such stores or only Garage Sales? We are great fans of yours & your talks on CJAD

[E.J. - Jun 6, 2009]

A: A reputable store is on page 148, Jean Guglia & fils as they have been open for 54 years. For second-hand, yes, garage sales are the best option.

Q: My niece is getting married and she is looking for tall glass vases to use as part of the center pieces for the tables, and she would like to know if there is a place where she can buy about 20 for a cheaper price, maybe a wholesaler?

[Nathalie - May 5, 2009]

A: The different chains of dollar stores have lots of vases. You could call or go to Warshaw Maison, 145 Atwater (opposite the Atwater Market) or Super Prix Dimona, 6853 St Hubert St. I think a saw them at Pier 1 Imports too. They have a liquidation center at 5985 Taschereau. Congratulations.

Q: I recently acquired a beautiful oval dining room table but unfortunately cannot find oval tablecloths for it. I have looked in the major department stores as well as places like the Linen Chest. Could you tell me where I may find them?

[Donna - May 5, 2009]

A: Try Lieberman Tranchmontagne, 653 Hodge in VSL: This hotel linen supplier manufactures the Lieberspun line of tablecloths, so you buy leftovers or can have one made-to-measure in polyester blue, green, ivory and perhaps other colors. There are cloth napkins to match. liebermantranche.com.

Q: am trying to find stores that sell food items, cooking materials like pots, anyway, that are made in various places, instead of just from China. Someone mentioned Decarie Square but they said it is high end prices. I heard Bennix, but they told me, it is all from China.

[Aimy - May 5, 2009]

A: There are places with cookware from Italy, France, South America, etc. One importer with good prices is Danesco. Their outlet shop is now having a sale: Entrepot l'Elephant, 18,111 Transcanadienne. I have a big housewares section in my book with over a dozen other places. Also, if you look in the International Food section of my book they sell cookware along with their food items.

Q: I am a paraplegic and need a sheepskin to put on my mattress to help prevent bedsores. Please give me the names of stores that may sell these.

[Barbara - Apr 4, 2009]

A: I would go to a leather jacket manufacturer and have them sew the skins the size and shape you need. Here is a nice family one: Coronet Leather, 7475 boul. St-Laurent 514-272-2638.

Q: I am looking for a place which does economical repairs on washing machines without mortgaging the ranch, or possibly sells re-conditioned machines.

[Paul - May 5, 2009]

A: Reconditioned washing machines: Meubles & Electromenagers ML Centre de Liquidation, 8595 St-Dominique. Open since 1974 and offer a 3-month guarantee on labour and 5 years on parts. Also located 12345 Metropolitain E. Page 133 of my 12th edition, under Repairmen, Large Appliances there are 3 listings for good repairmen and in the Household chapter under large appliances and under furniture, there are the liquidation centers for the major stores where you can buy last year's new large appliances for a good price (even Sears).

Q: was listening to CJAD this morning and you mentioned the address of a warehouse in Vaudreuil something like Costco.

[Helen - Mar 3, 2009]

A: I cannot (and they cannot) mention the name but they are a liquidation center for them. Everything is 30% off the last price at the warehouse. In my book it's on page 78. Liquidation Sim, 341 Ranger Ave. Vaudreuil 450-424-0998. They keep a wish list if there is something you saw there and would like to buy it if it ever shows up. Cool!

Q: There was a Whirlpool warehouse liquidation center in Laval that has closed have the relocated in the Montreal area?

[Jo-Anne - Mar 3, 2009]

A: I'm not aware of one that was just for Whirlpool. However, you can find liquidated Whirlpool large appliances along with other brands at a few places I have in my book. Here is one in Laval: Centre de Liquidation Brault & Martineau, 1770 boul. des Laurentides 450-667-3211

Q: I wanted to know if threre is a place in Montreal where I could find used office furniture(desk,chairs) and as well wall units and filing cabinets.

[Frank - Mar 3, 2009]

A: Here's 2: Exsel Office Equipment, 1401 Legendre, suite 107 (514-385-3939) and Tras, 70G Boul. Brunswick, DDO (514-685-0007)

Q: My husband and I have been searching for a bed with a wooden base (not a box-spring design), but without a headboard attached.

[Dorothy - Dec 12, 2006]

A: There are a few furniture companies that sell by catalogue. Usually people see something in a regular store and then go buy it at these type of stores for 30% less. However, you can just go and ask them to see catalogues of this type of bed and they can help you. (By the way I have 2 of those in my house!) . One of them is: Linton Furniture, 4646B Parc Ave.

Q: I am writing on behalf of my mother June about where she can have a side plate of her Royal Doulton china set repaired

[Judy - Dec 12, 2006]

A: My book has a few, here's 2. Mr Fixit, 4652 Decarie Blvd or Minas Studio d'Art 7364 Cote St. Luc Rd.

Q: Was wondering if there is a way for me to find some old or new Thibault living room furniture? I've searched high and low but the company from Ste Therese that used to make this very roug-country furniture has gone out of business, so I was wondering if you could help me find some.

[Paulette - Sep 9, 2006]

A: Perhaps you can ask at: Flash Decor 450-625-3945 or Linton Furniture 514-272-1944. They might have sold furniture from the company and might know who took them over or they may sell something very similar. They both sell by catalogue and you save at least 1/3 off the reg. price.

Q: We bought a mini ironing board measuring 171 cm by 36 cm (42" by 40") some time ago. Now we can't find a replacement for the cover.

[L.Wong - Jul 7, 2006]

A: For that I might try: Walmart, Sears, Deco Decouverte or a mail order catalogue like JC Penny or Sears. If you find it, please let me know so I can let others know.

Q: Where can I get good bedding?

[Jessica - Jul 7, 2006]

A: There is a warehouse outlet: Literie Intercontinental, 7945 Viau 593-8014. Also, once a month at 120 Louvain, they open their doors, call 384-8290 for next date.

Q: I am looking for removable plastic seat covers to protect my dining room chairs.

[Marlene - Jul 7, 2006]

A: Perhaps a re-upholesterer can help you: Farrar-Daoust has been around for 102 years: 450-671-6660 or Four Season Slip Cover 450-465-0650

Q: Where can I buy a small ornament stand for a desk, in chrome or silver-plate?

[Goldie - Jul 7, 2006]

A: For all things silver: Sterling City, 2585 Bates, 3rd floor 733-7036. For a gift store that might have something: Les Collections Sylvio, 6371 Jean-Talon est 256-3813 or maybe even Shayne Gallery, 5471 Royalmount, 739-1701.

Q: I have 4 lamps which have clip-on shades (2 standing, 2 table) and I can't seem to find shades with clip-ons anywhere! They all have harps.

[ - Jul 7, 2006]

A: There are a half dozen answers in my book, here are 2: Abat-Jour Marie Elizabeth Phone: 695-0045 and a new one, not in the book yet: Abat-jour Decor 450-682-8280 in Laval.

Q: Looking for a metal coffee filter which has a little "cap" part with holes so one puts the filter on the cup adds the coffee puts "CAP" on top and pours boiling water on top.

[ - Jul 7, 2006]

A: Try the Italian kitchen store: Quincaillerie Dante, 6851 St-Dominique Phone: 271-2057 or perhaps ask Cafe Union, 148 Jean-Talon W. Phone: 273-5555

Q: Where do I buy a bell jar - Something to protect an object d'art, something around 6 inches or so?

[ - Jul 7, 2006]

A: Unique Clock shop 5895 Victoria Ave. Snowdon 514-731-8029 has them A chemistry supply shop: Lab A-Z Maison de Sciences 514-866-4252, 514-395-8756. 1240 Notre Dame West or perhaps even a cheese dome at a housewares store might do.

Q: I am looking for a place in Montreal where I could buy rubber tiles for my basement floor. They have some made from recycled tires but I don't necessarily need recycled.

[Peggy - Aug 8, 2009]

A: Try Million Carpets & Tiles, 15 Bernard est. Phone: 514-273-9983. They have other locations too. With a million tiles, there should be some rubber ones! There are more stores in my book that sell tiles too.

Q: I would like to know where I can find lamp shades....I'm looking for brown...I,ve been to Homesense, Walmart, Zellers, Winners, haven't seen any of that color. I don't want anything expensive.

[Nancy - Aug 8, 2009]

A: There are 6 answers in my book. Here's one: Abat Jour Decor, 2267 boul le Courbouiser, Laval

Q: I purchased several paintings. They are beautiful to me, but not considered expensive, so I don’t want to spend a fortune framing them.

[Joanne - Aug 8, 2009]

A: I have not heard of Athens. There are over 1/2 dozen in my book. Here's one that's a wholesaler: Encadrement Baroque, 165 St-Zotique

Q: I have been trying to find on-line a business who would sell and deliver bulk flowers at a better price than retail flowers to my house in Pierrefonds by mid-October, but I can only find businesses in the USA. The quotation of Wholesale Flowers was very expensive. I would like to arrange the floral center-pieces for the wedding of my son. Would you have a suggestion ?

[Brigitte - Sep 9, 2009]

A: You can make a deal with a local florist in Montreal who would usually be more than happy to get such a large order and cut you a deal on the price. Keep it local and keep a neighbor in business. I have a friend that does that all the time. One of the places she buys from is Edgewood Greenhouses. They have been in my book for years: 5640 Hudson, CSL 514-484-2333. Tell them you found it in my book.

Q: Does Tupperware (the brand) ever have a sale or do they have an outlet center?

[Rosanna - Sep 9, 2009]

A: Yes. Tupperware headquarters here is at 491 boul. Lebeau, suite 203. Phone: 514-331-6964. They have an annual sale where they clear out odds and ends. Ask to be put on their e-mail list for the sale. http://my.tupperware.ca/centrelestournesols

Q: I would like ask you if you could recommend where I would be able to find bed sheets that help for allergies and also mattress covers to protect agaist bed bugs.

[Carmela - Sep 9, 2009]

A: Bed sheets normally are not hypo-allergenic. You can find many that are made of cotton which don't usually cause reactions. Mattress covers can have a plasticized covering which bed bugs may not like but they can live anywhere on the fabric part. Once you pick up bedbugs, you have to throw away the whole mattress. Dormez-vous locations have thick mattress covers which help against dust mites or ones that are waterproof.

Q: Do you know of any good baby furniture liquidation centers in the area? I am looking to buy cribs and accessories.

[Julie - Sep 9, 2009]

A: There is a manufacturer in Laval, Meubles Les Petits Mousses, 1629 Autoroute 440 Ouest, 450-681-0576. Cribs start at $229 and you choose your own color and wood. There's a section in the book on Second-hand children's stores and they have lists of people who are selling cribs. Bebe Magg is one of them and has new cribs start in the 100's. bebemagg.ca

Q: I was wondering if you could tell me where I can find hypoallergenic mattress and pillow covers ?

[Joanne - Oct 10, 2009]

A: Dormez-vous locations have those.

Q: Where can I find the 3000 Polti Vaporetto steam cleaner. Any help as to where to purchase it as well as the cost would be appreciated

[Emily - Oct 10, 2009]

A: I might ask at la Maison de l'Aspirateur, 514-273-2821

Q: Could you please tell me where I can purchase a top-quality set of wicker table and chairs?

[Macri - Oct 10, 2009]

A: For indoor: Vannerie La Difference Entrepot, 10,351 Mirabeau, Ville d'Anjou has been around for 50 years. Outdoor: Charlie Garden, 5500 Ferrier in the Blue Bonnets area.

Q: Do you know where in the city that I could get really good mattress covers for a queen size bed that will block out allergens? I'm quite sure that dust mites are the culprit to my sneezing and miserable sleep at night.

[Kathy - Nov 11, 2009]

A: There's a Super Sale (page 80) monthly at 120 Louvain for linens and such, where they always seem to have them on special. Watch my shlog for the sales or look at my website under Household for all their particulars and get on their e-mail list. Also, you can go up to Textiles Supreme, 99 Chabanel ouest, suite 408, M-F 9-4,Sat 9-2 Buying 2 of them worked for me. I alternate them as they get washed every time I change my sheets. Always in hot water with bleach. Don't let the sheets or mattress cover or spread touch the floor where the mites like to live.

Q: We are looking for 100m of polycotton forest green fabric, 60 inches wide, cheaper than $3,25/meter (plus tax) (tried Casgrain Street). Is there any manufacturer out there who is willing to sell large quantities at a lower price?

[Carla - Nov 11, 2009]

A: On pages66-67 of my book, I talk about "Fabric Central" which is a strip of about 20 fabric stores lined up on St-Hubert St. north of Jean Talon. You can buy the book and call them one by one or you can go and visit. They're all close together.

Q: I am looking for a futon that is nice, in black or brown, and not too expensive. I want to use it for our caregiver. Thank you, Love your shlog

[Anita - Nov 11, 2009]

A: Ungava Duvet, 10 Pine Ave ouest, not only has the best duvets but also fabulous futons. On of our children bought it when he was in University and now uses it in his guest room and we sleep on it - it's over 12 years old and still comfortable.

Q: Wondering if you could direct me to a company that supplies cushion foam. I've been to Fabricville, but they do not have the proper product that comes in varying densities.

[Bill - Dec 12, 2009]

A: Foam heaven is St-Hubert St. north of Jean-Talon. There are about two dozen fabric stores. Here are 2 that I know have foam: ,C&M Textiles, #7500 or Textiles Debouk #7254

Q: am constantly listening to your show with Tommy and thank you for all the good shopping ideas that you have offered Montreal over the years and your wonderful book.My mother is searching for well-priced luggage (not high end like Samsonite) but something that is lowered price for a fairly large suitcase. She used to go the flea market on Laval on Daniel Johnson and would buy a 28”x36” suitcase for around $35.00. She went last weekend, however the kiosk has closed down. These suitcases are made of vinyl with a hard cardboard inserted section.I would appreciate you help, re; other flea markets to go to, or a discount operator (other than Bentleys) or an end of year liquidator Thanks in advance,

[Sam - Dec 12, 2009]

A: A new-type Flea Market like Laval: St-Leonard: Marche aux Puces Metropolitain, 6245 boul. Metropolitain at Langelier (514-955-8989) A second-hand Flea Market (better quality suitcases, good prices): Marche aux Puces Shelley at boul. St-Michel, 7707 Shelley (514-721-7701)

Q: We are looking to purchases approx 30-35 glass vases approx 5 square and 23" in height. I know the prices in retail stores are approx $20.00 but since it's for an upcoming wedding we would need much better pricing as we are on a tight budget.

[Giovanna - Dec 12, 2009]

A: Warshaw Maison, 145 Atwater across from the Atwater Market or try Benix & Co. or different dollar store chains.

Q: Would you happen to know where I can obtain quite large table cloth type of material at a reasonable price?

[Josephine - Dec 12, 2009]

A: Tissus Dores, 5425 Casgrain. Don't forget to catch my Feb 3rd shlog about Fabric Central

Q: I am looking for a place in Montreal or Ottawa (we are just north of Lachute) that sells good quality bean bag chairs, such as the Fuf chair, or something similar.

[Nicole - Dec 12, 2009]

A: Try Ikea, or here's a new one: Barami 514-849-5000

Q: Montreal is supposed to be one of the most European places in North America, yet latex mattresses (the rage in Europe) are very hard to find and even harder to afford. Seems it just hasn't caught on. Anyways, I have been looking and looking and was wondering if in your travels may have come across any hidden gems... $2400-$4900 for a decent 100% latex bed is hard to buy so to speak... maybe they are worth it... but....

[Will - Dec 12, 2009]

A: Here's a longtme manufacturer where you can buy them inexpensively: Laval Bedding, 950 Berlier in Laval and here's a new place: Le Club Mattress, 1150 Begin, VSL

Q: Where can I buy oven mitts that are kids size. I have Very small hands & have searched in the West Island Everywhere. The last pair my girlfriend mailed me a set From Washington.

[Marilyn - Dec 12, 2009]

A: used to see them for children in Le Panier, 300 Lakeshore or maybe in one of the other gifty shops in Pte Claire Village? Other suggestion: just cut long ones shorter to fit.

Q: Hi, came across your site and I love it. Here is a question for you:: Where can I find beaded curtains in Montreal? Not the ones that are bamboo and ones that are 92” long? Most are 6 foot long

[Stacey - Dec 12, 2009]

A: Maybe look at some of the fabric, curtain stores on St Hubert St north of Jean Talon. I will have a shlog about in on Feb 3rd at smartshoppingmontreal.com Here's a new one that might have it: 7207 - Myrlene Decor - sheers, cottons, panels, strings, valences, bedspreads made-to-measure or - there are a 1/2 dozen bead stores in Montreal and I'm sure they know someone that can string one for you or teach you how to do it yourself. They're in my book.

Q: Where can I purchase wall to wall carpets at the best price and value.? I appreciate your superb advice and wish you continued success. New Yorks loss is Montreal's gain. Your advice is priceless.

[Hilda - Mar 3, 2010]

A: For Carpeting, see page 69 in my book. Here's one: Million Carpets & tiles, 15 Bernard Est.

Q: Where can I purchase linens with deep sheets? I appreciate your superb advice and wish you continued success. New Yorks loss is Montreal's gain. Your advice is priceless.

[Hilda - Mar 3, 2010]

A: Monthly sale at 120 Louvain, call 514-384-8290 for the next date

Q: I am in need of a new electric juice presser. The one I have had for fifteen years has broken down – it was a “Decosonic” Citrus Presser – simple, small 3-piece - base, pitcher and cone. I am advised by Mr. Fixit and also Laflamme Electrique Inc. that parts no longer exist for this model – so cannot have it repaired. I tried everywhere to replace mine, but could only find a “Proctor Silex” - which I bought. It has six pieces and is taller and heavier. However, I find that I don’t have enough strength in my hands to unlock the pitcher from the base, which has to be turned clockwise and counter-clockwise to lock and unlock it. I am hoping that you can advise me if a small electric, light 3-piece model juice presser exists anywhere in Montreal.

[Anastasia Kipuros - Mar 3, 2010]

A: Try asking at Ares Kitchen Supplies, 514-695-5225

Q: I have been looking for curtains that have hook panels hooks ,ones that go on curtain rods with pull stings to close them. I am apparently "terribly out of date" but as I open and close my floor length curtains every day,I can't see how rod style is very practical,or east to use! Am I destined to have to change all my curtains rods? I have three large windows, one of which is a patio door.Help!!!

[Wendy - Mar 3, 2010]

A: Try Entrepot du Decor, 9620 boul. St-Laurent

Q: I have been looking for curtains that have hook panels hooks ,ones that go on curtain rods with pull stings to close them. I am apparently "terribly out of date" but as I open and close my floor length curtains every day,I can't see how rod style is very practical,or east to use! Am I destined to have to change all my curtains rods? I have three large windows, one of which is a patio door.Help!!!

[Wendy - Mar 3, 2010]

A: Try Entrepot du Decor, 9620 boul. St-Laurent

Q: I want to buy Emerilware All-clad cookware. Would you have any ideas of where I could find this?

[Donna - Mar 3, 2010]

A: I know Ares sells All-Clad, 2355 Transcanadienne, DDO

Q: Hi, i'm looking for a good quality duvet, i heard of some place on St-Viateur & De Gaspe, could you possibly help if you know of some other place where i may find this.

[Chrys - Mar 3, 2010]

A: That one is called Duvet Station, 160A St-Viateur Est

Q: My wife and I are trying to find an entertainment centre for an LCD 37" TV. Its actual width is 36". We have looked pretty much everywhere in stores and online, but to no avail. The problem is we are restricted to size and partially to expenditure

[Samuel - Mar 3, 2010]

A: Since this is such a popular piece of furniture these days, I'm surprised you are having a problem. For pricing, try the liquidation stores, here's one: Brick Liquidatioin, 1001 Cure-Labelle. There's 2 or 3 more in my book. Try this new Ikea-like store with lower prices: Jysk,950 boul le Courbusier, Laval www.jysk.ca

Q: You were on the Tommy Schnurmacher show last Wednesday, and you mentioned a place in Chateauguay where we could get end of line tiles and wood floor for a low cost. Could you please give me the name and address of the place you mentioned? P.S: love the book!!

[Martin - Mar 3, 2010]

A: Look in the book on page 69 for Tapis Lanctot

Q: Do you remember a furniture store that used to be located at 1000 Cote de Liesse in the old Woodhouse and Legaré building and was selling all sorts of furniture including period furniture ? I bought a dining room set from them and now that I have moved to a bigger house would like to have the buffet and hutch. I have looked in other stores but cannot find the same type. Do you know ( if you remember them) where they have moved?

[Helene - Mar 3, 2010]

A: What you can do about the dining room set is look under the seats or cushions or under the table to see if you can find a manufacturer's name. There are 3 companies in my book (in Household, Furniture), that can order from catalogues for you. You might try to take photos of the set if you can't find a name and go to them to see if they can pinpoint the origins or find you something that would match. One of them is Meubles Linton at 4646B Parc Ave.

Q: Can you direct me to a place that sells tall clear glass vases - similar to what you often see for wedding centerpieces.

[Katrina - Apr 4, 2010]

A: One place to try is Warshaw Maison, 145 Atwater opposite the market.

Q: Could you help me find some affordable outdoor patio furniture?

[Joy - Apr 4, 2010]

A: At this time of the year, start watching the ads in the publi sacs. Usually Deco Decouverte, Canadian Tire, Zellers, etc. start having good pre-summer sales.

Q: I'm having a very hard time finding a toddler bedding set. My little boy is 2.5 years and loves cars, trucks, trains...anything on wheels. I found this set on line. Would you happen to know if there is anything like this in the outlets?

[Helen - Apr 4, 2010]

A: It's the major stores, Sears, Walmart, Baie, Zellers that seem to have the kiddie linens. The outlets don't usually carry kid's printed stuff.

Q: Any ideas where we can get at a reasonable price on an over 110 inch long solid wood table? Cabinets are lighter brown (original) so in that color range. Should we just try estate sales?

[Allison - Apr 4, 2010]

A: Just follow the classified ads in local newspapers or the Gazette for people moving They are always selling dining room tables. I bought my dining room chairs that way. Look at kijiji.ca and craigslist too. Estate sales are trying to sell them as "antiques" so the prices will be much much higher. Also, the Brick and Brault & Martineau and Sears have liquidation stores. You'll find them in my book.

Q: I'm getting married in just under a month and would love to find some simple votive holders. I could go to dollarama and buy some (1$ each, plain, clear) but then the cost ads up (4 per table) and I would have to take the chance of spray painting them all the right colour (turquoise). Would you know of any place in the Montreal area that sells votive holders in larger quantities and at decent prices (bonus if I don't have to spray paint them either).

[Caroline - Apr 4, 2010]

A: You might try Ikea as they may sell them in bulk bags. Or go to Warshaw Maison, 145 Atwater (opposite from the market). If you don't see them, ask for the owner who might have a source for you.

Q: I am looking for a tablecloth. I would prefer a white or off white with scalloped edge- perhaps a tone on tone or lace edging.

[Gloria - Apr 4, 2010]

A: You have to head to St. Leonard to Italian shops for that. There's a store called Maison Lipari, 6390 Jean-Talon e.that has lots of elegant ones. If that doesn't work, you can also check out Lingerie Pina e Carmelo Sacco, 8365 boul. Viau. There is also a store that specializes in every kind of lace

Q: I am looking for an Over The Air Tv Antenna Installer, in the south shore region(Chateauguay).

[Eugene - Apr 4, 2010]

A: I'm not familiar with that so call Radio St-Hubert, a great 47-year-old service oriented TV, sound system, etc. store which even has a repair department! Phone: 514-276-1413, 6278 St-Hubert st.

Q: I heard you on the radio (CJAD) talking about Megavente Surplus Hotel and Liquidation SIM. I cant seem to find either of thjese companies, can you please point me in the right direction?

[Priti - May 5, 2010]

A: Each time I am on CJAD, I post the whole show on smartshoppingmontreal.com. Look for Sandra's Shlog. In the search box, put in hotel and you will find the show called "Oh My God" moments. Both stores are there. You would enjoy reading the shlog each week as I post all kinds of sales and deals that I find

Q: You mentionned on air a store on St-Laurent street that sells 3M-reflective tape, spandex and other (ex. cyclist, "Cirque du Soleil"(!) and other textiles) ; what's the name of that store?

[Stéphane - Jun 6, 2010]

A: Thank you for your suggestion, it is a good one. Problem mostly is with my 3 minutes of time soooo I write up the entire conversation on my smartshoppingmotnreal.com site. Click on Sandra's shlog In the search box put in "Cirque" or CJAD and you will get the whole 9 yards. Tell all your friends to look here all week for that info and lots more. Run thru it and you can see all the diverse subjects I cover all week long. Also Textiles Bon Mar can all be found in my Smart Shopping Montreal book under "Fabric".

Q: Where could I find a set of nice fine bone china dishes in Montreal?

[Bentzy's - Mar 3, 2011]

A: Hardly anyone is buying good china anymore so most of the stores have stopped selling it. You can still find high end china and crystal at: Maison Lipari, 6390 Jean-Talon est

Q: Do you know where one can buy a sturdy rotating bookcase or revolving bookcase at a reasonable price? I thought an expert like you might know..

[Manish - Mar 3, 2011]

A: I would try some of the flea markets. There are 5 pages of them in my Smart Shopping Montreal book (see below). One is Marche Aux Puces St-Michel, 7707 Shelley open F, S, Sun. Or go through a furniture catalogue company like Flash Decor (pg 73) which sells that way - discounting because he doesn't have to store furniture.

Q: I am looking for a bridge table and chairs

[Ronni - Apr 4, 2011]

A: I've seen them at Walmart and Sears used to sell them (better quality there, maybe in their catalog?)

Q: Also I’m looking for fun furniture for kids; I have 2 boys one 3 and one 7; most of the places sell dark or heavy wood (imitation most), the manufactures forget who is their demographic targets and sell this for parents and not for kids (I know parents have the money…) ; you go to Europe and you fell in love with their furniture style; do you know any places with fun, colored furniture’s for kids in Montreal ?

[Dana - Apr 4, 2011]

A: There are stores that sell that kind of furniture (pages 72-74) here. A new one, like IKEA, is JYSK. Or you can go to furniture catalogue stores like Flash Decor or Linton and see everything a company might have while comfortably sitting down and browsing the pages.

Q: Here is a trick question. I looked at Fabricville yesterday for some hem/cuff knitted/tricot that I could add to the hem of my favourite striped t-shirt for summer. I try to tuck it into my jeans but I'm too tall. So I just wanted to add three inches to my shirt. All they had at Fabricville was yardage of tricot. I was also thinking of stretch lace for the hem, suggested by a friend, but Fabricville missed the boat here too.

[Dennis - Apr 4, 2011]

A: Everything you could ever want in fabric and notions can be found in "Fabric Central" , on St-Hubert St from Jean Talon going north about 3 blocks. There are over a dozen fabric stores

Q: We need a local bed linen & towel supplier for affordable linen & towels for a 20 room lodge. Where do you recommend in the Montreal area to buy

[Elizabeth - Apr 4, 2011]

A: Lieberman Tranchemontagne, 653 Hodge 514-747-5510 for white sheets, fleece blankets (queen $22.95), towels, bathrobes, etc.. You may want to also check out Liquideco.com. They are local (linens for homes) but have excellent prices at their monthly sales. You can buy in bulk between the sales 514-384-8290. Not much in towels here but lots of bedspreads, cushions, etc.

Q: Firstly, I really enjoy your show on CJAD which is only once a week but nonetheless better than nothing. You always have good tips and suggestions which I make use of, from time to time. Lately, I have been going crazy looking for picnic accessories and I thought of contacting you. What I am looking for exactly is a picnic blanket with carrying straps and waterproof backing, which either rolls like a yoga mat or folds up like a small briefcase. The size is around 60’’ x 50’’ but it doesn’t really matter at this point. If you know where I can find one or where I can find picnic accessories,, I have been to Sail, Baron, Wal Mart and several other stores, to no avail.

[Sandra - Jul 7, 2011]

A: Well I have a blanket like that and I really enjoy it. Got it as a give away at a conference. Perhaps I would call the gift shop, Le Panier in Pointe Claire (perhaps they have it in a picnic set), or the hiking shop, La Cordee. Instead of running around trying to find one, the easiest thing to do, is just go and get some fabric (blanket and waterproof fabric, straps) on St-Hubert St. (see page 70) and have a seamstress sew it for you. You will get exactly what you want that way. Perfect store for waterproof fabric is Les Textiles Bon-mar (page 67).

Q: I want to purchase a Red runner (carpet) to use in the center aisle of a Church. Where may I get one?

[Linda - Oct 10, 2011]

A: You can call Tapis Lanctot 514-875-1954 or the others in my book.

Q: I'am at my wits end, please help. I'am looking for gossamer, or tulle, and table linen with organza overlay, as seen in weddings. I want to buy, not rent. I attached a pic. Thank You Johanne P.S. Loved your book

[Johanne - Nov 11, 2011]

A: Go to the page in the book called: Fabric Central which is the list for St. Hubert St. above Jean-Talon for fabric.

Q: I'm looking for a Xmas present for my daughter and I know she would really like a queen size vintage style grey wool blanket. Do you have any idea where I could buy one in the Montreal area or perhaps reputably on line? Those I found on line appear to be very expensive ($150 -$300) and I don't want to spend that kind of money.

[Joyce - Dec 12, 2011]

A: I just came across gray wool blankets at Le Panier, 200 Lakeshore in Pointe Claire Village. Have you tried the Bay for the Hudson Bay Blankets? They have resurrected them in many styles.

Q: I just wanted to know the sale at 100 Louvain street west, I heard it's a monthly thing, any idea when it will be for the month of July? Or do u know of any other sales for comforter sets?

[ Andriana - Jun 6, 2012]

A: I post the sales of Liquideco on Sandra's shlog at www.smartshoppingmontreal.com. They post them as well on their site www.Liquideco.com . If I remember correctly, they do not have one in July. A competitor has always had a small store but has now gone into warehouse concept and have 5 all over the city. I'd go to the warehouses first, before their store: "A major linen manufacturer has set up this space (9399 boul. St-Laurent) for overstocked items at rock bottom prices. In boxes neatly lined up in rows, with most prices marked, you can find: double comforters $20-25 or a queen for $25-30, twin comforter sets (shams and cases) for $20, queen jacquard sets $40 and up, and Queen sheet sets $25, synthetic duvets $34.99, curtains $5 & up, mattress pads $10 -$15 and only $5 for decorative pillows. There's curtain rods too. Warehouse locations (housewares here too and even better prices): 1500 Sauve E., (514-225-1352); 6505 Metropolitain E.; Brossard, 9105 boul. Taschereau; Laval, 875 montee Saint-Francois; Pointe-Claire, 181 ave.Oneida."

Q: I live in UK, and have a Charles Sucson plate. It is in the Quebec Village Scene Art Pottery. It is in mint condition, never having been taken out of its box. How do I set about auctioning it, and please could you give me an idea of its value? I can send photographs if needed.

[Gwen - Jun 6, 2012]

A: There are a few auctioneers here in Montreal listed in my Smart Shopping Montreal book who could help you with that: Empire Auctions, www.empireauctions.com Tel: 514-737-6586 or 514-737-5343, or Iegor www.iegor.net Tel: 514-344-4081 or La Maison des Encans de Montreal www.infoencans.com , www.infoauctions.com Tel: 514-278-0827

Q: I am looking to buy about a dozen bistro type or other stackable or folding indoor chairs to use around my dining table when I try to fit more people than the large dining room chairs allow. I have rented such smaller, 'dressy' chairs from 'Celebrations' in the past, but would now like to buy some. I am OK with second-hand, if in good condition. Stackable or folding is important for storage.

[Annette - Jul 7, 2012]

A: Possibly at 2nd hand office supply places like Tras, http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=157 If not, you can order from restaurant supply companies like Empire Crockery, page 78

Q: Your website is truly the best for all-things Montreal! I was hoping you might have some insight on the best bang for your buck place to get a hockey jersey framed? Most places I've checked are asking for $400+!!! Way too much for me.

[Andrew - Aug 8, 2012]

A: Thanks for the compliment. On my website, you will find Galerie d'Art Pointe Claire and Marche du Cadre (on top left, click on Household, scroll down to Framing), 303B boul. St-Jean, Plaza Pointe-Claire which does that work. The other one, Marche du Cadre, I'm not sure, give them a call: 683-5921, 2150 Transcanadienne Dorval. . Then call Encadrement Baroque 514-273-5455 and Olympic 514-495-1930. I'd be curious of the pricing, so please let me know.

Q: Could you advise me where I could find a punch bowl with about a dozen cups? Not too expensive, as I don't use these often. They used to have them at Zellers, but no more.

[John - Oct 10, 2012]

A: Best answer is to go to the St-Michel Flea Market which is open on the weekends. Go to my site and look in the left hand corner, click on Household and scroll down to Flea Market. I found mine at a garage sale. Ares, on the West Island might carry them too.

Q: Besides Ikea do you know of any other retailers that sell closets or armoires for bedrooms. I have a bedroom with no closet space. I would like to purchase an armoire big enough and similar to the space of a standard closet. Any suggestions? Also, I am on a strict budget.

[Catherine - Nov 11, 2012]

A: On pg 76 of my book, there's Jysk, similar to Ikea but less expensive with 3 locations in the city or on my web site, you find something at a lovely second-hand shop, Niche Decor et Mode www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=183. Another person who may have something is on page 141, Deuxieme Debut, Tel: 514-707-2365.

Q: I am looking to buy microfibre fabric which is sold by the bolt to make sheets. The fabric is 65% acrylic brushed and 35% polyester on the back. Would you know where I might get samples before I purchase bolts.

[Margaret - Nov 11, 2012]

A: There is an entire section in my book listing fabric stores. It is very hard to find that fabric here (it's from China and they keep it there for manufacturing), they do sell 100% cotton sheeting here. Here's one from my web site (in the top left corner click on Household, scroll down to Fabric and you will see a few fabric places there) Tissus Dores http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=223 or C&M (for cotton only http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=39)

Q: Hi Sandra, We love your book and your website. We moved to Montreal two years ago and the shopping here is so overwhelming I don't know how we would have started to navigate it without you! I have two questions though... Do you know if there will be a Danawares sale this year? We went last year and it was really good. We have four kids and did very well.

[Julie - Dec 12, 2012]

A: There is an entire 15-page section in my book that covers warehouse sales. Danawares is on page 31. You can call and ask: 514-342-5555 x 111

Q: I found your web site smartshoppingmontreal.com, and I'm very impressed. It has lots of very useful information. We spend about 1/3 of our lives sleeping, so buying the right mattress is really important. Do you have any recommendations for the outlets that have good quality mattress at reasonable price? I'm not talking about big brand names and chain stores. I'm talking about manufacturers in and around Montreal, and their outlets/warehouses.

[Tanya - Dec 12, 2012]

A: On the top of each sub-category page of the web site it says "Below you will find a tasty selection of the 1500 businesses which appear in the Smart Shopping Montreal book. This is just an hors d'oeuvre and you really need to buy the book to get the whole scrumptious meal". So in the book there is a section called "Mattresses" and on page 87 you will find a home grown mattress manufacturer called Laval Bedding... and others.

Q: Could you tell me the best month of the year to buy wall to wall carpets. Thx – I love your books!

[Peggy - Dec 12, 2012]

A: The best part about using my book is that you don't really have to wait for sale time. The stores in the book discount their wares all year long. There are 3 fabulous ones on my web site. All 3 are family run businesses where they really care about the customer and they have lasted forever so generations go back and buy from them. Normandy Carpets http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=154 has been open 43 years, Million Carpets and Tiles http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=112 75 years and Lanctot Floor Design Center http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=53 an astonishing 129 years! Of the three, Normandy has the most emphasis on designer looks. Lanctot is huge, and Million is most familiar with downtown situations. To answer your question: I'd say moving time (before and after July 1st) is best if you are waiting for a carpeting sale.

Q: Hi Sandra, can you please tell me where I can buy NICE doilies in Montreal or the South Shore, I live in St. Jean sur Richelieu. Looking for something nice to go under my lamps on my night tables in my room.

[Wendy - Dec 12, 2012]

A: Well finding doilies in this day and age is hard enough but finding them on the South Shore is even harder. I can only tell you the ones I know of. on the island On my site, there's Distributeurs Iann, up in the Chabanel area, 111 Chabanel St W, Suite 102,: Tel: 514-383-1589 and you can see a photo there of some of the lacy things he has at http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=187 and also Lingerie Pina & Carmelo Sacco which caters to an Italian neighborhood clientele who use doilies, 8365 boul. Viau, St-Leonard Tel: 514-323-0427 http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=97

Q: I have a copy of Smart Shopping No 12 edition, can not find anything on bathroom rugs. Would you please let me know where I could find a variety, cost effective bath mats or possible larger size 5 by 8 in pale colours beige, yellow or even iliac. I realize my book is rather outdated and hopefully I will purchase the most current soon. Enjoyed and I have made good use of your information.

[Frances - Dec 12, 2012]

A: There is a new series of linen liquidation stores and one is on the West Island 181 Oneida. Another chain: Linen Depot Direct has a few locations. It is listed on my site: http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=224. I'm not sure if they have bath mats and how extensive the color selection is but there are phone numbers to call.

Q: I love your show on CJAD and your website. I am looking for a sun lamp....I have a friend that suffers from seasonal depression. I was told that the sun lamp therapy really helps. Any idea where in Mtl, I can buy this?

[Yael - Dec 12, 2012]

A: Union Lighting and Home, 8150 Boul. Decarie has the most extensive lighting selection in the city. You can try calling them and asking if they have it or can order it. This family company has been in the lighting business since 1914. Changing with the times, they've evolved, still selling all kinds of standing, hanging (mini chandeliers and colored crystal), recessed, track, desk (baby candelabra) and outdoor lighting fixtures, but now have added self-service aisles of bulbs, switches and shades. From there it was on to fans, address plates, ceiling medallions, door and bath hardware, occasion furniture, mirrors and kitchen accessories. They offer a 14-day no hassle return policy, a repair department and free gift wrapping. Crystal chandeliers have lifetime guarantees - bring them back for full credit towards a new one. With their Prix Garantis , if you find the same item elsewhere or in a flyer for a lower price within 60 days, they will refund you the difference. Follow the yellow footsteps to the left rear of the store for their liquidation section. www.unionltg.com

Q: Do you know if any of the fabric shops on St Hubert north of Jean Talon sell rib knit fabrics for sweatshirts and t shirts? I have just purchased your book, but I am going to Mtl tomorrow so I will not have the book before I go.

[Bernice - Jan 1, 2013]

A: If you didn't find it there, on my site Tonitex http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=8 sells that kind of fabric. See page 73 in the book.

Q: Does Intercontinental Mercantile (Crystal liquidation ship in Outremont) still open to the public? I bought some wine glasses from them and was hoping to het some more.

[Lina - Feb 2, 2013]

A: A: Yes they are still in the new 14th edition of my book: Intercontinental, 960 ave. Outremont, corner: Manseau Tel: 514-271-1101

Q: I was just wondering where I could find in Montreal a store that has damaged items from Costco at a low price.

[Sarah - Feb 2, 2013]

A: There are 3 places in my book that get clearances from a "low Cost" warehouse store which cannot be named: Liquidation Sim is on my web site is out in Vaudreuil 341 Ave. Ranger, see more details http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=323J They even keep a wish list where they will wait for things you want and call you if they show up. In the housewares section of my book is 3J Liquidation in St Leonard and Ovasion on Sherbrooke Est.

Q: Hi, I am searching for a sweater drying rack. You know the type with a mesh material that you can lay the clothes flat and they will dry without line marks and quickly. My mother had one years ago and I can't find one in any store in Montreal ( Walmart, Sears, Canadian Tire,…). Would prefer not to buy it online because of security issues as well as would rather see what I am buying in person beforehand.

[Andre - Jan 1, 2013]

A: Closet organizing and laundry departments have grown so much in recent years, I find it hard to imagine that you cannot find one in those major stores. Here is one that got over 50 great reviews online at Canadian Tire. Take the photo to the store and see if you can order it there. http://reviews.canadiantire.ca/9045/0428835P/for-living-for-living-clothes-dryer-reviews/reviews.htm Arrange Spaces is a company that designs laundry rooms, maybe they have one in a catalog for you to see: http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=191

Q: Taylor entrepôt, boul. Taschereau à Greenfield Park, page 24 de mon guide, c’est fermé ! Savez-vous si Taylor a déménagé son entrepôt ? Universal/Maison Condelle/Merimack, la succursale 5805 des Grandes-Prairies, page 82, fermé !

[Suzanne - Jan 1, 2013]

A: Merci pour votre information. Taylor a un magasin regulier in St-Lambert. Perhaps you can call them and ask about the entrepot. Please let me know if you find it. www.taylor.ca Dans ma nouvelle edition (#14 anglaise), Universal a ouverte des entrepots :1500 Sauve E., (514-225-1352); 6505 boul. Metropolitain E.; Brossard, 9105 boul. Taschereau; Laval, 875 Montee Saint-Francois; Pointe-Claire, 181 ave. Oneida; 2935 de Rouen; 3295 Masson.

Q: Where do you find glass drawer knobs? Can't find reasonably priced nice quality ones, any ideas?

[Susan - Mar 3, 2013]

A: Circa 1850 is on my web site under Household (Wood Care and Paint). 2122 St-Patrick St. Point St-Charles QC H3K 1B2 corner: Island. Tel: 514-932-0941 http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=138 There's modern and reproduction hardware here. It is a store which sells to people who refinish new and old furniture. They may have what you are looking for or can tell you who may have it. I'm assuming you've already looked at Home Depot, Reno Depot and Rona. Union Home and Lighting on Decarie might have them. Richelieu in VSL has the most selection and is really for contractors. Need to have an account to buy there.

Q: How much will a SIZE 48 BY 48 1 INCH MINI METAL BLINDS ALL CONTROL AT THE RIGHT HAND SIDE WITH NO INSTALLATION and how long will it take?

[David - Mar 3, 2013]

A: We do not sell blinds, we are www.smartshoppingmontreal.com a web site and a book, Smart Shopping Montreal that tells you where to shop and save money. If you click on Household on the left top of my front page, you will find some of the good shopkeepers in the city. Here are 2 who sell blinds: Fenetre Deco http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=55 Verti Store: http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=124

Q: I am looking for a nice quality carpet for cheap where can I find it?

[Fatima - Mar 3, 2013]

A: On my web site www.smartshoppingmontreal.com if you look in the top left corner you will see the word "Household". Click on it and there are lists of stores and what they sell. Here are the ones for carpets (all and more are in my Smart Shopping Montreal book). Lanctot Floor Design Center http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=53 Million Carpets and Tiles http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=112 Norma Flor Deco http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=282 Normandy Carpets (not cheap but quality) http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=154

Q: Also, if you know of one or more places to buy decorative hardware, with a wide selection and good prices, I would be glad to have that information as well.

[Edith - Jul 7, 2013]

A: Circa 1850 (also on my web site) has some modern and reproduction hardware, not huge selection http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=138 Imperial Decorative Hardware used to be open to the public but has new owners, you have to check and see if they will let you in. 346 Isabey, Ville St-Laurent. Also Richelieu in VSL has the biggest selection but you may need a contractor to let you buy through their account.

Q: In one of your columns you recommended a store for flooring, particularly wood flooring on the south shore. This was about seven or eight years ago. I would like to contact this store but cannot find or remember the name. Can you help me? Would certainly appreciate it if you can.

[Claire - Jul 7, 2013]

A: Of course I can help. I've made it easy on my site. All you had to do was go to my web site www.smartshoppingmontreal. In the upper left hand corner, click on Household. Then scroll down to either Flooring or Wood Flooring and you would have found: Lanctot Floor Design Center. They are a 100 year old family business and wonderful to deal with. Here is the link to all the details on my site. Tell them I sent you. http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=53

Q: Is there a store in Montreal wheel I can buy chambra clay pots? They hail from Columbia. I would think they would be available somewhere in the city.

[Veronica - Oct 10, 2013]

A: If you had looked at www.smartshoppingmontreal.com under Household, Housewares, you would have found 2 possibilities: Tzanet is a restaurant wholesaler who has all kinds of things to cook in http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=60 Warsaw Maison near the Atwater market might have something like that. http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=36 And then there is Ares on the West Island

Q: Love your website and when I hear you on the radio. I was wondering if you could recommend any stores where I could find some contemporary artwork such as posters, prints, acrylics etc. I'm looking for items (preferably ready to hang) similar to those found at Winners, Structube, Pier 1 or Bombay & Comp.

[Gail - Dec 12, 2013]

A: There is a series of Household Liquidation stores which have inexpensively priced paintings. In my new edition: 1500 Sauve E., (514-225-1352); 6505 boul. Metropolitain E.; Brossard, 9105 boul. Taschereau; Laval, 875 Montee Saint-Francois; Pointe-Claire, 181 ave. Oneida; 2935 de Rouen; 3295 Masson

Q: I've decided to go with artificial plants for the deck (too expensive to renew the planters every summer) and hoping you could help narrow my search for such. I don't mind paying more to get quality. Would appreciate any help you can provide. Thank You for your time.

[Greg - Jun 6, 2014]

A: Calfolia, 1250 Beaulac, VSL: As you walk into this jungle, you too can imagine a Tahitian getaway in your home with the help of a personal floral designer to customize arrangements. You can buy (at 50%-70% off) anything off the floor from the 12,000 dozen high quality silk plants, flowers and trees - from bonzai to palm trees. For a wedding, they can help you (rental too) with silk flowers, arches, vases, roseballs or trees. Centerpieces can be made for you (and guest can keep them for memories) or they can teach you how to make them yourself, and after the wedding they can re-arrange the flowers to fit in your home. There's a huge selection of indoor and outdoor flowers, vases, pottery and planters. www.calfolia.com

Q: A longtime fan, I have your edition #14 in front of me. I was looking for a source for a white sheep skin area rug­the pelt -- but with no success. I’ve just destroyed the one from my bedroom –it’s been washed at least 20 times, and needs to be replaced. Do you have any idea where I might try to look for a replacement? I would so appreciate your direction on this.

[Gloria - Aug 8, 2014]

A: If you want the pelts, page 171, Tandy has real pelts and you would have to get someone (a shoemaker?? to sew them together). If you want a rug, you can buy a piece of sheepskin carpet and have a rug finished off in any size from Normandy, page 74.

Q: Where can I find Liquidation of Blinds department (for roll up blackout). Marche du Store used to have a liquidation section for those items that customers had returned or never pickup but they dont have it anymore. Do you know of any place where I can find this items?

[Raphaela - Jul 7, 2014]

A: Yes, I miss their liquidation section too. Don't know anyone else who has one. Check at the Verti Store chain to see if they have one. Here are their contact numbers on my web site: http://smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=124

Leisure

Q: I'm looking for a perfume (Angel Star 100 ml ). Would you know the best and cheapest place to find this product?

[Celine - Aug 8, 2009]

A: There are a few perfume distributors around the malls. One I can mention that has been around for a few years is: Vas & Co. 555 Chabanel ouest Phone: 514-381-7575. There's another location in Decarie Square. I've seen another company in 7373 boul. Langelier, St-Leonard and one in Galeries des Sources in DDO.

Q: Perhaps you could check your data bank and perhaps you may have info on a beauty school on the South Shore ?

[Audrey - Apr 4, 2009]

A: For a beauty school on the south shore: Tornade: 2152 Lapiniere, Brossard Tel:450-550-7772 and 1214 ch. Chambly, Longueuil (same phone).

Q: I am looking for either a new or used portable massage table, any ideas?

[Diane - Mar 3, 2009]

A: For used massage tables, follow the classified ads in the Gazette or elsewhere or post a request on Craig's List or KiJiJi.ca. You might ask at the Kini-concept Institute 514-272-5463 where their students buy them. (or is there a bulletin board where you might post a request?).

Q: have a coin collection which I would like to have appraised. Would you know of a place where I could have this done? I live in the West Island.

[Larry - Sep 9, 2006]

A: I believe you can go to Ted's Hobby Shop in the Pointe Claire Plaza on St-Jean's Blvd and Highway 20.

Q: I have a 9' Baldwin concert grand in excellent condition (belonged to a concert pianist before me) that I would like to sell. Do you know of any piano shops that buy such pianos?

[Gladys - Jul 7, 2006]

A: Try West End Piano, 486-5373

Q: You mentioned in your article in The Gazette last week that there is an artist’s coop in Montreal that was a good way to buy art supplies.

[ - Jul 7, 2006]

A: Coop de Solidarite St-Laurent, 4665 St. Laurent Blvd. at Villeneuve Ave. Phone: (514) 289-1009. Web site: http://coopstlaurent.org

Q: I am trying to locate stores that deal with Scrapbooking.

[ - Jul 7, 2006]

A: Scrapbook Centrale, 3349 boul des Sources. D.D.O. Phone:514-624-7313

Q: You mentioned this morning on the Andrew Carter morning show locations of bead stores. The one I'm interested in was the one on Decarie and Pare. I recently began beading and I can understand when you say it's addictive but so rewarding, especially when you see what beautiful creations you can make from these little beads. I recently heard a funny saying at a bead craft show, " the one who dies with the most beads - wins!"

[Susan - Sep 9, 2009]

A: Go to my site: smartshoppingmontreal.com and click on Sandra's Shlog. You will find all the questions and answers from the show. The one you are asking about is Frabels. You have to spend at least $200 to shop there though, so maybe bring some friends along...

Q: I’d like to learn how to make my own jewellery (earrings). Could you recommend a store which sells beads and perhaps gives lessons as well?

[Pearl - Sep 9, 2009]

A: pgs. 84 & 155 in my book: Here's 2: Club Bead +, 65 boul. Cremazie Phone: 514-389-1616, Bead Box, 17B Cartier Pointe Claire Phone: 514-697-4224

Q: I am trying to get organized for Christmas and would love to know where I might be able to purchase some Perry Ellis cologne and related items.

[Kathleen - Sep 9, 2009]

A: Try MM Perfumes, Phone: 514-251-8363 or Vas & co, Phone: 514-381-7575

Q: Do you know where I could purchase a Mah Jong set in Montreal? I have been asking around an am told that Florida is the best place.

[Melissa - Sep 9, 2009]

A: Obviously, they have not looked in my Smart Shopping book. You can buy them at Valet D'Coeur, 4408 St. Denis or most gift shops in Chinatown.

Q: I follow the blog on a regular basis and I have an older edition of the book, but after looking at one of the hors d'oeuvre listings, I can't help think how useful it would be to have the whole book featured that way, offered as a password protected feature to people who buy the physical book or something.

[Jessica - Oct 10, 2009]

A: There is a downloadable PDF version of the book when you go to the "buy the book" page. There is a buy the book place on the left side of every page of the site. If you buy the hard-copy book from us on our web site, we can give you access to the PDF downloadable edition. It is not interactive on the site but you can search through it.

Q: I missed your program on CJAD Tuesday morning and would like to know where I can buy at a cheap price some knitting yarn in bulk for my winter projects. I knit hats, scarfs, etc. and give them to the Dorval community centre for the needy.

[Denise - Oct 10, 2009]

A: There are 5 wool shops in my book under Leisure and Specialists. Try this one: Magasin de Fibre L.B., 2270 Mont-Royale est and then you can buy the book and try all the rest.

Q: I was wondering if you can help me I'm looking for some umbrellas (hot pink and green) for a bridal shower and would like to know if you know where i can get roughly about 35 at a cheap price ?

[Cecile - Dec 12, 2009]

A: For that you could go to a party store:Here's one: Giggles, 7143 Newman Blvd. They may only come in white but you can spray them any color you want.

Q: Can you tell me where I can get Phentex Elite white only?

[Sally - Mar 3, 2010]

A: Magasin Liberal, 3443 Notre Dame ouest sells Phentex wool.

Q: Sometime ago I sent you an e-mail asking about places in Montreal where I could buy cheaper (lest expensive) knitting yarn for a group of ladies knitting for the Lakeshore General Hospital gift shop but unfortunately I misplaced the information. I remember it was a place on Mount Royal East in Mtl. Could you please sent it to me again.

[Denise - Mar 3, 2010]

A: Magasin de Fibre L.B/La Bobineuse, 2270 Mont Royal est. but they may be moving. Call first: 514-521-9000

Q: I heard you on CJAD talking about great deals on baby and kids books but do not remember the name of the store. Can you help me out? I think it may have been JR ???

[Salvatore - May 5, 2010]

A: Go to smartshoppingmontreal.com. Click on Sandra's shlog. In the search box put in JRC and you will find all the details. They have their main sale from Oct-Xmas. You'll find all kinds of great sales if you follow the shlog every week.

Q: She is trying to source rubber stamps used with a ‘stamp pad’. These rubber stamps would depict day to day objects. [Animals, birds, house, tree, flowers, fish, car, horse, truck, boat, etc.] She pointed out that the public school funding is so meager that many of these items end up being bought with her own money. Her secondary quest is to source INEXPENSIVE but creative classroom materials suitable for children of 3 – 5 years old.

[Anthony - Aug 8, 2010]

A: Here are 2 (full price stores) for rubber stamps: Bonnidee, 270 Bord du Lac, Pointe Claire or L'Oiseau Bleu Artisinat , 4146 Ste-Catherine e For Teacher's School supplies in arts and crafts and educational games: Brault & Bouthillier (she should get a teacher's discount), 700 Beaumont For discounted toys included books:JRC Toy Warehouse, 5589 Royalmount (ask for Ruby or Jason) 514-342-6979

Q: I love your colunm and your radio acticles. I am looking for perfumes example: Amor Amor from Cacharel and other high end perfumes at discounted prices. Is there a warehouse or distribution Center opended to the public during the week or week-end.

[Bee - Nov 11, 2010]

A: Page 88-89 in my Smart Shopping Montreal book covers perfume deals. Pages 26-35 lists warehouses that open occasionally. Here's a new one I found: MM Perfumes 7373 boul.Langelier but there are many more.

Q: Are there any beauty salons in Montreal where its students provide the services and the prices are discounted ?

[Joanne - Nov 11, 2010]

A: Great thinking. Pages 90-91 in my Smart Shopping Montreal book cover that. Don't know where you live, choices all over the city.

Q: Hi I am throwing my daughter a sweet 16 birthday party and i was wondering if there are any DISCOUNT party stores in the Montreal area or on the south shore. Thank you

[Kathryn - Aug 8, 2011]

A: Not that I know of. I do have 5 different party stores in my book so you could do some comparison shopping.

Q: Where do I find original toys for 8 10 12 year old children.

[Louise - Dec 12, 2011]

A: Kidlink on Monkland. They have all the toy winners this year and science and artsy and books.

Q: Where would I find wholesale flowers in montreal to buy for my own store let say?? Where do all the flower store people go?

[Wendy - Apr 4, 2012]

A: You can try Edgewood Greenhouses, 5640 Hudson in Montreal West which can sell to you in small quantities at better than retail prices. Or ask them if you want the actual source

Q: Visiting Montreal for two months from Australia and looking to buy an inexpensive guitar just for this period. Do you have any in stock?

[Elaine - Jul 7, 2012]

A: Smart Shopping Montreal is a book and a web site about where to shop; We are not a store. However, we give information on every kind of shopping in Montreal. The place to go for guitars is Steve's Music. The store is listed on our site. If you click on Leisure in the top left corner and then scroll down to Musical Instruments: http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=194 You should buy the book to be ready to shop here .... and save money.

Q: Where can I buy Perry Ellis cologne in Montreal?

[Allan - Nov 11, 2012]

A: There are a few places in Montreal that sell discounted perfumes and colognes listed in my book. They sell all his other buddies like Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Hugo Boss, etc, so you can give them a call and ask if they have Perry Ellis or can get it. You can try MM Perfumes in Carrefour Langelier Tel: 514-252-5050 or Parfumerie de l'Ouest in Plaza Pointe Claire Tel: 514-697-4956

Q: Can you tell me if there is a place where I can buy wool,yarn,or silk. On large spools or cones. Thank you very much for your response

[Terry - Dec 12, 2012]

A: There are about a 1/2 dozen stores to buy wool in my book (pages 92-93, 168-170). Here's one: Magasin de Fibre L.B., 2270 Mont-Royal e.: Wool, wool and more wool - this company has been the source for hand knitters and weavers for the last 39 years. They have it all the needles and accessories plus - mohair, acrylic, boucle, metallic, viscose, cotton, soya, bamboo, alpaca, etc., and can ply it while you wait. Browse through the bins and bins, and be prepared to buy at decent prices. www.labobineuse.com

Q: Where can I find Moroccan oil (a hair product for curly hair) in Montreal?

[Kerianne - Dec 12, 2012]

A: In my book there are beauty supply stores for women of color who have curly hair. I'm thinking one of those might be able to help you. One listed right on my web site in the Leisure section, under Beauty Products is Princessa Beauty Products 1669 Dollard Ave, Lasalle http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=173

Q: I'll be moving to Puerto Vallarta, Pacific Coast of Mexico in June 2013, and am busy shopping while still in Montreal. When friends visit, I'd like to keep their children occupied and they would enjoy the complete line of plastic Tonka toys, loaders, dumpers, tractors, to move around the sandbox. Who carries them, please?

[Carla - Feb 2, 2013]

A: For Tonka, you can go to Toys R Us. However, there are other well made trucks. One brand pictured below CAT, is sold as a set can be picked up at a toy liquidation place, JRC, Call Melissa Simon and she will let you come in, if you mention my name. Tel: 514.342.6979 x.21. Secondly, Kidlink, 5604 Monkland Ave, N.D.G. sells German Bruder trucks or John Deere trucks.

Q: I am looking for an inexpensive projector for a group that I am in. Do you have any idea where we might find this?

[Patricia - Jul 7, 2013]

A: Right on my web site, Radio St. Hubert has been selling audio and video equipment for 45 years, I'd give them a call http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=15

Q: Where can I find a similar product to the Acrylic Cube make-up organizer that people see on the "Kardashians". It's always fun to hear you on the radio.

[Karin - Aug 8, 2013]

A: On my website www.smartshoppingmontreal.com, if you click on Leisure, Then beauty supplies, you will find TifClip, a makeup wholesaler http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=88 so ask if he knows where to get it. Or you can try Sephora, or Murale in Place Ville Marie and see if they carry them.

Q: Hi Sandra! I hope this is the right way to ask you a question, I didn't find a way to post one straight in the website. My daughter wants to have a Japanese theme birthday and we are looking to buy some kimonos for the girls, some Japanese things for the loot bags (such as little dolls) etc. Do you know a good place for that in Montreal other than China town?

[Tali - Dec 12, 2013]

A: Marche Oriental, 2109 Decarie had a Japnese $2 store on the right side which has more kitcheny things but a bit of other. Also location downtown but don't know if they just have food or also the kitsch: 2109 Ste Catherine ouest. Miyamoto, 382 Victoria is a shop for Japanese food and kitchenware might be able to direct you. Not sure about kiddie kimonos. If you can fake it with sari fabric, there is a shop on Cote des Neiges that used to be called Uma Saree but maybe is now Boutique Uma or some variation of that. Tons of that fabric in the 99 Chabanel bdlg on the 4th floor.

Q: Hi Sandra! Q:Where can I get some skates? Women's Skates I mean :)

[Margaret - Jan 1, 2014]

A: A: On my website www.smartshoppingmontreal.com there are 2 options: Play It Again Sports NDG might have some second hand ones as well as new ones http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=311 Zenium is a liquidation store that has some skates now (call and see if they have for women) http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=310

Food

Q: Is there still such a thing as large curd cottage cheese in bulk?? Where could I buy some.

[ - Jun 6, 2009]

A: I'm not sure if you want the product by Western Creamery which comes in a big square and I've seen it at Adonis. However there are a few specialty cheese stores in Montreal and you can check with them. Here's one in the Jean-Talon market: Fromagerie Hamel: 514-272-1161. There's one in the Atwater Market, Marche de l'Ouest, etc. I'm also wondering if ethnic stores, like Russian ones might have it....Page 204 in my book.

Q: Where can I get candy such as button candies, we’re having a h.s. reunion of our class of ‘59 and would like to have some candy of that time e.g. candy sticks. Etc.

[Claire - Jun 6, 2009]

A: One of the places I have seen Retro candy is : Sucre Bleu, 3656 boulevard Saint-Laurent (514) 543-1072 or 1741 St-Denis(Coin rue Ontario) (514)282-1440

Q: Could you please tell me where I can buy sliced bread (at discounted prices)

[Cindy - Apr 4, 2009]

A: There are at least 10 locations of different kinds of bakery outlets in my book (see below how to get one). Here are the locations of Durivage/Pom/Gailuron Entrepot where you can get sliced bread for as low as $1.25 a loaf: Bakery products freeze well, so it pays to come to an outlet store and stock up. You will find both fresh and day-old products. Bread is $1.25, buns $1.25, Da Vinci pizza $2.88 (700 g) and you can have pies (apple, blueberry, strawberry, raisin, sugar) for $1.69 or cookies, donuts or melba toast. When the cakes are 3 days from expiry, prices often go down to $1.70. Other locations: 3992 Monselet (514-325-3560); 8913 8e ave. (514-727-9555); 5769 Monk (514-362-9635); 155E boul des Laurentides (450-669-7618); 6177 Perinault (514-333-8512); 4650 Notre-Dame o. (514-934-1866); 200 boul. Ste-Rose (450-628-0012); 3493 boul. Industriel (514-662-9275); 3933 Ste-Catherine e. (514-254-5474).

Q: I would like to take an intermediate or advance level cooking course. Due to time constraints I would like to find a course which is fairly intensive - one to three days or in the evenings during one week. Please let me know if you have nay suggestions or leads.

[ - Jul 7, 2009]

A: Each Fall, on a Wednesday the Gazette runs a long list of cooking schools. Also, there are courses you can take through the school boards at (used to be) Rosemont High School and one on the South Shore. There were some at LaSalle College and the Quebec Culinary school on St. Denis, one block up from Sherbrooke.

Q: I am looking for other Ice Cream flavors other than the typical flavors in grocery stores like vanilla, chocolate and strawberry..looking for flavors like cherry, banana, orange, blueberry, pineapple and not chunky.

[John - Jul 7, 2006]

A: Bilboquet 1311 Bernard West or Wild Willy's 20 Cartier. Ave in Old Pointe Claire Village 695-5022

Q: I am trying to find the phone number for COMFORT FOODS. I am sure that you must have the phone number.

[ - Jul 7, 2006]

A: Comfort Meals. Phone: (514) 713-1951. Hours (to call): Daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. E-mail comfortmeals@sympatico.ca. This is a real meal deal of only $5.00 to $7.00 for stick to your ribs home cooking delivered to your door, and ready for the microwave or oven.

Q: A while back I saw your article in The Gazette called: "Enjoy Airline Food, Without the Hassle of Flying." - Part 1

[ - Jul 7, 2006]

A: Delta Dailyfood, 26 Seguin, Rigaud at Exit 9 on Autoroute 40. Phone: (450) 451-6761. E-mail l.brasseur@deltadailyfood-na.com. Hours of sales: Last Sunday of each month from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Next sale is January 29th. The sales are not held in June, July, August or December). Don't laugh! All that joshing about airplane food doesn't detract from the fact that it really is lean, well-balanced and tastes good.

Q: A while back I saw your article in The Gazette called: "Enjoy Airline Food, Without the Hassle of Flying." - Part 2

[ - Jul 7, 2006]

A: This company prepares the frozen dinners for international airlines, institutions, supermarkets and now for you. Bring cash (and friends to share) and you can buy the 4 to 30 portion (205-295 gr.) boxes ($30-$45) of: chicken with vegetables and cashews, beefsteak in merlot with spinach and potatoes, hot smoked Jamaican salmon and breakfasts too - Spanish omelets or waffle with apple sauce and scrambled egg. Call or e-mail to get on their list to learn about the sales.

Q: I listened the CJAD show last night, and I was wondering if you would know anywhere in Montreal where I can get milk kefir grains so I can make my own kefir...I have tried online but nobody seems to be willing to share some, so I thought that I might find them at any healthy food store.

[Giovanni - Oct 10, 2009]

A: There are 9 Health Food stores in the book in the food section. Here's one: Fleur Sauvage, 5561 Monkland, NDG. Or how about asking at a Russian store? Page 204 lists a few. Ask at Bucarest, 514-481-4732

Q: Question, what is the policy in food stores, regarding items that scan a higher price at the cash than what is posted at the shelf in the store. Example: I purchased a bag of frozen scallops, 330 g bag. I remembered that at the freezer it said $11.99. At the cash, it scanned 12.99. I went back to check, after paying for purchases. Sure enough, I was right. I went back to the cash, pointed out the error. I was given a refund of $1.00, the difference. I believe there is a policy that when an item is scanned at the cash, with a price that is greater than the price posted in the store, one is actually entitled to get the item for free. I think this is meant to discourage merchants from charging unwary customers a higher price on any item than is posted. Who is it best to report this to? The store manager? The IGA head office? Is there a consumer or government agency one can report this to? What are the customer’s rights?

[Stephen - Dec 12, 2009]

A: Yes you are right. In order to allow the stores to avoid putting stickers on every item and just use the scanning method, the government up with a policy to help with mistaken prices. If the item is under $10, you are supposed to get it for free. If the item is over $10, you are supposed to get $10 back. You should report it to the store manager - even call them over when it happens. It seems that some cashiers don't even know this policy. If you don't get satisfaction, you can always go to the IGA head office. Of course, you can always report abuse to the provincial government consumer agency. This policy holds true in other stores. I had to remind them in Pharmaprix one Friday night when they had already changed prices over for the Saturday morning flyers. I got two jars of vitamins for FREE. You should always check your supermarket bill. There are a huge number of mistakes.

Q: Can you bring a turkey over the border without any hassle?

[Nancy - Dec 12, 2009]

A: Yes.

Q: I own a copy of your book update no.12, I was wondering if you knew where I could find any gluten free flours in bulk, or preferable a wholesaler. I know it's a long shot since you don't deal with wholesalers in your book but perhaps you could point me in the right direction. The flours I'm looking for are white and brown rice flours, tapioca starch, potato starch, and teff flour ( an ethiopian flour).

[Curtis - Apr 4, 2010]

A: You can check at the "By the Pound" store Papillon, page 103 or any of the others. Or look in the Health Food section on pages 106-109. Club Organic, sells retail and wholesale and they could probably help you. There are International food stores on pages 193-194 which is another option.

Q: I am sure that you know about GLUTEN FREE STORES but alas no mention of them in your book

[Mort - Aug 8, 2010]

A: You must have missed the stores on pages103-109 which sell gluten free food. The next edition (#13) has one shop that is entirely gluten-free.

Q: I am on a mission to find a candy store who sells honeymoons – an oval chocolate covered molasses toffee.. Anyone in their early 60’s would know what they are . They would cost 2 for a penny. They were around, in the era of black balls, chocolate fudge babies and tools.

[Susan - Sep 9, 2010]

A: Retro candy is sold at Sucre Bleu 1741 St-Denis (514-282-1440) and perhaps also at Le Panier 300 Bord du Lac 514-695-7038.

Q: We listen to you on cjad all the time and appreciate the tips. Sandra last year we visited New York city . While there we went to a restaurant called Keenes Steakhouse . There we had a had the legendary Mutton chop. Do you know of any restaurant or butcher in Montreal that sell mutton chops. We have looked everywhere. Your help would be appreciated

[Don - Jun 6, 2011]

A: There are specialty butchers that sell all kinds of animals like bison, ostrich, caribou, etc. I've seen one like that at Marche Les Halles d'Anjou (page 115 in my book) , 7500 Les Galeries d'Anjou. Ask him about mutton. I'd ask at the Jean Talon or Atwater market butchers

Q: looking for a really good, honest butcher who specializes in lamb cuts, can you advice?

[Diane - Apr 4, 2012]

A: Mourelatos is a Greek supermarket which has a butcher counter. Since lamb is an important part of their diet, perhaps they can help and there's one on St. Jean's Blvd. Since you are in Pointe Claire, you might just want to check with the butchers in the Marche de l'Ouest, pg 114 of edition #13.

Q: Also where would I go to buy spice in big bulk to sell in my own store?

[Wendy - Apr 4, 2012]

A: Epices Anatol Spices, 6822 boul. St-Laurent http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=11

Q: Where can I get plastic containers to freeze soup to sell in a store?

[Wendy - Apr 4, 2012]

A: Mayrand, 5650 Metropolitain e. sells to restaurants and stores and retail. http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=43

Q: Could you please put in some info on "gluten free" restaurants, shops and grocery stores into your blog? There are so many people who need this info. Right now we are going to across the border because items are so much cheaper there.

[Uli - Aug 8, 2012]

A: I had one set to go soon, but I'll tell you first: Louise Epicerie opened up in Dorval. Everything in the store is gluten-free including fresh baked goods and a bulk food section. 475 Dumont 514-631-3434 www.louisesgft.com This one was in my last book but moved too far South to be included in the next one. It's closer that the States: www.lesglutineries.com The last phone number I had: 450-672-2919. Let me know what you think of these so I can pass it along.

Q: I'm looking for a liquid blue food coloring because I want to make blue roses for my girlfriend and I wonder if you have any or know where I can buy some?

[Nick - Aug 8, 2012]

A: You should be able to find that in any supermarket in the baking aisle. They sometimes come in a pack of 4: red, yellow, blue, green or in separate bottles. If not, there's Accessoires Rose Blanche on 1st ave in Lachine or Vixit France Decor both of which specialize in baking supplies or Ares on the Transcanadienne in Pointe Claire for all kinds of cooking needs.

Q: Just tried to contact Levinoff and find they have been closed since last December. Any other suggestions?

[Bud - Sep 9, 2012]

A: For all kinds of meat, go to Mayrand. Go to my site. In the upper left hand corner click on Food. Scroll down til you get to Grocery and choose Mayrand. They are wholesale meat distributors for the restaurant industry as well as a warehouse food store like Costco (they were here way before Costco).

Q: Do you know of a place that provides hot nutritous meals delivered for lunch?

[Grace - Dec 12, 2012]

A: There are 8 in my Smart Shopping Montreal book, on pages 233-234. Here's one: Plats Cusinees BVM, Tel: 514-725-1670 .Open more than 19 years, there are over 45 meals to choose from here ($4.95+ for 350g), from pepper steak on rice to chicken with pineapple, roast beef, fish cake, chicken pie, sausages in tomato sauce, veal meatballs, shepherd's pie, and canelloni with meat or cheese. For delivery ($6.25 fee), you must order a minimum of 10 meals (11th is free) 2 days in advance, and there are set days for areas: Wed for Outremont, VSL, New Bordeaux and Ahuntsic, Thurs is Montreal Nord, Laval and Ville d'Anjou area, Fri is the center of town, Rosemont and South Shore (here and Laval you must order 15 meals). Desserts are available (mixed berry Baladin, tiramisu) and you can go to the store in person and buy just a couple to try them out whenever you want. There are in-store deals plus fair trade coffee, olives, balsamic vinegars and more. www.platsbvm.ca

Q: Let me start off by saying that I've been a fan of your's for years. Love your book, blog and in particular, enjoy listening to you when you're on Tommy's show on CJAD. You are always so imformative and caring! Where can I find a retail or wholesaler who sells sugary candy like liquorice, twizzlers… sugary kind. My son is having a fundraiser for his high school grad and we're looking for a place to buy the candy at a good price. Later answer from Marisa: Sandra, you are the best! I took your suggestion and went to Mayrand yesterday and was so happy. They normally donate to only one foundation but seeing that it was for a school they gave me a great price to their already whole sale price so it worked out beautifully. Thanks to you.

[Marisa - Feb 2, 2013]

A: You can buy in bulk at wholesaler grocer like Mayrand. They sell to depanneurs and restaurants as well as to you and me. Here's the place on my site for location: http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=43 Or for a retailer that sells lots of candy, there is Biscuiterie Oscar on Ontario or St Hubert, found on page 113 in my book. Then there are bulk food stores like Bulk Barn in the Marche de l'Ouest or Papillon in the Plaza Pointe Claire. If it's for a school, perhaps the retailers might give you a break.

Second-Hand

Q: Could you please advise me where I could go to purchase recycled hardware and other architectural components for an old Victorian townhouse?

[Brian - Jul 7, 2006]

A: Urban Recovery, 5524 St Patrick, Door A #201 near the Monk Bridge. (514) 789-0549

Q: Can you please tell me where I can sell my husbands suits/ dress pants. They are in perfect condition.. maybe worn once or twice and I would like to sell them. No specific name brand, some are taylor made and other bought in store.

[Sandra - Aug 8, 2009]

A: It's hard to sell used clothing. There are less for for men and it all depends on the styling that you have, their customer's wants and the decade they come from. Designer names sell best. I have a 1/2 dozen or so in the book, Here's one: Vetements Marie Claude, 2261 Papineau 514-529-5859

Q: Can you tell me where I can buy used furniture like bureau, bookshelves, kitchen table etc. I also need a new bed. Can you make some suggestions of stores that are reasonable and will deliver

[Linda - Aug 8, 2009]

A: There is an entire chapter in my book called "Second-Hand" and another one called "Household". You need to buy the book and make some phone calls or shop around. Fripe Prix Renaissance and Salvation Army have stores all over town and carry furniture. I don't believe they deliver though. There's a car sharing program in downtown Montreal you may want to find out about. www.communauto.com Don't forget www.kijiji.ca

Q: First of all, I would like to express to you how very much our family enjoys your guest spots on CJAD and your 'Smart Shopping Montreal' handbook. It is so helpful - We always have it on hand. Following a big clear out of our family crawl space, we find that we have a rather substantial collection of: Royal Doulton figurines, Beatrix Potter figurines, Wedgewood (primarily blue and some black), Crystal picture frames, vases and clocks (all in excellent condition) We would like to sell these items. Would you have any recommendations on how we could do this? Would you happen to know of a Second Hand shop / market in Montreal that deals with such items? ?

[Sarah - Aug 8, 2009]

A: There are three ways to go. First though you should take photos of all of them so you can show them or e-mail them. You can go to the St-Michel Flea Market, 7707 Shelley (near boul. St-Michel and the Met) as there are many dealers there. Or you can take them and walk along Antique Alley on Notre Dame St from Atwater to Guy where there are 20 or so antique dealers. (There's a list with their phone numbers in my book). Don't expect to make much money on them. The only way to do that would be to try to sell them on e-bay.

Q: I am trying to find a replacement for my old turntable (record player). Would you be able to tell me if their are any places in the Montreal area that sell second hand or refurbished ones?

[Larry - Aug 8, 2009]

A: One store that always has some: Radio Hovsep, 5945 Ave. du Parc. Or you can try the St-Michel Flea Market on Fri/Sat/Sun 7707 Shelley in Montreal Nord

Q: I heard you on CJAD talking about a website to locate used books in Montreal-one which tells you which bookstore(s) has the book you want. Would it be possible to send me the address?

[Angie - Jul 7, 2009]

A: For stores in Montreal only: www.usedbookcircle.com

Q: Since a new one is $290, where can I possibly find a used Maytag oven cooktop?

[Trudy - Jul 7, 2009]

A: There are 3 repair companies for ovens in the repair section of my book and you can call them for advice. However, one business that sells re-conditioned appliances and might have some sort of old parts stockpile is: Meubles & Electromenagers ML, 8595 St-Dominique

Q: I was wondering if you knew where to find clothing from the 60s, for a birthday party theme

[Gail - Aug 8, 2009]

A: Boutique Eva B., 2013 Boul. St-Laurent has the biggest selection of rentals for that era, in town. You said you were on the West Island, so Les Chapeaux de la Chaudiere Friperie, 1117 6th Ave, Lachine, might be closer and they have an upstairs costume shop.

Q: I heard you talk on CJAD about a company that will take away furniture for a donation. If I remember correctly, they repair, refinish and resell the goods. 1-800-Got Junk is very expensive and a lot of the “stuff” is still good.

[Linda - Jul 7, 2009]

A: One place from my book is Hier Encore, run by NOVA a charitable foundation for home palliative care, cancer support groups and day centers for the elderly. They have 3 shops run by volunteers. On certain days, they can pick up furniture. I don't believe they give out donation receipts - however it is going to a very good cause. There are more in my book in the Second-hand section.

Q: I've found many used bookstores in the US that offer a huge selection of the latest books at a fraction of the cost but have yet to find anything like that in Montreal or the South Shore

[Kimberly - Jun 6, 2009]

A: To reach most of the used bookstores in Montreal, go to usedbookcircle.com and e-mail your question.

Q: Our friends own a duplex in Dorval and are going to replace the staircase at the rear of the house by a spiral staircase. Would you know where they could go to obtain information on a used metal spiral staircase.

[Linda - Jun 6, 2009]

A: There's a company called Urban Recovery, 5524 St Patrick, Door A #201 Mon-Fri 9-5 pm Sat 10-4 (call first). It is the in Complexe Dompark and you have to go to the left hand side of the building to look for the "doors". There's another one in my book too

Q: I would like to know how to go about getting the best price for my Birks sterling silver flatware. I have 5 - 7piece place settings. I know that if I go to a buyer of silver the amount I will get will be by the ounce. I think an estate liquidator would be my best bet, but I don't know who to contact. Do you think you could point me in the right direction?

[Angela - Jun 6, 2009]

A: You can sell it at Empire Auction or call people who sell at the antique flea markets like :Roselyn and Mike (514) 697-1935. Also, you can go down the list of over 3 dozen Antique Stores in my book and call and see who may want to buy it. These days, selling it by the ounce may be a better way to go!

Q: I have 3 items......, high chair for baby, legal baby car seat, baby baby bassinet. I don't want to throw in the garbage...but I don't want to give it away at the end of my drive way. Would like some money back....is there any place I can sell it or get some value for it???

[Kevin - May 5, 2009]

A: There are second-hand baby stores that re-sell these items.I have 8 of them in my book. Here's one: Memory Lane, 5560 Monkland.

Q: Could you tell me where can I sell used furniture on the island of Montreal (and/or it's surroundings)?

[Lynn - Mar 3, 2009]

A: Post it on Kijiji.ca in the Montreal site. Put an ad in the Gazette, or local newspaper. Donate it to Nova (charitable foundation that provides home palliative care) 514-694-8417 or have a garage sale.

Q: I was wondering if you knew where I can find a good salvage place. One that demolishes houses and then then resells the stuff from the old house, like door handles, hardware, window, tubs.

[Linda - Mar 3, 2006]

A: page 129 in my book: Urban Recovery, 5524 St Patrick, DoorA# 201. This place is dwindling from what it was, but maybe they can help you. Or Eco Reno, 6631 Papineau.

Q: l'd very much appreciate it if you could tell me the name and/or the telephone number of the lady in Park Extension who has a house full of antiques.

[Leona - Jul 7, 2006]

A: The only one that I can think of in a little house in Park Ex is The Little Shop, 1002 Ogilvy Ave Phone: 279-6722. Open only Wed, Thurs & Sat 2-5. However, she doesn't sell antiques, she sells antique clothing, bedspreads, hats, etc.

Q: I wonder if you would know where one can buy chain by the yard, to hang an antique brass lamp from the ceiling. All the conventional lamp stores/electric. stores as well as the Rona's, Home Depots etc. only have the standard, run of the mill awful looking oval chains painted in an assortment of colours.

[Ulrich - Jul 7, 2009]

A: Just checked and Union Lighting and Home, 8150 Decarie Blvd, has that

Q: I was listening to you with Tommy on CJAD and you mentioned Richard Charlevois Carpet Cleaner. Can you give me the telephone number as I cannot find him

[Diane - Jun 6, 2009]

A: Richard Charlebois, 450-655-2284. He's in Boucherville. I use him in the winter when rates go down at least a third. Ask for his Help Mate for stain removal. I have beige carpeting which is here about 35 years and looks brand new. Every stain comes out with his magic stuff (and I have parties every year with over 60 people here). Tell him I sent you.

Q: I am looking for an inexpensive way to complete an extensive but urgent custom cabinetry project. Would you know of a cabinet maker or fine carpenter who does very well priced work OR perhaps schools for carpentry or cabinet making which would have graduating students looking for first projects and good contacts for the future?.

[Jacqueline - May 5, 2009]

A: On Notre Dame street, between Atwater and Guy, there are dozens of antique stores. All of them have cabinet makers that they work with. Bring a photo of the project and see who may be able to help you.

Q: Where do I go to sell crystal stemware from mid 1940’s?

[Arlene - Oct 10, 2009]

A: We have a strip that I call Antique Alley (page 172) where there are about 3 dozen antique dealers. You can take photos of the crystal or items that might be of interest and show them down the street. One address: Zofia, 2455 Notre Dame West. There's a company in Ontario Old China Company 416-299-8880 or try www.replacements.com

Q: Who can I call to sell or give household belongings? – kitchen articles , nick- knacks, etc ( party is moving into a senior residence and no longer requires)

[Arlene - Oct 10, 2009]

A: You can take some photos of stuff to the St-Michel Flea Market (page 111), 7707 Shelley on a Fri, Sat or Sun and see who might want to buy things. Kitchen stuff from the 60's is really popular right now and so is teak. To donate: Hier Encore (NOVA) is a great charity where the money goes to nursing. They have a few stores, here's one: 449 Beaconsfield Boul. Phone:514-694-8417

Q: As my youngest girl has left home I have a basement full of her clothing that she does not want. Is there any none profit group that would give a income tax credit/receipt for some of these clothes as some were very expensive. I have heard that some groupes just sell the clothes by the pound for rags.

[Frances - Oct 10, 2009]

A: You can donate to: Fripe-Prix Renaissance or Salvation Army locations. Yes the clothes they cannot use, gets sold for rags,etc. Not sure about the tax credits though

Q: I have a upright grand piano -Kohler-Capbell- in very good condition which I like to sell. Do you know any one who buys old piano? Please help me.

[Ann - Oct 10, 2009]

A: Montreal Piano is a 2nd generation shop. 61 Rachel Est, Phone: 514-288-4311 and the oldest restoration shop in the city. www.montrealpiano.com

Q: I heard on your show that Roland Fourrure buys used fur coats. Could please give me the address and phone number. I tried looking it up but could not find it. Love your show!

[Stephanie - Oct 10, 2009]

A: Roland is located in a fur building: 9250 ave du Parc, suite 312. Phone: 514-845-8852. I would call first to make sure he wants to buy what you are selling. Also, Dubarry Furs, 208 St-Paul, Old Montreal will let you trade in your coat for a new one; It doesn't have to be a fur one, you can buy a leather jacket, sheepskin coat, poncho, etc

Q: I am looking for a place to sell a high quality used dining room set. We paid over 11K for it and only used it for a couple of years. It is in excellent condition but I am having a hard time finding someone to buy it. I have tried selling it online but have had no serious inquiries.

[Lee Anne - Oct 10, 2009]

A: just got an e-mail about a consignment shop that has opened for that: Galerie M, 8160 rue Devonshire, Mont-Royal, 514-564-3600, info@galeriem.ca Galerie M specializes as a premier luxury consignment gallery of new and pre-owned home furnishings and decorative accessories from fine homes, estates, designer and supplier samples, ends of lines and overstock.

Q: Please help me find places or stores where I could sell my used elegant dresses in Montreal. Thank you.

[Mary - Dec 12, 2009]

A: There are over 2 dozen second-hand clothing stores in my Smart Shopping Montreal book. It is impossible to guess which ones want your type of dress, size of dress or "year" of dress. You have to call each one and ask. I don't want to post a name and number as they will be bothered by many people calling. There are some stores to donate to as well. A favorite for donating: Thrift Shop for NOVA 514-697-6692 where 100% of the money goes toward nursing.

Q: We are trying to find refurbished Nortel Vantage telephones, but they have not been manufactured for years.

[Lin - Dec 12, 2009]

A: Other than poking through flea markets (St-Michel, Carignan - there's a whole section in my book), there is no one that stocks old phones in Montreal. Your best bet is Ebay.

Q: Do you know where I can find cheap or second hand ski equipment?

[Nora - Dec 12, 2009]

A: Ski Exchange, 54 Westminster Montreal West

Q: As a regular listener of Radio CJAD I always enjoy your parts of Tommy Schnurmacher's show and wonder if you could direct me to a store which either take on consignment or buys outright the following items of clothing. 1. Mans winter overcoat gray / black made from Scottish CROMBIE cloth. Made to measure. 2. Mans overcoat camel hair and wool also Scottish CROMBIE cloth. Made to measure. 3. Mans full length black leather overcoat. 4. Mans 3/4 length sheepskin coat. 5. Mans DESCENTE SKI SUIT in blue/ green / white almost new which I purchased in Switzerland at a cost of $1,050.00 Can

[Clive - Dec 12, 2009]

A: There's a second-hand section in my book, with a few places to call. Since these are upper end, here's one to try: Boutique Encore, 2145 Crescent 849-0092

Q: Is there any market for READERS DIGEST hard back copy books on many varied how to books, cooking, home repairs etc etc. Is there any organization that gathers sets of Encyclopedias in English and French and sends them to poor countries where the use of computers is not available in many rural areas.

[Clive - Dec 12, 2009]

A: You can donate the books to McGill University Book Fair. There are drop offs in many neighborhoods. Tel: 514-398-6800 or 514-398-5000

Q: I have just spent an extremely frustrating 20 minutes on the internet trying to find a definite listing or reference to a used furniture outlet in Montreal (west end pref) and trying to do this on Google is like the ustmost in futility and frustration.

[Paul - Dec 12, 2009]

A: There's a whole second-hand section in my Smart Shopping Montreal book. Here's one: Hier Encore, 449 Beaconsfield Blvd off of Woodland Ave. Tues-Sun 10-4. All money made goes to Nova which is for nursing.

Q: If you'd be so kind as to please let me know where I can "sell" books, VHS movies, and DVD's I'd appreciate it.

[Phyliss - Dec 12, 2009]

A: We have a row of second-hand CD?DVD shops on Mont Royal Ave going east from St. Denis. You can make a list and go store to store. There is a section in my book that lists them. Here's one: Marche du Disque, 793 Mont Royal est.

Q: I heard you on CJAD yesterday and some one asked about selling records. You mentioned there was a collector in Montreal for classical records except I was driving my car and could not write it down. Would you be so kind as to email this info

[Ken - Feb 2, 2010]

A: What I mentioned was that no one will buy classical records as far as I know. There is a new store on boul. St-Laurent, Nice Music at #6307. Phone: 514-495-2786. Maybe ask there.

Q: I'm planning a move and would like to sell numerous books (nothing of great value) both soft & hardback. Can you recommend/suggest stores that may be interested in purchasing used novels, old vinyl records. Do you think there's a market for an old 1960's encyclopedia Britannica?

[John - Mar 3, 2010]

A: There's a whole section in my book on second hand bookshops and record shops. You'd have to make a list and show it to them. My best answer is to have a garage sale. No there isn't a market for the Britannica

Q: I heard you on CJAD radio talking about vinyl records. Could you please tell me where I can dispose of my old vinyl records? We are moving and want to get rid of our LPs (popular and classical music)

[John - Mar 3, 2010]

A: There are a 1/2 dozen places on Mont Royal Ave in my book. Make a list and bring it to each of them. Here's one: Marche du Disque, 793 Mont-Royal est.

Q: I have boxes of used (only worn a few times) evening dresses and coats and i was wondering if there is a place where i can bring them to sell them. Consignment or not, i need to get rid of them. These items are fairly new and it breaks my heart to stick them in a bag and put it in a blue box. Can you please help me?? They are great pieces!!!

[Rosemary - Mar 3, 2010]

A: I have the same feeling and love to pass along useful items. There are pages of second-hand ladies clothing shops in my book (see below to buy). I don't know which one wants or needs the ones you have. It depends, on age of items, sizes, brands and styles. You can call them and ask.

Q: I always listen to you on CJAD and love the deals and solutions that you come up with. I have one for you, where can I find used or slightly damaged (with minor imperfections) kitchen cabinets around Montreal?

[Grant - Mar 3, 2010]

A: I used to check out Harvey&Fils, 3055 rue Harvey, St-Hubert 450-676-7777 but I haven't been there in awhile. They have leftover cupboards, doors, windows from builders.

Q: I listen to you on the radio and I think you’re marvelous.:=). I own 2 Harry Rosen suits in top condition, would you know a place where I can unload them for money??

[Steven - Apr 4, 2010]

A: Thank you for your compliment. One place to try is Boutique Encore on Crescent. Call first to see if they are interested in the label, size, color and style: 514-849-0092

Q: I texted into Tommy Schnurmaker’s show while you were on Wednesday, asking if you knew where to find “recycled” – used – fur coats. As I was working and had to leave my desk, I didn’t hear if you answered or not. I use public trans, so an in-town store would be appreciated. I guess it’s time to buy an updated book…

[Cheryl - Apr 4, 2010]

A: Give a call to Fourrure Dubarry Furs. They accept trade-ins so them might have stock or source of where to get them. 514-844-7483. Tell them I sent you. Unfortunately the best one moved from St-Denis St. to Vaudreuil (look at my site under Clothing for Sarrazin).

Q: Last summer the gazette ran an ad about second hand stores specializing in designer brands only. I thought I kept the section but I cannot find it, can you give me some names of second hand stores that sell designer brands/

[Kim - Apr 4, 2010]

A: My book has over 20 shops that sell second-hand clothing (some very designer oriented) so you should get a copy (see below). Here's one: Boutique Encore, 2145 Crescent Phone: 514-849-0092

Q: Hi! I'm desperate! I'm 5 months pregnent and I cant find not expensive maternity clothes. We dont have very much money and I need clothes for the summer.I was wondering if there are warehouses in montreal or second hand clothing stores were I could find nice maternity clothes and where they are. I hope you can help me.

[Rachelle - May 5, 2010]

A: You need my book for both you and your baby to come. Du-date is a wholesaler for maternity clothes. The building is old and worn but the clothes are cool and new: 5605 de Gaspe, suite 402 M-F 9-3, Sat 9-12. Used maternity wear can be found at Friperie Peek-a-boo, 807 Rachel (page 122 in my Smart Shopping Montreal book and lots of gently worn clothes/equipment shops for kids).

Q: Where could I find consignment stores in Montreal for high end dresses? I am attending a wedding in Paris next month and it will be VERY "done up". Help!!!

[Cheryl - May 5, 2010]

A: In my book Smart Shopping Montreal, pages 123-127 there are over 2 dozen. Some have high end. You can work your way through. See how to buy the book below.

Q: My husband and I have two young granddaughters staying with us for a short period of time from Vancouver, ages 4 and 7. I am looking to rent age-appropriate bike, tricycle, roller blades, etc. to keep them amused outside (sidewalk or park fun).

[Judy - Jul 7, 2010]

A: From my Smart Shopping Montreal book: Kids bikes (no tricycles) and kid seats for adult bikes: My Bicyclette ..514.998.6252 (on Lachine Canal) Roller blades: Ca Roule (in Old Port), not sure of sizes for kids (514-866-0633) Cycle Pop, 514-526-2525 for bikes to rent, even tricycles

Q: I was listening to the Tommy Schnurmacher show Wednesday July 14, Sandra Philips mentioned the name of the antique furniture store, could you give me that name/location please I missed it when it was mentioned...

[David - Jul 7, 2010]

A: Go to smartshoppingmontreal.com. In the left hand corner, click on Household. Once there click on Farmer's Markets and Flea Markets for the St-Michel Flea Market which I talked about.

Q: I am looking for used daycare furniture (tables, chairs, storage units, etc.) and paper towel dispenser in the Montreal area. I heard you many times on CJAD and I am hoping you point me in the right direction

[Suseth - Mar 3, 2011]

A: Go through the second-hand children's shops and the used office furniture in my Smart Shopping Montreal book. There are many options for you. The children's stores have "wish lists" where you can let them know what you want and when someone comes in to sell them, they contact you. The office stores buy up all kinds of used furnishings and can perhaps lead you in the right direction. Here's one for office furniture (storage units, etc): Tras, 70G Brunswick Blvd. DDO

Q: I have couple of bags with gentle used cloths for kids; I gave up so many for free; I know in the past were some stores who were taking gentle used cloths for kids and give you in exchange a check or credit for brand new cloths from their store; do you know if is any who is offering this service in the city?

[Dana - Apr 4, 2011]

A: There are about 1/2 dozen of second-hand kids stores in my book (pages126-127). Each store buys different brands for their different customers desires so I don't know which ones want your brands and sizes. You would have to call each one and ask.

Q: My daughter thought that you would be the best person to get in touch with for the info that I need. I was wanting to sell some old costume jewelry. The pieces are from my grandmother I have mainly earrings, and some brooches. The designer's are Sherman, Austria, Karmer and International. They might be European, as my grandmother was from Sweden. I might be wrong in asking you for advice, but I thought you were into buying items. If not, maybe you could lead me to someone that would be interested in purchasing my jewelry. If you don't get anywhere, there is someone that will buy them for peanuts.

[Debbie - Aug 8, 2011]

A: I write a book about where to buy everything in Montreal. In your case, where to sell. You can take them to one of the dozen flea markets in my book, or to some of the second-hand woman's clothing shops to see who is interested.

Q: My daughter is looking for a used Vintage Wedding dress - any suggestions on where we might find some? We do not live in PQ so it would be a 2 - 3 day shopping trip. We will not have a car. Thanks

[Heather - Sep 9, 2011]

A: There is a whole second-hand clothing section in my Smart Shopping Montreal book, you can call each of them and see who has what, in the size you need. Here's 2 to start Boutique Eva B, 2015 boul. St-Laurent and a specialty store that rents wedding gowns and sells used ones: Oui je le voeux 6924 St- Hubert St. It is easy to get around with bus and metro in Montreal.

Q: I'm looking for retro vintage drinking glasses for my daughter for Christmas - clear glass with yellow and orange daisies on them - just like the ones grandma used to have in her kitchen! Wonder if you could suggest any stores in Montreal that might carry items like this.

[Barbra - Dec 12, 2011]

A: You could get real vintage ones if you shop the flea markets. A good one is: Marche aux Puces, 7707 Shelley at boul. St Michel. Open Fri-Sun 9-5. There are 5 pages of Flea Markets and Farmers markets in my book. There is also a possibility of finding them on Antique Alley (page 176) on Notre Dame between Atwater and Guy or the one on Amherst. Bring a photo of what you are looking for to make the process easier. Sometimes dealers have another warehouse with more stuff so show the photo around.

Q: Would like to know which stores purchase used furniture. There is kitchen appliances, complete bedrooms and living room. Or if you have other suggestions. Not interested in having garage sales.

[Mary - Dec 12, 2011]

A: http://moneyforclutter.com or for consignment Niche Decor, lori_mcguigan@hotmail.com or someone that will buy a few things, dorothy@deuxiemedebut.com

Q: We have been doing a cleaning in our basement and I came across a box of old (60's) magazines like Chatelaine and Amy Vanderbuilt self improvement books. Do you think used book stores or antique shops would be interested?

[Lorraine - Mar 3, 2012]

A: I did that 2 years ago and couldn't find anyone to buy my old books. The only one I know that mentions old magazines is Presque "9", Tel: 514-482-1494.

Q: I am looking for a place to sell my second hand clothes in Montreal. I have a nice selection of clothes, bags, shoes and accessories Please let me know,

[Pascale - Apr 4, 2012]

A: Each second-hand store sells different kinds of clothes. Some are more designer, some are dressy, some have retro stuff, some newer years. There are over 2 dozen in my book. You would have to call each one to see what they want to buy (and what size) for their regular customers.

Q: My neighbour regrettably recently broke her clear pyrex old style tea pot. It was one of those old straight sided teapots that was a little heavy and I was wondering if there was a place in Montreal to find another.

[Audrey - Jul 7, 2012]

A: For the clear pot, I just went through that with my sister. Couldn't find new one when I went looking. Along that idea, I would go to the Marche aux Puces St-Michel on the Met and St-Michel (open Fri-Sun) or the ones like that. There's a section in my book on all the ones around Montreal. Perhaps the antique stores on Amherst near Ontario which concentrate on 70's, 80's retro household might have them too - but they'd cost more there. My sister found exactly what she wanted on eBay.

Q: I would like to sell my 3/4 custom made female mink coat and hat from Alexander furs. 550.00$

[Nathalie - Feb 2, 2013]

A: It is very difficult to sell used fur coats and you get very little for them. You can call the 20 or so second-hand clothing stores in my book and see if anyone wants it. Or you can post it on Kijiji or Craig's List and see if anyone wants it.

Q: I am a collector and I am an artist. I would like to know how I can sell daily (everyday) at your flea market as a self employer. Currently, I don't have a job and I need a space to sell. I have many things from vintage items to originally made items no one has I created myself. Below is a link to some items I make. I have a lot of clothes to sell as well. Hope to hear from you soon. http://www.etsy.com/shop/VisionarySoulMedia

[Nicole - Mar 3, 2013]

A: On my site you can find the St-Michel Flea Market http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=23 and in my book there are 5 pages of Flea Markets and Farmer's Markets all over the Montreal area. You can buy it below

Q: I'm trying to sell some furniture to make space for my new baby that is on his way. I'd like to sell a dresser, a nightstand table and an office desk. Can you please tell me where can I do this. I've tried kijiji but it hasn't been working. As well, I'm trying to sell my single stroller but I haven't had any luck on kijiji, can you please let me know if anybody OT there buys back strollers??

[Maria - Apr 4, 2013]

A: There are a few second-hand baby shops in my Smart Shopping Montreal book on page 133. A couple even keep a "wish list" book for people who are buying and selling. Here's one from there: Le Pays d'Oz, 342B Victoria 514-485-9610.

Q: Is there anywhere in Montreal that I can sell my Waterford crystal glasses to?

[Lily - Apr 4, 2013]

A: Our Antique Alley is on Notre Dame St, from Atwater to Guy. There are a dozen or so shops there. You can bring in some photos to show them to see if anyone is interested. On the weekends there are flea markets that are open like: Marches aux Puces St-Michel 3250 Cremazie F-Sun 9-5 or Le Faubourg des Antiquites, 15739 Caserne, St-Genevieve Sun 9-5

Q: I have quite a range of personally used, but top quality (Daks, Warren K.Cook, Holt Renfrew etc.) Suits and Overcoats for sale. Could you please advise me what places might be interested to buy,or sell on consignment. Many thanks.

[Eryk - Oct 10, 2013]

A: Right on my web site there's a high end consignment shop called Boutique Encore which handles men's clothing http://smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=6 In my Smart Shopping Montreal book although there are 6 pages of consignment shops, most are for women. There are about 1/2 dozen in there which sell clothing for men. Each one buys for a specific customer and has different buying patterns. You would have to look in the book and call each one to see if they want the labels and sizes you wish to sell. Some take retro, some only designer and most take only clothes from the last 2 or 3 years.

Q: Hi Sandra, I have ladies clothes and would like to see them by consignment. I have shoes, coats too.

[Irene - Oct 10, 2013]

A: There are 6 pages of consignment shops in my Smart Shopping Montreal book. Each one buys for a specific customer and has different buying patterns. You would have to look in the book and call each one to see if they want the labels and sizes you wish to sell. Some take retro, some only designer and most take only clothes from the last 2 or 3 years.

Q: I have several formal gowns which I'd like to sell. They were worn once or twice. Where do I go to sell them ?

[Ruth - Oct 10, 2013]

A: In my Smart Shopping Montreal book there are 10 pages of shops that sell (and buy) used clothing. However, hardly anyone is wearing gowns these days. Mostly they are wearing cocktail dresses - even to weddings. You'd have to call around and find one that may want to buy gowns and wants your labels and size. They usually like newer styles when they buy.

Q: I have skis that I would love to sell. Would you know of any sport store that would buy them?

[Barbara - Oct 10, 2013]

A: On page 144 of my Smart Shopping Montreal book there is a section on second-hand sporting goods. Here's one for skis: Ski Exchange, 54 Westminster, Montreal West. There are more listed.

Q: I caught you on the radio a few days ago talking about buying second hand electronics such as computers and portables. As I was in the car, I could not jot down the address or name of the company. The only thing I recall was that it is on Begin street. Can you please provide me with the address and name. Thank you.

[Rosanna - Oct 10, 2013]

A: There are a few shops on Begin, Ville St-Laurent: Here's 2: Info Quebec, 1437 Begin or PC Depot, 1330 Begin

Q: Hello Sandra, I was listening to you on CJAD a few days ago and I was wondering if you could steer me to any places that buy used fur coats. I live in Longueil and I can't find anything.Maybe you know of some consignment stores that you could suggest. I would appreciate any help you can give me.

[Mary - Dec 12, 2013]

A: It is very hard to sell an old fur coat. The last furrier that I knew about who bought them is no longer in my book. There are some re-cycling artisans who use them on clothing. It would be a donation, though: You can call and ask: La Gaillarde, 514-989-5134 You can have the coat made into something else: Les Fourrures Elextra 1625 Chabanel O., suite 960 514-845-9287. If you have an old fur coat, you have such value in your closet - why let it sit there when this fur magician can transform it into something wearable and beautiful? Opened in 1972, he knows how to make patterns from your body and how to be very imaginative with fur. Sure, he can make you a brand new coat out of mink, beaver, Persian lamb or chinchilla, but give him an old coat and his eyes sparkle with ideas. He will take it all apart, re-size it and put it all back together in a completely different way. You can easily just put it inside a reversible waterproof winter coat, or if it was a long coat, the bottom can become a hood. He takes his tools and cuts, carves, shears, grooves and can add inserts with patterns like falling leaves, curves and squiggles, or he can even do fur ruffles. The coat can be dyed a different color. Besides the total re-modeling, he can clean your coat, do alterations, and store it for you. You may want to take it to the "fur building" 9250 Ave du Parc and see if anyone wants it. Other furriers there can make them into a blanket or a "stuffed animal" toy or pillow.

Q: I have a full length natural racoon coat in excellent condition as well as a men's shearling coat that is only 3 years old for sale. Do you know of any companies in montreal that purchase used fur and shearling coats. Thank you. Sherry

[Sherry - Jan 1, 2014]

A: It is very hard to sell an old fur coat. The last furrier that I knew about who bought them is no longer in my book. There are some re-cycling artisans who use them on clothing. It would be a donation, though: You can call and ask: La Gaillarde, 514-989-5134 You can have the coat made into something else at Les Fourrures Elextra 1625 Chabanel O., suite 960 Tel: 514-845-9287. If you have an old fur coat, you have such value in your closet - why let it sit there when this fur magician can transform it into something wearable and beautiful? Opened in 1972, he knows how to make patterns from your body and how to be very imaginative with fur. Sure, he can make you a brand new coat out of mink, beaver, Persian lamb or chinchilla, but give him an old coat and his eyes sparkle with ideas. He will take it all apart, re-size it and put it all back together in a completely different way. You can easily just put it inside a reversible waterproof winter coat, or if it was a long coat, the bottom can become a hood. He takes his tools and cuts, carves, shears, grooves and can add inserts with patterns like falling leaves, curves and squiggles, or he can even do fur ruffles. The coat can be dyed a different color. Besides the total re-modeling, he can clean your coat, do alterations, and store it for you. You may want to take it to the "fur building" 9250 Ave du Parc and see if anyone wants it. Other furriers there can make them into a blanket or a "stuffed animal" toy or pillow.

Q: We are planning a trip to New York in the Spring and the only shopping we are interested in is doing is visiting a second hand vintage clothing and accessories store. My friend said she saw a program on TV once showing a huge warehouse and everything was on one floor. Do you have any idea what this place is called and if so the address? If you do not know, any recommendations you could offer?

[Karolyn - Jan 1, 2014]

A: Do not know that business. You can approach it two ways. Of course, you can google second hand or vintage New York City and see what comes up. My guess would be that if it were a warehouse, it would have to be in Brooklyn or Queens (or New Jersey) as real estate is too exp in Manhattan for that. Secondly, you might want to look in my Smart Shopping book and call some of the 2nd hand clothing stores in Montreal and ask if they ever shop there or have heard of it. Perhaps the owner of Boutique Leora, who was a costume designer might know: 514-678-6777. There's a couple of dozen more in the book.

Q: Hello Sandra, Greetings of the Yuletide season!Can you kindly advise me as to the following: Where can I sell the following items, all totally unused: They were bought for orthopedic surgery that never took place. walker, bath chair, 2 toilet seat raisers, Thanking you. Please keep up the good work. Blessings . Yvonne

[Yvonne - Dec 12, 2013]

A: Thank you for you kind words. Can you return the items to the store where you bought them? You could post them up on kijiji.ca You could put up a for sale message on a message board in a senior center or senior home. How about a small ad in the Senior Times newspaper?

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?

[Maddie - Jul 7, 2014]

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 (about 25 min from downtown by car, can go by express bus or Metro/bus in about an hour) Book Market, 3343H boul des Ssources DDO. The book 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.

Q: I have a color television RCA 13¨ silver that I bought in 1995 to sell $10. (remote control included, all functional) – Do you know where I should address my request to sell my TV?

[Luce - Jul 7, 2014]

A: It is extremely hard to sell an old TV. In the Second-hand section of my book, there are 2nd-hand shops which you can call. But for $10, just put it up on Kijiji or give it away to Thrift Shop for Nova, 514-697-6692 (a favorite cause money goes to home nursing), Mada 514-342-4649, Armee du Salut or Fripe-Prix Renaissance.

Repairmen

Q: I was wondering if there was a place out here on the South Shore that repairs patio umbrellas.

[Anne - Aug 8, 2009]

A: I didn't mention patio umbrella repair on the show as I don't have anyone left that I am sure does it. Unfortunately, repairmen keep retiring and no one takes their place. One suggestion is to call a general repair guy and ask if they do it or know someone who does. Try in Snowdon, Heller's 514-738-5331 or Fix R Us514-421-1349 but he's on the West Island. Sometimes local shoe repairmen are good at fixing all sorts of things. Call a few in your neighborhood

Q: I've purchased several editions of your books over the years and have always found great deals and useful information. I have a patio set that is in excellent condition except for a couple of chairs where the vinyl straps have broken. Do you know where I can get them repaired ? It would be a great shame to have to change the set if it's still in like new condition

[Franca - Jul 7, 2009]

A: It's in the book under Tents and Canvas Repair: Lascan 514-366-2800, 9001 Elmslie, LaSalle

Q: During one of your shows, my husband heard about a place or a person that would fix chairs. He was in the car therefore he could not write the information. Would you be kinds to reply with the coordinates of that person.

[Lyne - Jul 7, 2009]

A: Furniture Medic, 514-670-2233

Q: I have a very good umbrella but am missing one of the tips on one of the spokes. Do you know of a place in Montreal where I can acquire one of these little black tips?

[Joan - Jul 7, 2009]

A: Mr. Fixit 514-484-8332 has been around for years and though I don't think he fixes umbrellas, he might have little parts hanging around or you can ask him who might have that. Sometimes shoemakers are the answer here too.

Q: Do you know anyone who is a car broker?

[Marcy - Jun 6, 2009]

A: I always buy a 3 or 4 year old Toyota or Honda from someone finishing a lease. I follow Gaz classifieds and buy from an individual. Mostly I wind up going to their dealer and buying when they sell back to the dealer (that way you have a dealer guarantee too). They get more than the dealer offered them and you pay a lot less than the dealer would have marked it up to when he put it on his lot. After 4 years, it has depreciated hugely (about 1/2 of the new price) and I run it for 10 more years. I don't do this without the help of Andrew Bleakley: 514-890-5000. He is a car inspector. You find the car and he tells you if it's in good shape. He too works for the APA but you don't have to be a member to use him (charges about $85 to do a VERY VERY thorough check ). The APA uses him in all court cases and when they do research into garages who are cheating people.

Q: I am not sure if you can help me. We have antique chairs with cane fabric on the seat area. The cane is broken and we do not know who can repair it.

[Lorne - May 5, 2009]

A: There are 4 options in my Smart Shopping Montreal book. Here is one: Artisan Chaisier, 450-659-2998

Q: Could you please help me? I would like to have a number of my swimsuits repaired i.e. new elastic put in at the top and around the legs, as they have disintegrated over time.

[Marianne - Apr 4, 2009]

A: For bathing suit repairs, you would just go to a seamstress. One I know on the West Island: Maria 514-695-1235.

Q: Is there is an upholstering craftsman on the West Island?

[Catherine - Mar 3, 2009]

A: In my book, there are a few (page 147) and they usually come to you, pick it up and do it in their facilities where they have all their tools, etc. so it doesn't matter where you live. Try Farrar - Daoust 514-768-6785 (around over 100 years) or Elmaleh 514-935-5944. For fabric, they all have their own swatch books but there are about 2 dozen fabric stores on St. Hubert St. north of Jean Talon. One good one is C&M textiles on the corner of Faillon.

Q: I am looking for a place which does economical repairs on washing machines without mortgaging the ranch, or possibly sells re-conditioned machines.

[Paul - Apr 4, 2009]

A: Reconditioned washing machines: Meubles & Electromenagers ML Centre de Liquidation, 8595 St-Dominique. Open since 1974 and offer a 3-month guarantee on labour and 5 years on parts. Also located 12345 Metropolitain E. Page 133 of my 12th edition, under Repairmen, Large Appliances there are 3 listings for good repairmen and in the Household chapter under large appliances and under furniture, there are the liquidation centers for the major stores where you can buy last year's new large appliances for a good price (even Sears)

Q: I need to replace the glass itself .I am looking for the exact glass ( crème French grill built in).

[Yuval - Mar 3, 2006]

A: I do not cover much in home renovations but have heard of this place. Try them or ask them where you might go. Or call and ask Mr. Fixit in my book..Viterie Michelois Glass, 98 Donegani, Pointe Claire 514-697-5749

Q: Nous cherchons à remplacer un miroir craqué sur un outil qui est utilisé en réadaptation. We are looking to replace a broken mirror.

[Suzanne - Aug 8, 2006]

A: On the West Island there's Vitrerie Michelois Glass, 98 Donegani, Pointe Claire 514-697-5749 or downtown, or you might ask at O Miroir (they sell mirrors) at 514-282-0900

Q: I am looking for a place that does repairs on wool carpets.

[Beatrice - Aug 8, 2006]

A: Raymond & Heller has been around for 74 years. 6681 ave. du Parc Phone: 514-271-7750

Q: I have a Lladro statuette from which a "hand" broke off years ago. I was wondering if this could possibly be fixed?

[Ines - Jul 7, 2006]

A: Minas Studio d'Art, 7364 Cote St. Luc Rd. does this all the time. nother one I have heard of is A.T. Art, 521-9561 (only speaks French) or there's always Mr. Fixit, 4652 Decarie who can fix anything except a broken heart.

Q: A few weeks ago you had an article on sharp knives, and you listed a few knife suppliers. Is there a "Knife section" in your book?

[ - Jul 7, 2006]

A: Yes, there is a section in the book, under Repairmen, called "Sharpening". Here's one of them: Jean Guglia & fils, 10,344 St. Laurent Blvd at Fleury St. Phone: (514) 387-0871.

Q: I have an old fashioned pitcher and bowl (like one would find on a wash basin stand many years ago). The bowl has been broken and I'm looking for a place that could restore it. I can find places online in the US but it seems that what I'm finding in the Montreal area are to repair ceramic tiles. Do you have any suggestions?

[Ellen - Aug 8, 2009]

A: Mr. Fixit, 4652 Decarie has craftsmen that can do that or Minas Studio d'Art, 7364 Cote St Luc Rd. can do all kinds of china and glass repair.

Q: I neglected to ask you in my previous e-mail if you know of students who offer simple sewing services (hems, making seat pillows/pads...) as a seamstress can be expensive.

[Lucia - Sep 9, 2009]

A: Try calling LaSalle College downtown as they have a fashion program. Perhaps they can put this up on a job board.

Q: On a recent Tommy Schnurmacker show you mentioned a couple of upholsterers. I would like to redo the padding on my kitchen chairs.

[Lucia - Sep 9, 2009]

A: David Elmaleh comes from a family of 7 upholsterers, Phone: 514-935-5944 or Farrar-Daoust is another one Phone: 514-768-6785

Q: I won the auction of an old tea cart while on holiday in PEI. The rubber on the 2 large wheels is finished. Is there anywhere that I can go to have this replaced?

[Sharon - Sep 9, 2009]

A: Try Mr. Fixit, Phone: 514-484-8332. He says he can fix anything except a broken heart!

Q: I don’t want “free” information. Could you please tell me whether, in your most recent Book, you have names of people who replace elastic in swimsuits (I have at least 6 Gottex suits) where the elastic has disintegrated. This is a very specialized repair and I remember that about 20 years ago taking a couple to the downtown core, near the Bonaventure Metro.

[Marianne - Sep 9, 2009]

A: Yes it's covered. Page 158, Victoriann Bra Bodies Phone: 694-2567 might be able to help you as she makes bathing suits or the seamstress on page 148, Phone: 514-695-1235

Q: I have a number of brocade drapes on one of which I have 3 small (dime size) holes which need to be repaired

[Marianne - Sep 9, 2009]

A: The gentleman at Centre du Couture Snowdon, on page 65, 5137 boul. Decarie just told me he can do this but I'm not sure of his work. Or check with Les Sacs Kirkland, 3630 boul. St-Charles, on page 145.

Q: I am looking for covers (I think they are called 'slip covers')in Montreal or in Greater Montreal. Thank you.

[John - Oct 10, 2009]

A: These come in two forms. They can be bought ready made for a chair or a sofa (try Sears, Bouclair) or you can have them made-to-order: Four Season Slip Cover Phone: 450-465-0650 is a good company for that.

Q: I would like to know where I can find metal hardware for purses so I can revamp my old ones, such as D-rings, hooks, snaps that is cheap. Thanks!!

[Tawny - Oct 10, 2009]

A: This shoemaker supply store has things like that or you can ask them where else to go (there are 2 more in my book). Cuir et Liege, 368 Fairmont ouest. They're only open Mon-Fri 6:30-2

Q: I was wondering if you knew of a repairman for an old picture slide show projector. One where you have little cartboard picture slides that you put in a slot and it becomes projected and displayed on a wall. My parents have one and I would love to repair it for them and see the many slides that they have.

[Kristina - Oct 10, 2009]

A: There's camera repairmen in my book. Try AFC Digital Camera Service, 6596 boul. St-Laurent. Phone: 514-397-9505. Estimates are given quickly and if you do not do the repair, they only charge $12 for them.

Q: Enjoyed listening to you on CJAD. I missed both the phone no. and address of the place that repairs typewriters on Jean Talon East. Could you please email this info?

[Bill - Oct 10, 2009]

A: I am amazed at how many people have asked me that question over the years. I have finally found a place: DactylographVR, 5121 Jean-Talon est. Phone: 514-729-2847

Q: Where can I buy decorative self adhesive plastic film for the windows

[Arlene - Oct 10, 2009]

A: You are the 2nd person this week who has asked me this question. What do you use it for? Here's where you can find it; Home Depot.They cost $31.00 for 24x36

Q: I need to repair my bedroom lamps. The stands are made from brass and the joints became loose. Also the shades need to be rewired. Please let me know if you know a repair shop. I waited today on the CJAD phone line,but they ran out of time and they gave me your e-mail.

[Popy - Oct 10, 2009]

A: Gosh that question came up 2 times on the show. There are 6 shops in my book that can help you. Here's one: Abat-Jour Decor...etc. This guy turned a retirement hobby into a labor of love. I'm sure he can help you. Address: 2267 boul. Le Courbusier, Laval.

Q: I received a Pelham Marionette when I was 4 years old and 25 years later it needs to be re-strung as several of the strings have started to break. Would you know of a place that would either re-string or sell these marionettes so I can ask them their advice?

[Melanie - Nov 11, 2009]

A: Try calling Mr. Fixit. He can fix anything except a broken heart... 514-484-8332

Q: have a Proctor-Silex food processor. It is working and the motor is fine. However, there is a small rubber piece right under the cover that needs to be replaced as the S-shaped blade won't turn anymore because of this damaged piece. Can you suggest a place where I can get this replaced? Most places that I have called don't fix small kitchen appliances.

[Irene - Dec 12, 2009]

A: Well you don't have my book. There are 6 places there that fix small appliances. Here's one: LaFlamme Electrique, 1596 Amherst

Q: Where can I get a leather sofa cleaned?

[ - Dec 12, 2009]

A: Fibrenew, 514-952-8198 is a mobile franchise that comes to your house for repairs to tears or stains in leather and they can do a full restoration too

Q: Just had my sofa bed taken out of storage (which was stored one side up) and when I tried to open the bed up to air the mattress out... I realized that the bed mechanism itself has been dislodged from its sitting position and I couldn't pull it all the way out. The bed is not held by any hinges or screws in the wood, it seems to have been sitting on the wood on either side. Unfortunately, I have no idea how to put it back in its place.... it's quite heavy to lift. Do you know of any repairman who could help put the bed back in its original sitting position?

[Mary - Feb 2, 2010]

A: Well I would give Cameo a call 514-337-2933 as they might have a suggestion. Or there's a small family business that makes them too: L'Avenue du Sofa, 2282 Mont-Royal est 514-524-1953.

Q: I am looking to repair a 1950s vintage Grundig stereo console - one of those that look like a dining buffet with a built in turntable, stereo and speakers. Is there one in Montreal at a reasonable price? And perhaps that will make a home visit as one of those things are quiet heavy to move. Love your site & book. Keep it up!

[Dora - Mar 3, 2010]

A: You're lucky as we have a specialist here in Montreal, Radio Hovsep, 5945 ave. du Parc. PHone: 514-274-0589. He has old radio tubes, transistors, headphones, needles, and cartridges.

Q: I have 3 very fine wine glasses that have small chips on the rim and I am wondering if there is someone in the city that will grind these out.

[Carole - Mar 3, 2010]

A: Repairs to china, porcelain, glass, paintings, metal, ivory, have been done for years by Minas Studio d'Art, 7364 ch. Cote St Luc

Q: I have a Sunbeam electric coffee percolator from the 1960's that I love. It works perfectly, except that lately the coffee overflows when perking because the rubber seal that fits between the lid and the glass knob is gone. I have been looking for one without success... Could you help me?

[Antonia - Mar 3, 2010]

A: Call the repair depot: LaFlamme Electrique, 1596 Amherst, 514-527-9151

Q: This week on CJAD you listed three shops in Montreal that repair broken antique dishes. Could you please forward me the names. I look on your site and can't seem to find them. I think one was BT ART ANTIQUE?

[Barbara - Mar 3, 2010]

A: As it says on the site, those businesses are only the tip of the iceberg of what exists in my entire book where there are 1500 more shops. The restoration company I suggested is on page 140, A.T. Art Restoration, 514-521-9561.

Q: I heard you today on CJAD, and you seem very knowledgeable about all of Montreal's shopping spots. Would you know who to contact if I needed an electric garage door opener installed in my home?

[Nelson - Mar 3, 2010]

A: I use Danny Dubrovsky, at Electatech 514-927-4933 or 514-337-7678

Q: I want to repair a jacket which has a hole in one elbow. I know that there are specialized people who do that kind of a job which is expensive but it is still cheaper than to buy a new suit. Any suggestion ?

[Jacques - Apr 4, 2010]

A: I used to have a place in an older edition called "French Art Weaving", 2001 University St. 514-288-0610. I don't know if they are still there. They were fairly pricey ($65 or so for a mend) so I took them out but it might be good for your suit.

Q: Enjoy listening to your show on CJAD with your humorous co-host. Recently you mentioned the interest in typewriter ribbons.

[Terry - Apr 4, 2010]

A: I was able to purchase the ribbons and lift off tape from Denis Office Supplies when they had a store in Brossard. This store has closed but one remains open at 2255 Roland Therrien in Longueuil. (450-468-6319). They also have a telephone sales order number 514-336-8113. Better to call first as they may have stores in Montreal.

Q: I always listen to your show on CJAD radio , and I have little question, it is about finding gazebo repair: the fabric is ripped off due to the weather factors. please can you help ???

[Ed - Apr 4, 2010]

A: Las Can, 9001 Elmslie in Lasalle (514-514-366-2800) fixes tents, awnings, webbing, tarps, etc. I think they may be able to help you.

Q: I am a great fan of yours and I know you are able to solve loads of problems. I have a Sony remote control for my DVD-VHS player and it died. Is there a place in Montreal that could repair it? I tried to order one through PartStoreCanada.ca and they informed me that this 'part' has been discontinued.

[Susan - Apr 4, 2010]

A: Groupe LCS, 351 boul. Sampson, Laval (and south shore too), 450-689-0915 is one possibility.

Q: It's soon to be prom time, and I've been looking for prom dresses around Montreal. However, I'm interested in getting a custom-made dress. Do you know any places that do this for not too extravagant a price?

[Devangi - Apr 4, 2010]

A: Seamstress Maria might do it, 514-695-1235. Go talk to her, then shop for your fabric for bargain prices on St-Hubert St and bring a photo of what you'd like.

Q: I'm trying to locate someone who will dye slipcovers(cotton) for a sofa and chair . I've not had any luck and was wondering if you would have any suggestions.

[Georgina - Apr 4, 2010]

A: You are lucky. The one place that I have that does dying, will only do cotton! Nettoyeurs Vitalizing Cleaners, 901 Mont-Royale est.

Q: Is there any one in the Laurentians who fixes Weber gas barbecues since mine won't start.

[Rosa - Jun 6, 2010]

A: I'm the queen of Montreal shopping so I don't really know a lot about the Laurentians but on page 143 of my Smart Shopping Guide I offer you one in Laval that I'm not that familiar with and a fabulous bbq repair shop that has been around for years and years on the West Island: Joey's Services, 12320 boul. Gouin ouest, Pierrefonds (514-684-3211). Laval: Monin, 555 Montee St-Francois at Autoroute 440. Tel: 450-661-7783.

Q: I'm looking for a glass store. I have a dining room table that needs new glass inserts. Could you advise where to buy this type of item. I live on the West Island (D.D.O) but am willing to travel a bit to find a reliable dealer. Any ideas would be appreciated. I checked your book (update no.11) but didn't find anything under "glass."

[Doreen - Jun 6, 2010]

A: It's there under china and glassware repair. On page 138 under Repairmen, there is a glass place on the West Island. You can also look up people near you that make windows.

Q: You had a bathtub repair company listed in your book that i can no longer find.. would you be able to send along the info?

[Robert - Oct 10, 2010]

A: In Edition 12, it is on page 137 under Super-Tub. If you use them, please let them know you found them though me.

Q: Where can I have my material replaced on my patio umbrella

[John - Jun 6, 2011]

A: Lascan, 9001 Elmslie, LaSalle. Repairs to tents, awnings, webbing, tarpaulins, truck covers, sports nets and ropes of all kinds can all be handled by this 52-year-old canvas specialist company. Canvas is sold by the yard so you can buy it and have someone else to it. How about a shoemaker - they're good at all kinds of repairs.

Q: I found a great dress on sale to wear to my daughter's wedding. It needs some repair of the beading on the sleeve and also a hemming. It's made of a heavy viscose jersey, so it needs someone who knows how to work with fabric. I was hoping you would know someone to suggest to bring it to in the west end of Montreal or downtown would be alright as well.

[Mary Jane - Aug 8, 2011]

A: From my book, a bridal manufacturer recommends this one: Bridal seamstress: 514-363-5964

Q: Can you help me? I am searching for a shoe shine kit/box.......whatever. It's on a family member's Christmas list and I honestly have no idea where to find such an item. Are these kits still available to buy? Please help. Thank you

[Angie - Dec 12, 2011]

A: But of course. You can get everything you need at the supplier where shoe makers go to get their stock: Astro, 505 Montpellier, 514-273-6345. Don't know if they have an actual "kit" but they can certainly help you put it together the ingredients. There are others in my book too.

Q: A few years ago in Lifestyles section of Gazette they listed a shoe repair place that rivals Corinthia in that it also can do magic for shoes. Both shoe repair places were unique in what they can do for an expensive pair of shoes. Do u know the name of this place which I believe is in Westmount?

[Nathalie - Dec 12, 2011]

A: But of course. Was called Cordonnerie Westmount but now called Haute Cordonnerie - same guy running it. 1 Westmount Sq. He can work on Louboutin, Gucci, Jimmy Choos,etc. Also soles on Mephisto, Rockport, Ecco. A bit pricey though.

Q: Would you know where I could have a brass firescreen electroplated to another metal finish?

[Mary - Feb 2, 2012]

A: I'd call Atelier Reparation Standard, 514-738-9393 - they work on silver, brass, pewter, copper, antiques

Q: There used to be a SILVER CLEANER on Decarie BLVD just north of the Theater they also polished professionally but they closed up shop. Our Tea set which is a Heirloom Birks wants to ship it to Toronto to get it cleaned. Got anyone who still repairs and cleans

[Elizabeth - Mar 3, 2012]

A: In my book, Atelier Reparation Standard is still open: 6245 boul. Decarie: 514-738-9393. There's another guy downtown too, Barocco, 514-866-7205

Q: Love your show on Cjad. I have a question for you: I have a pair of red leather boots that I would like to dye in a darker color. Any place you know in Montreal or Laval that can do this?

[Yael - Apr 4, 2012]

A: That has been the specialty of Les Teintures Cy Sauriel, 7231 St-Hubert for 3 generations. It costs about $30 for shoes (not sure how much more it is for boots). Cordonnerie Westmount can do it too but I'm not sure of the prices there (514-939-9729).

Q: I am in the process of doing various renovations and found some interesting store suggestions on your site. Is there a more complete list in your book? I am especially looking for someone to install a tile shower and put floating wood in my basement

[Klevin - Apr 4, 2012]

A: Yes, There is an entire 20-page section in my book Smart Shopping Montreal on repairmen. On the web site smartshoppingmontreal.com, look in the Household section: Mazekia can refer you to bathroom help and Lanctot or Million Carpet and Tiles are good for floors.

Q: I have your book and enjoy you when you're on the radio and now I need advice. Do you know of a place that I can have silver-plated candlesticks resilvered?

[Sandra - May 5, 2012]

A: Just realized that Mr. Fixit can do re-silvering. 4652 boul. Decarie, Snowdon

Q: Hello! I'm going to be in Montreal for a week and I would like to know where could I buy ice skating blades

[Cami - Jul 7, 2012]

A: Well I don't know of any manufacturers of skates right here in town. The only thing remotely connected to that are a few shops that sharpen skates, so I might give them a call and ask if they have a suggestion : Martin Swiss 514-488-9717 or McWhinnie Cycle 514-481-3113. Cordonnerie Argentino 514-769-1377 does lots of repairs on hockey equipment (maybe even for La Canadiens!)and sharpens skates

Q: Hi can you tell me please where I an find a store that repairs record players/turntables like the needle replacement?

[M. Coughlin - Aug 8, 2012]

A: Radio Hovsep has been helping people with this for decades: 5945 avenue du Parc

Q: Where can I find a reliable and reasonable auto body shop in Montreal?

[Libby - Jun 6, 2012]

A: Though not in my book, I have used: Garage Vincent, in Ville St-Pierre

Q: Heard you on cjad mention the repair man on Sources Blvd.? We've been going up and down Sources bBvd. looking for him and couldn't find him. Need my iron fixed badly.

[Ruthie - Aug 8, 2012]

A: Fix "R" Us, 4791 boul des Sources Tel: 514-421-1349. opens at noon. Really nice guy. Tell him I sent you.

Q: Four slats have come out because their tiny openings at the top have been torn. Can you either repair or if need be replace the broken ones ? The mechanism still works perfectly so I would prefer not to buy a whole new installation.

[Elyse - Sep 9, 2012]

A: I write the Smart Shopping Montreal book and web site so I do not repair anything, If you go to my site on the left hand upper corner and click on Household, then scroll down to Blinds and Window coverings, you will find Fenetre Deco. He is an independent who can come to your house and can do some repairs. You can ask him if this can be fixed. To replace broken slats, you might try Verti Store in the same category or Marche du Stores as they both make blinds in Montreal and may have parts. But Fenetre Deco would be able to answer that too. Color would not be same though.

Q: Do you of a place where I could have a necklace restrung?

[Carol - Oct 10, 2012]

A: Look at my web site under Specialists, Jewellers, you will find a write up about Bijouterie Guru, 7500 boul Les Galerie D'Anjou, Ville D'Anjou corner: Jean Talon E Tel: 514-353-4666

Q: Where can I find someone to repair silver cutlery in west end Montreal? love your program!

[Stephanie - Nov 11, 2012]

A: Unfortunately the main company that did this closed last year. Right now, Barocco, 1396 Ste-Catherine W. is the only independent (2nd generation!) silversmith that I know. Phone: 514-866-7205. Don't forget Mr. Fixit, for he can work on all kinds of valuables including silverware: Phone: 514-484-8332, 4652 boul. Decarie.

Q: Bonjour J'aime beaucoup ce que vous faites, votre livre, depuis sa sortie, a toujours été un guide précieux, compte tenu de mon petit budget. Vous êtes mon dernier espoir, je crois, pour ce nouveau projet. Je voudrais faire mon propre abat-jour mais je ne trouve pas de structure, J'ai l'impression d'avoir tout essayer ( Oiseau bleu, Bouclair, Fabricville, Homesense (les deux) les grosses quincailleries, Abats-jour illimités) sur internet les structures viennent de l'Australie mais je ne veux faire qu'un seul abat-jour car j'ai reçu un magnifique papier japonais. Avez-vous des suggestions? Merci Bonne continuité, Best wishes Marie-Antoinette

[Marie-Antoinette - Dec 12, 2012]

A: In my book, Le consommateur Averti Montreal, there are 5 other lamp and lamp shade repair shops (starting on page 151). They would have parts and pieces of lamps: You have gone to stores that sell finished products so they would not have "structure". Here's one from my book, Abat-jour Marie-Elizabeth Tel: 514-695-0045. - Another idea would be to go to a flea market, like Marches aux Puces St-Michel, http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=23 buy an old lamp, take it apart and use the part that you need. - In fact you can buy any new lamp too and take off the shade and put on your Japanese paper. - Here's another idea, call Au Papier Japonais (page 167) Tel: 514-276-6863 and find out if they have any artisans who cover lamps with the paper

Q: I have an old RCMP pea coat that belonged to my father. I would like to get it cut down and restyled to fit me. Do you know of anybody in the city who could do this for me?

[Julie - Dec 12, 2012]

A: On my website, under the section called Repairmen, it mentions that Bellingham Cleaners and Tailors has seamstresses on the premises. http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=167 Another option is in my book, on page 162 which is subtitled: Seamstresses: You can call 514-514-1235 and ask for Maria

Q: Hey Sandra, Love your website. Question..do you know of anyone that repairs snowblowers either shops or home service? Need help.....

[Sandro - Dec 12, 2012]

A: There is an entire 20-page section in my book for Repairmen. Under "Sharpening" you will find: Jean Guglia & fils at 10,344 Boul. St-Laurent. They sell and fix snowblowers as well as many other tools. They must know what they are doing as they have been open for 58 years. http://jeanguglia.com/

Q: I have a two way zipper on my which jacket which is finished. Any recommendations?

[Denis - Dec 12, 2012]

A: I just went over to St-Hubert St. which is the fabric district of Montreal. There are 2 side-by-side shops that sell notions and they both sell two-way zippers in many sizes and colors. I was surprised to find out that you can buy any length of one-way zipper as they have long rolls and just cut off the length you need (I bought a 60" one for a duvet cover) and finish off the ends Boutique Bilal 7432 St-Hubert (514-278-8007) - ribbons, lace trim and collars, all sizes of zippers, buttons, interfacing, linings, elastic, labels, fringe, boas Accessoires de couture St-Hubert 7454 St-Hubert (514-278-9416) - tons of trimmings, costume jewelry, buttons, zippers, appliques, ribbons, large rolls of sewing machine thread For a tailor to put it in: on my web site I have Denis Tailor Tel: 514-334-7963 http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=151 who is located on Sauve near l'Acadie

Q: I have a Colibri lighter issued by Loto Quebec at the their start. Mint condition, in original box. Under the lighter is marked west Germany. After surfing internet I found no location to have it repaired. When I fill it with butane it leaks. It could be a item of value. Any help would be appreciated.

[John - Dec 12, 2012]

A: Try Fix "R" Us which you can read about on my web site under Repairmen http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=180 .Tel: 514-421-1349.They offer free estimates and can fix many things in your home.

Q: I dropped a piece of my china and it broke neatly into 4 pieces. Can you recommend somewhere to go for it to be fixed?

[Erin - Jan 1, 2013]

A: Mr. Fixit, 4652 boul. Decarie, Snowdon. Whenever something old breaks and you're wondering "where do I go with this?", this is the place to head to. Repairs and restoration to china, crystal, antiques, lamps, paintings, clocks, carved stone, ivory, alabaster, marble, soapstone, porcelain, bronze, silverware and objets d'art (gold leaf and papier mache too) are cheerfully taken care of. www.themrfixit.com

Q: Je cherche un endroit a Montréal, si possible, pour faire réparer un verre de cristal Waterford.

[Denise - Jan 1, 2013]

A: Mr Fixit, 4652 boul. Decarie, Snowdon can certainly fix that. Whenever something old breaks and you're wondering "where do I go with this?", this is the place to head to. Repairs and restoration to china, crystal, antiques, lamps, paintings, clocks, carved stone, ivory, alabaster, marble, soapstone, porcelain, bronze, silverware and objets d'art (gold leaf and papier mache too) are cheerfully taken care of. www.themrfixit.com

Q: I have been searching in various places to find someone who can repair a very old book. The binding is letting go because the glue is so old and brittle. Would you know of anyone in Montreal who has the skill to do this?

[sonjazt@gmail.com - Apr 4, 2013]

A: About 12 years ago, I had this company in my book: Reliure Vianney Belanger, 8761 Pl Marien, Montreal Est Tel: 514-648-2420. I have no idea if they are still around. This is the web site for about a dozen 2nd hand book shops who all probably have a name in their little black book: www.usedbookcircle.com Just put a question in to them and someone is bound to have an answer.

Q: I was wondering whether you would be able to help me .I have broken the inside liner of my crock pot and short of buying a new one,if there was somewhere that I could buy just another liner.I do not know whether it would be any cheaper to do so but I would like to try.

[JD - Apr 4, 2013]

A: The most logical answer would be to go to the web site of the manufacturer and send them the question and let them know where you live. In my Smart Shopping Montreal book, there is a section for Repairmen. One of the shops repairing Small appliances would be LaFlamme Electrique, 1596 Amherst. Tel: 514-527-9151. Check with them.

Q: It's an in-wall unit and I've already contacted Carrier to get a list of Service Centers. However, all of them ONLY service Central A/C. Carrier said they have discontinued manufacturing that line since 2009 and I would like to have it serviced (cleaned/looked at). A: If you know of any place I can contact in the Dorval area, it would be most appreciated.

[Bruce - Jul 7, 2013]

A: I didn't have any great answer for you, but I just came across a super consultant who deals with a company who services Carrier, not sure if they do window ones though: A: Steve Rudick srudick@gmail.com 514.482.6102

Q: My daughter just moved up to Montreal to study at McGill. Are there any laundry services downtown that will wash/fold laundry?

[Ricky - Aug 8, 2013]

A: The answer was right on my www.smartshoppingmontreal.com web site. Click on Repairmen, Dry Cleaning for Bellingham which will pick up and deliver: http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=167 This one isn't right downtown but nearer to Concordia University, NDG campus: Lavoir Patricia 5320 Patricia Avenue Montreal H4V 1Z2 (western N.D.G.)

Q: I have a question for you. I got a beautiful wool coat that is a bit long on the sleeves and hem and wide at waist. I wish to have it altered by a skilled and willing tailor. Do you happen to know of such service in NDG? Your help is really appreciated.

[Iris - Oct 10, 2013]

A: I don't have a name of a seamstress in NDG but I do have one in Kirkland: 514-6951235 (tell her you found it in my book) or you can go to Bellingham Cleaners and Tailors 2655 Bates in TMR. They've been around since 1940 and have seamstresses on the premises.

Q: I love your shopping blog and website, and I hope you will have the answer to this question. We have some feather comforters that were bought years and years ago by my grandmother at a store near Prince Arthur in Montreal (Becker's or Baker's?). They were taken really good care of, but the decades have left their mark, and there are now some tears in the fabric, and the comforters can use some new down filling. We'd like to fix them and keep them in the family, but we can't seem to find a place in Montreal that would do the repairs! Any ideas?

[Batsheva - Oct 10, 2013]

A: If you had perused my web site www.smartshoppingmontreal.com and looked under Household, Duvets, you would have found 2 possibilities: Ungava Duvet http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=18 Duvet Millenium http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=222

Q: Can you recommend a shop that can replace a metal zipper on a leather jacket? I have tried (and failed) twice, and doing a search on the web, not very much comes up.

[Claude - Oct 10, 2013]

A: Well you didn't simply look at my Smartshoppingmontreal.com web site. There are 4 businesses right there which can do the job: 1 - Coronet Leather Garments on Boul. St-Laurent, http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=50 2 - Handbag Repair Company 5479 boul. Decarie . http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=133 3 - Bellingham Cleaners and Tailors, http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=167 4 - Cordonnerie Westmount, http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=199

Q: I want to repair the very long zipper on a Jack Murphy coat which I bought several years ago in England. I believe there is a store on St Denis (a very cool place, with an aquarium, large travel photos, and a cool man working there). I have brought my bike bags there 2x and he did a fine job,

[Sheindl - Oct 10, 2013]

A: This came in when we were away so I missed your Oct 3rd date. Handbag repair company right on my web site can do that. 5479 boul. Decarie Montreal, QC H3W 3C6, corner: Edouard-Montpetit . Tel: 514-486-2028 . Though this is a company which is in the business of repairing handbags, briefcases, luggage (all airline claims), and they can also fix umbrellas and zippers (even on coats). http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=133

Q: Sandra, I have a floor lamp with a discolored base which I would like to replace. The base is a brushed brass with an 11" diameter. Do you know where I can find a replacement part or have the work done.

[Eileen - Aug 8, 2014]

A: There are a handful of companies which repair lamps. I might ask at Auger Halogene Tel: 514-596-3946, 1108 Ontario east. This shop gained attention because people love the lighting fixtures they create out of railroad insulators. They specialize in making lamps and overhead fixtures out of re-cycled items like musical instruments. You can also head to Antique Alley on Notre Dame between Atwater and Guy. One shop which specializes in lamps is L'allumeur 991-6721. Bring the lamp or a photo to show ask who else on the street might have parts Lastly, Benecon 514-323-4977 is a third generation welder (and brazer) and can build or fix gates, railings, tables, chairs, window bars, sculptures and do ornamental work. They can be made out of brass, iron, steel or stainless steel. He will come to you to see what your project involves.

Q: Can you recommend a shop that can replace a metal zipper on a leather jacket? I have tried (and failed) twice, and doing a search on the web, not very much comes up.

[Claude - Oct 10, 2013]

A: Well you didn't simply look at my Smartshoppingmontreal.com web site. There are 4 businesses right there which can do the job: 1 - Coronet Leather Garments on Boul. St-Laurent, http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=50 2 - Handbag Repair Company 5479 boul. Decarie . http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=133 3 - Bellingham Cleaners and Tailors, http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=167 4 - Cordonnerie Westmount, http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=199

Q: Have your book but looking to find some store or handyman that can cut and install to measure basic wood shelves with wood rods in closet at a reasonable price! The traditional ones you find in apartment closets in Cote des neiges! Please see attached photos for examples Thank you very much for your guidance

[Peter - Dec 12, 2013]

A: Page 166, under Repairmen, you might call Furniture Medic. Don't think he does that exactly but may have an associate who can.

Q: I have looked high and low for a reputable repair person to repair my much beloved cuckoo clock-to no avail. Any suggestions would be extremely appreciated. Thanks a heap! I wish you and your family a wonderful holiday!

[Pamela - Dec 12, 2013]

A: Well you didn't look inside my Smart Shopping Montreal book. Here's one with 68 years of experience: Juergen Sander, 514-949-1232 or 514-630-7599. There are more there.

Q: I have searched high and low to find RIT stain remover. I can not find the company on a direct web site. I used this item in the past on recommendation from Tilley's Endurables. Any advice would be appreciated.

[Denise - Jan 1, 2014]

A: Walmart sells it online, perhaps the stores have it too. Amazon sells it online. Try the big hardware stores: Home Depot, Reno Depot, Rona Depot. Have you asked Tilley on Laurier Ave?

Q: Need a telescopic assembly and handle(broke off) for my Swiss Gear suitcase. Where can I get parts? Thanks and regards

[Richard - May 5, 2014]

A: On my web site, there's Handbag Repair Company which has been around for years and years and certainly can help you with that. http://smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=133 They can also repair handbags, briefcases, umbrellas and zippers (even on coats). 5479 boul. Decarie Montreal, QC H3W 3C6. corner: Edouard-Montpetit Tel: 514-486-2028

Q: The spring lifting mechanism of my murphy bed will no longer keep the bed in it's upright position when closed. Is there anybody in Montreal that offers this type of repair service? I am having a hard time locating someone. Whatever info you can provide will be greatly appreciated.

[Guy - May 5, 2014]

A: I'm not sure which type of Murphy bed you have but there are a few places in my Smart Shopping Montreal book (look under wall beds) which sell them. Perhaps these businesses may know where you can get parts or have someone who can do the repair: Li-Muro says they carry the Murphy line wall bed. Tel: 514-845-0308, 4823 St-Denis B.O.F.F. in Laval, has their own Canadian designed mechanism Tel: 450-978-2444 1778 le Corbusier Stil Design in Pointe Claire used to be a Murphy bed dealer and they still have wall beds but mostly do closet design now. Tel: 514-697-3128, 870 Ellington

Q: I have a problem and I a sure you have a solution!! You always do J I have a huge roller blind that needs a new spring. Is there someone who repairs this here in Montreal I cant see shipping it to the manufacturer. Thanks- fran/

[Fran - Apr 4, 2014]

A: Answer: Right on my web site was Fenetre Deco: http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=55 He comes to your house and is a blind specialist. Also on my site was Verti Store, not sure if they do repairs though http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=124 2925 boul des Sources, Dorval QC H9R 4N3, corner: Transcanadienne, Tel: 514-685-1901 Also, The Shiller boys original "Le Marche du Store" on 3500 boul. St-Joseph E. 514-259-3500 has a repair depot for their blinds, maybe would help you out.

Q: I have a white cotton duvet cover that I would like to have dyed. Do you know of any dry cleaners that offer this service? Many thanks!

[Wendy - Jun 6, 2014]

A: : In my Smart Shopping Montreal book, on page 156, I write about this. The only store in town that I know of is Nettoyeurs Vitalizing Cleaners on Mont-Royal est. However, they will only dye 100% cotton garments like jeans, sweaters, shirts and coats. If there are any discolorations in the fabric, the only color that will dye evenly is black. Be aware that some threads won't take the dye and there also might be a teeny bit of shrinkage.

Q: Where in the Montreal area could I find Eagle kerosene lamp parts for the lamp pictured below please ?

[Darryl - Jul 7, 2014]

A: I might ask at Auger Halogene Tel: 514-596-3946, 1108 Ontario east. This shop gained attention because people love the lighting fixtures they create out of railroad insulators. They specialize in making lamps and overhead fixtures out of re-cycled items like musical instruments. Of course, they can fix your lamp too.You head to Antique Alley on Notre Dame between Atwater and Guy. One shop which specializes in lamps is L'allumeur 991-6721. Bring the lamp or a photo to show ask who else on the street might have parts.

Q: Just hoping you could please give me some advice as to where I could go concerning a broken steel clasp on a dressy little red purse. I bought it on a once in a life time trip to China…specifically on one part of the trip >. a few days on a cruise on the Yangtse River.. I hardly used it and now the clasp won’t shut properly when I press “in’ . Thank you for any help you could give me on this matter as to any chance of fixing it…and where I could go….. I have not yet tried regular shoemaker places as I have been told that they won’t be able to fix it.

[Caroline - Jul 7, 2014]

A: If you had looked on my website www.smartshoppingmonteal.com you would have come across the Handbag Repair Company http://smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=133 It has also been in my book for 28 years.

Specialists

Q: I'm looking for a good quality planter to use indoors in our living room. Most of the planters are round, I'm looking for a rectangular one and so far I haven't been successful finding one.

[Adriana - Aug 8, 2009]

A: You've certainly done your homework. Maybe try: Califolia Plantes et Decor, 1250 Beaulac, VSL 514-956-9856

Q: Some time ago I heard you on the radio stating that there were places where we could purchase , either used or new corrugated boxes, one of them being a manufacturer on Cote de Liesse (I believe) who also had boxes for paintings. I need a few boxes for oil paintings to be shipped out of the country .

[Elizabeth - Jul 7, 2009]

A: Magasin Festival Store, 8310 Cote de Liesse. 514-340-1119

Q: My family has been using Smart Shopping for years and I often catch you on the radio. One thing that I can't find is a builder of custom model cases. It is a Plexiglas case with a wood base made to size. I know that there is a fellow in RDP but I can't find him. Can you help? Thanks so much!

[Bill - Jun 6, 2009]

A: I would ask at Udisco, Phone: 514-481-8107. They are wholesalers of all kinds of hobbies and would probably lead you in the right direction. All you really need is a local handy carpenter-type guy. Maybe ask Mr. Fixit, if that doesn't work out. Phone: 514-484-8332

Q: I texted you on the Tommy Schnurmacher show on Thursday but go it in too late... I am looking for a jade cross pendant for my niece whose name happens to be, you got it, Jade Cross. Short of scouring all the shops in China town, do you know of a place which might have such an item?

[Jakky - Jun 6, 2009]

A: Chinatown is a great answer. It's very small and there are only a 1/2 dozen or so stores that sell baubles. Jade is not popular right now, so if you want to splurge and get one made to order, here's a wholesale jeweler you can call and ask: Bram Schectmann, 514-842-0222

Q: I listened to you this am on CJAD and missed the name of the place to get used moving boxes for 25 cent

[Maria - Jun 6, 2009]

A: Festival Magasin Store ($.20-$.40), 8310 Cote de Liesse; Gem Entrepot ($.25), 4732 Thimens, VSL

Q: Do you know the name of the shoe store that is good at fittting shoes and sandals ...in the Pointe Claire Shopping Center?

[Marcy - Jun 6, 2009]

A: I believe it's the one called Le Jardin de Mes Pieds. There are a couple of others in there now too - in the new section

Q: I would like to know where I can purchase good quality or designer maternity clothing for everyday and special occasions.

[Rosanna - Jun 6, 2009]

A: One would be Bloom Maternite, 4937B Sherbrooke W or on the West Island, Mama Mia, 262 Bord du lac, Pointe Claire

Q: Several years ago in your Gazette column, you mentioned places in Montreal where adaptive clothing for seniors with arthritis may be purchased. These usually have velcro closures. I've found one in Ontario but all garments (especially nightgowns) have back closures and for elderly arthritic persons, front closures are more convenient

[Josie - Jun 6, 2009]

A: Try Creation Comfort, 6015 Louis-Hemon (514-728-6889) creationcomfort.com. There are 2 more in St Lambert in my book

Q: Where can I find Spanks control underwear in Montreal?

[Marianne - Apr 4, 2009]

A: For Spanks you can go to Soxbox on 1357 Greene Ave and I believe Spanks are sold at the Baie too.

Q: I moved here a year ago from Victoria B.C. and I am having trouble finding a good arts and crafts store

[Suzanne - Apr 4, 2009]

A: We have a chain called DeSerres. The closest one to you is on boul. des Sources at the corner of Autoroute 40. There are over 34 Arts&Crafts businesses in my Smart Shopping Montreal book (see below), some are even wholesalers that will sell to the public. A full service store that has been open since 1952 is L'Oiseau Bleu Artisinat, 4146 Ste-Catherine est but you should check out the others for what you are looking for....

Q: I have a coin/paper money collection which I would like to have appraised and perhaps sell. Would you know if Rousseau Collections (at the Bay and in Old Montreal, 230 rue Saint - Jacques Quest) would be a good place to start? There is also Empire somewhere on Decarie

[Pearl - Apr 4, 2009]

A: have never looked into Rousseau so I can't answer that part of the question. Empire is an auction house and may be able to sell it for you. One coin dealer I know on the West Island is Bluenose (514) 695-4313 ) in the Pointe Claire Shopping Center at boul. St Jean and Remembrance Highway. You might ask there to get an idea of what to do. Also, there is a place on Jean Talon called n-vend (in my book), that will research it and help you sell it on e-bay

Q: I need to buy non-slip rubber soled socks for my grandmother-in-law who recently slipped and seriously injured her head in her retirement apartment. She was recommended to purchase non-slip socks but I cannot found these socks at any of the pharmacies.

[John - Apr 4, 2009]

A: The easiest place to find them is at medical supply stores, there are a handful in my book, so here's one that has many locations and here's one of them: Laboratoire Slawner, 5713 Cote-des-Neiges 514-731-3378

Q: Do you know of a place where I can take soapmaking course and also where I can get natural products to buy for soapmaking?

[Bea - Mar 3, 2009]

A: Call and ask at: Co-op La Maison Verte, 514-489-8000. Also these skin care manufacturers are in this area: Dans Un Jardin 450-628-6700 or Fruits and Passion 450-638-2212, so maybe you can ask there too. Let me know where you find it so I can help others who ask.

Q: I have bought wood carvings as wedding gifts on and off for many years. I have phoned about 40 gift and souvenir shops over the past few days and cannot find one store that sells them.

[Sheila - Sep 9, 2006]

A: Try these artists co-ops: L'empreinte Cooperative 514-861-2247, 272 St-Paul E or Les Artisans du Meuble Quebecois, 514-866-1836, 88 St Paul E or ask them the question.

Q: Once again we will be buying an inuit scupture for a gift, where in your book do you suggest I go?

[ - Aug 8, 2006]

A: Canadian Guild of Crafts, 1460 Sherbrooke Ouest is an excellent place. Phone: 849-6091. Or Elca London, 1196 Sherbrooke St. West at Stanley St. Phone: (514) 282-1173. www.elcalondon.com Or Galerie le Chariot ,446 Place Jacques Cartier at Notre Dame St., Old Montreal. Phone (514) 875-4994 and Indianica, 79 St. Paul St. East at St. Gabriel St., Old Montreal. Phone: (514) 866-1267. www.indianica.com

Q: Where can I get my dryer cleaned out?

[Thi - Jul 7, 2006]

A: Air Elite, Phone: (450) 689-8667. Hours: by appointment.

Q: Where can I get my dryer cleaned out? Part 2

[ - Jul 7, 2006]

A: Air Elite, Phone: (450) 689-8667. Hours: by appointment. This dryer cleaning service sucks the lint out of your dryer, cleans out the flexible hose and checks the outside caps to make sure they are venting properly. Often they find the hoses packed with lint, bird's nests and are full of backed up humidity - they can hear it bubbling from the outside! For a single home, the yearly cost is $95, and they are very busy doing condominium buildings too.

Q: Where can I get my dryer cleaned out? Part 3

[ - Jul 7, 2006]

A: The family has been in the installation of major appliance business for thirty-four years, and does a great job on dishwashers, fridges, dryers, washers, air conditioners.

Q: I am writing you to find out if you would know where I could locate a store that had clothing for a big and tall man at reasonable prices. I 'm looking for a store that would stock size 4X for men. I'm looking for good quality clothing at a discounted price.

[Judy - Aug 8, 2009]

A: Grande Taille Maximus is one, 3284 Jean-Yves, Kirkland or on Taschereau. There are other stores in the book like Jaf 900 Decarie that have shirts or suits or jeans, shoes, etc. for larger guys. There's also the Hong Kong tailors that come in a few times a year.

Q: Q: I´m interested in buying a single Urban Jungle stroller by Mountain byggy.

[ - Jul 7, 2006]

A: Try: Le Carrousel du Parc, 5608 Parc Ave. Tel: 514-279-3884 or Meubles Juvenile Decarie Tel: 514-482-1586

Q: I am currently looking into taking sewing classes and buying a sewing machine for clothing and quilting, and I find that the main options are going to fashion schools. Do you know of more economical ways to take up basic sewing as a hobby? Are there any places in the city you would recommend for a beginner sewer/quilter to buy supplies and get no-hassle information?

[Orly - Sep 9, 2009]

A: These 2 shops give quilting lessons and you can ask them about sewing courses. Quilte Classique Phone: 514-630-8885 or La Maison de Calico, Phone: 514-695-0728

Q: I searched your site for where to get reasonably priced mattresses but didn't find anything so I was wondering if you have any suggestions.

[Marc - Sep 9, 2009]

A: 2,000 answers are in my Smart Shopping Montreal book (see below). The site is only an hors d'oeuvre to give you an idea of what you might find. Mattresses are on pg 81. Here's a Quebec manufacturer: Laval Bedding, 950 Berlier.

Q: I heard you on CJAD 800 radio. I need your help with my mother. She has extremely swollen ankles and I cannot find socks at any stores that fit he and is comfortable and will not constrict blood circulation in her ankles. I looked it up on the Internet but my Mom has to see the socks.

[Giovanna - Sep 9, 2009]

A: Those kind of socks are sold through medical supply stores. Closes to you might be J.E. Hanger, 5545 St-Jacques W in NDG. There are others in my book.

Q: Could you tell me where I could purchase TEAK furniture/ used and or new?

[Leonard - Sep 9, 2009]

A: In my book, Under Antique Alley, I mention an area of Amherst between Ontario and Ste-Catherine St. which as about 1/2 dozen shops where you can find second-hand teak furniture. Not sure if it is still there but there used to be a teak store on Cote Vertu, just west of Place Vertu on the same side of the street.

Q: My daughter's friend is getting married & is having trouble finding a bustier for under her dress. She's been to just about every store we can think of with no luck. One problem is she is quite busty & cannot find anything to fit her size. I was wondering if you knew of any places that sell off the rack as it will probably be too late to have anything made at this point. The wedding is Thanksgiving Saturday

[Mary - Sep 9, 2009]

A: In my book, there's a section on specialty sizing including bras... Here's two of them:Venus Lingerie, 3854 Notre-Dame in Laval is a friendly place for that. Jeannine Julien, 1330 Beaubien Est (no Mondays) has been the place to go for years and has been recently sold but still has a whole section of merry widows and corselets and bras to size 56I

Q: I would appreciate knowing where to buy adaptive clothing.

[Lucia - Oct 10, 2009]

A: You would be happy buying at: Creation Confort, 6015 Louis Hemon 728-6889 and the 2 others you can find in my book (see below). These companies specialize in easy to get on and off clothing for people who are bed-ridden, wheel-chair bound or have difficulty dressing.

Q: was in my car when I listened to your CJAD this morning. I have 2 Fedoras ( for women) needing reshaping. I just love wearing hats, though it does not seem to be fashionable. Is there a place in town or close by? I checked in your latest book, there is no mention of a millinery. I appreciate a response. You never cease to amaze me about your work!

[Maria-Luise - Oct 10, 2009]

A: In my 12th edition, look on page 175 for Hats and Wigs. Askl at Nicole first as they do ladies but I'm not sure if they do repairs. If not, check Henri Henri as they definitely know how to block a hat.

Q: Love your shlog! :) Where can I find 100% pure cocoa butter and/or African shea butter in Montreal? Thanks!

[Tania - Oct 10, 2009]

A: Maison de Beaute Doree, 6875 Victoria, Snowdon specializes in the beauty needs of women of color. They have a few shea butters and probably the cocoa too

Q: Can you name some places that we could rent or buy, kids cake molds for reasonable price.

[Tiana - Nov 11, 2009]

A: There are a few in my book. Here's one: Accessoires Rose Blancche for all kinds of baking supplies. Located at: 665 1st Ave, Lachine

Q: I am looking for a place or places in montreal that sell nesting dolls. I have a small collection and would like to buy one for my new daughter as a tradition for christmas. Would you know of any stores that would sell them?

[Melanie - Nov 11, 2009]

A: I saw them at Onze, 4146 boul. St-Denis. Also you can pick them up at Russian food shops.

Q: When I was a young girl in school, I had a friend whose family came from Holland. She use to give me licorice. It was a very salty licorice in the shape of a thin diamond pastile. From what I have been able to find on the internet, the name is Salmiakjes. I have been craving this licorice for months. I cannot seem to find anywhere in Quebec where it is sold.

[Suzanne - Nov 11, 2009]

A: I know exactly what you are talking about. There was a store in Pointe Claire village that had them in all kinds of shapes and intensities. It must be an acquired taste as I could not bear sucking the one they gave me. They''ve closed, so I'll give you a couple of places to start to ask about them. Confiserie Lousie Decarie has speciality candies 514-499-3445, Le Vrac du Marche, 514-933-0202 is a by the pound store in the Atwater market so maybe they have a more eclectic selection of candies, La Vieille Europe has delicacies from all over Europe 514-842-5773.

Q: Can you please tell me where I can get decent winter tires for a 2010 Corolla.

[Nathan - Nov 11, 2009]

A: The APA (Automobile Protection Association) recommends Talon Tire (514-337-0833 for an appointment, www.talontire.com ) and that's who I use. They know each tire inside and out and go over your driving habits/needs to pick what is best for your car and your pocketbook. I'm not saying that they will have the best prices on everything (though they do get good promotions from the distributors) but they have expert information. People don't realize that your tires are soooo important to the safety of you driving a car. It could mean a huge difference between life and infirmity - or worse. Tell Jay (or John) I sent you.

Q: Where could I find a store in Montreal or laval where they sell small size bras? I wear either 38A or 40A bra size and I have difficulty finding a store that carry small sizes.

[Lucy - Dec 12, 2009]

A: There is a new chain called Change of Scandinavia that is now located in Rockland Shopping Center. They have a selection for small sizes. There are also at least 3 others stores in my book that carry a wide range of sizes.

Q: I wonder if you can help me find a place that sells 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide. The only place that I found was in the West Island of Monteal (I live there too), but they only sell it in gallons at about $100.00 each. I'm looking for something smaller, like 16 oz. And also where can I buy drinkable distilled water? I listen to you on Tommy Schnurmacker's show.

[Gee - Dec 12, 2009]

A: Try, Lab A-Z, 8127 St-Hubert St. 514-866-4252

Q: Where can you buy the kit to plant the Montreal Melon ?

[David - Dec 12, 2009]

A: I took this kit onto CTV News for a holiday gift; Mortimer Snodgrass is located in Old Montreal and St Lambert Locations: 457 Victoria Ave. St-Lambert Tel: 454-465-5252 or 209 St-Paul O. Tel: 514-499-2851 (moving nearby) www.mortimersnodgrass.com.

Q: I have been trying to buy a couple of egyptian rubbing prints. Many years ago the church on St. Catherine Street (St. James United I believe) was selling them. I contacted the church and was advised that the people who were doing them had left long ago. Do you know where I might be able to purchase the prints?

[Susan - Dec 12, 2009]

A: My suggestion would be to contact the Egyptian Embassy or Consulate and ask them. Or find a church that Egyptians go to in Montreal. Maybe if you ask the question in some Mid Eastern Food stores, they can lead you to an Egyptian source here.

Q: I was wondering if you knew where I could purchase many sweaters 7 womens and 7 mens, that have designs on them like reindeer or bears or deer - that kind of thing. I've been all over Montreal to no avail. The Bay has some by Ralph Lauren, but I want an outdoor type of sweater. I know you are busy this time of year especially, and really appreciate your help.

[Loulou - Dec 12, 2009]

A: I haven't bumped into any. However my suggestion might be to go to a wool store and ask for some names of knitters who might be happy to help make them for you. There are many in my book. Here's one: Effiloche, 6252 St Hubert St.

Q: I am looking for a cheap playhouse for my daughter. Toysrus had one at 230.00 Canadian dollars and they are all gone. Cannot find something similar anywhere. Can you help?

[Marel - Dec 12, 2009]

A: There are many companies that make them. I've seen some that are fabric that you just throw over a card table and then can be put away when they're finished playing. Here's a web site that covers them all www.playhouses.com

Q: I am looking to buy Nylotex to use in craft projects such as covering coat hangers or folding lawn chairs. It is strips of jersey-like material, approximately one inch wide, sold in balls and comes in many colours. It used to be very popular and I have purchased it at Rossy's in the past but it seems to be very rare these days. Can you help?

[Faye - Dec 12, 2009]

A: Have you tried the DeSerres chain of art supply stores? or L'Oiseau Bleu Artisinat, 4146 Ste-Catherine est 514-527-3456 - they've been around over 50 years

Q: I listen to you on CJAD all the time. I am looking for a watch, however it does not seem to be available in most stores (trust me I looked) the watch is the Casio G-8000, where do you think I could possibly find it. Also, I am looking for a watch box, it must be a decent sized one, and I am not looking for anything too expensive as my watch collection is not super impressive, I only need id to keep my watches protected from getting scratched and dusty, it does not need to be made of wood as that often makes them more expensive, where do you think I could find what I am looking for. Also I live in the east end so I do not want to go too far too get it, downtown would be best. If you could write me back soon I would be very greatful.

[Michael Mondelli - Mar 3, 2010]

A: For watch boxes, I have 3 ideas. One is poke around the Marches aux Puces, 7707 Shelley on Fri, Sat, Sun and you may find an interesting box to buy. Or call this watch repairman, Aram Barkov, 5140 995-4917 and ask him what he might suggest. There are more clock and watch people in my book.

Q: I'm just wondering where I can find quality gold and silver jewelry at a low price ?

[Nathalie - Mar 3, 2010]

A: A wholesale jeweler: Bram Schectman 1435 St Alexandre St. Phone: 514-842-0222

Q: Many years ago, I purchased a beret by Terese Arcand in Centre Ville, Montreal. I love it and I would like to know where to purchase more. Also, absent that, I want high quality 12" berets in all colors for women

[Niamh - Mar 3, 2010]

A: Try Chapofolie, 3944 St-Denis or the wholesaler Nicole & Co, 9200 ave du Parc. 514-383-5599

Q: I am looking for some "Qualicraft"- Nylotex Nylon Yarn. Do you have any for sale and how much?

[Teresa - Mar 3, 2010]

A: There are a 1/2 dozen yarn stores in my book (see below to buy) for you to check for that. Here's one: Les Lainages du Petit Mouton, 295B boul. St-Jean, Plaza Pointe Claire.

Q: I heard you on CJAD with Andrew Carter a few weeks ago talking about people interested in furniture from the 70's. My father-in-law has a sofa set that is in mint condition. It's sort of like a shiny velour orange color material. It's a semi circular "sectional set" with a matching ottoman. I mentioned to him that these are now in demand and could fetch surprisingly high re-sale price. Can you put me in touch with any potential buyers?

[Patrick - Mar 3, 2010]

A: There are a 1/2 dozen "antique" shops on Amherst street that love that stuff. They are listed on page 173 in my book. Here's one: Jack's 514-596-0060

Q: I have an 8 person place setting of Birk's Laurentian sterling silver flatware. Where is the best place to sell this kind of item in Montreal?

[Jen - Mar 3, 2010]

A: They are hard to sell. You can take photos to the antique dealers on Notre Dame (see list on page 172 of my book) and see if anyone wants them. There's one company that I know that sells silver: Roselyn and Mike, 514-697-1935.

Q: I have never traveled to the USA for shopping. Everyone raves about it. Considering the exchange right now, is it really advantageous to drive down to Plattsburgh for the day? Are the deals that good? If so, can you recommend some places to go for great deals on clothing and home products ?

[David - Mar 3, 2010]

A: Shopping in the States is no bargain right now in terms of exchange rate. However there are things that are sold there and there are sales there that just don't happen here. Don't forget you have to add in your gas and a motel stay to your costs if you want to bring home goods (check Canada customs site for amounts). Same day is officially $0; more than 24 hours is only $50; 48 hours is $400 Having said that, you can pick up crazy sales like turkey for $.49 a pound, eggs for $.89, etc. Markdowns in stores can be great if you know how to find them. I bought a kid's winter jacket $1.99. Target is a fun store to shop in. There is a clearance store for baked goods near the airport, where you can wind up paying less than $1 for a bread or a cake. People like the liquor prices and some people go for the health food supplements. Everyone has their own little deals that they go for.

Q: I am looking for a store that sells small artificial flower arrangements. If you know of a place in Montreal area (Preferably the East end (Montreal-North & surroundings)) let me know.

[Linda - Mar 3, 2010]

A: A wholesaler that now sells to the public has all kinds of options for you: Califolia, 1250 Beaulac, 514-956-9856. It's near Place Vertu.

Q: I am looking for a place that does bra fittings..I remember you mentioning one in the West Island..any information you can give me would be appreciated..

[Tisha - Apr 4, 2010]

A: That would be Victoriann Bra Bodies, 514-694-2567. It is a bit pricey - $250.

Q: Could you please tell me where I can purchase a mah jong set?

[Gail - Apr 4, 2010]

A: I have seen them at le Valet D'Coeur, 4408 St-Denis. What about Chinatown?

Q: Where would this be found: Size 13 to size 1 dressy shoe with small heel for young lady (11 years old) with very very narrow foot. Tried Jr. Booty, Browns to no avail. P l e a s e H E L P !

[Charlotte - May 5, 2010]

A: Narrow shoes are hard enough to find for adults, but more impossible for kids. You might have to buy a shoe adjustment pad from Astro (page 148). For the shoes, you might try Laura Jo in Laval (page 48). Shoemakers can sometimes adjust shoes to fit too, like Carinthia (page 149). Book is Smart Shopping Montreal, of course.

Q: I am having a problem trying to find larger sized Mountain Biking shoes. I am wondering who would you recommend?

[Adam - May 5, 2010]

A: La Bottinerie, 6593 St-Hubert is one answer (more in my Smart Shopping Montreal book). I know they have construction boots, golf shoes, roller blades, ice skates, athletic shoes up to size 20 (not all up to this)

Q: Do you know of a place that "deodorizes shoes"? I've tried calling a few shoe repair shops and they could not help me. I have some pretty shoes that need help because after years of summer wearing, need resuscitation!

[Kathy - Jun 6, 2010]

A: Well you obviously did not look at the shoe repairmen in my Smart Shopping Montreal book. Carinthia, 1228 St-Marc is a shoe fairyland. He said to bring them in as different shoes need different methods. Besides fixing heels and soles (on rock climbing, hiking boots and sport shoes), adding zippers, elastic in boots, tightening boots, cutting heels and all the other regular services of a shoe repair shop, they can fill prescriptions for orthopedic adjustments, and do it all with a smile.

Q: My girlfriend is looking for a specific hat and color to wear with her wedding dress she hasn't too much time to have this made I value your advice and love your books can you help please?

[Lisa - Jun 6, 2010]

A: In my book, Smart Shopping Montreal, I write about a hat manufacturer in Montreal that allows retail clients to come up by appointment. Nicole & co. 514-383-5599. If that doesn't work, you could just buy a straw hat and then have someone handy? or a dressmaker? put the netting on. You can buy some at fabric places in my book.

Q: Also, would you happen to know where I could find a "reclaimed barnyard diningroom table" or something a bit rustic, but not too rustic or too country. A wood table where you don't need a cloth or anything to protect it. Just casual dining with everything just put out on the table. I would like to combine it with a crystal chandelier. I love the look of these tables, but don't seem to see them in the stores. If I do find one, it's quiet expensive and too large.

[Doreen - Jun 6, 2010]

A: Look under the Antique Alley section.

Q: A 9 year old girl wants a world globe and cannot find a store that sells a globe! Do you know where one can buy a globe?

[Peggy - Dec 12, 2010]

A: They sell globes (wonderful electronic ones that talk to you too) at Kidlink, 5604 Monkland. I've seen them at St-Michel Flea Market too.

Q: Hi where can I buy French Creams ... you know those little candies of all colours ... we always had them at Christmas .. I cant find them anywhere .. last year I got them on Nun's Island at the IGA but no where to be found this year ..

[Joanne - Dec 12, 2010]

A: Biscuiterie Oscar has been around for years and probably knows about traditional candies Phone: 514- 272-8415 or try the specialty candy shop: Confiserie Louise Decarie 4424 St-Denis 514-499-3445

Q: I'm looking for a leather chair, the nice ones like the ones you see in the oval office.

[Bentzy's - Mar 3, 2011]

A: Meubles Re-No 2673 avenue Charlemagne. You can now benefit from the design savvy of this business' third generation (49 years) of ownership. They offer top quality Scandinavian leather furniture. They make it to order right on the premises.

Q: I am having difficulty finding affordable lightweight shoes and slippers with velcro closings for my 82-year-old Mum. I've tried Création Confort (limited and shoes are heavy), the Bay, Sears, Naturalizer, without success. Do you have suggestions? Also, in your book you provide the phone number for a seamstress. Can you provide others ? And for special projects: activity apron/pillow for an Alzheimer patient; fabric cover for a binder?

[Lucia - Jun 6, 2011]

A: Pg 168 in my book has more for special sizes. Here's one: Vetements de 3e Age, 450-672-8976 has aprons for Alzheimer patients. Shoe store: Chaussures Le Depot should have shoes for you. In Verdun, 501 de l"Eglise, they sell to nursing homes and have tons of stock of all kinds of shoes. Page 152 has more seamstress names

Q: I am looking for a place where I may have a dress dyed. Your help would be greatly appreciated

[Alice - Jun 6, 2011]

A: There aren't places that do this anymore. I have only found one cleaners (page 147 in my book) and they only do cotton: Nettoyeurs Vitalizing Cleaners, 901 Mont-Royal est.

Q: I would like to know where my nephew who wears a size 15 shoe would find the stores to shop.

[Joan - Jun 6, 2011]

A: There is a section in my Smart Shopping Montreal book for Shoes, Large, Small. Here's one store: Chaussures Le Depot, 501 de l'Eglise, Verdun

Q: I can't seem to find any information in your book or online on where to buy dance clothes and shoes.

[kate - Jul 7, 2011]

A: Edition #13, page 171. Was in older editions too.

Q: Please inform me where to purchase the "Seniors colouring book" that you mentioned on CJAD this morning?

[Anne - Aug 8, 2011]

A: L'Oiseau Bleu Artisanat, 4146 Ste-Catherine est

Q: My mother used to make beautiful needlework pieces (point de croix). Unfortunately, most of them need new lining and border bands. Is there anybody, or a store, specialized in such repairs, at a reasonable place? This means a lot to me, and I would really appreciate your help.

[Ramia - Sep 9, 2011]

A: Try Jeannette's Needlecraft 5015 Coolbrooke off of Queen Mary Rd.

Q: Are you aware of any store in Montreal that sells the following walkers: Asics GEL-Tech Walker Neo, Men's & Women's? I have searched the Internet and tried a few stores, all to no avail.

[Martin - Dec 12, 2011]

A: There are 3 specialty running shoes stores in my book (pgs 191 & 192) that sell Asics. I would call each one. The could probably order what you want. The closest one to you is Running Room at 4873 Sherbrooke W.

Q: My Dad ad has just gotten very I'll and unfortunately he is on pull ups and I was told there is a factory outlet in Montreal I have looked on the net and can't find them.

[Nela - Feb 2, 2012]

A: It was in my book and on my website, you can click here for Mon Petit Monde http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=137

Q: Am having no luck whatsoever finding a shoe store that carries narrow-width ladie's casual shoes or sandals. Any suggestions?

[Jim - Apr 4, 2012]

A: You need to get my book as there are about 1/2 dozen shops that sell narrow ladies shoes listed, starting on page 190. Bilodeau is going out of business now and having a 50% off sale and is posted on my website www.smartshoppingmontreal.com click on Sandra's shlog and scroll down to find it.

Q: I am looking for a store in Montreal that sells padded panties. Any suggestion?

[Genevieve - Apr 4, 2012]

A: Boutique Anne Marie has them. 6648A St-Hubert 514-273-5503.

Q: Wondering if you could help me shop for a cushion I could sit on for tail bone pain. Tried but did not find a suitable one. Looking for a slim one with good fibre foam for comfort.

[Grace - May 5, 2012]

A: In my book, page 185, Boutique Tout pour le Dos, 9501 Christophe Colombe , should have something for you. Also perhaps, maternity shops for pillows after you give birth?

Q: My wife bought a black woolen " Raffinati " coat at the Bay. She needs to get it cleaned. What is the best way, since there was no cleaning instruction tag with it? Also the coat has black leather on the shoulders and along the front, up and down the zipper track. Will regular dry-cleaning be OK, does it affect the leather part?

[Giancarlo - May 5, 2012]

A: I would send it to a very good dry cleaners like Bellingham, 2655 Bates Outremont.. They've been around since 1940 and do all kinds of specialty items. If you want to call Raffinati and ask, they are on my web site, http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=127 Phone number at bottom of page.

Q: Je demeure à 2 heures de Montréal. Je perdrai mes cheveux (chimio) dans 3 semaines. Je cherche dans mon coin une perruque qui ressemble à ma couleur de cheveux sans succès. Ils sont poivre et sel.

[Sylvie - Dec 12, 2012]

A: Try Orly Creations; http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=143&l=fr

Q: I was wondering if you could tell me where I could buy a statue of Don Quixote?

[Guillaume - Dec 12, 2012]

A: Two ways to go here. 1) is to visit the Salon des Metiers d'Art in Place Bonaventure (or Boutique des Metiers d'Art in Marche Bonsecours the rest of the year) and have one of the artisans there make one for you 2) Visit the Marche de Puces St-Michel 7707 Shelley and ask in all the booths if anyone has one. You'd be surprised what they have in their warehouses. You can do the same in the Antique dealers on Notre Dame (between Atwater and Guy) but you'll pay more there.

Q: I need a food basket for the travellers who have come for a funeral with the shiva at Ruby Foos on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. I don't know anyone who does these?

[Dorothy - Jan 1, 2013]

A: Right on my web site, for you to find was Le Panier http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=25 which has been doing food baskets for about 20 years. "This basket company lives in a huge gift store which is chock full of gourmet food items, kitchenware and gifts. Baskets are easily assembled from the jams, hot sauces, condiments, Rogers chocolates, etc" If you needed a Kosher one, in my book, there's Cornucopia 514-276-4712 www.cornucopia.ca

Q: Bonjour ,je suis a la recherche d'une teinture ,le nom et la couleur c'est teck 711 ,le code bar c'est 068097711254 .je ne sais pas si ça peux vous aider car il y a un bon moment que je l'ai acheté,j'ai commencé a teindre un meuble et il m'en manque un petit peu j'aimerais pouvoir me procurer un contenant de 250 ml. Je ne sais pas si vous pouvez me dire ou je peux me le procurer.

[Clement - Feb 2, 2013]

A: On my web site there is a specialist in wood stains, Circa 1850 http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=138&l=fr Les teintures et vernis Circa 1850 ont été inventés ici. Les teintures Cabot et Solignum sont ici et des autres.

Q: I remember when you were first starting out and I got the first edition of your book, thinking then that it was a brilliant idea. Now I cannot imagine what we would do without you. So many times my friends and I are looking for something, searching the net or calling each other, and then we realize "Oh ya. Let's look at Smart Shopping Montreal!" You never let us down. Q: My husband wears size 12 (sometimes 13) wide (EEE) shoes. I am looking for a warm, water resistant pair of winter boots for him at a discount price. Are there any places to try that won't cost a fortune?

[Fay - Feb 2, 2013]

A: A: In the Specialty stores section of my book, there is a subtitle for "Shoes, large and small" where there are 1/2 dozen stores that sell that size. Right now it is the end of the season so most would be having clearance sales. I just heard Chaussures Tony Shoes on the radio saying all the winter boots are 50% off. A new one you may not know about is Chaussez en Grand on St-Hubert St.

Q: Q: Could you tell me where to buy Lilyette bras (made by Maidenform) in Montréal? If I can only buy them on line in Canada, could you give me the link?

[Katerina - Apr 4, 2013]

A: Here's a specialty stores that specializes in bras, you can check with them to see if they have them or know who sells that brand: Venus Lingerie, 450-681-2552

Q: Where can I find, in or around Montreal, a parasol....like an umbrella but for the sun. Preferably with UV protection!

[Sylvia - Jul 7, 2013]

A: There are so many beautiful umbrellas that you can buy these days, just find one that's pretty and use it as a parasol. The UV protection has to be slathered on to your skin.

Q: Do you have keune tinta colours?

[eb - Jul 7, 2013]

A: This is a shopping web site, not a store. You can try Tif Clip, a store which sells to salons: http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=88

Q: Do you know where I can purchase Density Pravana Mousse here in Montreal? Do you deliver?

[Patricia - Jul 7, 2013]

A: I am not familiar with that brand. TifClip is a store which sells products to beauty salons, so maybe they might have it or can find something similar for you http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=88 I am a shopping guru, author, broadcaster and web site owner, so I only deliver books which tell you where to shop: "Smart Shopping Montreal, ed. 14"

Q: Hi Sandra, we are going to a wedding in Europe.Wanted to bring a present that shows Canadian ,the couple are Canadian but have lived there for years..Hard to describe but.... thinking of a plate with maple leaves on it or ???.........Any ideas on where to get something Canadian? Thanks so much, your book and site are my standbys for info!!!

[Brenda - Aug 8, 2013]

A: Everything possible Canadian can be bought in shops on St-Paul Street in Old Montreal. Many shops there, some artisan run, some souvenir-y. You can also buy aboriginal art at Galerie Le Chariot, 446 Place Jacques Cartier or Indianica on St-Paul. Enjoy a stroll there on this gorgeous weekend.

Q: I'm a cancer patient and I wear a bag. I'm looking for a bathing suit that will look right on me.

[Deborah - Oct 10, 2013]

A: Angela Jones in Rockland Shopping Center, not only sells bathing suits, but can adjust the ones they have by adding girdles and linings or you can have one made to measure.

Q: Hello ! I am looking for a beauty-supply company which sells good quality hair extensions. Any ideas ? Jay (Talon Tire) suggested I contact you since you are the shopping advice queen! Thank you!

[Kathy - Nov 11, 2013]

A: Well that's a strange discussion to be having with a "tire guy". : ) However, Jay is right. I do know the answer. If you had looked at my www.smartshoppingmontreal site (where you will soon find Talon Tire!) you can find under Specialists: ER Extensions http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=220 2070 Crescent St., Montreal, QC, H3G 2B8 corner: de Maisonneuve Tel: 514-788-5599 or 1-866-789-5599

Q: Hi Sandra, do you know where I can find Felco pruner in GMA

[Elias - Dec 12, 2013]

A: I don't know but here's two businesses that might be able to send you in the right direction - Martin Swiss is a repair guy, sharpener, knows lawn mowers, 514-488-9717. Maybe because of his name and that they are Swiss made, I'll suggest to call them and ask. Also because he's in Westmount where more expensive products are sold. First I might ask at the Hogg Hardware store in Westmount 514-934-4644. Please let me know if you found them.

Q: have searched high and low to find RIT stain remover. I can not find the company on a direct web site. I used this item in the past on recommendation from Tilley's Endurables. Any advice would be appreciated.

[Denise - Jan 1, 2014]

A: Walmart sells it online, perhaps the stores have it too. Amazon sells it online. Try the big hardware stores: Home Depot, Reno Depot, Rona Depot. Have you asked Tilley on Laurier Ave?

Q: I am having a very hard time locating a place to buy wheelchair-accessible bathroom vanities and showers in the Montreal area. Do you have any suggestions, please

[Kathy & Tim - Feb 2, 2014]

A: Plomberium in Pierrefonds has on display in their showroom 1 sink and 1 shower that would accommodate a wheelchair. There are others in the catalogues that they may order. The salesman there knew that usually when a handicapped person is buying these items, they have received $$ from the government to renovate their bathroom to make it accessible for them. Perhaps you should look in to that $$. Other plumbing sellers should have books too, just ask. If you need someone to renovate, on my site there's a wonderful guy at Oakwood Construction. 514-952-9252: You could see more at http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=109 Plomberium 14915 Pierrefonds Boul Corner Jacques Bizard 514-620-3125

Q: Je suis à la recherche d'une pièce de comptoir (retaille) de 8'' large x 30'' de long. Il s'agit du quartz Caesarstone numéro 2400 Champagne. Évidemment, il faudrait que je sois ''très'' chanceuse mais, je tente le coup. Merci de votre collaboration et j'attends votre réponse et le prix, bien évidemment!

[Danielle - Jan 1, 2014]

A: From my website www.smartshoppingmontreal.com you can call Granite Prestige Tel: 514-331-8337 http://smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=195&l=fr and there are 7 more possibilities dans mon livre "Le Consommateur Averti Montreal"

Q: Where can I get pockets to put in to bathing suits for mastectomy prosthesis?

[Sara - Aug 8, 2014]

A: Try Boutique Anne Marie, 6648A St-Hubert.

Q: I am looking to buy a Quebec made product to bring overseas as a gift. We were thinking of an apron but want to have something made ‘chez nous’. Can you suggest any stores that have these types of products. Thank you Louise

[Louise - Jul 7, 2014]

A: There is a section in my Smart Shopping Montreal book called "Handicrafts" on page190. ThereL'Empreinte Cooperative is a 41 year old co-op supporting 39 artists selling everything from ceramics to slippers or jewelry. Also in Old Montreal in the Marche Bonsecours is "Boutique des Metiers d'Art du Quebec showcasing 150 artisans selling: wooden boxes,teapots,boomerangs, toothbrush holders, and on and on. There is another section called "Green and Locak" which has more stores with Quebec products. There is also a store in the Jean-Talon Market "Le Marche des Saveurs" du Quebec which sells gourmet items only from QC.

Q: Is there a place for "awnings" in Lasalle, Quebec? I remember you mentioning this one time but because I didn't need one then did pay much attention. ( However, now I need an outdoor balcony awning. If you know of other ones that have good deals I would also like to know these.

[Pamela - Jul 7, 2014]

A: Well you certainly have a good memory. There is a place that sells awning fabric in LaSalle. However, I don't believe they make awnings. But they must know who makes them in your neighborhood as they sell to so many companies. 9001 Elmslie 514-366-2800

International Food

Q: Do you know where I might be able to buy Russian nesting (matryoska)dolls in Montreal?

[Susan - Jul 7, 2009]

A: There are a few Russian food stores in Montreal. Here's one that is in the Snowdon area where there's a concentration of Russian-oriented shops. If they don't have it, they must know someone nearby that might have it. Charcouterie Terem, 5655 Decarie 514-344-1778. There was a Russian consulate in Montreal up on Drummond or somewhere above Dr. Penfield, they probably would know too.

Q: What about Columbian food markets? We'd like to prepare some recipes but need ingrediants that are not available in regular food markets in Montreal.

[Carole - Jul 7, 2006]

A: There is an International Food section in my Smart Shopping Montreal book. For Central and South American ingredients, you can try: Librairie Espagnol, 3811 boul. St-Laurent or Supermarche Andes, 4387 boul. St-Laurent.

Q: Where can you buy spices in bulk?

[ - Jul 7, 2006]

A: Epices "Anatol" Spices, 6822 St. Laurent Blvd. at Dante St. Phone: (514) 276-0107 or Papillon, 303 St. Jean Blvd at Highway 2, Pointe Claire. Phone: (514) 697-5157.

Q: Where I can buy Hovis bread. There used to be one at Jean Talon (Logan) but it closed.

[Leonard - Sep 9, 2009]

A: For imported British foods, Bramble House, 57 Donegani Pointe Claire Phone: 514-630-6363

Q: Would you please tell me where I can fid the Hungarian chestnut cake you spoke of on your radio show?

[Barbara - Dec 12, 2009]

A: Les Delices La Frenaie, 8405 La Frenaie, corner of Jarry

Q: WHERE COULD I GO IN MONTREAL AREA TO PURCHASE SMOKED EEL? RSVP THANK YOU, GORDON PLATTSBURGH, NY

[Gordon - Jun 6, 2011]

A: My first idea is Miyamoto (382 Victoria, Westmount) because they sell everything to make sushi. However there is a whole section in the book for Asian markets, pgs 201-202 and they must have that. (Try Chinatown). Also there are fish markets on pages 109-110

Q: Could you tell me if there is a place on the west island where I could buy roast duck to take out?

[Scott - Feb 2, 2012]

A: Kim Hoa, 4843, boul des Sources Pierrefonds, QC H8Y 3C6. (514) 683-8878. I think you have to get there early in the day as they sell out. Not sure if it is there every day either.

Q: Where can I find old-fashioned ginger ale/ginger beer?

[Kerianne - Aug 8, 2012]

A: For ginger beer, that flavor is sold in a few brands in the East/West Indian grocery stores like Ramdas, 1503 Dollard in LaSalle or Aliments Punjab, 9000 boul. Newman. You can find out where the distributors are if you need more in bulk.

Q: Hello Sandra, is there a place to Montreal to buy "" Melton Mowbray pork pie? Thank you Alain

[Alain - Dec 12, 2014]

A: If you had looked right on my web site under International Food, you would have found Clarence & Cripps, specialists in all things British http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=73 and yes, they carry them.

Specialty Services

Q: I would like to know if Montreal has car rental companies that rent second hand cars and charge less than the mainstream companies, because during tourist season, the prices are astronimical and there are no deals.

[Orly - Apr 4, 2009]

A: Try: Rent A Wreck, www.rentawreck.ca 6340 rue Saint-Jacques, Montréal, QC - (514) 484-3871 or 7146 chemin de la cote-des-Neiges, Montréal, QC - (514) 343-5500 You may want to look into: "Montreal’s Communauto, the largest car-sharing network in North America, and the second largest in the world, boasting over 7,000 members using about 300 Toyota Echos. The organization also has branches in Quebec City, Sherbrooke, and Gatineau

Q: I have old fashioned voice tapes of my husband and myself and somebody told me that the whole bunch of them could be put on a CD.

[Ines - Dec 12, 2006]

A: Ventes Keme Sales, 16873 Hymus Blvd. Kirkland 514-782-3000 Mike Reid

Q: I am looking for a company that organizes closet interiors. I know of California Closets, but was wondering if there are others that can provide this service?

[Fab - Aug 8, 2009]

A: Glenn Robertson Closet Design, 514-CLOSET 514-425-6738

Q: I have heard you talk on CJAD. I was wondering if you were aware of any place that might rent womans long dresses? My hubby and I are invited to a black tie wedding in old Monteal in August and I am curious if a store like that exists. My hubby is renting a tux.

[Jane - Jul 7, 2009]

A: Smart move. Most people don't realize that you can do that. Pour Une Soiree, started just for that reason has been around for years. Phone: 514-939-1706 for an appointment

Q: I was wondering if you could tell me where I can go to convert old tapes from a DVD camcorder (about 10 years old) to CDs?

[Joanne - Jul 7, 2009]

A: Keme Media, 514-782-3000. Call and make a date to visit. They're in the West Island.

Q: I would like to know if Montreal has car rental companies that rent second hand cars and charge less than the mainstream companies, because during tourist season, the prices are astronimical and there are no deals.

[Orly - Apr 4, 2009]

A: Try: Rent A Wreck, www.rentawreck.ca 6340 rue Saint-Jacques, Montréal, QC - (514) 484-3871 or 7146 chemin de la cote-des-Neiges, Montréal, QC - (514) 343-5500 You may want to look into: "Montreal’s Communauto, the largest car-sharing network in North America, and the second largest in the world, boasting over 7,000 members using about 300 Toyota Echos. The organization also has branches in Quebec City, Sherbrooke, and Gatineau

Q: We love wood doors but they are so expensive - we need to change these two doors (garage and front door) - we are looking for good quality - and reasonable prices - if not wood - what else ?

[ - Aug 8, 2006]

A: This isn't an area of my specialty but I have used Portes de Garages ElectraDor for repairs and have been very happy.514-337-PORTE (7678). Daniel Dubrofsky. They work with a door co. and sell Aluminum and Steel ones. Also, just for doors, there is a place that sells "seconds", Harvey & Fils in St-Hubert, 3055 rue Harvey. There are some leftovers overstocks from construction sites.

Q: I'd like to give my son and his family a session with a studio photographer To make it easier on them, I'd like to find someone who does sessions in the family home.

[Barbara - Aug 8, 2006]

A: have not done a column on this but can suggest 3 photographers: Dominic Colavecchio 514-696-9356, Drummond Jacquot 514-990-5226 or Jeanie Trubiano 514-696-1175.

Q: Van Dyck studio, located at, 1121 Ste-Catherine, closed shop a few years ago. He did some restorative work on an old photograph, and of course kept the negative. If possible, I would like to obtain it, or a copy. Where do retired photographers send their life's work?

[Lisa - Jul 7, 2006]

A: They take their negatives with them or sell them as part of the business if they sold the business. There isn't an old negative library. Find out who bought the business (if it was sold). Either go to the address and ask or find out through the city. Look him up personally in the phone book too. I believe you can go backwards and make a negative from the photograph and as well, you can have excellent copies made nowadays without a negative.

Q: I have dozens of old records and unfortunately, a stereo system that no longer works. I am looking to find a place or someone that can record these LPs onto CDs. Do you know of such a source or contact?

[ - Jul 7, 2006]

A: Keme Sales 16,873 Hymus Blvd. 514-782-3000

Q: Can you come to the rescue with some addresses of places one could order an affordable wedding cake that would still look lovely and be tasty??

[ - Jul 7, 2006]

A: Haven't heard about the schools (sounds interesting) but try the Cake Lady (Janice): 514-626-8371 she can work with most any budget.514-626-8371

Q: I am looking for a commemorative plate or plaque for a 50th wedding anniversary.

[Valentini - Sep 9, 2009]

A: I have just the right place for you: Plaque Impact: 5795 Ave. Victoria, Snowdon . Here's what I say in my Smart Shopping Montreal book: Send a personalized special message with the help of this shop (which shows a great sense of humor) on all sorts of neat things: salt and pepper shakers ("To a mover and a shaker"), clocks, banks, desk fans ("Thank you for doing a fantastic job" or "I'm a fan of Suzy"), vases, crumb sweepers ("Thanks for helping pick up the pieces"), visitors books, etc. Lettering can be done in Russian, Hungarian, Vietnamese, Hebrew and Yiddish, and ask about the hatch style of inscriptions, which is very elegant. There are also plaques, awards, trophies, pens, name plates, lamination, rubber stamps, framing and family trees. Bring in objects bought elsewhere (like a bat or hockey stick or sculpture) and they can personalize them too. plaqueimpact.com

Q: I purchased your book and it was a great help finding a prom dress for my daughter. I have been listening to you on CJAD. How can I start getting your shlog?

[Beverley - Sep 9, 2009]

A: Just go to my website smartshoppingmontreal.com and on the top bar, click on Sandra's shlog. I write a few times a week so check regularly. I give shopping tips and let you know about terrific sales.

Q: I heard you on CJAD the other day talking about jewellers and gold parties, you had mentioned a jeweller that pays $16.00/grm, would you be able to give me his name?

[Essie - Sep 9, 2009]

A: I have not used him but these are his contacts: Michel, (he's in an antiques store), 269 Sherbrooke W. corner of Bleury. Phone: 514-288-1001. You can mention I met him in the office of the St-Michel Flea Market

Q: Just wondering if you know where to host a 2 year olds birthday party? In Montreal and Laval area.

[Bessy - Oct 10, 2009]

A: Party World 188 St Jacques, 514-369-2221 Everything you need to create a fun party is here - balloons, tableware, loot bags, candles and even a party room to have it in (entertainment, food, cake, a place for the adults). For dressing up there are costumes, makeup, eyelashes, hats, fake blood, swords, boas and a wall of wigs. Theme cakes can be baked for you.

Q: Where could I sell a wedding dress?

[James - Nov 11, 2009]

A: Oui, je voeux, 6924 St-Hubert buys dresses and rents dresses ($250-$550). Good way to save money on your wedding expenses.

Q: I'm a "maniac shopper for deals" - so I was amazed to find all your informations and surely I will buy your book. Is there a way to subscribe to have fresh info from your site?

[Paulette - Nov 11, 2009]

A: Thank you for your kind words. There is constant fresh info on my smartshoppingmontreal.com site on my shlog. You can keep abreast of all the warehouse sales and my newest finds and info. I write there about 3 or 4 times a week. So you can book mark it and find all kinds of deals. And you can read my book!

Q: I was reading your question & answers section. I was wondering if you only help people living in Montreal or do you also give advice people in Toronto and Mississauga. I live in Mississauga and I have some industrial sewing machines. I am searching for some industrial companies to give me some sewing business on bed sheets or to make comforters or similar work. Please help me or advise

[Naheed - Dec 12, 2009]

A: My suggestion is to make contact with the many clothing manufacturers in Montreal: Quebec Apparel Manufacturers www.apparelquebec.com 514-382-3846

Q: Hi can you tell me where is a good place to sell gold jewellery

[Cliff - Dec 12, 2009]

A: You can host a Gold Party or I can give you a business I just found out about: Michel, 269 Sherbrooke W. Tel: 514-288-1001 This is what I wrote on my shlog about the Gold Party: What you do is invite some friends, neighbours, co-workers and relatives to your house - you don't even pay for the party as you are given $100 toward food and drinks (no receipts necessary). Ask them all to gather up un-worn bracelets, tangled chains, orphan earrings, school rings, ankle bracelets, broken clasps, tie tacks, cuff links and that gaudy necklace from the 80s. With gold trading at a 30-year-high, now is a good time to change all that sparkle into hard cash. Gold Party Canada, a Montreal based company will buy all of their unwanted gold jewelry on the spot after quickly and expertly appraising it. Hostesses (besides buying your unused gold jewelry for top dollar) will receive $25 for every guest who sells a minimum of $200 of gold. With your $100 food credit (they didn't even look at my dining room), if you invite just 10 people, you can earn $350 - even if you don't sell anything. Guests go home with an average of $750. www.goldpartycanada.com

Q: I was the texter on CJAD today about the "Frette" sheets. Do you happen to have the number where I can find them?.

[Christina - Dec 12, 2009]

A: Luxury Hut wholesales luxury products, quelle surprise. So if you have ever fretted about not being able to afford anything Frette, you can now own Frette tablecloths with matching napkins for 60% off - and - if that isn't good enough, you can also snag their bed sets, duvets, comforters and quilts at 75% off. The company also sells crystal, porcelain, fine china, dinnerware and giftware by: Orrefors, Ralph Lauren, Kosta Boda, Royal Limoges, Waterford, Rosenthal and Lalique which they will be clearing at 50%-80% off. Location: 5593 Pare corner: Devonshire Phone: 514-852-9260 Dates : Nov 2-6 Hours: 10-6

Q: Do you know anyone who makes traditional Chinese style dresses in Montreal?

[Marielle - Dec 12, 2009]

A: All you really need is any dressmaker and a photo. You can buy oriental-like fabric at Uma Saree or 99 Chabanel suite 422 or see my shlog on my site about Fabric Central on Feb 3rd. Here's a dressmaker: Maria: 514-695-1235 - or wander around Chinatown and ask someone.....

Q: Would you know of a store, in the Montreal area, which offers the service of transfering music from vinyl records (78 RPM) onto CD's?

[Ellen - Dec 12, 2009]

A: You can buy Adobe Sound Booth and get a kid to do it for you. Or perhaps call Keme Services (514) 782-3000 and ask.

Q: I need help, I have a pacemaker under the left breast & I would like to have a bras made to order so that I wont be in pain because of it. can u please help me,,?? ...looking forward to hearing from u...Thanks

[Sylvia - Mar 3, 2010]

A: Victoriann Bra Bodies, 514-694-2567 makes bras for about $250 each. Or at Boutique Anne Marie, 514-273-5503 they can alter bras to fit better.

Q: I was wondering if you could recommend a reputable place in Montreal to get wedding invitations printed? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

[Stefan & Liz - Apr 4, 2010]

A: Congratulations. Unfortunately, I no longer have an invitation store in my book. Sheldon Kagan's "Le Salon de la Mariee" is the go to place for everything wedding in Montreal. This is the page of his exhibitors http://www.lesalondelamariee.com/list-of-exhibitors-and-web-sites.asp Many people have been ordering from on-line companies.

Q: My sister heard you on the radio this morning and gave me your email address. Would you be so kind to send me the name, telephone # and any other info you have on the person/Co. who will come and evaluate and organize an estate sale.

[Giovanna - Apr 4, 2010]

A: Here is a service I just heard about: My name is Mark Hodess. I started a small part time business and it has turned out to something I never expected with over 7000 visitors to my website on a monthly basis and from residential cusotmes I am even getting many commercial requests. When I first started the Montreal Mirror wrote an article about my services and then CBC radio show "Home run " Interviewed me also. Both can be found on my site. What I do is for people who are selling furniture,antiques,china etc due to a move or Senior transition, Estate...I will go into the home photograph the items they want to sell ,price the items at market value and advertise all over local Montreal sites and email my own list of regular buyers and I put the buyer and seller in touch. I negotiate the price before the potential buyer goes to the sellers home so there are no surprises. Certain times I accompany the buyer to the sellers residence if there is a lot involved or elderly sellers. I work on a commission basis and take a percentage of the final sale. People love the service and also if needed I set them with movers and also at times offer a packing service for seniors to pack up their homes up and sell off there unwanted belongings. I have also been asked to hold many Estate Sales too. The families are always happy. It makes a hard time for them a lot easier. I have had many estates that I had to sell everything including the car of the deceased. Thought you would find my service interesting. Thank you, Mark Hodess http://moneyforclutter.com

Q: I'm looking for a small movie theatre that we can rent for a children's party. Do you know of such a place? Thanks

[Diane - Jul 7, 2010]

A: Here are some ideas: I know there are small rooms at the (I think) the NFB on St-Denis near de Maisonneuve? Don't know if they rent them. Ask at Concordia University film department Cinema du Parc? Call Just for Laffs festival or International Film Festival and ask what small venues they use for their films? You can rent the Atwater Library 2nd floor room that has seats and then bring in a projector.

Q: I am looking for a place where my daughter can donate her hair. She has about 20 inch hair for the top of her head to the tip. She wants to cut off haft of it. Is there such a place in Montreal to go to?

[Mirella - Aug 8, 2010]

A: There is a hair salon on the West Island that will cut your hair and bag it to donate it. There is no charge for them to do this. Call Saki 514-630-2238

Q: My husband wears size 4 X diaper. Yes it is very large and this is why we were wondering if you do sell diapers that are pretty big? Could you also tell me the price of them please.

[Madelaine - Mar 3, 2011]

A: On my smartshoppingmontreal.com website, there's Mon Petit Monde which is home delivery service for adult diapers. Please call Richard 514-955-0101 and tell him you found out through my web site.

Q: I was wondering if you can help me out. I am looking to sell my wedding dress on consignment.Can you share with me any info you have on this topic?

[Joanna - Aug 8, 2011]

A: It's in my book, Oui, je le voeux on 6924 St. Hubert St.

Q: I'm interested in starting a activewear accessories line, I have some great ideas but I need a seamstress or designer to help me with the original prototypes. Would you have any idea where I could go

[Colleen - Oct 10, 2011]

A: Sarah at 514-385-3248 from Sarah Mode, 111 Chabanel suite 721 does just that for companies on Chabanel

Q: After 8 years living outside of La Belle Province, my family and I are moving back to the West Island! We are looking to purchase a house and would appreciate your recommendation for reputable home inspectors. Do you know of and would you recommend Allen White of Inspecto-Pro?

[Jovette - Jan 1, 2012]

A: Yes, he is one of the ones in my book. However, the best of the best is Morris Charney. Here's the link to his info on my site. http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=56

Q: Do you know where I can get a few words embroidered onto an apron?

[Raphi - Feb 2, 2012]

A: In my book, there's a section on monogramming (pg 226) , here's one: Monogramses Plus, 514-695-8647. Tell her I sent you.

Q: Would you know where I could find a forged metal shop that could make a custom design for front door grille?

[Mary - Feb 2, 2012]

A: Benecon, 514-323-4977 can make railings, grills, sculpture, tables, window boxes, do welding and brazing

Q: I am looking for a place that imprints ceramic mugs that won't break my bank account. Each year I get the ladies a momento .... I thought of mugs with our group name on them but unfortunately with a small group (about 25 women) all of the quantities start larger and are quite expensive.

[Lori - Aug 8, 2012]

A: Try Argot Design, Carrefour Langelier www.argotdesign.com or Plaque Impact, 5775 Victoria Ave, Snowdon or Creations Personnelles in Fairview Pointe Claire. Let me know which one was the best deal. Two of them were in my book.

Q: I am looking after the linens in my church for communion services. Do you know anywhere where I can have the LARGE white tablecloths and napkins cleaned and starched? I am in the Montreal area.

[Peggy - Nov 11, 2012]

A: On my web site, you will find Bellingham Cleaners http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=167. They have been around since 1940 are specialists in all kinds of dry cleaning. Their prices are not bargain basement but the quality of their work and service are excellent

Q: Good morning… Can you please advise me By email when your annual sales are… Thank-you Sandra

[Sandra - Dec 12, 2012]

A: Thank you for your interest in my work. You can : 1) go to my shlog each day at www.smartshoppingmontreal 2) follow me on Twitter @smartshopperSandra 3) at the bottom left hand side of the shlog page there is a line that says in yellow "FEEDS", under that you can click on RSS and that would send the shlog to your page every day. 4) If you buy my book, Smart Shopping Montreal there are 15 pages of warehouse sales with phone numbers of each and months that they happen.

Q: I viewed your website regarding certain subjects you offer guidance on. I was hoping to find a hairstylist salon in Montreal area that has quality service at a reasonable price, a quality cut, nothing more (like spa or facials....). Would you be able to direct me in the correct direction ? Perhaps I didn't know where to navigate in your website...

[Carole - Mar 3, 2013]

A: My website only has a teeny bit of the 1500 stores in the Smart Shopping Montreal book. In the book, there's a section on Beauty Salons with about 10 options. Most are beauty schools. If you live on the West Island, You get fabulous service at fair prices at Coiffure Normand DesRoches on boul. des Sources 514-684-4050. http://www.coiffurenormanddesroches.com/ Basic cut is only $15. They're always on time.

Q: I would like to know if by any chance you know where I could buy a typewriter ribbon for an older typewriter? I have been to Bureau en Gros but the ribbon they sell is either too small or too big. Are you aware of anyone still selling typewriters?

[Judith - Mar 3, 2013]

A: Dactylographe V.R., 5121 Jean Talon est still fixes typewriters and sells ribbons. They also sell and fix all kinds of newer office machines.

Q: I would like to ask you if you would know of a place in the Montreal area who specializes in individual garment dying. I have a striped trench coat which i would like to dye in black. I was thinking of doing the same for a dress. I know they offer this service in New york. .

[Temimah - Jul 7, 2013]

A: In my Smart Shopping Montreal book, on page 156, I write about this. The only store in town that I know of is Nettoyeurs Vitalizing Cleaners on Mont-Royal est. However, they will only dye 100% cotton garments like jeans, sweaters, shirts and coats. If there are any discolorations in the fabric, the only color that will dye evenly is black. Be aware that some threads won't take the dye and there also might be a teeny bit of shrinkage.

Q: I am wondering if there is a place in Montreal for reliable cleaning of oriental rugs?

[Edith - Jul 7, 2013]

A: Right on my web site www.smartshoppingmontreal.com you can find Pointe Claire Carpet Cleaning http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=298 which has been in business since 1990. Trained as a technician of Eatons Home Cleaning, they learned to adhere to the strictest guidelines and proper cleaning techniques to deliver the finest cleaning possible. Using the industry's best-rated cleaning products to obtain the highest quality results In my Smart Shopping Montreal book, there is Raymond and Heller, specializing in oriental rugs, open since 1929. Tel: 514-271-7750

Q: Bonjour je voudrait savoire si vous avez des couche jetables pour adult des tres grand absorption comme 3200ml et plus avec le revaitement exterieur plastifiée merci kevin je suit un homme avec de forte incontinance

[Kevin - Sep 9, 2013]

A: Regardez www.smartshoppingmontreal.com. Il y a 3 entreprises la, si vous cliquez Services: 1 - Marnau Adaptive Service http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=295 2 - Medporium http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=226 3 - Mon Petit Monde http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=137

Q: Q: Bonjour j'aurais aimé avoir de l'information sur les couches pour bébé! Le prix pour les tailles 1et2 dans la marque Pampers et est ce que on peut venir directement sur place ou cest seulement par livraison a domicile? Merci !

[Joanie - Feb 2, 2014]

A: On my website www.smartshoppingmontreal.com, there's Mon Petit Monde 514-955-010 info@couchesetplus.ca. Pour lire en francais: http://www.smartshoppingmontreal.com/store.php?s=137&l=fr

Q: I have bought your books in the past and read your newspaper articles. We finished renovating our basement and we have medium size walk in closet that needs shelving, rods to hang clothes and shoe rack. Do you know of a reasonable handyman that does this type of work or specializes in this. Thank you very much and have a healthy summer. You are very informative for people on a budget.

[Peter - Jul 7, 2014]

A: You might try Arrange Spaces 514-339-1111 or Glenn Robertson Closet Design 514-425-6738

Q: Hi there, I've been looking for a limo service for my wedding in a month but they are expensive, or they don't allow alcohol consumption or they can't accomodate 10 passengers. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks Lisa

[Lisa - Aug 8, 2014]

A: Here's how others have solved this problem. Get someone - friend or family to drive; Rent a vehicle big enough and fab enough. If you want, rent them a limo driver's uniform. They drive you and pick you up wherever you have to go. You know you'll have a safe driver and it's a lot less expensive and they will enjoy the day along with you. Best of luck on your day and your life together.