Q1: This week you are going to tell us about NOT shopping in stores.
Just like we have garage sales, there are many manufacturers or distributors in the city that have an annual or semi-annual “garage sale”. They must clear out their warehouse space in order to make room for the next season’s merchandise Sometimes it pays to wait for a certain time of the year to buy. They sell off samples or liquidated items they are no longer producing, leftovers from last season, seconds or lines that never sold well. Whatever it is, the price is always right.
Q2: What can we expect to find at these warehouses?
The products vary as much as retail varies: Quebec designer fashions, toys, bowling balls, fine china, skin care products, home electronics, Halloween costumes, makeup, crystal, duvets and linens, ladies’ bras, perfume, pianos, perfume, flatware, jeans, golf equipment, chocolates, winter jackets, lingerie and, of course, casual clothes for men and women.
Q3: How do we find out about them?
When you attend the sale, ask if you can be put on a mailing list for future sales. If you can’t make the sale, you can try to leave your name with the receptionist at the company for notification. Some have on-line mailing lists.
Q4: Which ones are happening now?
Canadelle, makers of Wonderbra, Dici, and Dici Nova, has clearance sales offering their bras and undies. Sometimes there’s even a few things for the guys. Profits go the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
Dates: Oct 16-18, Oct 23-25. Fri1-8, Sat 9-4, Sun 11-4
Location: 4405 boul. Metropolitan est, St-Leonard
Krickets is for children’s clothing. If you have young children and like this line, ask to be put on their calling list for the warehouse clearance sales that are held twice a year, in October and April, and last a whole week. Go to kricketsworld.com and then to “Knews” to find out dates of sales or to add yourself to the e-mail list.
Dates: Oct 19-23: 8-5, Sat Oct 24: 8-2
Location: 333 Chabanel ouest, Suite 800
La Grande La Grande Braderie de Mode Quebecoise is the sale for the creme de la creme of Quebec designers’ samples and ends of inventory at 50%-80% off. Women, men and children might find lines by: Rudsak, Muse, Mackage, Report Collection, Bodybag, Tavan & Mitto, TXT Carbon Inc, D.E.P.T., Marie Sainte-Pierre, Concubine, Iris, Extenso 14+, Envers, MSiamo, Gaudette Design, Eve Gravel, Colt, Station 8, Julie Bou, Matteo Mio, Myco Anna, Dino Gaspari, OCollection, Barila, JC Rags, Michel Desjardins, Pepin Design, Nenufar, Ivano Homme, Frett Design, Mestiza, Veronique Miljkovitch. Sylvie Germain, Genevieve Dostaler, France Anctil, Blanc Mouton, Pierre Poisson, Rouzanna Design, Dinh Ba Design. Ophelie Hats, Soia & Kyo, Message Factory, Virage, Fluide, Lola, De Shalla design and Creation Ysol.
Dates: Oct- 22-25
Location: Marche Bonsecours 350 St-Paul Est, Old Montreal
Phone: 514-866-2006 x 300
We have a dearth of places to get any sort of a deal on high quality linens in this city, so when Lawrence a 60-year old local company has its home bedding sale, it’s worth checking out. Expect to find coordinated bedroom ensembles in jacquard, sateens, high end percale sheets, pillowcases, bedspreads, comforters, decorative cushions, duvet covers and mattress pads. They sell for 50% to 80% off from this season’s regular lines, as well as discounts and closeouts on samples and last year’s goods. Some prices at the sale: sheet sets $25, 4 to 7 piece bedding sets $49, mattress pad enhancers $50. Sign up to be notified of the sales.
Dates: Thurs Oct 29 & Fri Oct 30: 11-7, Sat Oct 31: 9-4
Location: 8655 Delmeade
Corner: Cote de Liesse
Marcelle makeup and skin care products were developed for women with sensitive skin. Manufactured and designed in Quebec, the company also produces the Annabelle line. If you would like to buy their discontinued and liquidated goodies, this is the moment for their next warehouse sale as the next one won’t be held until around April.
All Marcelle colors are $2.50, all Annabelle colors are $1.50 and creams or lotions are $8 to $24. It’s a good time to stock up on gifts as gift boxes are usually there. You can be put on a list for mail or phone calls in order to be notified.
Location: 9200 Cote de Liesse Rd.
Corner: 43rd Ave..
Dates: Thurs & Fri Nov 5 & 6: 4-8, Sat & Sun, Nov 7 & 8: 9-4