Bargain Hunting in Parkdale: Tips & Tricks

Everyone loves a good deal and getting a bang for their buck. But it’s a tricky task with over-priced grocery stores and specialty clothing boutiques popping up left, right and centre in Toronto.

That’s why we’ve curated a collection of Parkdale stores along with bargain hunting tips so you can find affordable groceries, everyday essentials and restaurants without cashing in your entire pay cheque.

CLOTHING
Shop for all things fashion from shoes, accessories, clothing and outerwear at these value driven stores. Go ahead and shop to your hearts content!

Common Sort (1414 Queen St. W.)
Bring in clean, fashionable and excellent condition items to be priced and get 50% of that value as in store credit or as 25% in cash. They even offer free styling services when you fill out your fashion preferences here!
The Salvation Army Thrift Store (1447 Queen St. W.)
Great for clothing and inexpensive children’s books and toys. Donate items in-store for a $10 off your purchase coupon and there’s no HST on clothing and household items!
Top Brands for Less (1470 Queen St. W.)
Find new, brand name clothing, bags and shoes at deep discounted prices.

TIPS
• Don’t shop on Saturday or Sunday. Everyone is out shopping and the inventory will be over-picked. Shop the middle of the week for the best finds!
• Sign up for email alerts or follow social media to receive exclusive deals, sale notifications and coupons.

GROCERIES & EVERYDAY BASICS
Groceries are an expense we can’t avoid completely but luckily it’s one we can control. Get cleaning supplies, this week’s groceries, and household goods for a fraction of box store prices.

Budget One Stop (1281 Queen St. W.)
Dollarama (1337 Queen St. W.)
Fullworth (1371 Queen St. W.)

TIPS
• Try asking for a rain check. If a sale item is out of stock, you will be entitled its sale price when it’s back in stock.
• Don’t pay for convenience; avoid individually packaged, cut or peeled foods. Instead, cut fruits or package cookies once you get home.
• Check expiry dates. Grocery stores rotate stock by pushing forward older merch. Grab from the back of fridges and shelves to bring home the freshest items.

FRUIT & VEGGIES
Get the freshest in-season fruits and veggies from Parkdale supermarkets most of which are at great bundle prices!

Queen Fresh Market (1384 Queen St. W.)
Queen Supermarket Indian & Canadian Groceries (1429-31-33 Queen St. W.)
Super Land Market (1400 Queen St. W.)

TIPS
• Know which produce is in season. Shop and plan meals around seasonal produce, to avoid paying higher prices for imported goods.

BREAKFAST & LUNCH
Start your day off right or get your lunch time fix at these delicious Parkdale eateries.

Glory of India (1407 Queen St. W.)
$7 Lunch Special from 11am-2pm
Grand Electric (1330 Queen St. W.)
$4.45 Individual Tacos
Gyro Bar! Souvlaki Kitchen (1647 Queen St. W.)
Gyros & Souvlaki Pita Wraps under $6.95
Pork Souvlaki Sticks for $2.95 each
Om Restaurant (1439 Queen St. W.)
Lunch Special Tuesday-Friday from 11am-1pm only $6 for students and $8 for adults
Pete’s Corner Grill (1582 Queen St. W.)
Breakfast Sandwiches under $5.49
The Mezz (1546 Queen St. W.)
$4 Taco Tuesday, $10 1lb Wings Wednesday

DINNER
Tired of eating home cooked meals? Try one of these restaurants that won’t break the bank!

Amico’s Pizza (1648 1/2 Queen St. W.)
Kids eat Free, ½ Price Pizza Wednesday
Loga’s Corner Momo Takeout (216 Close Ave. Suite A-C)
$7 Beef, Chicken or Veggie Momos
Subway Restaurant (1395 Queen St. W.)
Sub of the Day $4.39
Superpoint Express (269 Dunn Ave.)
Jumbo Slice + Pint Deal $8.99
Tennessee Tavern (1554 Queen St. W.)
$5.95 Sunday AYCE Pierogis after 6pm

TIPS
• Skip purchasing beverages with your food. Replace pop, coffee & tea with non-bottled water to save $2-$3 per person!
• Dine-in on Monday or Tuesday. These days are usually the slowest for restaurants, so take advantage of any specials.

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Photo Credits:
@commonsort, @grandelectricrestaurants, @daiko1564, @allons.y, @tennesseetavern, @subway

Sources:
12 Hacks To Save Serious Money on Groceries
Save Money on Restaurants

Last Updated: Saturday August 18th

 

Are you ready to Shop the Neighbourhood Nov 28!

Shop the HoodOn November 28, 2015, Canadians nationwide are being encouraged to Shop the Neighbourhood and make a local purchase and take advantage of exclusive event deals offered by the businesses in their neighbourhood. The weekend celebrates small businesses and reminds Canadians how local shopping makes a difference in all our lives.

So we ask you Parkdale, help us celebrate and chose to #Shoplocal or #Shopthehood on Nov 28 within our amazing Parkdale Village! Shop Local NOW Mag - 2015But that’s not all, don’t let your support of community entrepreneurs end on Nov 28, we hope you’ll continue to shop and re-explore your community throughout December.

Stay tuned for dozens of deals, promotions and local stories we’ll be sharing over the next few weeks. Share your own local recommendations and favorites to shopping local by using hashtag #parkdale #shopthehood & #shoplocal

12 Reasons to Give the Gift of Local

5 Canadian Consumer Trends to Shape the Future of Retail

Top 10 Reasons to Support Locally Owned Businesses

October Newsletter: Shop Local Campaign, Facebook, Small Business Forum & Holiday Decor

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Our October Newsletter is out and covers items such as:

  • Shop Local – Starting November 28: Don’t miss out, join hundreds of businesses across the City as they Celebrate Shopping Local! We will be launching a Shop Locally campaign in November with print advertising, radio, eblasts , subway & in store Posters! Simultaneously you can upload any Holiday deals to the City of Toronto/Yellow Pages Shop the Neighborhood website.
  • Facebook Contest: Win $100 in Free Facebook Advertising Credits when you participate in the Shop The Hood and/or Shop the Neighborhood Campaign in November/ December. How to Enter: Celebrate shopping locally in store by offering a deal, hosting a sale, doing a giveaway, making a holiday window display, hosting a holiday party….anything goes. Share your ideas with us and/or upload them onto the Shop The Neighborhood website. We will promote your campaign online as well as enter you into the draw! A winner will be picked before the New Year! Good Luck!
  • Board Vacancy: The Parkdale Village BIA wants you to join the Board of Directors! The BIA is governed by a volunteer Board of Management made up of eleven members serving a four-year term concurrent with the term of Council. The Board works on behalf of its BIA members (the shop owners & property owners), along with an Executive Director & Assistant Coordinator and meets regularly to ensure Marketing and Streetscape Strategies are implemented. Contact us today for details about how to join.
  • Merchant Cycling Survey: CycleTO Ward 14 is completing their residents/ visitor surveys and still needs many business owners to cpmplete the Merchant Cycling Survey. Please take a moment to fill out the survey which was emailed to merchants or to take the survey when a volunteer visits your store.
  • Thanks for a Great AGM: Thank you to everyone who participated in last nights Annual General Meeting. The approved 2016 Budget and programming will be up on our website shortly. We have three (3) Board vacancies and encourage you to contact us today to find out how you can join. We are also still recruiting Marketing & Streetscape Committee members to help executive strategies in 2016 – join us today!
  • Pigeon Issues: If your store front is experiencing challenges with Pigeon’s, here are a few resources you may want to review, if you need assistance exploring your options please contact us; Humane Society; Pigeon Control ; Control Products

  • Small Business Forum; Join 2,500+ small businesses at the 2015 Small Business Forum to learn more about how your business can survive and thrive in the digital economy. Thursday Oct 15, 9am-4:30pm Metro Toronto Convention Centre Registration is Free!
  • Naming the Dufferin Amphitheatre: The Dufferin Amphitheatre needs a name! If you have any ideas about what the parkland should be called, email us or Councilor Gord Perks office today; more details to come!
  • Winter Holiday Décor: In the coming weeks you will notice the Summer Florals being removed, followed by a period of time where the planters sit empty, before Winter Florals are installed in November. We ask members to do their part and help keep the planters clean should they see anyone using them as garbage cans.

Parkdale Village Invites you to Shop Local this Holiday Season!

Parkdale Village is the place to be this Holiday Season, with many events, sales and promotions taking place to provide shoppers the perfect gifts for everyone on their lists.
Why not make a day of it, come to Parkdale, get all your holiday shopping done in one day, while you’re here, treat yourself to some of the great cafes and restaurants and pick up some gift certificates while you’re at it. Check out the list below and make sure to check back often as we will be updating as more great Parkdale deals, sales and events are added!

Black Friday Sales

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What: ONLINE ONLY Black Friday Sale! Our American friends are some of our biggest online supporters and in the spirit of Thanksgiving, we are offering 20% off EVERYTHING to EVERYONE now until Monday December 1st. Code: THANKYOU
When: Friday November 28 – Monday December 1
Where: ONLINE only at Cambie Designs

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What: Save the equivalent to the TAX on everything in the shop, including sale merchandise.
When: Friday November 28, 11:00 – 6:00pm
Where:1692 Queen Street West

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Who: Sylvie and Shimmy
What: 30% off regular priced items
When: November 28, 11:00 – 8:00pm
Where:1640 Queen Street West

 

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Who: Elevator
What: Enjoy Warm cider while shopping for winter accessories all at 10% off all weekend long.
When: November 28 – November 30 11:00 – 5:00pm
Where:1273 Queen Street West

nstpWho: North Standard Trading Post
What: 30% off the entire store, including sale items, there will also be great giveaways.
When: Friday November 28, 11:00 – 8:00pm
Where:1662 Queen Street West

Events and Parties

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November 29
Family Holiday Portraits
Who: This Little Piggy, Children’s Clothing Store
What: Baby & family holiday portraits for only $25. Book at [email protected]
When: Saturday November 29th by appointment
Where: 1594 Queen Street West

December 2
Ugly Sweater Party
Who: Small Town Food Co
What: Ugly Christmas Sweater Party
Where: 1263 Queen Street West
When: Tuesday December 10:00pm

CambieDecember 4
Holiday Sale
Who: Cambie Designs and Kid Icarus
What:. Treats, drinks and a one day only in-store sale
When:Thursday December 4, shop until 10PM
Where:1535A & 1537 Queen Street West

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December 5
Holiday Party and Art Show
Who: Jinks Art Factory
What: Holiday Party and Art Show
When: Friday December 5, 7:00 – 11:00pm
Where: 1164 Queen Street West

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Grand Opening Party
Who: Wind Grove
What: Grand Opening Reception, rsvp to Mark @ [email protected]
When: Wednesday December 10, 7:00 – 11:00pm
Where: 1712 Queen Street West

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Holiday Cheer Party
Who: This Little Piggy, Children’s Clothing Store
What: Holiday Cheer Party
When: Sunday December 14, 12:00 – 6:00pm
Where: 1594 Queen Street West

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Anniversary Party
 WhoSmall Town Food Co  
What: 1 Year Anniversary Party
When: Tuesday December 16, 6:00pm
Where: 1594 Queen Street West

crown flora workshopDecember 20
Classic Terrarium Building Workshop
Who: Crown Flora Studio
What: Holiday Woodland Terrarium Workshop, the final Classic Terrarium workshop of the year. Turn your classic terrarium into a Woodland wonderland. Gift your terrarium or living ornament to your BFF or special someone.  Book online and give the gift of terrarium
When:Saturday December 20,10:00am
Where: 1233 Queen Street West (Rear of Building, entrance on Gwynne Ave.) 

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December 6
Pop-up Shop
Who: This Little Piggy, Children’s Clothing Store
What: Lou Harvey Pop-up shop offering 30% off purchases.
When: Saturday December 6, 11:00 – 4:00pm
Where: 1594 Queen Street West

Holiday Markets

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November 29 & 30
Who: The Tenant of Parkdale
What: Pop-Up Holiday Market featuring great holiday gear, vintage art, natural skin care products, woolies, jewelry, gourmet food and MORE!
When: Saturday and Sunday November 29 & 30 11- 6:00pm.
Where: 1267 Queen Street West

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November 29 – December 21
Who: Black Artist’s Network in Dialogue (BAND)
What: Food vendors, arts and crafts for sale, performances and prizes to be won.
When: Every Saturday and Sunday from November 29 – December 21, 12:00 – 6:00pm
Where: 1 Lansdowne Ave

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December 6
Who: Crown Flora Studio
What: Make sure to stop by as Crown Flora launches their holiday collection and plays host to 13 local food vendors, crafters and artisans (including other Parkdale favourites; Cambie Designs, Kid Icarus, and Glory Hole Doughnuts). This will also be the perfect time to pick up your seasonal greens, as they will have trees and wreaths and everything else you need to get your home holiday ready!
When: Saturday December 6th 11:00 – 6:00pm
Where: 1233 Queen Street West (Rear of Building, entrance on Gwynne Ave.) 

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December 7
Who: West End Food Co-op
What: Holiday Food and Craft Show – Live Music, Free Admission, Door Prizes
When: December 7th 11-4:00pm
Where: 1229 Queen Street (Queen and Dufferin)

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December 14
Who: The Rhino
What: Holiday Craft and Beer Market –  Free Admission, Crafts
When: December 14th 4:00 – 7:00pm
Where: 1249 Queen Street

 Ongoing Events

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Winter Sale the whole Month of December
Who: Daisies Vintage
What:
30% off furs, sweaters, outwear, boots and more.
When:
All December long
Where:
223 Jameson Ave

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Open House Weekends at Shawn Skeir Gallery
Who: Skeir Gallery, 1537 A Queen Street
What: Come see and buy new affordable works (starting at $100) from Shawn Skeir as well as other local artists
When: Fridays 12:00-10:00pm, Saturdays and Sundays 12:00- 7:00 pm

Sales and Promotions

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Parkas on Layaway
Where: Future of Frances Watson, 1390 Queen Street West
What: Parkas on Layaway – 30% down and three months to pay.
Contact Future of Frances Watson for more details: [email protected]

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$50 Tattoos
Where: Jinks Art Factory, 1664 Queen Street West
What: Winter Special on Tattoos – $50 every Wednesday and Thursday (some conditions apply, see website for more details www.jinksartfactory.ca)

Why Shopping Locally Matters

In November residents and visitors across the GTA would have noticed the City wide November 30th campaign called “Shop The Hood” as well as Parkdale Village’s own campaign “Random Acts of Kindness” and “Shop Locally” which is still up & running. Although a majority of Torontonians prefer a highly walkable neighbourhood over an auto-oriented neighbourhood and although there are many proven personal and economic benefits to supporting local businesses, there still seems to be a gap between what Torontonians say and do. Random Acts of Kindness - Winter 2013Potentially, one of the culprits keeping us from actually shopping locally is habit. We understand how easy it is to head to the Mall during cold frigid temperatures or how gratifying it is to bargain for electronics at a super store, but the conscious effort in exploring your own neighbourhood and creating new local habits can be even more rewarding. As a continued effort to encourage residents to shop locally and support Parkdale Village businesses, below are links to some of our favourite benefits:

12 Reasons to Give the Gift of Local

5 Canadian Consumer Trends to Shape the Future of Retail

Top 10 Reasons to Support Locally Owned Businesses