Marooned in the heart of Bloordale Village, this nautical-themed purveyor of Toronto’s “best booty around” is a great plundering spot for deal junkies—antique tables, chairs, and decorative curiosities can easily be bought for $10 or less. You might want to hurry, though: The 36-year-old spot is closing late this fall and owners are in “everything must go” mode.
1185 Bloor St. W., 416-536-2600, captainstreasures.biz.
Perched atop the sprawling Joe Fresh–Loblaws complex at Queen and Portland sits the newest location of this popular discount designer outpost. Dig into the housewares section’s overflowing shelves for unreal deals on kitchen tools like Baccarat frying pans ($9.99), Ritz microfiber towels ($5.99 for two), and other stuff you didn’t know you needed, like novelty popcorn holders ($2.99). 585 Queen St. W., 416-203-1694, winners.ca.
St. Lawrence Market
It’s true that the early shopper catches the worm—or whatever—at this weekly go-to spot for one-of-a-kind décor. Open at 5 a.m. every Sunday morning, a flurry of antique dealers crowd the market with their wares, and discerning deal-hunters will easily sniff out great prices on old-school items.
95 Front St. E., 416-392-7120, stlawrencemarket.com.
Got three hours to kill? The carnival-esque exterior of the jewel of Mirvish Village belies four equally hectic floors chock-full of delightfully cheap household doodads. Scope out the basement’s selection of patio chairs ($5.99), or stock up on 25-cent shot glasses and chicken-shaped ceramic cookie jars ($3.99) on the ground floor.
581 Bloor St. W., 416-537-1574, honesteds.sites.toronto.com.
So what if you can’t afford their $2,000 Gus* Design Group sectional sofa? The former home of music hub The Big Bop and current modern housewares emporium also boasts a selection of wallet-friendly kitchen accessories, like their stainless-steel mini-cocktail shaker ($9.95), along with martini glasses ($1.95) and appetizer plates ($2.95) from their whimsically designed Oliver line.
651 Queen St. W., 416-366-2828, cb2.com.
This blink-and-you’ll-miss-it upholstery outlet is crammed ceiling-high with bedding. The store design is admittedly no-frills, but why quibble when you can score cute and colourful throw pillows (two for $20) and cozy yet durable cushion covers ($10) for less than the price of a craft-brew pitcher just down the street?
390 Queen St. W., 416-504-1130, newcollection.ca.
World of Posters
Spice up your current collection of Audrey Hepburn and wiener-dog puppy posters with some affordable wall art from this Queen West prints shop. The hundreds-strong stock features inexpensive offerings sure to match every interior aesthetic, whether you’re into retro-sleazy snaps of Miami’s Colony Hotel ($9.95) or an $8 artist’s rendering of Thug Life–era Tupac. (Tip: Peruse the $5 clearance section for the best deals.)
664 Queen St. W., 416-979-7281.
You may think you’ve outgrown Ikea; you haven’t. It’s worth the trek to suburban Swedish design central, if only for the 99-cent breakfast plate. Cheap, quality finds like the utilitarian “Kvart” wall light ($8.99) and the spartan “Rusch” clock ($2.99) are no-brainers.
Ikea Etobicoke, 1475 The Queensway; Ikea North York, 15 Provost Dr., ikea.ca.
From the same loonie-loving chain that supplied you with neon water guns and Solo cups all through undergrad come some dirt-cheap accessories with which to outfit your grown-up pad. Photography buffs will especially appreciate the plethora of picture frames ($1–$3)
in a range of sizes and materials.
Multiple locations, dollarama.com.