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Those stores we look into but never go in, those are these are usually the most interesting. Every neighbourhood has that mall that's been their forever, where the grand-mommies go to on sunday afternoons, but we all know our grandmas are always the best at finding incredible deals. These malls seem empty and a bit decrepit but that is exactly why they have good prices and probably more unique stock then H&M or Urban Outfitter. Here are some tips on navigating through corner malls and finding the missing link in those questionable stores.
Place Vertu Browns Outlet often has sales of up to 80% off. The store is full, usually their stock is from the previous season, but at the beginning of each season you will find new merchandise at a discount rate.
Winners at Galeries Des Sources, this mall is never that busy and doesn't have that many trendy shops which is exactly why their Winners is full of nice gear and will go on sale before the rest of the stores of this chain.
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Urban Planet Outlet
Again in Place Vertu, this store is a god sent, it always has the new stylish thing (lol) but really inexpensive; Whether it's a blouse from here or from Zara, the fabrics and overall quality is always the same - not that great. So the question is, why pay triple the price?
Side note: I bought a really nice screen-printed Tupac hoodie there for 5$!!!
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Marché du dollar
Plaza Côte-des-neiges has this dollar store with all kinds of nice big earrings for 2$, and sorts of other little accessories, everyone needs a pair of butterfly earrings! This mall has other independent stores that are great for all kinds of different clothes.
At Decarie Square, like the rest of these stores, this one definitely does not look like much but once you look through the merchandise you'll find all kinds of brand names for 70% off. It's at the first floor of the mall at the entrance. It is number one for business casual attire, for work, even for going- out outfits.
Giant Tiger, known to Ontarians as GT Boutique, is a Canadian department store (Walmart style) with a nice clothing section. They always have new items for good prices and a big 70% off sale section. Their swimwear this season includes Superhero themed bikinis, one-prices, and tankinis of Wonder Woman and Batman (not exactly like the pic). There are only 2 on the island.
This store located in the fashion manufacturing district of MTL on Chabanel is one of the outlet stores open to the public during regular business hours. The clothes there are somewhat urban style, but you can find pieces for any wardrobe at a good price.
Side note: I bought a Jack & Jones t-shirt for my brother for 10$ in a little plastic capsule, cute gift.
This store has BH jeans, a brand that is not that popular but always makes a really nice pair of jeans with all kinds of seams, rips and washes, (so if you're looking for and interesting pair of pants, as opposed to the regular one colour denim, BH is a good alternative) they're usually around 25$. This store is in Plaza St-hubert, which is also a really fun place to go shopping especially now that the weather is warming up.
This is also one of the stores no one wants to go to, but should, the outlet especially. Racks and racks of dresses, sections of pants, blouses and blazers galore. It is necessary to sift through everything, but it's a perfect place to get a dress for a summer wedding or event. I suggest the one in Montreal North as opposed to the one in Rockland or Promenades Cathédrales.
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For the brave who enjoy DIY, hit up the fabric stores. Tonytex is also off Chabanel and you can find all kinds of amazing fabrics, if you make your own clothes - not only is it a labour of love - they will fit perfectly to your measurements and NOBODY will have the same item. This store has bins of left overs (pieces up to 3-4 meters) and they're charge by weight, so making five shirts can cost only 3$.