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Review of Honest Ed's

Honest Ed's
Ranked #11 of 174 Shopping in Toronto
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: New York has Macy's, London has Harrods, Chicago has Marshall Fields, and Toronto has Honest Ed's. "It is quite an attraction - honest," proclaims The Great Toronto Getaway, Buffalo, USA. Built in 1948, Honest Ed's is a landmark store in the heart of Toronto. The sign is lit up using 23,000 light bulbs and the store, although modest, consists of two buildings connected by a sidewalk along Bathurst Street.
Reviewed January 11, 2012

I loved it, and love it more every time I go to Toronto. Honest Ed's is always on my list of things to do. Sure, there are some junkie stuff and you get what you pay for, but I have found many great bargans there. If your not afraid to root and dig in the bins, I can promise you there is 'gold in them-there-bins'. When I am in Honest Ed's store I can't help but think of the amazing man who created it, his heart must have been as big as the store.
To all you 'snooty' people who say 'I won't return, blah, blah, blah,' good for you as it frees up the bargins for those of us who like a challenge while we shop. The store is'nt for everyone, but I love it. Just be sure to take your GPS in the store with you., because getting lost is part of the adventure. lol

1  Thank CindyLou687
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Reviewed September 23, 2011

Such an attraction should never be missed. Located on Bloor St W in Toronto Ontario, this store/warehouse/entertainment/museum houses not only distinct household items, but also great grocery deals!!! Last time I went in just to look around at all the fabulous old photos of Hollywood Stars~many of them autographed, but came across so many deals that I couldn't help myself from shopping there. Truly something to see when visiting Toronto.

1  Thank JannieBoo
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Reviewed August 24, 2011

The store is filled top to bottom with merchandise and some of it is arguably "junk". However, if you like the thrill of finding a good deal this might be the store for you. I wouldn't say the store specializes in a particular item but this department store has been noted for benefiting people in the neighborhood by offering free turkeys during the Thanksgiving season, which attracts a lot of customers. The most interesting aspect of the store is the hair salon and dental office because it makes me cringe of the thought of having those services preformed with the layer of filth. I remember the store being very crowded and dirty in some parts however, with the massive sign outside it just draws you in. In my opinion the store was worth seeing once.

Thank isingintheshower
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Reviewed April 4, 2011

This place is huge and full of absolute junk.
If you want an elvis head that looks like ray reardon for 30 dollars then it's fine!
The people that shop in there are staying out of the cold!
Don't go!

Thank Darren S
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Reviewed August 26, 2009

Admittedly, this place is far from what I'd consider an "attraction", but that doesn't mean it doesn't deserve it own review or make it onto our list of things to visit while in the area.

If you're looking for fancy, upscale, modern, or flashy......this is not the place for you.

If you are interested in some Toronto history, have an open mind, and are a bargain hunter extraordinaire....then be sure to put it on your agenda.

Visit at night if you can. The sight of those 20,000 lights on the exterior of the building is quite something in itself.

Inside, its thousands of square feet of everything you can imagine. Clothes, food, cleaning supplies, dishes, shoes, hardware......you name it. 3 floors of everything imaginable, some items a great deal and others not so much. No artistic layouts (most stuff is arranged on a table or thrown into piles on bins), but if you don't mind poking your way around, you're going to find some great prices here. Some ratty old reusable bags are hanging here and there instead of shopping carts (which would be useless in their multi-level building).

The walls are lined with Toronto memorobilia, much of it relating to the store's founder, Ed Mirvish. He's quite a guy, and he lead a very interesting life. His story is one worth reading about.

Honest Ed's is definitely not worth a trip downtown on its own, but if you're in the neighbourhood, make sure you stop at least once. Its a Toronto icon that should be experienced!

2  Thank Gina-Gina-Bo-Bina
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