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“Not worth the trip”
Review of Honest Ed's

Honest Ed's
Ranked #11 of 177 Shopping in Toronto
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Fee: No
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 September 20, 2013

There is no shortage of discount stores in the world, and this one is not a favorite by any means. We are not elitist shoppers, and have shopped hundreds of times in 'Job Lot' shops over the years, so it's not a matter of being snooty.

The store is large, and we went knowing to expect bargain bins, but there are plenty of shops selling seconds, irregulars, etc that manage to put stuff on hangers and at least organize things properly. I've been to Mexican flea markets that were better put-together.

We had money to spend, and expected to spend it there, but were unimpressed (and kind of disgusted that the place had come so highly recommended.)

The one interesting thing is the display of memorabilia hung in the stairwell- someone else posted a photo of it- that we enjoyed.

Thank filmaker111
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

On a recent visit to Toronto, we wanted to hit the Toronto icons. Honest Ed's was one that was on our list. We met a local Toronto resident, who has lived in Toronto for 20 years, and has never shopped here. She thought that Honest Ed's was "just for poor people". SURPRISE! It is for everyone!

The place is huge, multi-floored, and confusing, but in a fun way. It is a treasure hunters dream. Some items are seconds, but if you can get a "national" brand pair of jeans for $0.99, why not?

If you pay more than $100 for jeans, or shirts, don't bother, do not come here, ever. You will consider yourself above this, you are better than those people here....Go pay more somewhere else, we don't mind.

BUT, if you are in for an adventure, have a couple hours to explore, this is the place for you.

Thank leafs1967
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Well, we heard Honest Ed's might be going out of business. So, if you ever wanted to go there, best to go soon. It's a fun, interesting, El Cheapo discount department store. The best part about it are the gaudy, lit signs on the street outside. There are some bargains to be had. But it's not fancy. There is stuff all over the place. It's sort of organized. If I lived in Toronto, I'd be shopping there often. It's right off the subway.

1  Thank coastsignal
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

Gone are the Canadian owned Department stores replaced with big box stores and franchises. This is one of the last standing Canadian stores.

Don't expect "modern", "new" and even clean! LOL! but this place is awesome! everywhere you look is a piece of history even down to the daily hand painted signs. It's an ode to Honest Ed himself. The store can easily digitize their signs, it would probably save them significantly more than their 2 sign makers. But it's about the nostalgia and tradition. That's what Honest Ed's is all about!

Seeing as Toronto is made up of immigrants people remember lining up for their great deals, and being a small kid in a big store that was a sensory overload!

Love this place... visit even it's just to support a great Canadian Legend.

Not to mention they do have great deals like $.015 tapered candles, $3 bow ties and $0.99 scarves.

Thank Iris P
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Reviewed June 17, 2013

I lived in that area 30 some years ago when I was a student and shopped there all the times. This time I brought my daughter here for nostalgic reason. To my surprise, I found bargains cheaper than 30 years ago. A Canadian-maple-leaf logo cap for $1.49 and other gift items sold as a fraction of the regular price in other shops. But if you expect varieties and high end stuff for souvenir, don't come here. One of the items I bought was 2 pairs of 100 % cotton socks for $1. You cannot even get this price for a pair of used ones. For bargain hunters, don't leave Toronto without coming here.

Thank mlam18
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