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“Very disappointing”
Review of Honest Ed's

Honest Ed's
Ranked #12 of 179 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 July 31, 2004

We just got back from vacationing in Toronto where we visited some of my husband's relatives. His uncle kept telling me about Honest Ed's and how I had to go (since he knew how much I loved to shop). He told me you could buy underwear and shirts there for $1 and find just about anything else you needed.

Up until then I had shopped at the Toronto Eaton Center and Yorkdale mall and had spent quite a lot of money so bargains sounded nice. My husband and his cousins couldn't understand why I had to go to this place because they kept saying it was "crap" and "for the poor".

I should have listened to them because I walked through the store (many floors) and then walked out. From the outside the building looks like a fun place with flashing signs and lights and is huge.

I did see a dress I liked and picked it up to try on but I couldn't find a dressing room anywhere and noone was around to help me. Clothes were thrown about everywhere in heaps and heaps on tables. Nothing was protected by plastic so everyone's dirty hands were touching the clothes you might buy.

Picture a thrift store, dollar store or Good Will and that's Honest Ed's. Stuffy and smelly place.

4  Thank GrandCayman
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Reviewed June 21, 2004

I had a wonderful time at Honest Ed's. It definitely is not for someone who needs to have a clean perfectly set up store. But first communion dresses for $12?? Who could pass up that deal. Just be careful as there are no returns.

6  Thank luvtotravel2605
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Reviewed May 23, 2004

I can't believe I wasted my time visiting this place. It is delapidated and gross. The junk they sell is either extremely low quality (lots of seconds and damaged goods) and cheap OR normal stuff I could buy at WalMart (in the US) for less.
Seriously, if you are from out of town, do not waste your time visiting Honest Ed's because you should be spending your hard-earned vacation time somewhere else. If you have ample vacation time to blow, then you would be embarressed to be seen shopping there.

5  Thank pepperlol
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Reviewed August 7, 2016 via mobile
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