Army & Navy Shoe Sale 2012: 100,000 Shoes at $40 or Less

63rd Annual Army & Navy Shoe Sale. Photo: Breakfast with Nat and Drew / Facebook

Ladies who love shoes—and great deals—get ready: The 63rd annual Army & Navy Shoe Sale 2012 starts this Wednesday, April 25, which means 100,000 shoes from major designers and brands will be marked down to $40-or-less a pair!

Canada’s largest shoe sale and a hugely popular event—organizers estimate that 3,000 Vancouver women will hit the Army & Navy Shoe Sale on opening day alone—the sale offers on-trend ladies’ shoes from such top-line designers as BCBG, Coach, Betsey Johnson, Calvin Klein, Eli Tahari, Fergalicious, Guess, DKNY, Jessica Simpson, Vince Camuto, and Steve Madden. Though original “sticker prices” for the shoes can be as high as $800, all shoes will be marked down to $40 or less!

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Army & Navy Shoe Sale 2012: 100,000 Shoes at $40 or Less

Labour Day Sales – Top 5 Vancouver Fashion Destinations

Shopping the boutiques in Yaletown, one of the Top 5 Vancouver Fashion Destinations.

Labour Day weekend is just a week away, which means all of Vancouver’s top shopping destinations will be having sales on end-of-season fashion, back-to-school fashion, and more.

Top 5 Vancouver Fashion Destinations for Labour Day Sales

1. Brand Name Shopping: Robson Street & Downtown
Vancouver’s most famous shopping mecca is downtown’s Robson Street, along with the Pacific Centre Mall and department stores around Granville Street & Robson. If you love big, international brands, this is the place to go. And don’t forget to check out the luxury Canadian department store Holt Renfrew. End-of-season sales are the best time to find deals on Holt Renfrew’s (otherwise very expensive) high-end designer fashion and accessories.

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Labour Day Sales – Top 5 Vancouver Fashion Destinations

Vancouver’s Best Home & Houseware Shopping

China Chic home accents & furniture at Peking Lounge in Chinatown. Photo: Peking Lounge

January sales are the perfect time to shop for the home, and Vancouver has lots of options for unique, boutique home and housewares shopping. Whether you’re looking for furniture, home decor, housewares, or the perfect housewarming or wedding gift, you can find unusual local pieces or fantastic imports at Vancouver’s best home and houseware shopping districts.

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Top 5 Reasons to Shop in Gastown

New Boutique Anti-Hero in Gastown. Photo: Gastown Blog

Vancouver’s historic Gastown is one of the city’s most exciting neighbourhoods; not only is it experiencing a renaissance of restaurants and bars (see Remy’s recent post Who Loves Gastown?), it’s also one of the best, most unique places to shop in the entire city.

Gastown shopping is diverse, ranging from antiques and First Nations art to many of Vancouver’s leading, cutting-edge fashion and home design stores.

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Top 5 Reasons to Shop in Gastown

Top 5 Places to Shop for First Nations Art in Vancouver

Inuit Gallery of Vancouver, one of the 5 Best Places to Shop for First Nations Art. Photo: Inuit Gallery of Vancouver

From the Inukshuk that became the symbol of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics to the totems, eagles, and circular killer whales that appear everywhere from the Vancouver International Airport to the Vancouver Convention Centre, First Nations art holds an important place in our cultural aesthetic.

In both its traditional and contemporary modes, First Nations art—sculpture, graphics, bentwood boxes, jewelry—is an expression of the history and geography of our region. For anyone looking for a unique gift—something you won’t find anywhere else in the world—you need look no further than Vancouver’s amazing First Nations galleries and museums.

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Top 10 Vancouver Shopping Destinations

Granville Island crafts

Vancouver shopping is some of the best in the world. When my friends visit from the US or my in-laws come from Brazil, shopping is always at the top of our to-do lists, and that’s doubly true when the holidays are right around the corner!

The fabulous thing about Vancouver shopping is its incredibly diversity, with different Vancouver neighbourhoods offering different wares, ranging from the ultra-hip and fashionable to the inexpensive and eclectic.

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Gastown Shop Hop November 4 – A Fashion Lover’s Scavenger Hunt (With Free Drinks!)

If you love fashion—especially unique, independent, cutting-edge fashion—and can afford an occasional splurge, Gastown is the place to shop in Vancouver. If you love all of that but love a good sale, too—how does 20% – 25% off fall fashions sound?—then you can’t miss the Gastown Shop Hop this Thursday, November 4.

For the Gastown Shop Hop, over 20 of Gastown’s most fabulous fashion boutiques, including the divine menswear Roden Gray, Fluevog shoes, and celeb-fave Obakki, throw mini parties for shoppers “hopping” from one store to the other (all shops are within a short walking distance of each other in the historic Gastown neighbourhood). At each boutique, shoppers enjoy the sales, plus complimentary snacks, beverages, and bubbly.

Use the poster here to see both a complete list and a map of Gastown Shop Hop participants.

The Gastown Shop Hop happens this Thursday, November 4, from 5pm – 9pm.

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