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Memories of Honest Ed’s

This is the first post in my Memories of Toronto’s Honest Ed’s series in honour of the last days of the bargain store’s life which will close on December 31, 2016

The Beginning

the kollektive- 2014The first time I saw Honest Ed’s we had just moved to Toronto.  I was 16 & excited about my future life in “the city.”  I loved the loudness of the building.  The flashing lights, the red, yellow & orange colour scheme. It was a beacon at the intersection of Bathurst & Bloor, & I really wanted to live near it.

The first time I went to Honest Ed’s was in University.  My friend & I wanted to see what the bargain store offered.

Coming from the suburbs where everything was shiny & new, Honest Ed’s less than new & shiny interior seemed different to us.  But, the deals were too good to pass up & in time I grew to love the less-than-perfect look of Honest Ed’s.

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