Best stores in Canadian Maritime for “Winter Shopping”

Shweta Minocha/ January 17, 2020/ Canada, Halifax, Travel/ 0 comments

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” – Maya Angelou 

Sometimes things change for the better! I grew up in a hot country and the winter was always the worst time of the year for me. I never thought that one day, I would enjoy it so much.

Winter can be as fun as Summer if only we are ready with the right dress and right attitude. By attire, I mean, proper layering, a suitable fabric to enjoy the season to the fullest. But when moving to a new country, shopping naturally becomes confusing and stressful. Confusion arises with the new names, new brands & new stores. Knowing the right store to shop provides leisure rather than stress!

There are plenty of great things when it comes to living in Canada! And one of them is, SHOPPING! 
How? Read it till the end! 😊

What should we own?
Where should we shop?

What should we own?

LAYERING!LAYERING!LAYERING
Thermals, Sweaters & Jackets!
Winter, Rain & Snow Boots!
Mittens, Socks, Warm Scarfs & Gloves!

Where should we shop?

FOR CLOTHING

MARKS

Marks is a great shop for buying thermals, jackets, boots and so on. They have a wide selection of winter wear & work gear. Their Denver Hayes brand is second to none.
The store offers an excellent selection of quality clothing, work clothes for different needs & purposes especially for men. The best thing, nobody bothers while browsing, but the staff is always around if you need help. Although an expensive store but totally worth the money. This is my “go-to” place for shopping. Good quality clothes, a little pricey yet stylish.

TIP:
– Check brochures and subscribe to get the news on offered discounts.
PROS:
– Good selection of work clothes and more.
– Great customer service!
– Online store https://www.marks.com/
CONS:
– Offers and deals not available all year.
– Expensive!

MARSHALLS & WINNERS

Sister Companies owned by TJX, two different stores with similar business models, “Branded items at a discounted price”.
Prices that can be compared to the actual price (before discounts) can be seen on the price tag, which is quite informative for the customers.

The store offers many items including clothes and shoes, all at discounted prices, throughout the year.
A quite handy place to find items you may not see elsewhere and at an unbeatable cost. Designer stores such as Gucci, Miu Miu, Karl Lagerfeld e.t.c (that have no formal presence in all of Atlantic Canada) their items can be found in those stores. New stock is added every day, in fact, it’s like a treasure hunt because you never know which brand you will get to see every time you visit the store. For this reason, the entire shopping experience is extremely exciting.
You may have to rummage through 90 pairs of jeans to find one that you like but believe me, there is always something here that you will like.
Same as Sarojini Nagar market & Janpath in Delhi or Bandra in Mumbai, but more organized!

TIP:
– For extra discounts, look at the clearance section first.
PROS:
– Discount & offers every time you shop.
– Competitive prices and modern styles.
CONS:
– No additional discounts during Black Friday or sales season.
– They do not sell online.

MEC

Offers great quality stuff in clothing, footwear, kayaks & so on. The company’s single store in Atlantic Canada is located in the city of Halifax. The customer service is beyond words & probably the only store in all of Atlantic Canada that provides rental gear for the members. A great place to find anything to do with the outdoors such as camp stoves, sleeping bags, tents, camping equipment & many more. You might find Prices on the high side but you’re paying for the quality.

PROS:
– High-quality products and a great warranty.
– The quality of the products is excellent & unique.
– The store also offers outdoor activities.
– Shop online https://www.mec.ca/en/
CONS:
– Prices can be a bit on the high side.
– A mandatory one time $5 membership fee.

FOR SHOES

DSW

It’s a one-stop-shop for the entire family when comes to shoe shopping. The store provides a great assortment of shoes, boots & sneakers, without a doubt.
A dangerous store if you ask me, as you can’t find better discounts & deal anywhere better than DSW.
A designer shoe warehouse, short-form DSW, sells shoes & other items such as bags, socks e.t.c at a discounted price. A huge store with a wide variety of shoes & in a very well organized way. From sports shoes to sneakers to stilettos to snow boots, you will find all of it in one store in a true warehouse style.
Also, the customer service is outstanding. Let say, If you see a shoe in the store and it is not available in your size, you can order it at the store and DSW will send it to your home for free. Hooray!

TIP:
– Check out the clearance area first.
PROS:
– The shelves are well stocked and the staff is very friendly. Great selection & markdown for Men, Women & kids, the entire year.
– Shop online https://www.dsw.ca/en/ca/
CONS:
– Nothing

MARSHALLS & WINNERS

That’s me coming out of the store on a winter evening (-14 degree Celcius)

Sister Companies owned by TJX, two different stores with similar business models, “Branded items at a discounted price”.
Prices that can be compared to the actual price (before discounts) can be seen on the price tag, which is quite informative for the customers.

The product range allows customers to find shoes to satisfy the whole family. The store offers discounted branded shoes, a similar concept to DSW. The only difference is the available quantity, you may not find a huge amount of shoes, but the quality and the price are the same as in DSW. Sadly, checking the stock is not possible as the company doesn’t have such a system.
TIP:
Check the clearance section first, for extra discounts.
PROS:
– Discount & offers every time you shop.
– Competitive prices and modern styles.
CONS:
– No additional discounts during Black Friday or sales season.
– They do not sell online.

OH MY SOLE!

The best store in town for someone looking for shoes of specific concern, as, the right footwear is essential for anyone suffering from knee problems or other foot problems.
Shoes available are the highest quality shoes around. However, shopping here can be expensive as the shoes sold are of the best quality brands in the business such as Blundstone, Aetrex e.t.c. The company’s target consumers are particularly those who are looking for either extremely comfortable footwear or for specific foot problems. The store also equipped with Pedorthic Assessment, Orthotics, Compression Stockings & Bracing, services.

TIP:
– Head to the clearance section first.
PROS:
– The best store to shop for special requirements.
– Friendly knowledgeable staff with the best brands.
CONS:
– Expensive.
– They don’t sell online.

FOR WINTER ACCESSORIES

Mittens, Warm Scarves, Gloves & Socks

MARSHALLS & WINNERS

In terms of price & design, no one can beat Marshalls and Winners. The best stores in town for winter accessories shopping, I believe.
A very well organized store, mind you, it is like a mystery box as you might not find the right stuff you are looking for the same day which you might get it the next day. That is because, the stock changes frequently, literally every single day. That is why there is no guarantee that the next day you will get the same item or you will see two things of the same kind on the same day.
So, if you like something, buy it immediately or hold it until you decide.

TIP:
– Keep visiting regularly.
– Check the clearance section first for extra discounts.
PROS:
– Discount & offers available every time you shop there. -Competitive prices and modern styles.
CONS:
– No online shopping

The Ending

Unquestionably, Shopping in Canada is Easy, Fun & Exciting!
>Easy return policy makes the whole shopping experience delightful and Canada is great in those terms!
>Fun because no one will bug you even though you are just browsing.
>And exciting because when in confusion, you can take the stuff home, try it at your comfort and return if not convinced. No one will ask you questions like why what & so on (make sure the labels are intact and you have the receipt). Most stores offer a one-month return policy but some stores do offer a 90-day return policy. Isn’t it great?

Canada has an unmatched return policy and customer service. These things add and help to make life comfortable for those who are new & not sure.

It’s a great start to begin your new life in Canada. Enjoy winter shopping, now that you know where to shop and where to find great deals without waiting for the sales season.

Welcome & enjoy the season of warmth & snow…… Happy Winters!

Note: There are many more stores selling winter clothes, shoes and accessories in Atlantic Canada. The above-mentioned stores are some of my personal favorites where I like to shop for myself and my family.

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