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Don't let your friends steal the entire NYE spotlight from you.





Why wait? Plan your New Years early.


Updated on the 1st of every month
by Olivia Deane

"Chabanel" named after its main street, is the heart of Montreal's garment industry. Located in the city's north end, it is home to manufacturers, importers, buyers and retail outlets. This eight-block stretch from St-Laurent to L'Acadie is the perfect place to shop if you're a bargain hunter and don't like dishing out tons of cash for designer and brand- name clothes.

Be prepared to wake up bright and early Saturday morning, since most manufacturers open their doors from 9 a.m. to noon to the general public. Look for posters in the lobbies to give you an idea of which businesses are open and whether there are any amazing sales. A good trick is to take the elevator to the top floor and work your way down so you don't miss out on anything.

The shops themselves are usually quite small, and you can find dozens in each building. The saying is that that the further west you go, the more expensive but fashionable the merchandise.

For those of you that don't like crammed spaces, your best bet is to head straight to 555 rue Chabanel, which is also known as the Montreal International Fashion Center. This mall like building is where you can find everything from designer clothes and shoes to accessories and leather goods.

Don't be shy to bargain if the article has minor defects in it, such as a rip or broken zipper, or if you are getting a heap of articles and want a deal. They are generally more willing to bargain with you if you are paying in cash, and will sometimes even include the tax.

Tips for smart shopping on Chabanel:
  • Go early to get first dibs on the good stuff and to avoid the crowds
  • Bring cash, only a few places accept credit cards
  • Sizes may be incorrectly marked, so try it on!
  • Most purchases are final: no refunds or exchanges
  • If you find something you like take it, cause it probably won't be there next week
  • Many outlets are closed in January and July






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