A TORONTO TRADITION THAT IS NO MORE – LINING UP FOR CHRISTMAS BARGAINS AT HONEST ED’S

‘Waiting for a Bargain’, outside Honest Ed’s, RAJKA KUPESIC, 1983 – >

“Circus lights shout Honest Ed over and over, three stories high and two blocks long, a legend built of tiny bulbs that burn all night in buy-buy-binary code.” John Oughton, “Edville”; PAINTING – Toronto Public Library Collection>

Honest Ed’s annual free Christmas Turkey & Fruitcake Giveaway was circled on the calendars of many Torontonians. In the (Globe and Mail) photo above by TIBOR KOLLEY taken on November 24/2002, early birds are lined up waiting for the doors to open.

As the retail landscape changed and the store’s fortunes fell, the family sold the land to a luxury-property developer and Honest Ed’s closed for good in 2016.

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