Black Friday 2012: Our constantly updated guide to the in-store and online sales you need to know about

Black Friday Cyber Monday Shopping
Black Friday Cyber Monday Shopping

Canadian Thanksgiving falls in early October and is more about the pies and the turkeys than anything else. For Americans, Thanksgiving also translates to over-eating and pie, but also comes with a side of super sales— both online and in-store.

Black Friday 2012, which falls on November 23 this year, is a day that has become known for extreme markdowns, with department stores including Target, Macy’s and Best Buy starting as early as midnight or 4am. For those afraid of being stampeded for a dress, Cyber Monday is more your speed—it’s when the sales from Black Friday hit the Internet, creating some major deals.

Though the Black Friday craze has mainly been targeted to shoppers in the United States, Canadian retailers seem eager to take part. As for Cyber Monday, many retailers ship to Canada and even Canadian online sites will be participating too.

And because we have never been known to turn down a sale, we will help you out with a constantly updated guide of places to shop on Black Friday and Cyber Monday in Canada. It’s the perfect time to start holiday shopping, so let the madness commence.

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Gap Holiday Campaign 2012 The Atomics
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Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters has marked down a whole lot of its stock online and in store. Save on all kitschy house wear accessories or the perfect New Years dress that Urban Outfitters has to offer. And even better, they will be offering 50 per cent off all sale items in store. Win!
UPDATE: Urban Outfitters will be giving free shipping for five whole days if you spend over $100!


Gap is taking 60 per cent off of the entire store’s selection starting November 20. What America calls Black Friday; Gap has renamed ‘Bright Friday’ and will be offering an assortment of striped and solid t-shirts for men and women—all for $10 on the 23rd. The days after Bright Friday will feature sweaters marked down to $19.

The Bay

The Bay will be kicking off its sales on Friday, November 14 (one week before Black Friday). They will be featuring flash sales on everything that the store has to offer, and will update its Facebook page so shoppers can get an idea of what the deal of the day will be. As well as having a week of sales, on Black Friday, it will be opening certain locations at 7 am AND there will be online sales. Ten days of deals in total! sells just about everyone under the sun and they are counting down to Black Friday and Cyber Monday by offering daily deals online. If you don’t know where to start, check out our gift guide, which has plenty of items from Amazon.

The Body Shop

The Body Shop will have a daily deal starting on November 19th culminating in a must-have offer on Black Friday, while supplies last. With five solid days of savings, you could probably knock off a few holiday gifts from your list.


The more you spend on, the more you’ll save. Starting the sales on Wednesday and continuing straight on til Monday eLuxe will be offering major discounts. Spend $250 take off $50, spend $2000 take off $500. You get the picture.

Black Friday Cyber Monday 2012 Shopping
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Opening Ceremony

Shop select designers ranging from J.W. Anderson to Mary Katrantzou to Jeremy Scott with savings up to 40 per cent off. Don’t sleep through this sale!

Marc Jacobs and Marc by Marc Jacobs

Starting on Black Friday, Marc Jacobs will be taking 40 per cent off fall items online and will be giving free shipping on orders over $50. Marc Jacobs ready-to-wear, shoes, men’s, baby and kids clothing will all be on sale.


Two Toronto Diesel locations will be taking 50 per cent off its stock (with a couple exceptions here and there) at the Yorkville and Yorkdale Mall locations. Starting at 10 am and ending at 9pm tonight!

Buy three, get the fourth free is music to our ears! And Indigo will be doing just that in-store and online. Save on books, home decor, toys and much more. It’s time to stock up on magazine for the holiday break (FASHION included, obviously).


Aritzia will be having a special sale on select items in store. Also, check your nearest location for extended shopping hours! Even without many details, we’re sure this isn’t a sale to skip.

Cadillac Fairview Malls

There will be an Ontario-wide participation of Black Friday sweeping through the province on November 23. Participating malls included are Fairview Mall, Markville, Promenade, Masonville, Shops at Don Mills, Sherway Gardens, Limeridge, and Fairview park, which will all open their doors at 7am for those who are ready to get their shop on before work. The Toronto Eaton Centre will be opening even earlier—at 6 am—for overly eager shoppers willing to take part of one of the biggest shopping days of the year.

Vaughn Mills

Vaughn Mills is not only boasting sales of up to 80 per cent off from a selection of 250 retailers, but they will also be providing a shopping shuttle to get to said sales. Departing from Toronto’s Union Station at 7am, 10am, and 1pm, the buses will take shoppers to the mall whose hours have been extended from 8am-9pm. That gives shoppers plenty of time to search the mall high and low for the best deals.

Victoria’s Secret

Shoppers at Victoria’s Secret who spend more than $65 on bras, underwear, lingerie or beauty products will be gifted a sparkly pink tote bag filled with beauty essentials. You too can feel like an angel, just in time to watch the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show that airs on December 2.

Old Navy

Everything that Old Navy has to offer will be on sale on November 23 as well as door buster deals on winter coats, denim, and t-shirts. Seems like a good time to grab a winter coat before a snowstorm hits or to pick up some basics for your winter wardrobe that will carry on straight into the spring.

Banana Republic

Banana Republic will be offering 40 per cent off your entire Black Friday purchase. This is the perfect time to pick up a piece from the Anna Karenina collection for the holiday party circuit.

Over The Rainbow

Toronto based shop, Over The Rainbow, will be paying the taxes for you in honour of Black Friday. It’s known for its selection of high quality denim and designer brands and will be offering the sale from November 23 til November 25.

Cake Beauty

Cake Beauty will be having a site-wide sale that offers 40 per cent off of everything with the coupon code: pinkfriday.

Black Friday Cyber Monday 2012 Shopping
Photography by Andrea DoSouto for Globally Fitted


Globally Fitted
Globally Fitted—which launched today—is a new online site that sells custom designed t-shirts from international designers. In celebration of its launch and latest collection, Globally Fitted will be taking 25 per cent when you use the code GFCYBER25.

Nasty Gal

Nasty Gal is taking 25 per cent off the entire site including items that are already marked down.


ASOS is taking 30 per cent off of everything on the site for Cyber Monday when you use the code CYBERMONDAYSPECIAL. This code will be good until Friday November 30th so you have time to weigh your options.

Peacock Parade

Today might be the day you become a member of Peacock Parade. They are boasting sales up to 90 per cent off of clothing, accessories, shoes and more under $75.And this doesn’t even include the major sales they are constantly having. Happy shopping!

Late Night Chameleon Cafe

Late Night Chameleon Cafe–also known as LN-CC–is giving all Canadian and American shoppers 30 per cent off their purchases for Cyber Monday. Along with offering free shipping to internation destinations LN-CC’s prices include border charges as well! Use the discount code CYBERMON12 to receive 30 per cent off.

Intermix is giving 30 per cent off already marked down sale items which means there will be deals that are almost 70 per cent off. When you buy two accessories you get 20 per cent off and buying three gets 30 per cent. The sales have already begun and end on Cyber Monday.

Do you ever dream of Alexander Wang, Marc Jacobs, and Chloé going on sale? Well, your dreams have been answered. Ssense is marking down designer clothing and more up to 30 per cent off from Thursday the 22 until Cyber Monday. They also have free international shipping! Ready, set, shop!


The online shop, Brave, will be taking 25 per cent off any purchase with the promotional code CYBERMONDAY.And if you spend more than $100, you’ll get free shipping!


Hukkster is the newest way to keep up with sales. Simply sign up and let the sales come straight to your inbox. Hukkster sits in your browser and as you online shop you can click ‘Hukk it’ if something catches your eyes on participating sites that range from Urban Outfitters to Shopbop to Club Monaco. Upon clicking ‘Hukk it’, Hukkster will ask what size, colour, and price that you are willing to pay, and from there you wait. Hukkster monitors the price of the items that you want and notifies you the moment they go on sale you receive a notification via email or even text message. You no longer have to check the website every day for a sale because Hukkster does it for you.

Cardigan New York

On Cyber Monday, Cardigan New York will be taking up to 80 per cent off all its stock. And that’s a steal of a deal.


Online retailer, Wallis, will be selling everything from clothing to accessories with discounts ranging from 30%-50%. The deals start on Black Friday and will be available until Cyber Monday. Tis’ the season to finish off that winter wardrobe.

Kris Nations Jewels

Kris Nations Jewels will be starting its sale on Black Friday with a 25 per cent discount on all jewellery ranging from earrings, bracelets, rings and necklaces. The sales will continue on to Cyber Monday and if you spend more than $100, you’ll receive free shipping!

Bjorn Borg

Designer underwear brand, Bjorn Borg, will be offering 25 per cent off the entire site on Cyber Monday with the code CYBER25.


On Cyber Monday all sale items on the website will be an additional 30 per cent off. Time to grab a pair of shoes or eight.


The sister duo behind Dannijo will be offering 20 per cent off the entire site! But a warning: shipping to Canada may come with an extra cost for border taxes. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Les Nouvelles

You’ll probably want to ‘like’ Les Nouvelles on Facebook because they will be giving 40-50 per cent off all the items on its site to fans. General markdowns start on the 22 and carry on until Monday. Take an additional 20 per cent off of women’s ready to wear, handbags, accessories and shoes with the promo code “MAYFLOWER”.

Nicholas K

Nicolas K is taking 25 per cent off all orders over $250 with the promo code: TURKEY until Monday. Head’s up Canadians, there are no returns on international deliveries.


Solestruck‘s deals will be getting bigger and bigger as the weekend goes on. Starting on Black Friday, the website will be taking an extra 30 per cent off sale items, Saturday make that 40 per cent and on Sunday it will be an extra 50 per cent off. With over 10,000 styles marked down, it’s safe to say you’ll find something that will be extremely on sale.

Phillip Sparks

Phillip Sparks has already started the sale party. Take 25 per cent off to in store and online purchases from now until Sunday. Select boots, dresses, trousers and more will all be on sale. And what’s even better than a sale online is free shipping!

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