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Old Oct 2nd 2013, 8:41 pm
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Thanks everyone! Lots to go on here and sounds like I might need a back up shopping trip planned for whenever we visit back 'home'
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Old Oct 2nd 2013, 8:51 pm
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i'm surprised how many people shop at walmart, I always thought their quality was really shit.

Target has some not bad stuff.
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I've been here since January and haven't bought a single item of clothing, whilst in the UK I was obsessed with buying clothes (bought at least one thing once a week). OK, I bought a pair of maternity trousers, but I had no choice as we were going hiking.
I feel shopping here sucks. And there's no online shopping
Good luck.
Where do you go shopping in Vancouver?
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Eddie Bauer for down coats and I don't even work there anymore Cross Iron is a decent mall imo.
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Originally Posted by julie.haywood View Post
Thanks for the welcome everyone. Ok so I know this isn't the most challenging topic but 7 weeks in I'm feeling disorientated about shopping. (Especially since my mail forward sent me an M&S Autumn catalogue with nostalgic piccy's of shopping at home). So I'm in need of friendly advice about where to buy my women's winter clothes in Calgary (for those who asked which Calgary it's the Canadian one!).

I used to shop for smart/business casual stuff and then relaxing weekend stuff ranging from the very cheap (Peacocks and Primark) to the more department store (Beales, Debenhams, M&S) through to independent boutique and high end worn before style shops. I'm going insane without them. I would love to find the same range of shops (if I can) in Calgary. Not really sure where to start.

I know that when it gets to minus 30 I won't give a damn what shops I went to but as I feel homesick right now you'd be doing me a therapeutic as well as practical favour, if you had any tips.

Thanks in advance.
Sears and Zellers are probably the mainstream department stores. I noticed a Zara in Chinook once. Mrs jimf goes to the used stores sometimes - VV is a bit hit and miss but Goodwill and Wins a bit better.

I've never been to Cross Iron Mills. I understand Bass Pro is the place to go for pink camo underwear!
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I get a lot of stuff in banana republic. Join their email list and you get sent vouchers a lot (usually 30%, or 40% and rarely 50%).
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Originally Posted by Piff Poff View Post
Eddie Bauer for down coats and I don't even work there anymore Cross Iron is a decent mall imo.
****ing expensive though. I buy clothes from Eddie Bauer in the US when on trips down there. Last winter I bought a down coat in Louisina for $50. Quite why someone in Louisiana would need a down coat I don't know which probably accounted for the price.

Another online shopping option for comfortable North American clothes is llbean. Their prices are duty paid for Canada so no surprises in additional duties/fees.
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****ing expensive though. I buy clothes from Eddie Bauer in the US when on trips down there. Last winter I bought a down coat in Louisina for $50. Quite why someone in Louisiana would need a down coat I don't know
I once bought a pair of electrically heated socks there, just for the weirdness.
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****ing expensive though. I buy clothes from Eddie Bauer in the US when on trips down there. Last winter I bought a down coat in Louisina for $50. Quite why someone in Louisiana would need a down coat I don't know which probably accounted for the price.

Another online shopping option for comfortable North American clothes is llbean. Their prices are duty paid for Canada so no surprises in additional duties/fees.
That made me chuckle
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Love Laura but I only buy in the sale. $30 with 30% off for a smart cardigan - YES, the same cardigan for $130 - NO....
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Face a few facts shopping in Canada is crap..

I have for my duration in Canada done my best to shop in the US, I have the advantage of cousins in the US who I visit for Easter and I use this opportunity to bring back as much as my 4 people x $800 tax free allowance will permit..

Since the Canadian $ rose in 2008 against the US $ and this was never reflected in domestic prices, shopping in the US just give a better value as well as selection, especially in those zero sales tax states
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Originally Posted by julie.haywood View Post
Thanks for the welcome everyone. Ok so I know this isn't the most challenging topic but 7 weeks in I'm feeling disorientated about shopping. (Especially since my mail forward sent me an M&S Autumn catalogue with nostalgic piccy's of shopping at home). So I'm in need of friendly advice about where to buy my women's winter clothes in Calgary (for those who asked which Calgary it's the Canadian one!).

I used to shop for smart/business casual stuff and then relaxing weekend stuff ranging from the very cheap (Peacocks and Primark) to the more department store (Beales, Debenhams, M&S) through to independent boutique and high end worn before style shops. I'm going insane without them. I would love to find the same range of shops (if I can) in Calgary. Not really sure where to start.

I know that when it gets to minus 30 I won't give a damn what shops I went to but as I feel homesick right now you'd be doing me a therapeutic as well as practical favour, if you had any tips.

Thanks in advance.
Beales? Did you live in Bedford?
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Originally Posted by dbd33 View Post
I once bought a pair of electrically heated socks there, just for the weirdness.
Is there a particularly long cord on them?
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Is there a particularly long cord on them?
Batteries. They had little pockets on the top for batteries.
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Old Oct 3rd 2013, 4:14 pm
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Batteries. They had little pockets on the top for batteries.
they sound awesome.
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