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Canadian Discount Stores: Giant Tiger Vs Bargain Shop

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Last night I got thinking (something I do on occasion.) Giant Tiger and Bargain Shop are quite similar but which one is better?

I have found over the past few years Giant Tiger has become a lot larger and doesn’t get in as many name brand clothing anymore. I remember 3 years ago seeing a full “Rocawear” sweatsuit for $29.99  retail of $129.99 of course it was absolutely the most hideous shade of brown ever but thats not the point lol. Now this is just going by my local GT but the products now seem the be in “house” brands.

More recently I’ve been popping into The Bargain Shop and have been pleasantly surprised at their prices and brand names for purchase. Just to name drop  some of the brands of clothing I saw last night:

  • H&M
  • Disney
  • Nascar
  • Dickies
  • Puma
  • FUBU
  • Carters
  • CAT
  • Nike
  • OshKosh

All at awesome prices, ranging from $4.97-$9.97!   Right now with people being more frugal then ever I thought it is great that you don’t have to sacrifice your name brands if you don’t want to.  I know especially for kids clothes I’ll be popping into the Bargain Shop more often to see what new stock they have in!

Is there any other discont stores that sell name brands at a discount?

What do you prefer Giant Tiger or the Bargain Shop?

26 comments

  1. itsjustmebub

    Thanks Sally, I had never been to the bargain shop before but I’ll definitely check it out now! (the H&M convinced me lol)

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  2. Marmaduke

    In Oshawa and Toronto there is Liquidation World…
    Got my grand daughter a slew of “Please Mum ” at unreal prices and got a pair of “Jessica” ( Sears)shoes for myself @ .50 cents wedge heal cream coloured with ribons that ties around ankle. Have to check in often for good bargins….always something new.

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  3. Katie

    Where is the Bargain Shop located? I haven’t heard of it until right now! (I’m in the GTA)

    I love trips to Giant Tiger (usually go to either Mississauga or Newmarket). My favourite finds are some really cool Old Navy (with the label scratched out LOL) t-shirts that were around $3 or so.

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  4. Janszi

    Out in the west we have Army & Navy. I <3 Army & Navy. It’s one of those stores that have been around for 80 or 90 years. I’ve seen name brand clothes/shoes in decent colors, sizes and styles! Low prices. Example: BCBG pink peep toe pumps, regular $180, bought them for $29.99
    -BCBG
    -Abercrombie & Fitch
    -Hollister
    -Puma / Nike / Adidas
    -Guess
    -Marciano
    -Kate Spade (really fugly brown sandals circa 1960’s style)

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  5. Lilyana'sMommy

    When GT first opened in my area it offered a lot of brand name clothing and great prices but over the last little while I’ve noticed that their clothing seems to have changed and now I’ve also noticed TBS is carrying some great brand name clothing at really good prices. But overall I’d have to say LW is the best when they have their clothing deals as I was able to go for the Please Mum sale and came away with clothing for my little one at about 1/4 of what it would have cost me at the actual store. Snowsuits were $5 and the prices for baby clothing was $3 and toddler/children was $5 with all the accessories going for $1.

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  6. missbobloblaw

    ARMY & NAVY all the way!!!!
    I used to buy little kids Dickies clothes for $5-$10 an item there…

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  7. Nic

    I have never heard of the bargain shop! Looking it up, I discover there is one ten minutes away, I will definitely be checking it out!

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  8. natalka

    We don’t have Bargain Shop in Saskatoon. Our Giant Tiger isn’t great for clothes. However, I really miss Army and Navy – it closed down years ago here. I was so glad it was around when my son was young, though – tons of bargains and great clothes all the time!

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  9. Rachel

    I had never heard of Bargainshop either but there is one near to me so I will be trying it soon!

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  10. Cindy

    The Bargain Shop is a great place for deals. My husband also happens to be the District Manager for The Bargain Shop and says they will soon have their flyers online. If you haven’t checked them out before, definately do so!

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  11. vibrantflame

    Will have to pop in there to check it out, we have a Bargain Shop AND a Giant Tiger in my town, so I can compare. Honestly, I’ve never seen much in the flyer that interested me so I never went in the store.

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  12. Kitty

    I’m another GTAer who’s never heard of Bargain Shop until now &, though I’ve heard of Giant Tiger, I’ve never been (I grew up in Montreal, which I don’t think has either?).
    After checking out the websites, I think there’s a Bargain Shop just a little bit east of downtown, so maybe I’ll wander that-a-way the next time I’m in town (I live in the west end).
    I’m assuming they accept coupons?

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  13. higgins

    I’ve got liquidation world & giant tiger side by side less than a 5 minute walk from my house and a Bargain shop on the other side of town. (gah I live in a ghetto city :-P)

    Liquidation world here always has the same ol crap for months on end, they get some clothes in that is of alright quality from time to time, but they usually remove/deface the tags to obfuscate the original designer :-(

    Giant tiger is more of a place to go to for cheap food(and even then it’s usually cheaper overall to go to walmart).
    The clothing (in my experience) is of pretty crap quality and the sizes are usually smaller than they are. Example, I wear an XL size tshirt. I goto GT I have to get an XXL or bigger to fit me the same.

    Every pair of boxers or pj pants I’ve ever bought at GT wear out far sooner than a good brand like fruit of the loom or hanes.

    Personally I like TBS better, they actually have proper brand names(if you’re into that sort of thing) and decent quality stuff. I once got 100 dvd-rs there for $17, GT sells dvd-rs but like 25discs for $10.

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  14. meisagirl

    keep in mind though that a lot of brand names make a lower end product geared towards stores like this, mainly to capture a market that otherwise wouldnt buy their clothes. you have to know your stuff and make sure you check seams and what not

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  15. mlongboat

    I dont have a bargain shop but my mom does and she loves it. I still like Giant Tiger alot. I dont see as many brand names but ive still seen some good licensed stuff for kids. I got a bunch of heavy fleece sleepers for $5 each and they were $19.99 at Winners. They had Carters sleepers too and REAL Heely’s for $49.99. Cheap chocolate too:)

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  16. Cynthia

    Definitely the Bargain Shop. You never know what you will find. I once bought a pair of Land’s End climber pants for my son for 7 dollars. They were so nice, I went back and bought a second pair, next size up. They only had one colour mind you, so he’s been wearing the same pants for a looong time now! The Bargain Shop also has nice birthday cards, not dollar store kind, for half the price of the card shops.

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  17. Sasha

    I’ve stopped at GT a few times and thought I got fantastic deals, until my 5 year old wore the clothes once and they fell apart. TBS has some great brand name clothes, I got myself 2 pairs of Lane Bryant casual pants for $14.99 each.

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  18. Stephanie

    I’m going to hit a GT & Bargain Shop this weekend! Didn’t know BS existed.. happy that there is one REALLY close to me :)

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  19. Skippy

    LW is a dive here in the Shwa!
    I got my pic.taken with the actual GT so I’m partial to them.
    Bargain Shop is my choice as they have a pop machine that carries name brand pop for a cheap price!

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  20. Beck

    Awesome. We have 3 Bargain SHop here in Kitchener, but I’ve never been to any of them! I hope I can score some good deals when I go next week~

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  21. joanie

    We have a GT in town. I have a couple pairs of capris that were great quality but I have also bought stuff there that disintegrates, shrinks to half the size or fades after the first wash. My daughter bought a pair of H&M capris last summer and she loves them. So, it’s hit or miss.

    LW here is also feast or famine although lately they have been carrying the Sarah Jessica Parker line of cheap clothing. I managed to get a pair of walking shorts for $3 but I think everything in Steve and Barry’s was only $10 to begin with. Does anyone know if S&B’s is still open or did they go belly-up?

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  22. Joanne

    What is pippinelkhound talking about! There are the Bargain Shops all over the west and this is there link to look at there flyer online. All you have to do is put in your postal code.
    http://tbsstores.com/

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