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Honest Ed’s Signs for Sale: You Can Now Own an Iconic Piece of Toronto History

Whether you grew up in Toronto or have just visited, iconic discount department store Honest Ed’s was nearly impossible to miss.

For 68 years the quirky shop had its doors open at the corner of Bloor and Bathurst, inviting people into the store with its famous flashing Vegas-style marquee sign.

And now that the store is set to close its doors later this year, shoppers are being invited back one last time to purchase Ed’s famous red signs so they can own a piece of Toronto history.

The hand painted signs added to the store’s charm, and were known for their unmistakable hand written fonts, cheeky puns, and for poking fun at the store’s owner, Ed Mirvish.

Honest Ed's
Image: Toronto Star
Honest Ed's
Image: Toronto Star

Once in the store, curious shoppers would be greeted with random pearls of wisdom like, “Honest Ed has a free gift for shoplifters, a ride to jail!” and “Honest Ed’s an old goat, but his prices don’t kid you!”

Sign prices will range from $0.50 to $100 and up, depending on the size and history of the sign. So for those who’d appreciate taking a walk down memory lane, you have until December to make a purchase.

But this isn’t the only piece of iconic Canadian history shoppers can get their hands on. Until June 1st, shoppers can place a bid to own one of Montreal’s historical Metro cars.

However, if you don’t feel like cramming a giant metro car into your basement, perhaps hanging up one of Ed’s memorable signs is more up your ally.


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