Located in Toronto (just north of Lawrence Avenue and west of Dufferin Street), Orfus Road offers Torontonians unbelievable warehouse bargains without ever having to leave the city. Just south of Yorkdale Shopping Centre, Orfus Road is an industrial and retail strip of businesses between Dufferin St. and Caledonia Road. Those familiar with this discount-shopping hub know that Orfus Road houses over fifty clearance outlets, liquidation centres and factory stores that are worth checking out on a warm weather day.  

Not sure if Orfus Road is the shopping spot for you? We’ve got our list of secrets to shopping Orfus Road in order to maximize your time and savings.

Brides, Home Owners & Travellers Rejoice

While you won’t find high-end fashion outlets along this strip, we found that the bulk of Orfus Road retailers cater to three specific shopping groups: wedding and event planners, home décor seekers and travellers. Orfus Road is a mecca for brides and party planners with everything from discount dresses at the Le Chateau Outlet to final sale centerpieces at Bowring. We found a ton of home décor stores including the Lens Mills Outlet for that piece of fabric for your next DIY project or the Bombay Warehouse Outlet for an ottoman at 70% off. Heading on vacation to a sunny destination? Orfus Road is the perfect place to score trendy, summer fashions that won’t break the bank (think dresses for $5 from Sirens Outlet and 3 for $10 shorts from Stitches Outlet).

Shop Light

With all of the incredible savings to be had at Orfus Road, a significant number of the outlets we visited ask shoppers to check any large parcels, oversized purses, and purchases from other retailers upon entering their store as a loss prevention precaution. Our Secret: leave personal belongings and other purchases at home or in your vehicle.

Return Policies

Before handing over your cash, be sure to check the store’s return policy. In most cases, you’ll find items that are ‘final sale’ or ‘exchange only’ due to the deep discounts. Our Secret: after each purchase, take a photo of your receipt with your smartphone camera so that you never misplace a bill.

TTC Accessible

On a sunny weekend afternoon, Orfus Road can easily get backlogged with cars pulling in and out of storefront parking lots and vehicles stopping for customers crossing the street. Our secret to shopping Orfus Road is that it can be done on foot! This outlet strip is easily accessible via the 29 Dufferin Bus or by walking just five minutes south of Yorkdale Shopping Centre. Avoid the hassle of moving your vehicle every few stores and tackle the strip on foot if you dare.  

Washroom Breaks

Unlike a traditional, enclosed shopping centre, you’ll be hard pressed to find washrooms available for public use (let alone for paying customers,) along Orfus Road. Looking for a washroom? Our secret is to check out larger, national retailers like Kitchen Stuff Plus and Party City for a clean bathroom break.  

Operating Hours

Since Orfus Road’s countless retailers all operate independently from one another, you won’t find streamlined hours of operation amongst all stores. If you’re looking to shop at a specific retailer, our secret is to call the store directly prior to your shopping trip in order to confirm operating hours.

Do you have any secrets to shopping Orfus Road like a pro?

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Featured image: Nine West Outlet on Orfus Road by Cristina Avila