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LidaK Nov 7, 2010 03:20 PM

This week I have seen pieces of le Creuset on sale at Winners at College Park and at Home Sense.
I have seen mostly Red at Winners. They had about 20 pieces when I was there on Thursday.
The "26" 5.4 quart round oven for $169. Also some yellow oval ovens and a nice blue #30 3.5 Quart braiser for $199.
At Home Sense I saw the same size braiser in red for $169. Also blue, yellow and red pieces.
I heard LeCreuset is discontinuing the Carribean colour and Kiwi. Anyone seen these colours on sale any where in Toronto?

  1. Kagemusha Nov 7, 2010 04:37 PM

    Try Home Outfitters but they ain't on sale. BTW, these Creuset deals at Winners and Home Sense stores seem to be downtown-specific. Their western GTA stores never seem to carry them, opting instead for some pretty schlocky inventory that collects dust.

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      detritus Nov 8, 2010 07:13 AM

      Not true - I've seen quite a bit of Le Crueset recently at the location across from Sherway Gardens.

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        Kagemusha Nov 8, 2010 07:39 AM

        Try Mississauga. Nada.

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      BequiaT Nov 8, 2010 08:58 AM

      The deals at Winners for Le Creuset are good, but if you ever find your way to a Le Crueset Outlet in the States - watch out! I picked up a 5.5 qt braiser in red for $65.00. There was a little 'bump' under the enamel, but nothing that will affect the use of the pot.

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        Kagemusha Nov 8, 2010 09:44 AM

        Right. I'm not left breathless by the Winners/Home Sense prices. I passed on some last year that were scratched and chipped. Not a fan of the store. Got some nice closeout Lagostina French-made enameled ovens from Sears for $100 and under several years ago before the line shifted to Chinese made. They were ringers for Staub ware. Keep hoping Costco will rerun their killer Staub set deals.

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        SARAMOR Nov 11, 2010 05:50 PM

        I saw a piece in winners, also in the $160 range, however there was a sticker on it that said "seconds" which explains the price differential. I quickly checked it out, other than some scratches I didn't notice anything wrong with it. I didn't have time to look at it carefully but I wanted to see how well the lid fit. I don't care about scratches but I would want to make sure the lid fit properly and the base wasn't warped in any way.

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          donelikedinner Nov 12, 2010 12:27 PM

          Kagemusha, I have purchased several Le Crueset items from the Winners at Dundas and Winston Churchill. It is hit and miss as to whether they have any in stock, but it does travel as far as Mississauga!

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          1. re: donelikedinner
            Kagemusha Nov 12, 2010 05:57 PM

            Lucky you. Both it and HomeSense stores I've been in look like garage sales. Not worth the bother.

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            Jane.T Nov 14, 2010 10:07 AM

            I actually found a lovely blue Le Crueset pot at the Homesense in Cambridge. I little scratch on the lid, but I can live with that.

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              pastina Nov 14, 2010 10:45 AM

              I just got back from Winners at Dufferin Mall. There were about 20 pieces in red, blue and yellow at the end of the row where the pots are, toward the back of the store.

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                ParsleySage Nov 15, 2010 06:20 AM

                @pastina do you remember what the prices were for the pieces you saw at Dufferin Mall Winners?

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                  pastina Nov 15, 2010 04:08 PM

                  Sorry. It was a bit of a blur. I think I looked at one large, red round oven (maybe around 5qts) and it was $169. If you go, make sure you go to the end of the aisle, where they put the clearance stuff. That's where they are (or were on Sunday). You won't see them unless you go to the back.

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                    TorontoJo Nov 15, 2010 05:12 PM

                    I picked up a red 8 quart oval French Oven for $249 at the Yonge/Sheppard Winners. I would imagine the prices are consistent across the stores.

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                      wontonfm Nov 18, 2010 06:08 PM

                      Was at Yonge/Sheppard today. They had good selection. Most of the pieces that I saw where around $169ish.

                      WON
                      http://whatsonmyplate.net

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                        TorontoJo Nov 19, 2010 04:24 AM

                        Yep, those are probably the 5-quart rounds. Nice.

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                          LidaK Nov 21, 2010 07:34 AM

                          I was at the Yonge Street/ Queen store last night & no pots in sight. I think the pots are gone until after Christmas. They did habve a few of the ceramic dishes in red and blue. I am not sure if those are worth buying or not. The small oval 1 litre dish was $19.99 and is $45 at Williams Sonoma. The small square dish $24.99.
                          Is there a Le Creuset outlet within driving distance of Toronto?

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                            wontonfm Nov 22, 2010 04:34 AM

                            I saw a few (maybe 4) pieces at the Dufferin Mall winners but they were on the smaller side. Maybe 4qt.

                            WON
                            http//whatsonmyplate.net

                2. The Chowhound Team Nov 22, 2010 11:41 AM

                  A discussion about why people use Le Creuset has been split to the Cookware board:

                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/748867

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                    frelma Nov 22, 2010 05:12 PM

                    Agree completely with the US Le Creuset outlet comment! Amazing prices. I stumbled onto one at an outlet mall and could not believe my eyes. The store manager there told me the outlets are coming to Canada - first one was to be just outside Calgary by end of this year. It's positive news, but like other "Sales" in CAnada, I suspect the prices will not compare to outlet shopping south of the border. I was given my Creuset pieces this year by my boyfriend and I love them.

                    p.s I justi noticed them at Winners too - the colour selection was pretty good. And the prices are very good compared to what you'd paid full retail.

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                      LTL Nov 26, 2010 10:21 AM

                      I just got an email from Home Outfitters. They are having a 30% sale on Le Creuset cast iron cookware November 27-28. In addition, you will receive a $20 money card for every $50 you spend pre-tax (e.g. spend $50 get $20, spend $100 get $40). Not sure what their selection is like, but this seems like a good option if you can't get to a US Le Creuset outlet or don't like Winners' limited options. Good luck!

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                        Smachnoho Sep 26, 2011 06:43 AM

                        I was at the Home Sense Store on Yonge & Queen on Saturday and they had a pile of #30 3.5 Quart braiser for $179 in red, 1 blue, losts of yellow and a horrible bright Orange I have never seen before. Also the 6 quart wide round for $199 in red, yellow & orange.

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                          Kagemusha Sep 26, 2011 07:06 AM

                          Seconds? Discontinued colours? Comparable pricing?

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                            maritimah Sep 26, 2011 12:03 PM

                            I saw them too. They were labeled 'seconds'. Saw a couple of pieces at the College Park Winners last week too.

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                            obiter_dicta Sep 26, 2011 12:07 PM

                            Tons at the Vaughan Mills location, and the one at Centre and Bathurst as well.

                        2. flying101 Sep 26, 2011 05:16 PM

                          I have had a lengthy conversation with the Manager of the Woodbury Commons outlet, she said that almost all of the outlet and 'cheaper' home stores supply are 2nd ('seconds') or 3rd choice products. Very rarely does a 1st choice product get into the outlets and if they do its mostly due to the colour being discontinued (and these only go down 10% not the 30% 2nd or 3rd choice gets).

                          What does this mean? 2nd and 3rd choice are defected; discouloured or have cracks, dimples and/or holes in the enamel. Sometimes you are lucky and these are on the lid rather than the pot, however it is very important to inspect the product on the interior cooking area (all the way up the side walls). If there are any defects on the surface it is not worth buying no matter how good the prices are. I was in a Home Sense the other day and noticed they were all had a sticker of 2nd or 3rd choice pieces. Since my Pot/Pan collection is basically complete I didn't bother looking at any. I have purchased from the Le Creuset outlet in the past but I did spend 20min looking for the perfect pot and lid before making my purchase. I would recommend anyone looking for a deal, inspect the product and ensure the cooking surface doesn't have any defects, the pot will last much longer. And for those wondering defects in the cooking surface can cause the cracking in the enamel to spread along with rust deposits being formed, just to name a few issues that can arise.

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                            letrell Sep 26, 2011 05:41 PM

                            Costco Canada offers 5 Le Creuset pices on their website:
                            http://www.costco.ca/Common/Search.as...

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                              elvisahmed Sep 26, 2011 06:26 PM

                              Costco Rules! I worked in Textiles in my previous life and know most of the unsold lots are sold to places like Winners/marshalls etc. so I am not sure its always 2nd or 3rd.
                              Worse case scenario buy yours from Costco as I trust their warranty over others.

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                              knusprig Sep 26, 2011 05:51 PM

                              Hello Flying 101
                              'I was in a Home Sense the other day'

                              Which location of Home Sense that you saw LC products recently?
                              What items that you saw?
                              I am looking for casserole pan and small individual pieces. Thanks

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                                century81 Sep 26, 2011 06:07 PM

                                Saw a ton at the Oakville (Trafalgar) store if anybody is interested.

                                Epicure in Mississauga also has a 25% off sale right now.
                                The Staub discounts were 35% off. I picked up a colcotte 4.25L. Impulse buy, but damn its great.

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                                  flying101 Sep 27, 2011 05:02 PM

                                  Centre Street and New Westminster (Thornhill) Didn't look at what was available selection-wise, but it was right when you walked in.

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                                  Smachnoho Sep 27, 2011 06:31 AM

                                  Thanks. The ones that I saw Sunday at the Queen &Yonge St. store all have tiny grey marks on the cooking surface except one brasier. I scratched the grey spots and it was the metal coming through. Also dimples. As you said it takes a lot of time to see the defects. Is there any problems if a pot has dimples? Is it a sign of future cracks?
                                  The one brasier without any grey spots had an odd shapped handle.

                                  1. re: Smachnoho
                                    flying101 Sep 27, 2011 05:14 PM

                                    If the dimples are on the outside walls or lid I wouldn't worry to much (unless they go all the way down to the cast iron)

                                    If they are on the cooking surface I would avoid them as they weaken then entire interior enamel.

                                    An odd shaped handle isn't that big of a deal, and is actually an easy fix (le creuset even sells metal replacement handles for higher over temps)

                                3. Kagemusha Sep 28, 2011 04:15 AM

                                  Home Sense and Winners know a lifestyle prop when they see it. Buying seconds(or worse, functionally)at these prices just confirms it. Not worth it.

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