Are you thinking about Christmas shopping or do you need to buy spring and summer clothing for yourself or your family and are not happy with the limited selection in Toronto stores? You may want to consider taking a shopping bus tour with Sandy’s Bus Tours, 416-536-1082. Sandy’s operates day trips from Toronto to Buffalo, Grove City and Erie, Pennsylvania, and weekend trips to New York City, including Remembrance Day weekend and American Thanksgiving weekend, for cross border shopping at some of the largest U.S. outlet malls. You can choose between three boarding stops in Toronto. You’ll spend several hours shopping then return on the bus to Toronto in the evening. You’ll need a valid Canadian passport to travel to the U.S.
The sales tax on clothing and shoes varies from state to state. In Pennsylvania, the 6% sales tax is exempt on most clothing and footwear while New York has recently exempted their 4% sales tax on both clothing and footwear less than $55. In addition, the Canadian government announced that effective June 1, 2012, if you stay across the border for a period of 24-48 hours, you can bring up to $200 in tax exempt goods back to Canada. This has increased from the previous $50 in tax exempt goods. Further, travellers staying in the U.S. for longer than 48 hours will be able to bring back $800 in tax exempt goods (previously $400).
Short Trips often travels to New York City and they have an upcoming New York City Christmas Time Tour that is booked although there is a waitlist. The trip includes three nights’ accommodation at Wilshire Grand Hotel in New Jersey, tour of Radio City Music Hall, tickets to Radio City Musical Hall Annual Christmas Show with the Rockettes, visit to 9/11 Memorial, visit to Chelsea Market, boat cruise to Liberty Island and Ellis Island, three hot buffet breakfasts and all tips and taxes. Cost is Double: $699 per person; Single: $939 per person. Pick up locations include Finch Subway Station, Kipling Subway Station, York Mills Subway Station, Scarborough Town Centre, Hillcrest Mall and Dixie Outlet Mall. Short Trips is also offering upcoming trips to Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania in March and April 2017. Call 866-208-2950 to reserve.
Visit the Boulevard Mall, Burlington Coat Factory, Target and Fashion Outlets Niagara/Walmart on this one day shopping bus tour from Toronto to Buffalo. There is an upcoming Christmas shopping trip scheduled for Sat., Dec. 17, 2016. Pick up locations are Scarborough Town Centre, Jane & Wilson and Square One.
Departs 6 a.m. – Scarborough Town Centre (in front of the YMCA)
Second pick-up: 6:30 a.m. – Jane and Wilson (behind Coffee Time)
Third pick-up: 6:45 a.m. – Square One (in front of CIBC Bank on Robert Speck Parkway)
Tall Pat Tours is also offers shopping bus tours to New York City on the Labour Day long weekend. Check website closer to date.
Tall Pat Tours also offers a one-day shopping trip to Detroit for $60 return that includes stops at Northland Mall, Lincoln Centre and Super Walmart.