Category Archives: Sale

The Return of our Sidewalk Sale

It’s been a while since we’ve had a Sidewalk Sale, but we think you’ll find it’s been worth the wait. It’s happening right outside our shop, inside the 401 Richmond building. Swing by this week and check out some of the biggest deals we’ve ever had on offer.




Fido Come Home! (The Great Swipe Dog-Tag Drive)

If you’ve shopped at Swipe over the years, chances are you’ve seen one of these. You’ve likely got one or two hiding in your wallet, or lurking at the back of a drawer. Maybe you’re one of those hoarders (we know you’re out there) with a box full of them under the bed. Or a vaseful on the mantel. Or a sparkling array still attached to last year’s Christmas tree. (They come in red and green, as well as blue, silver and gold.) Wherever they are, we want ’em back.

Only a finite number of these shiny little suckers were ever made. And we are almost out. At the end of the leash. Scraping the bottom of the dog-tag barrel. So we’re putting out the call: round ’em up; hunt ’em down; flush those dog tags out of hiding and trade them in at either of our stores – Swipe Design at 401 Richmond, or Swipe DX at the Design Exchange.

They’re just like cash, only better, because they’ve got our name on them. They never expire. You’ll enjoy the sweet-tasting goodness of getting something for nothing, and we’ll get the chance to pass a bit of dog-tag love on to even more of our loyal customers. And if they happen to be attached to your dog? Well, bring Fido too.

The Big Sale. It's Big, and It's a Sale.

Well, it’s finally starting to feel like spring, and we all know what that means:


No? Okay then, let’s try:


That’s right. In honour of the season and its renewing, motivating forces, we’ve decided to comb through our collection at the 401 Richmond store and reduce prices on a selection of products, books and magazines for pretty much all of the next month. It’s the inaugural Big Sale, and it’s aptly named, unlike our former annual Sidewalk Sale (which we were never actually allowed to have on the sidewalk).

Big Sale offerings include Bodoni’s mammoth Manual of Typography from Taschen;
$5 back issues of magazines and annuals such as Communication Arts, Archive and Print; a mixture of classic and contemporary products from Nava, Arzberg, Umbra, imm Living and Rosti; information-loaded digital weather-station clocks designed by Philippe Starck; past issues of the architecturally uplifting 2G Magazine (which has – rather sadly – just gone digital with the newest issue, so grab those printed copies while you can); and some elegant one-off pieces of silverware (because really, who says you need a table setting of four?).

We’ll be discounting these items, and more, right through to Sunday, May 26, when we’ll be open for the final day of Doors Open Toronto. (Another excellent reason to visit the 401 Richmond building, and Swipe in particular.)


To purchase any of the products or titles mentioned here, please visit Swipe at 401 Richmond Street West, call us toll-free at 1-800-56-swipe or email us at

A Frolicking Good Time

Spring and Summer may now be fading memories, and the leaves of Fall all but off the trees and clogging up the gutters, but doesn’t the thought of impending snow simply make you want to frolic?

It’s certainly had that effect here at 401 Richmond, where plans are firmly in place for the first official Frolic – the building’s inaugural annual open house, and a celebration of the art, culture and community that make this place so inspiring to visit, and such an enviable spot to work.

From Thursday, December 8 to Sunday, December 11, there’ll be more artisans, artworks and amazingly creative gift ideas than you can poke a finely whittled stick at. The 401 Artisans Marketplace (now in its 19th year) runs across all four days, with late-shopping hours on Thursday and Friday, and Swipe in attendance with a collection of sale-priced goodies.


Of course, we’ll also have a delightfully tempting array of books and objects in store, including design books on everything from unventions to urbanism, the entire Lego Architecture series, new Aalto vase colours, quirky Takumi tea sets, recent additions to our children’s section from Kid-O, HaPe and Seedling, and instantly essential stocking stuffers. (Tried out the Tapi tap squeeze drink fountain yet?)

We’ll also be open every day from December 1 to 24 (except Sunday 18).

So come and frolic. Or just come and see us at Swipe.