I recently found several gift certificates (yes, way back when) from stores like Restoration Hardware, Omer DeSerres (now Loomis) and Jacob. I live in Canada. Can I use these certificates today, even though stores generally take cards nowadays? Do they ever expire (there are no dates on these certificates, anywhere) or is their value somehow depreciated since they were bought years and years ago?
I tried to use the Jacob gift certs once, and the store clerk told me I couldn't use them but offered to take them and mail them to head office with her question as to their validity. I declined. Is there a resource anywhere on the web with a definitive, steadfast rule, or does it depend on the store's own policy?