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STRIPED RED OLYMPIC MITTENS 2012 / 2013 / 2014 VERSIONS
Where to Buy Canadian Red Olympic Mittens
The hottest winter item in Canada is sure to be the new Striped Red Olympic Mittens released for 2013 with a cute red maple leaf in the center and are available for purchase through the Hudson's Bay Company, Amazon.com and on eBay. It's described as a chunky striped red and white knit lined with fleece.
When I checked out the Hudson's Bay Company store in downtown Vancouver, there were striped hats but no mittens to be found. So your best bet is to check out the HBC website or look for a pair online.
It's hard to believe this iconic mitten could get any cuter. After all, they made the cut as one of Oprah's favorite things when she featured them on her show when they were first introduced. That's back in 2010 when Vancouver hosted the Winter Olympics and the cute mitts were worn by the Olympic torchbearers including hockey legend Wayne Gretzky.
In 2012, the year was stitched onto the maple leaf and there are still a few pairs available on eBay and Amazon.com.
On the 2011 version, instead of the white felt maple leaf on the palms, each maple leaf wraps over one side so you have to put both hands together to make a complete maple leaf. They're available for purchase on eBay.
My favorite is still the original version. Just before the Vancouver Olympics in 2010, my Mom got me one of the hottest selling fashion items in Canada -- Prada? Manolo Blahniks? Chanel? A pair of red mittens. Not just any mittens, but Red Olympic Mittens similar to the ones worn by the Canadian Olympic Torchbearers.
Originally priced at just $10 from the Hudson's Bay Company, these colorful, fun Canadian Red Olympic Mittens are no longer available through HBC. The original design which featured a white felt maple leaf on the palm of each hand is no longer sold in stores. Beware of imitations being sold on the internet which sometimes don't have the year stitched in or the Oympic rings. However, you can still find pairs being sold online under eBay listings with the description "rare" or "original". See below for listings.
Funds go towards helping support Canadian Olympic athletes. What did you think of Team Canada's 2012 Olympic Uniform at the opening ceremonies in London? Love the bold Canada stripe or hate it? If you like it and want a sweatshirt, hoodie, t-shirt or tank, check out thebay.com as the official merchandise is being sold by the Hudson's Bay Company.
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Which Red Olympic Mitten Do You Think is the Cutest?
Canada Olympic Red Olympic Mittens HBC Gloves 2013 VersionBUY NOWIf you're collecting the entire series of Canadian Red Olympic mittens, look to Amazon or eBay to secure the last pairs left of striped 2013 mittens. Plus you still have a chance to enjoy them this year before winter's over.
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New Striped Red Maple Leaf Olympic Mittens - 2012-2013 Version Now Available on Ebay
While you can purchase these striped Canada Maple Leaf Mittens on eBay, they are also directly in store at The Bay in Canada or online at HBC.com.
2012 Red Olympic Mittens
Support Canada's Olympic Team - Purchase A Pair of Red Mittens or Donate Directly
2012 Red Olympics Mittens
Here are a few Canadian Olympic Mittens for sale on Amazon.com. Click on any of the links below to see the full selection available online.
Where to Buy Original Olympic Mittens? eBay's a Great Source - And Other Original Olympic Collectibles
eBay is the Best Place to Buy the Original 2011 & 2011 Olympic Red Mittens
There are three sizes available:
There are no baby or infant sizes available.
Some listings indicate youth o/s (one size) and are being touted as ladies/women's xs or extra small.That is a bit of stretch for a description. The youth size mittens would only fit a lady with very narrow, petite fingers and not meant to be sold as a women's extra small glove. These red olympic mittens are fleece lined so they do not easily stretch as a knit stretch glove. Most women would require the s/m size.
These mittens should fit most men. A friend of mine tends to prefer his gloves to be XL and this L/XL size fits him as well.
Frequently Asked Questions About Red Olympic Mittens
Red Olympic Mittens Buying Tips
New to EBay? Helpful Hints
A word of caution to first time eBay buyers. Check then double check the shipping prices. Some prices seem low but the shipping and handling prices are $19.99. So just be sure you add both the item and shipping costs to know what you're really paying. If you're buying more than one pair of mittens, check before you place your bid to see if there's a shipping discount when you buy multiple pairs. E.G. $5 shipping for first pair, $3 for the second pair. There may be additional costs to ship worldwide.
If you're new to eBay, there are all sorts of strategies to bidding on eBay where you can have eBay help you win an item with Automatic Bidding where if someone outbids you, eBay will automatically add a certain dollar amount up to a limit to help you win an item. If that sounds too complicated and you're like me and can't be bothered with the hassle of bidding on items, look for Buy It Now items.
How to Buy It Now
1)Just click on any of the items below to link through to eBay.
2) Click on Advanced Search located towards the upper right hand top of the page
3) Enter "red olympic mittens size" for keywords (e.g. "red olympic mitten youth")
4) Under buying formats click on "Buy It Now"
Results for Buy It Now Red Olympic Mittens sorted by the size you want will show up. Click on each item to see shipping costs.
Buy With Confidence
Last word of advice. Check the number of seller transactions, ratings and comments to make sure you're dealing with a reputable seller. Overall, I have found eBay to be reliable because of this community rating system and there are systems in place should you need to dispute charges if you are dissatisfied with the transaction in any way.
Where to Buy Red Olympic Mittens in Canada or the U.S.?
Hudson's Bay Company and Zeller's
If you do not live near a Hudson's Bay Company or Zeller's in Canada, you can purchase Red Olympic Mittens online from The Hudson's Bay Website along with plenty of other collectibles.
Where to Buy Red Olympic Mittens If They're Sold-Out At the Bay?
If you can't find Red Olympics Mittens at the Bay online or in store you'll have to turn to the other Bay -- eBay where they will have both the original and new design available from various independent vendors.
Does VANOC Plan on Manufacturing Any More Original Olympic Red Mittens?
No More of the Original Red Mitten Design With 2010 Will Be Made
VANOC - the Vancouver Organizing committee met sale objectives for these red Olympic mittens and it is unlikely they will take the risk to manufacture more of these dated souvenir items.
According to the Province newspaper, the Bay's online marketing representative indicated there are no plans to replenish stock.
3 million Red 2010 Olympic Mittens were manufactured and sales of 3.3 million have been reported.
I remember the frenzy around Obama inauguration souvenirs -- with t-shirts, bags, posters, books being sold everywhere on the Mall, but even though Obama is still President, the next day, it was a fire sale on anything related to Obama's inauguration.
Where are the Red Olympic Mittens Manufactured?
Not only are the Red Olympic Mittens souvenirs manufactured in China but some of the First Nations Olympic souvenirs as well. Click here for the story on 'Authentic First Nations' 2010 Olympic souvenirs made in China.
Over 3.3 Million Red Olympic Mittens Were Sold in 2010
That's 1 in every 10 Canadians wearing a pair of these red mittens to support Canada's athletes. Try the official Olympic Hudson's Bay website where they're once again partnering together with the Canadian Olympic team to help raise funds to support Canadian athletes by selling
Red Mitten Flash Mob
Red Canadian Olympic Mittens
The Huffington Post
Sometimes less is more. ""Scarcity can create a perception of coolness". Read more here about the Red Canadian Mittens from the Globe and Mail in an article about how HBC tries to build on Olympic momentum.
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