Toronto’s supply of Olympic red mittens is almost sold out

Toronto’s supply of Olympic red mittens is almost sold out

The now iconic red mittens are so popular they're selling on eBay (Photo by Duncan Rawlinson) 

Both the Yonge and Queen and Yonge and Bloor locations of The Bay are down to the dregs of Vancouver Olympics swag: a few baseball caps, generic Canada T-shirts and pricey sweaters. Not surprisingly, the most popular item of Olympics garb—those cutesy red mittens—is the cheapest, and by December, the first shipment of a million pairs of the $10 mitts, dubbed the it souvenir of the Games, had sold out.

VANOC ordered a final shipment of two million pairs, which has already been delivered to stores, but these mitts will likely disappear long before the closing ceremonies. As of yesterday, only a few pairs remained at the Queen and Bloor Street stores, as well as at the Zellers in High Park. Not to worry—the mittens and the rest of the merch have already hit eBay, with a 50 per cent price hike, of course.

HBC’s Olympic mittens are the it item at the Games [Toronto Life]
• The most iconic souvenir of the Winter Games [Globe and Mail]