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138 days to go – Some new pins and contests!

September 26, 2009

Gosh I’m tired tonight so it will probably be a short post, but as always, there are things to talk about and after 72 days without missing a day it would be silly to miss one now!!

Vancouver 2010 Store September Pin of the Month

Vancouver 2010 Store September Pin of the Month

First up, the Vancouver 2010 Store has released their September Pin of the Month!  Plus a selection of other new pins, including a daunting “Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Collectors’ Pin Album – Volumes 1 to 4“.  Now, you could buy an empty album to fill with your own pins, but what is neat about the album set that  they’re offering is that it will include all of the individual retail pins available through to the end of the Games   As far as I know this will be around 460 different pins starting from a price of $8 per pin.  The entire set will cost $2999.00!  Which seems expensive except that even if all the pins were $8 that’s $3680 for the pins alone (assuming that it does include 460 pins, my numbers may be wrong, but close I think).  The albums are being sold for $60 each so that’s another $240 tacked on so I would say this will probably be a great deal for collectors.  (Note: the album set won’t be delivered until March sometime and it seems that it won’t include the ‘puzzle’ pin sets or other pin sets).

Vancouver 2010 Pin Collector Album Set

Vancouver 2010 Pin Collector Album Set

I have also recently found out that Coca-Cola will be doing a ‘Pin of the Day’ campaign during the Olympics and that their Happiness Cafe in the Olympic Superstore will be the place to get those!  Coca-Cola opened their first “Pin Trading Centre” at the Calgary 1988 Olympics and it’s a tradition that they’ve continued ever since!  There will be 20 designs to start but it will build to 120 Coca-Cola pin designs by the end of the Games!!  I have to say that even though it’s incomplete still, the Happiness Cafe is looking rather fabulous!  I’m looking forward to its Opening as well (I’m pretty sure that it will be on October 1st, along with the rest of the Olympic Superstore!).

A Coca-Cola Torch Relay pin - not a retail pin but pretty! (Photo courtesy of

A Coca-Cola Torch Relay pin - not a retail pin but pretty! (Photo courtesy of


CONTEST! – “Le Glove“!  This contest isn’t directly related to Vancouver 2010, but it is a Whistler Blackcomb contest and gives you the chance to win a 2009/2010 season’s pass!  That’s a pretty darn great prize!  All you have to do is visit the Whistler Blackcomb website and hunt around until you find the missing glove!  When you do, take a screen shot (their site includes instructions for this) and email it to them with some information about you (all required particulars are also on their website).  The link I’ve provided is to the info page, not the missing “Le Glove”.  You’ll have to find that for yourself!

Le Glove Contest Ad

Le Glove Contest Ad


I’m back at work tomorrow, so I’m going to run off and get some sleep.  Hope that you’re all well and having beautiful, warm sunny weather like we are here!  Cheers!  Santé!  Until tomorrow.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. elspeth permalink
    September 27, 2009 8:30 am

    hey hey,
    that yellow line on the map of canada on that there coca cola pin…is that really the route the flame will take? That’s one busy flame! Hope you got a good night’s sleep!

    • 2010vanfan permalink
      September 27, 2009 6:08 pm

      Yup, it’s a really long journey the Torch is going on! It will get some air time, and boat time, and vehicle time to speed it along its 45,000km route! The Torchbearers will essentially only be carrying the Torch through communities along the route. Thirty-three days until the Olympic Torch Relay starts in Victoria!!

  2. Nobase2010 permalink
    September 27, 2009 9:31 am

    Are the replicas of the Vancouver olympic torch available on Oct 1 at the Olympic Superstore?

    • 2010vanfan permalink
      September 27, 2009 6:05 pm

      From what I understand Birks is trying really hard to make sure that we have some of the replica Olympic Torches for the Grand Opening on October 1st. Most of them won’t be arriving until later in the month but we should have at least a few available. The preview sample that we saw was pretty great. I’m a sap, I even cried a bit when I got to hold it!

      • Vicki Yehl permalink
        September 27, 2009 6:17 pm

        Remind me to let you hold my real torch after the relay…I run Jan 24th, 2010 in SE BC…
        Go torch go!

      • 2010vanfan permalink
        September 27, 2009 7:22 pm

        Really?? Really?? Really?? Oh my gosh! That is so exciting!! I’m so happy for you, what a wonderful opportunity! I’m envious in the extreme! Do you know where?? Maybe I’ll be able to come see you run! That would be pretty neat! Congrats!

      • Nobase2010 permalink
        September 27, 2009 6:30 pm

        Thank you for the reply.

  3. Jim H permalink
    November 16, 2009 11:53 am

    Hi Andrea, nice meeting you at HBC. Your blog is great and I have bookmarked it so will read it everyday. The answer to pin question is Olav Bjaaland of Norway in 1952.

  4. Sarah permalink
    July 24, 2010 3:32 am

    I love that Back to School Quatchi pin! I must try to find one, and the album. But hey, I’m saving to come to Vancouver, which is a higher priority am I right? 🙂

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