Behold the hottest fashion accessory in Canada right now! These Olympic Mittens, worn by all the Torchbearers, are also being sold to the general public to raise money for Canadian athletes. They are staggeringly popular and the stores can't keep them on the shelves. They are very reasonably priced at $10 -- probably because they're made in China, not in Canada (and yes, that caused a bit of a ruckus) -- and so are an affordable souvenir for most people. They sold out here in Edmonton long ago. The only reason my Rare One and I each have a pair is because we have a friend in Vancouver who was at the Hudson's Bay Company when a big box of mittens was brought out. The whole boxful was gone in less than a minute. Someone aggressively grabbed mittens right out of her hands -- tsk, tsk, where has our legendary Canadian politeness gone?!
Along with our mittens, my Rare One and I wear our 2010 Olympic scarves that were a promotional item last year from Coca-Cola. And yes, we may very well be walking, talking, patriotic, corporate-shill billboards but DAHLING, WE LOOK FABULOUS!