January 2019 Gift Shop News

Thank you to everyone who has supported the museum gift shop and made it another fabulous year financially. Gift shop proceeds support important museum programs.

An extra big thanks to all the members who took advantage of the 25% discount offered throughout the month of December. We are pleased to provide this as a perk to your membership.

The decision to carry work created by a range of unique local artists has been a success and will continue as we move ahead.

Looking forward to another great year in 2019!

December 2018 Gift Shop News

A reminder that the Museum Members Only Christmas Sale is on until Saturday, December 22, 2018. Members receive a 25% discount on most items in the shop. Valid membership cards need to be shown at time of purchase. Please note that the discount does not apply to consignment or already marked down items.

The museum store also has a pre-Christmas sale table where everything is 50% off. There are still some wonderful gift ideas for the taking.

November 2018 Gift Shop News

Members Only Sale

Dust off your debit cards! It’s almost time for the annual Museum Members Only Christmas Sale.

From December 1 to December 22, members receive a 25% discount on most items in the store. This offer does not apply to items already marked down or on consignment. Your valid membership card must be shown at the time of purchase.

Not a member? Don’t despair! Purchase a membership and you immediately qualify for the special holiday period discount.

October 2018 Gift Shop News

We’ve got a new greeter at our door…an 8 foot tall T-Rex! Drop by to say “hello.”

It’s autumn sale time in the shop with markdowns on some of our journals, canvas bags, gnomes, glow in the dark children’s t-shirts (size 2), Joseph Salmon bowls and more. Sounds like an opportunity for early Christmas shopping at an amazing price!

August 2018 Gift Shop News

Summer is in full swing and the museum shop has a large variety of unique, locally made gifts perfect for visitors and locals alike.

Top 10 summer sellers:

  1. Vancouver Island T-shirts (check out the photo) and Vancouver Island Car Decals – made by West Coast Karma
  2. Elasmo Chocolate Bars – made by Hot Chocolates
  3. Elasmo Coffee – roasted by Royston Roasting
  4. Stuffed Elasmosaurs and Ammonites – made by Ding Ding Dillio Crafts
  5. Greeting Cards – by Debbie Bowles of Winking Owl Designs
  6. 100% Cotton Dish Cloths – by Knotty Handmade Creations
  7. Elasmosaur Baseball Hats – by HiTec Printing
  8. Original Artwork and Prints – by Jude Regalado
  9. Vancouver Island Calendars, Magnets and Cards – by Ann’s Island Photography
  10. Old Fashioned Bunting and Lavender Sachets – made by Giggling Gertie

July 2018 Gift Shop News

The gift shop is now decked out for summer with plenty of “beach-themed” items to enjoy.

There are two fabulous new books in store. The Beachcomber’s Guide to Seashore Life in the Pacific Northwest by J. Duane Sept provides an amazing photographic guide to local tidal pool creatures. And there is The Beachcomber’s Companion by Anna Marlis Burgard with beautiful illustrations by Jillian Ditner. Both books are worth looking into.

The most popular field guides are Seashells and Shellfish of the Pacific Northwest by Rick Harbo and the Identification of Pebbles by Eileen Van der Flier-Keller. These handy take-alongs are covered in plastic to stay dry at the seashore.

Continuing with the beach-theme, the shop also carries small containers of “Shells from the Sea” and a good assortment of abalone shells.

Maybe you’re looking for a gift to send home with visitors? If so, check out the 2019 Vancouver Island Calendar – it’s a gift that will give all year long.

June 2018 Gift Shop News

Loads of new summer stock has hit the shelves!

The shop is now carrying a line of t-shirts designed by West Coast Karma, a company based in Comox. Designs include the very popular “Vancouver Island” pattern which is available in adult and children sizes in multiple colours. Or how about the ladies tee of an octopus or jellyfish in a turquoise soft cotton?

Kid’s toy selection has been bumped up too with T-Rex snap band watches, dinosaur skeleton replicas and “hug-ems” in the shape of T-Rex, triceratops, orca whales and wolves. These are a lot of fun for all ages.

May 2018 Gift Shop News

The gift shop is now selling local free range honey. The hives of very lucky bees spend their summers taking pollen from fireweed on Mount Washington. The cost for a good size jar is $12.95. Very tasty for your own use or a nice, sweet touch as a gift for visitors.

April 2018 Gift Shop News

New season, new stock!

The gift shop now carries Backroad Mapbooks. You can purchase the 8th edition of Vancouver Island – Victoria and Gulf Islands – Adventure maps and guide book for $25.95. This includes great information on parks, recreation sites, trails, fishing, hunting, paddling and more.

Or what about one of the Backroad Mapbooks for Vancouver Island Fishing 3rd edition? This includes lakes and rivers, depth charts, maps, directions, species, tips and techniques and stock information. The cost is $27.95.

To top it off, if you are looking for adventure topographic maps we have fabulous tear resistant, waterproof Vancouver Island South or North maps. These maps are amazing and extremely popular. The cost is $14.95 each.

January 2017 Gift Shop News

Make sure to visit the gift shop Sale Table with items now 75% off the last ticketed price. The table sports a good variety of merchandise to choose from – t-shirts, Canada snap bands, model sail boats and some one-off items.

Also, insulated water bottles and travel mugs are 40% off until January 31st. Shop early for best selection.

This past year saw a tremendous response by museum members taking advantage of the annual 25% off Christmas sale. Keep in mind that as a member you qualify for 15% off most purchases year round!

The quest to find more unique, locally made products continues for 2018. Gifts that are great to give or keep as a treat for yourself. Gift shop proceeds support important museum programs. Thank you for shopping with us and for visiting downtown Courtenay.