A Flin Flon treasure trove

Where can you turn when your pent-up need for a Flintabbatey Flonatin shot glass finally spills over?
When you can no longer deny that life is meaningless without some old Flin Flon Dairy milk tokens?
Or when your innate desire to buy a vintage Trout Festival placemat inevitably spirals out of control?
Look no further than eBay. Though no longer the juggernaut it once was, the online trading post continues to hawk a seemingly infinite number of items in a mind-blowing range of categories.
Type “Flin Flon” into the eBay search engine and you’ll come up with 100-plus matches – some boring, some intriguing and some just plain bizarre.
As of last week, the aforementioned Flinty shot glass, milk tokens and placemat were among those selections.
So too were several souvenir spoons, including a sterling silver utensil whose handle depicts an old-time miner and whose interior bowl (yes, that’s the term for it) bears the words Flin Flon.
Unique hue
Also up for grabs were tins of lip-gloss in a unique hue called “Flin Flon.” Cosmetics company Cargo first released the lip-gloss in the late 1990s.
How about a Flin Flon Bombers pennant from the team’s WCHL days? The asking price for it was $45 – or best offer.
A seller out of Singapore was trying to sell a vintage Bobby Clarke Flin Flon Bombers jersey in any size. An American seller offered another classic item in the form of a postcard depicting a long-gone Flin Flon landscape.
One of the more interesting items was a teacup and saucer set. It celebrated the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, with the words Flin Flon appearing between the cup’s handle and an image of a Mountie.
eBay customers could also come across CDs by an American band calling itself Flin Flon (as previously profiled in The Reminder) as well as a Royal Hotel matchbook.
Browsing the assortment, one can’t help but ponder the story behind certain items. How on earth, for example, does a Scouts Canada Flin Flon District patch end up in the hands of a vendor in Hong Kong?
I guess there’s only one way to find out. Pass me my credit card; I’m going shopping.

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