Gifts, Goodies and Gumballs

Michele Winn

Have you ever been to the Winchester Mystery House gift shop? The gift shop, now called The Mercantile, enjoyed a recent refurbishment that makes it so much easier to explore and discover treasures to take home as souvenirs— or to pick up a fun game or trinket to occupy the kids on your drive home! From postcards to DVDs to shirts, cookbooks, coonskin caps, and stuffed animals, the gift shop has offered visitors a fascinating array of unique items since the house opened for tours in 1923.

Check out this souvenir book from the 1970s, featuring photos taken before the house was given its uniform paint job to protect against the elements:

 

What’s the strangest or most interesting thing you’ve found in the gift shop? In the 1990s, we offered this box of gumballs – that you could stamp and mail to your friends!