2017 Black Friday Savings

Shopping online?

Use code SHIPCAN for free shipping anywhere in Canada from Friday November 24 to Monday November 27.
Free shipping orders will be sent via Canada Post taking 7-10 business days. Please do not use this option for orders requiring express shipping.

Enjoy a 20% discount on all in stock Canada 150 jewelry and accessories: pendants, earrings, keytags, and lapel pins!

Visiting the store?

We will be offering free engraving on all orders placed before 4pm - and we will be completing your engraving orders on the spot!

We always offer free giftwrapping on your purchases, but on Black Friday we will also giftwrap any boxed item regardless of where you bought it. Plain giftboxes will be available to purchase for $2 (limited sizes available).

We will be serving hot apple cider until 4pm or as supplies last.

From 10am-noon, home decor (including hollowware!) will be 10% off.

From noon-3pm, all jewelry and miniatures will be 15% off.

From 2-5pm, ornaments get a 15% discount.

And from 4-7pm, save 20% on all swarovski crystal and beaded jewelry.

November 21, 2017 by Aitkens Retail .
Five pewter ornaments, each featuring a bear, angel wings, and stars, laid on green silk.

The Wyatt's Stars Story

Five years sounds like such a long time.  When you begin something, when you build a plan that reaches that far, what you’re really doing is taking the first step in a journey with only a dream for a destination.  You have a vague idea of where you want to be and a fragile web of thoughts and hopes and maybes that might get you there.  What you do not have is any true idea, for all your vision, where the journey will really take you.  The by-ways, the sidetracks, the roundabouts, all the million moments between here and there and everything they can contain.

As we move into the fifth and final year of the Wyatt’s Stars Project, I feel the undeniable pull of the path we’ve taken and I cannot help but look back, through all that it has been and where it all began.

Wyatt James Lane was our Little Star, from the moment he burst into our lives – early, in distress, and in the midst of an already turbulent time of grief and change in our family.  His arrival was a flurry of cold, bright fear, desperate, furious, frenetic activity and an inconceivable blending of heartache and hope, despair and determination. 

He was a fighter from the start.  We could do little but sit by and watch as he struggled, survived and conquered.  We brought him home, amidst even more family grief and turmoil.  He was our bright spot, silver and shining and hopeful, the Little Star of our unimaginable confluence of dark and scary stories.  He was our happy ending. 

Or so we believed, I believed.

It was not to be.  We spent two months in blissful ignorance, trying to accept - to come to terms - with all that had happened, to learn to heal.  We spent another 2 months in willful denial – me more than anyone else – before Wyatt ended up at the Janeway Children’s Hospital in St. John’s again. 

His home for the first three weeks of his life once again became his home.  Again, we found ourselves sitting by, in that same twilight of powerless uncertainty, able to do nothing but watch as he fought for his life under the dedicated, devoted care of his expert medical team. 

It is strange to use the word brave for one so little, so young, but it is one of the words that everyone had for Wyatt.  Throughout all his struggles, his bright, ever-present smile captivated and buoyed the hearts of everyone who met him.  His medical team, hospital staff, volunteers and visitors all commented on his strength, his joyous perseverance and the hope they had for him.

It was a hope we all shared but Wyatt, our Little Star, was sicker than anyone knew.  On December 17th 2012, a week before Christmas, after 33 days at the Janeway, he passed away.  He was six months old.

Our Little Star’s light had burned out, our happy ending gone.  Our family, near and far, was shattered, and our community mourned with us, as did his Janeway team.  For such a little boy, in such a short time, he had touched many lives and found a home in many hearts.

The days, weeks and months following were a blur of grief-stricken survival.  Putting one foot in front of the other, doing the bare minimum needed to get by, to get our older twin boys through, to figure out what life was supposed to be now.

In June of 2013, Yvonne and I were watching the Janeway Telethon.  It was an emotional experience.  The Janeway would always be a part of us from now on, and the Telethon had a very special association for us.  Wyatt’s first days at the Janeway had been during the running of the 2012 Telethon, when it had still been held at the hospital itself.  It was running when Yvonne first arrived from Corner Brook after Wyatt had been air lifted to St. John’s.  During her first visit to see him, we passed through the backstage area to get to the elevator that would take us to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

We sat and we watched.  We saw children and families going through ordeals like we, ourselves, had.  We saw people celebrate the wonders that the Janeway had worked, and others return to remember those children that they had lost.  We felt for all of them and we felt our own loss even more.

Wyatt had been with us for such a short time.  The pain of his absence was unbearable and it was matched by the rapid-growing fear that, outside our immediate family, he would be forgotten. 

We needed something.  A way to remember him, to help others remember that he was here.  He was ours and he was real and he made an immeasurable impact on our lives.  We needed something to do with all that love and energy that was supposed to be his.

It was then that we decided that we had to do something.  A project of some sort for the Janeway.  An effort, in honour and memory of Wyatt, that could help other children receive the same excellence in care, the same gentle thoughtfulness and compassion that he did.  That other families could be afforded the same hope we had, and maybe, just maybe, a better outcome.

That’s where it all started.  That spark was all we needed.  The idea came together quickly, from his story, our circumstances and one of our own traditions. 

Every year, Yvonne and I bought a special ornament for our Christmas tree and marked it with the year.  It was always something significant for us for that year, with elements, shapes and symbols that meant something to us.  Wyatt – our Little Star – had passed so close to Christmas that the choice was clear.  A Christmas ornament that included stars and other components that spoke to his story.  Something that could be a fundraiser for the Janeway and a tangible memorial to Wyatt. 

From there, the Wyatt’s Stars project was born.  Not a one time effort – our grief, our love, needed more than that.  We settled on a 5-year project.  A plan for a series of five ornaments, all based around the same elements, but growing and changing each year, just as Wyatt would have done. 

The main elements of the ornaments were an easy choice.  Each of them special to us and steeped in meaning:

  • Teddy Bears:  A source of comfort for children and a symbol closely associated with the Janeway;
  • Angel Wings: A memorial to our angel children who could not stay with us longer and a tribute to the medical angels – doctors, nurses and medical teams – who work with such tireless compassion to care for our sick children;
  • Stars: Wyatt was our Little Star, and stars represent hope and guidance – both for medical teams and families, when children are sick.  Stars are also associated with Christmas, so close to when he passed.  Each year the ornament would also feature an additional star, one for his age at each year of the project.
  • The project name and year would be featured on each ornament, meaning his name would carry on;

With the elements chosen, we began working on the designs and looking for a material and means of production.  With Yvonne and I working together, the designs came together quickly.  For production, we turned to our own past again.  For our wedding, we had obtained a number or pewter pieces – glassware with emblems, jewelry, etc. – and the workmanship was exquisite.  Pewter was durable and beautiful, and we’d heard of series of pewter ornaments being commissioned. 

We researched the company that our pewter items had come from – Aitken’s Pewter – and the final piece of the project fell into place.  Aitken’s Pewter was a family-owned and operated company in Atlantic Canada – New Brunswick – and right there, on their website, was a brochure detailing a fundraising program they offered.  We reached out to them and were contacted by the company owner, Martin Aitken.

From those initial calls, through the design rendering process, packaging, production and all the other details – big and small – the Wyatt’s Stars pewter ornament series came to life.

In those early days, we couldn’t possibly have known where the project would take us.  How successful the project would be, all of the people we would meet, the volunteers, the supporters, the personal and heartfelt stories from people with their own connections to the Janeway or who were touched by his story.

With the final year of the project upon us, it is almost unbelievable that we have come this far.  That the years have slipped by so quickly and so much has happened.  We’ve raised over $30,000 for the Janeway Cardiology department, and we’re hoping for a very successful final year.  We’ve received so much support and met so many people, friends and acquaintances that will stay with us long years after the project has ended.  Wyatt’s name, and the project, will be featured on a new Wall of Miracles at the Janeway recognizing lifetime donations over $25,000.  His name and thousands of stars in his memory hang on Christmas trees every year, including our own, and even in windows, cars and other places throughout the whole year. 

It is humbling, heart wrenching and comforting, all at the same time, to know that long after the project itself has ended, Wyatt’s story and a legacy of hope and help for others in his name will continue on. 

JKL – October 2017

October 20, 2017 by Aitkens Retail .
A woman smiles into the camera showing off her pewter jewelry. Wine pours into a pewter goblet beside a pewter bowl of fresh grapes. A woman looks into the distance wearing a pewter heart pendant. Caption "Show us your #aitkens45"

#AITKENS45

It was 1972 when Martin Aitken opened the doors on his first pewter shop. Aitkens Pewter has been a Fredericton fixture ever since. In the last 45 years, we have made hundreds of connections and thousands of sales across Eastern Canada and beyond. Aitkens Pewter has shipped to Halifax, Calgary, Montreal, and Chilliwack. Texas, New York, Florida, and Maine. Switzerland! Wales! And now... we want you to send it back.

Not physically, of course. We know your pewter means a lot to you. That's why we want you to send us pictures of your favourite Aitkens pieces - the pewter goblets you got for your wedding anniversary. The First Christmas ornament your great aunt gave your daughter. The vase you bought when you moved to your new home, and the bowl you gave your dad when he retired. We want to see it all! And we want to hear your story.

Tell us about what makes your pewter yours. Send us the story of your favourite pendant, the clock you once dropped down the stairs, and the ornament you thought you lost in a move. Send us a picture, and a story, and you could win one of two Aitkens Pewter gift certificates valued at $50 or $100.

Ways To Enter:

  1. Send your photo and story to frederictonsales@aitkenspewter.com
  2. Post your entry to your own Facebook or Instagram page using our contest hashtag, #aitkens45. Make sure your post is public, and feel free to tag Aitkens Pewter.

Rules of Entry:

  • Entries will be featured on our Facebook page and will include your photo, story, and name. By entering you agree to allow Aitkens Pewter to publicly share this information within the bounds of this contest.
  • Entry text may be lightly edited for clarity. Images submitted will be resized and may be cropped for better focus.
  • One entry into the contest is worth one entry into a randomized draw to be held on October 2, 2017. Only one entry will be accepted per person. EXCEPTION: Early entries submitted before midnight on August 31, as invited through our e-mail newsletter, are worth two entries to the draw.
  • Two (2) separate winners will each win one (1) gift certificate valid only at Aitkens Pewter in Fredericton, NB. Winners not located in Fredericton will be able to redeem their prize through our website, www.aitkenspewter.com.
  • Current employees of Aitkens Pewter and their immediate family, while welcome to share their pictures and stories, are not eligible to win the draw.
August 31, 2017 by Aitkens Retail .
Tags: contest

Job Opening - Fall 2017

Our retail location is currently looking to hire one person to work part time this fall and beyond.

Retail experience is an asset but not necessary.

We will train them to sell, assemble, and repair pewter products; engrave on pewter by hand; and use our Shopify and Quickbooks sales and inventory programs.

The right person for this job is creative, organized, and enthusiastic about local businesses. This job is not ideal for students - sorry! - because the hours available are all between 10-5 Mon-Fri.

Please bring your resume to 408 Queen street before August 25 to be considered for an interview. Ideal start date is Sept 5.

Strange requirement: must be available for FULL TIME (10-5 Mon-Fri) work from October 25 to November 10.

August 14, 2017 by Aitkens Retail .
Tags: now hiring
A smiling person wearing sunglasses and holding a pewter pride flag towards the camera. Text reads "celebrate Fredericton pride 2017"

2017 Pride Contest

Fredericton Pride is gearing up to be a wonderful week celebrating all the loves under the rainbow. We want to help you show off your pride by giving away a hand-painted pewter pride pin!

To enter your name into the draw, simply like our Facebook page and share our Fredericton Pride post.

Rules & Details:

There will be one (1) pin given away per 500 entrants.

Draw will happen at 3pm on Friday. We will attempt to contact the winner before announcing their name on our Facebook page.

Contest is intended for residents of Fredericton and the surrounding area only. If the winning entrant is not able to come to our Fredericton retail location to claim their prize, shipping can be arranged.

The contest is not affiliated with or monitored by Facebook or any other parties outside of Aitkens Pewter.

August 08, 2017 by Aitkens Retail .
Tags: contest
2017 Father's Day Favourites

2017 Father's Day Favourites

Father's Day is approaching, and we know it can be hard to pick just the right gift to show dad you appreciate him. Getting the same thing year after year is easy but it doesn't say "Dad - you're special!" Here are our picks for the best pewter Father's Day gifts in town...
June 02, 2017 by Aitkens Retail .
May 2017 - UNB Graduation Celebration!

May 2017 - UNB Graduation Celebration!

Congratulations, graduates!

On Wednesday, May 17, to celebrate the UNB class of 2017, we are having a one day only SALE. Take 20% off all University of New Brunswick themed products in store or online (using the code UNB2017 at the checkout). But there's a catch - supplies are limited and we will not be restocking during this sale.

At the time of posting, we have only 4 UNB Memory boxes, 10 UNB Ornaments, and 14 UNB Keytags. That's all - once they're gone, they're gone!

The UNB ornament is also available to be framed. Frames and engraving ordered in store on Wednesday can be picked up at 10am on Thursday - that's right, for this flash sale all engraving orders will be ready in just one day!

Hurry - don't miss out!

May 16, 2017 by Aitkens Retail .
Tags: sale
pewter maple leaf memory box

New - Canadiana Steward's Box

Working on our Canada 150 collection has us feeling so patriotic that we couldn't help but expand our line of Canada-themed pieces. The Canadiana Steward's Box is four inches wide, making it the largest of our memory boxes. It features detailed, bas-relief maple leafs and maple keys against a lightly textured background.

The Canadiana Steward's Box is now available online and in-store, just waiting to find itself on your desk or bedside table.

This little pewter box can surely hold a lot of memories - what will go in yours?

April 15, 2017 by Aitkens Retail .
cupids tree pendant promo

Introducing the Cupid's Tree Pendant

*contest has ended*

We're so excited to show off our newest pendant that we have to give one away. Find us on Facebook and follow the instructions to win!

This exquisite pewter pendant was carved by Cupid himself so that you can wear your lover's name next to your heart - back of pendant is blank for engraving.

February 08, 2017 by Aitkens Retail .

We All Have A Story. What's Yours?

Whether it's personal or corporate, let Canada's leading pewtersmith help you tell your story of purpose, history, hard work and achievement through a specially designed, handcrafted pewter ornament.

It's an innovative and classy way to say thank you, show your appreciation or raise awareness about your town or city, church, school or business.

Visit our Custom Shop and browse our custom-work book to see some of the items we've created over the last 4 decades.

Superb craftsmanship and quality service are the reasons why Aitkens Pewter is Canada's leading pewtersmith. They're also the reasons why you'll treasure your Story Told in Pewter.

We can customize the packaging and presentation of your ornament as well as its size and shape. In fact, we can make whatever you would like.

Call toll-free 1-800-567-4416 or send an e-mail to Martin Aitken at mga@aitkenspewter.com

January 09, 2017 by Aitkens Retail .