Outdoor Retailer: Coghlan's, the outdoor accessory people

A sample of Coghlan's outdoor accessories.

In 1959, Norm Coghlan, who sold and rented camping gear at his Winnipeg gas appliance store, started selling the Camp Stove Toaster to customers who wanted a better way to toast bread on a camp stove.

Fifty years and seven million packages later, Coghlan’s is still selling the Camp Stove Toaster. Oh, and a few hundred other outdoor accessories, like bear bells, whistles, squeeze tubes, fire starters, hot dog skewers, signal mirrors, compasses, and other small gizmos that you've likely noticed in their distinctive green and yellow packages with the red logo.

While the Camp Stove Toaster is still going strong, new camping accessories are added every year.

Here’s what’s new from Coghlan’s for spring 2009:

Sight-Grid Signal Mirror

  • Highly reflective glass is encased in a shatter resistant acrylic case
  • Signals up to 25 miles on a clear day
  • Grid mesh in center of the mirror allows user to target the beam by framing object
  • 2" x 3" size
  • Lightweight SOS gear
  • MSRP: $12.99

Cooler Light

  • Provides a focused, smooth beam of light when the cooler is opened
  • Shuts off after 20 seconds regardless if the cooler is closed
  • Water resistant
  • A single LED light reflected through an acrylic lens
  • Secured to the underside of the cooler (or tackle box, toolbox, etc.) with double side adhesive tape
  • MSRP: $8.99

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January 23, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. (EST)

Hi Alicia,

My daughter and I are the inventors of The Cooler Light, which elicits this response: 'Crap, why didn't I think of doing that???' Our relationship with Coghlans has been outstanding. Linda Pond, President, Customer Connects

Alicia MacLeay (Alicia)
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4,454 forum posts
January 26, 2009 at 9:33 p.m. (EST)

Congratulations, Linda!

Having a good idea is one thing; executing it and getting it to market is another thing entirely.

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