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You can shop for various items in Arte's Curio Shop. These items change on an hourly basis and include regular W Shop items, Curio Shop Only (CSO) items and Rare items. The W Shop and Curio Shop Only items may be discounted or inflated in price, while rare items are always the same price.
Arte plays favorites. Based on how many items you buy and how much you tip him, he will be nicer to you and eventually give you some top secret information.
- Level 1 - First time shopper in Arte's shop, shows you how it works.
- Level 2 - Arte says: "Welcome to the Curio Shop. Hope you find what you're looking for."
- Level 3 - Arte says: "Welcome back. See if you can find a bargain today."
- Level 4 - Arte says: "Hey, welcome back, if you see something you like, let me know."
- Level 5 - Arte says: "Good to see you again. Have fun shopping."
- Level 6 - Arte says: "Ahh, one of my favorite customers. Let's see what I can do for you."
- Level 7 - Arte says: "There you are! Always great to see you. My shop is your shop."
Once you are Level 7, you can ask Arte what time sales and Rare item(s) will be available, and he will hold up a sign showing you the time.
Also note that until you reach level 7, if you are at a certain level but do not buy things or tip him for a long period of time you will drop back a level.
- Deluxe Member Level - If you are a Deluxe Member, Arte says: "Well, if it isn't one on my extra special customers! Welcome to the Curio Shop!"
Increasing Your Customer Level
There are two things you can do in Arte's shop to move through the preferred customer levels more quickly, and both require Kinz Cash!
Buy things from him
Unless you buy things, Arte will not move you up his list. If you want to move up faster, buy from him often.
You can tip Arte by selecting the green jar to his left, then choosing the amount of money you'd like to tip. Tipping Arte isn't completely necessary, but it speeds up the process of moving up levels.
REMEMBER: Make sure to tip over 10 KinzCash, as small tips usually just offend Arte.
The Webkinz Insider Forum's Rare Tracking Thread is updated throughout the day and contains information about what times there will be sales in the Curio Shop.
The Webkinz Insider Forum's Rare Tracking Thread is updated throughout the day and contains information about what times the Rares will be available in the Curio Shop. In addition, the top of every page on the Webkinz Insider Forum lists the day's rare items.
A summary of all current (not retired) Rares and the most recent date that Arte offered them can be found here: Rare Items - Last Available Dates.
Sometimes when you are click on an item in Arte's shop, an icon will pop up to tell you that the item is "Arte's favorite". If you are trying to achieve your level for your Key to Kinzville, then this item qualifies.
Deluxe Membership Bonus Items
If you are a Deluxe Member, you will have an extra section of the Curio Shop where you can purchase an extra set of items each hour. Each day you will have the opportunity to purchase an extra rare item and extra sales items.
Items Retired from the W Shop
Sometimes items are retired from the W Shop but you can still buy them from Arte as one of Arte's Favorites.
Items Retired from the Curio Shop
The Hockey Theme was retired from the Curio Shop March 4th, 2009. It was one of the first themes in Webkinz World, and was retired from the W Shop sometime before August 25th 2007, making it the first retired W Shop theme.
Ganz made a statement on April 16, 2010 that a rare theme would be retiring from the Curio Shop soon. Later that month, the rare items from the Kooky Scientist Theme were retired.
The Gem Hunt minigame can be played once per day, where you take your chances to find a gem within the mines. Many have attempted to identify special areas within the minigame that guarantee a gem, but it is randomly-generated. The gems you may receive in each mine, however, is not random and can be found in our Gem Hunt article.