Precious Moments figurines are available for sale on the official Precious Moments website, on several websites across the Internet, in Christian bookstores or in second-hand shops. Precious Moments products are sometimes available in discount chain stores offering household goods or in retail outlets specializing in items for babies and children.
Precious Moments images were first created by Samuel J. Butcher and made public in 1975. In 1978, figurines portraying the teardrop-eyed children in charming situations also became available. Since that time, the popularity of Precious Moments artistry and products has grown considerably. Precious Moments products range widely in style and price, as well as by theme or occasion.
In 1989, Mr. Butcher opened the Precious Moments Park and Chapel in Carthage, Mo. These are places that the general public can visit and tour at no cost. The chapel, which was inspired by Michelangelo's work on the Sistine Chapel, has about 5000 feet of painted murals and surfaces created by Samuel Butcher. The park features the largest Precious Moments gift shop in the world. The gift shop offers some exclusive products in the Precious Moments line that are not available for purchase anywhere else in the world. Information about both the park and the chapel is available on the companies official website.