Hi Everyone! It's been ages since I've done much scrapbook shopping. You all know I love my monthly SP&Company kit and use it to get my regular "fix" of new scrapbook papers and stamps. However, I had some time this past week and popped into a couple of local places and picked up just a few things that I wanted to share today. First of all....in my city, we are lucky to have the major "big box" craft stores, plus two (maybe three, I'm not sure) local scrapbook stores. I know that's almost unheard of in a city of 120,000 people, but we are very fortunate. I have visited one of these stores once before, but the second was new to me.
Here's my purchases:
I didn't *buy-out* the stores...I have a room filled with lovely supplies, so I look very carefully at products and fill in gaps that I may be missing.
My son is a football player and I have very few football papers, so I picked up a sheet that can be cut into a lot of nice accent blocks. I have a "thing" for 6 by 6 papers and couldn't pass up Christmas paper. I know I'll put it to good use in the coming weeks. I also picked up a die of a bicycle. I think I'll enjoy having a die for the clean cuts they produce without the tearing/frustration that sometimes comes with electronic die cutters and such fine details as spokes can be. I also found some Liquid Pearls--I only have one bottle so I added a few colors. Adhesive backed pearls are always good to have on hand. And finally....bicycle washi tape, which actually came from the office supply store....but well, it was bikes. So I *had* to get it.
Here's a close up for you. I love those three colors. I will be putting them to good use. SOON! I have always enjoyed using pearls and Stickles. They add the perfect touch without adding dimension to a project. I am finally at the point where I have used up a whole bottle of Stickles--can you believe it?!
So...back to my experiences at these stores. I love to share good customer service experiences!
First up this week was "Creative Dreams". They've been open for awhile, and share space with a small hair salon. I was promptly greeted when I walked in the door, which is always a nice feeling to know that you're acknowledged and made to feel welcome. There was a nice sized work area and lots of samples placed throughout the store. I noticed a variety of product lines (I didn't take notes), but I did notice a great variety of Echo Park papers. There was a huge display of washi tape and a lot of variety of bling. The owner was there and spent some time telling me about her store and upcoming classes. She was really, really friendly and I know I'll return to this shop when there's that "something special" I'm looking for.
My second shop of the week was "Mary's Scrap Den". I had popped in once before while my son was at a basketball workout, but wanted to drop by again this weekend as she was celebrating her "Grand Opening". The store was busy, but it was a fun atmosphere. This place is more of a "creative workspace", with lots of table space, a die cutting room with stamps and other tools to borrow. I know she has lots of classes, based on the information Mary shared with me at check out. While the "store area" had less products than Creative Dreams, what was there was very different and offered a nice variety. Again, I was made to feel very welcome...and my son enjoyed some of the treats they were having as part of the grand opening celebration.
In summary...I'm thrilled that my little city can support these two amazing shops. I wish them both well and well.....I'll be back to spend some $$ on occasion!