As you know, PaperCrafter's Corner is growing to include coverage of nearby southern states, a little at a time. In pulling together information to cover our expanded area, we noticed some big differences in the numbers of local scrapbook stores located in Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama.
How Many Local Scrapbook Stores per Person?
- 9.7 million people
- 14 LSS in GA (includes Archivers & Scrapbook Clearance Center)
- = 1.45 local scrapbook stores per million people in GA.
- 4.5 million people
- 14 LSS in SC
- = 3.1 local scrapbook stores per million people in SC.
- 4.7 million people
- 9 LSS in AL
- =1.9 local scrapbook stores per million people in AL
Why does South Carolina have so many more local scrapbook stores, relative to its population, than Georgia does? If anything, it should be the opposite since Georgia has a larger geographic spread than South Carolina.
Are South Carolinians just scrappier than Georgians? Is it something about the state's demographic that accounts for this difference? Are the local scrapbook stores doing things that differently? Are there more tourists in SC than in GA or AL accounting for additional scrapbook supplies purchased?
This led us to think about the big box retailers, so we took a look at those numbers in the 3 neighboring states.
How Many Big Box Craft Retailers Per Person?
- 24 locations in Georgia = 2.5 stores per million people
- 10 locations in South Carolina = 2.2 stores per million people
- 17 locations in Alabama = 3.6 stores per million people
- 29 locations in Georgia = 3 stores per million people
- 3 locations in South Carolina = .6 stores per million people
- 6 locations in Alabama = 1.3 stores per million people
- 12 locations in Georgia = 1.24 stores per million people
- 2 locations in South Carolina = .44 stores per million people
- 2 locations in Alabama = .425 stores per million people
- Just 1 location in South Carolina. .22 stores per million people.
- No locations in GA or AL.
All Big Box Combined:
- 65 total locations in Georgia = 6.7 big box stores per million people
- 16 total locations in South Carolina = 3.56 big box stores per million people
- 25 total locations in Alabama = 5.3 big box stores per million people
What Do These Numbers All Mean?
South Carolina definitely has far fewer "Big Box" retailers per person than Alabama & Georgia do. Is that the reason that SC can support more locally owned scrapbook stores? Is it simply an issue of Big Box coverage in the state? Or is there more to it than just that?
What do you think? This may be an oversimplification of the topic, but it definitely makes you consider how Big Box retailers impact the local retailing environment.
Did you read our article last month on the 3/50 project? (If not, catch up HERE.) Certainly the Big Box has a place in each scrapbooker's heart, but it's the LSS that helps us to grow our scrapbook community. The LSS works hard to bring new scrappers into the fold, introduce us to new techniques & products, answer our questions, give us a place to crop, and keep us energized. Does your Big Box retailer do these things?
Not sure if there is a LSS near you? Use these links to find local scrapbook stores in YOUR area: Georgia Scrapbook Stores, Alabama Scrapbook Stores, South Carolina Scrapbook Stores.