Here in Georgia, sadly, we've lost many of these community resources. In researching for PaperCrafter's Corner, I cannot tell you how many websites I found that kindly linked me to local scrapbook stores that had long since been closed.
We complain that we have to drive miles & miles to get to our closest local scrapbook stores … but then do we actually value those that remain? Cheryl, the owner of The Scrapbook Shoppe in Columbus, GA recently shared here on PCC that a customer of hers rushed in just before closing one evening and said, "Why do I only come here when I'm in a crisis?"
What a telling comment. This customer knew that if she really needed something, her local scrapbook store would be able to help her. What a wonderful feeling to know that you have a resource to help you with an important project! But what a disappointing feeling for that LSS owner to realize that her store was unappreciated and was only patronized in a "crisis."
Cheryl brought a growing movement to my attention with her comment to PCC last month. That movement is referred to as The 3/50 Project. Have you heard of it? Here is the gist of it, directly from the Project 3/50 site:
Of course, this movement is bigger than just crafting retail. It applies in retail environments across the board.
We all know that very few of us would ever turn our backs on a great deal found in the clearance section of a Big Box retailer. That's just crazy! But this movement does give us something to think about…. If we expect to continue to enjoy choices and variety, then we must support our local retailers and our local economy. What fun would it be to only purchase your scrapbook supplies from Walmart?
Invest in your local scrapbook store. Go pick up the latest from your favorite boutique scrapbook manufacturer while they are still in business. (Don't we all miss Scenic Route already?) And do it now, because as we all know, black Friday is almost upon us and we need to support our LSS while we're out grabbing crazy deals at Walmart and Michaels 🙂
What are your thoughts on this? What would you ask your LSS to do differently to encourage you to shop there more often? What would you miss about your LSS if they went out of business?
Not sure if there's a local scrapbook store near you? Just check our scrapbook stores page. If we've missed any LSS in Georgia, please be sure to let us know!