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NSD 2010 9pm Hour: Where’s your shopping?

A lot of scrapbooking education and evangelism – important marketing for the industry – takes place through the efforts of local scrapbook stores. Yet those stores are becoming few and far between in many areas, even in places where there used to be many of them.

For most of the time that I’ve lived where I am now, it has been an hour-long one way commute to get to a local scrapbook store. One did open about 20 minutes drive on the freeway south of here but it lasted less than a year even though it was combined with an ice cream shop. Last spring, my medium-sized town actually got its own small scrapbook store but the store has been closed for months now due to personal problems of the owner. (It is still there, but it has remained closed all this time.)

So local scrappers here have to go back to relying again on our local Michaels & Target, reps from companies like Stampin’ Up! and MemoryWorks, and online ordering. Or we have to drive an hour each way to get to a store in the nearest city – and two weeks ago one of the stores in that city (Jacksonville) announced that it was closing its doors.

While attending the previous two CHA shows I’ve also been able to attend one day of the Craft Supershow and do some personal shopping. To me, usually so limited in my options for in-person shopping, all that shopping has been like heaven. I’ve gone home with loaded up suitcases! It’s been such a treat just to have so many products in front of me to choose from. Listeners of Paperclipping Roundtable have heard me mention often that my picks of the week were purchased at the Winter Craft Supershow in Anaheim.

I’m not the only one that has trouble getting my hands on products in person. Seeing products in person is different often – an in-person look can inspire a purchase that seeing a picture might not. Some brands are in wide distribution so I have no problem getting them at places like Michaels (such as K & Company). But other favorites are boutique brands and so a boutique store is the only option.

One of my favorite boutique brands is Technique Tuesday. They had a clearance booth at the CHA Craft Supershow in Anaheim. Other scrapbookers I talked to dismissed the clearance booths as “that’s just old stuff”. But to me, that was my chance to get my hands on stuff I normally have a hard time getting. It was new TO ME. And the low price was a bonus because it meant I could afford to purchase more than I normally would be able to. (And I came home with about half the booth – that mess on the floor next to my scrap table I showed earlier? It’s a lot of Technique Tuesday!)

This is what we lose when we lose the small local stores – the ability to inspire people to continue (or start) scrapping by putting a variety of new product in front of them, and showing them how to use it. I work in the industry, so I’m particularly motivated, and still have a hard time shopping regularly. For regular scrappers without a local store, that has to be even more frustrating.

So…this hour’s giveaway has to be Technique Tuesday, of course!

These are the Storytellers (Well Worn Journals) and Made In The USA sets, being given away courtesy of Technique Tuesday.

How to Enter:

All you have to do to be one of the lucky winners is leave a comment on this entry before Midnight U.S. eastern time on Sunday night, May 2nd, telling us how you shop. Make sure you include your email address in the line reserved for it on the comment form (for your own protection, don’t put it in the text of the comment, where it will be visible to the public – just in the line labeled “email” in the form where only Scrapbook Update staff can see it). We will need it to notify you if you are a winner. Winners will be drawn by random drawing from all eligible entries. One entry per person. (Note: If you are reading this post via an RSS subscription, click here and it will take you to the giveaway on the  Scrapbook Update website where you can fill out the comment form at the bottom of the article to enter.)

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81 Responses to NSD 2010 9pm Hour: Where’s your shopping?

  1. Cindy d May 1, 2010 at 9:04 pm #

    We don’t have an LSS anymore, but we do have a local stamping store. Whenever possible, I try to buy from them. They have a decent selection of products that cross over between scrapbooking and stamping, like inks, cardstock, embossing materials, pens, etc. Occasionally I shop at Michaels. Most of my scrapbook shopping is from scrapbook.com.

  2. pauline May 1, 2010 at 9:11 pm #

    I always look for LSS to visit when I take a trip anywhere!

  3. Denise C. May 1, 2010 at 9:13 pm #

    I usually shop online with coupons, but I also like to shop at my LSS. We’ve had 3 stores close around here so I want to support the one store that is left in our area. This economy has really hit the LSS hard!

  4. Lisa S. May 1, 2010 at 9:17 pm #

    I have only a very, very, very small selection of sb supplies at my local Wal-Mart. Everything else is over an hour away (Michaels, Hobby Lobby, LSS). This has actually been a driver for me to move to more digital scrapping. I still like to get my fingers in the paper occassionally.

  5. Yolanda B. May 1, 2010 at 9:19 pm #

    As much as I want my local LSS to stay in business, I have two near me, I don’t spend much when I go. Only if I have to have itmes otherwise, I shop at Michael’s and Joans and in between I love the scrapbook shows. Like you said some of the clearance items are “new to me” and let loose at the shows. Thanks for the chance to win!

  6. Mary Schmidt May 1, 2010 at 9:28 pm #

    I am just like you. We don’t have a decent LSS. The ones that are here are really small. I bought a lot of things at Orlando conventions when I lived in Jacksonville, FL. Now I am in the Charlotte, NC area. CKC convention comes here but it is not as big as the ones they do in Orlando. I buy most of my crafting stuff online. I save gas that way and I try to find free shipping when possible.

  7. Amy K May 1, 2010 at 9:28 pm #

    We are fortunate to have several LSS, plus Michael’s, JoAnn’s, and Archiver’s, within a 1/2 hour drive or less. I too like to purchase in person, be able to really check out the product; however, certain things I’m perfectly content with ordering online, especially if there’s free shipping.

  8. Donna DiCorcia-Davis May 1, 2010 at 9:29 pm #

    I moved to Raleigh and there are no local Lss! When I visited Raleigh eight years ago there was one on every corner. Raleigh does have an Archivers which I shop at. I also shop online(addicted to scrapbooking,scrapbook and two peas). I really don’t like the selection at the big box stores especially ACMoore. The customer service is horrible at these stores. I wish biz would pick up again so more Lss’s can succeed.

  9. Stacy May 1, 2010 at 9:36 pm #

    With 5 kids, I do a lot of online shopping. I also really enjoy going to our local scrapbooking store here in Las Vegas, Scrappin Time. I get a big portion of my stuff at Michaels when they have a 40% off sale …which seems to be every other week. Happy NSD!!!

  10. linda May 1, 2010 at 9:38 pm #

    Wish I had a LSS close by, I would shop there. I

  11. katie May 1, 2010 at 9:39 pm #

    Love shopping at expos!

  12. S May 1, 2010 at 9:40 pm #

    We are down to one LSS, two others have gone by the wayside in this economy. I still patronize that store, but I understand that they can’t always carry everything that’s new, so I’ve been shopping online more and more often rather than in the big chain craft stores.

  13. justjane May 1, 2010 at 9:40 pm #

    I am fortunate enough to have several very good LSS within easy drives of me. These are great for classes and quick shopping. I do find, however, that they can’t compete price wise with online shopping which is where I purchase the bulk of my paper supplies.

  14. Gail E May 1, 2010 at 9:44 pm #

    I am lucky enough to have an Archivers about 30 minutes away. A friend and I go there about once every month or two. We went yesterday to make the NSD free projects. Bought both glimmer mist sampler packs…love that stuff! Thanks!

  15. Molly Faircloth May 1, 2010 at 9:45 pm #

    I shop at the annual CKC I usually attend, and then buy from Scrapbook.com. Sometimes I’ll drive to the suburbs to shop at Archiver’s but not often.

  16. Stacy W. May 1, 2010 at 9:55 pm #

    I’m a new scrapbooker so I usually go to the scrapbooking store that is near me to shop. I also go to Michaels, which has good prices.

  17. Barbara M. May 1, 2010 at 10:02 pm #

    I am lucky in that I still have a store close to me, but the hours and product are limited. I shop online if it is something that I can’t find at the LSS, ACMoore or Michael’s. I go to the same big sites as most everyone else but I am thinking of joining a monthly kit club to get some of the newest items when they are released.

  18. Laura May 1, 2010 at 10:02 pm #

    I love seeing stuff in person and shop at big box craft stores as well as scrapbooking stores, though the two in my state are not very close to me. I also shop online. I wish there were a LSS closer to me, and one that carried all the stuff I love!

  19. Jodee May 1, 2010 at 10:06 pm #

    There is a small LSS 25 minutes from me. I’ve never really shopped there because it was small. But, they recently expanded and have a lot more stuff! I will definitely be shopping there more now! I also drive about an hour to get to a Hobby Lobby and Target and Joann. Those are my “local” stores.

  20. Nicole Maki May 1, 2010 at 10:11 pm #

    There are a few LSS in my area, but it’s hard to shop at them as the product is always full price and they don’t accept coupons or have frequent sales. When I can get the same product at big box stores for 40% off I do it – even though I feel guilty.

  21. slammie May 1, 2010 at 10:11 pm #

    Sadly I haven’t shopped since before we moved but before that it was at Archivers, Jo-Ann or Michaels. Had a really good LSS but she closed it due to health issues in the family….I didn’t find it until the very end though.

  22. Kristina May 1, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    We don’t have a LSS in our town, just a couple of the “big” stores. I hope to be the one who opens a scrapbook/paper crafting store for our town but right now my dream is on hold until my youngest goes off to school full time (she’s almost 3 now). So for the great “small” store items I shop online.

  23. Jen K May 1, 2010 at 10:18 pm #

    I’m extremely lucky that I have quite a few LSS’s and craft stores, so I buy everything in person. I need to touch and feel before I’m comfortable spending money on an item! I think I’ve only bought online twice…once with a gift certificate and one because I HAD to have something for a project and everything local was out!

  24. scrapper al May 1, 2010 at 10:18 pm #

    I used to shop everywhere…Michaels, Jo-Anns, direct sales, Target, and LSS (several), but mostly online. Guess I didn’t shop enough because my two favorite online stores went out of business last year. Now I hardly shop at all anywhere.

  25. Jenny McGee May 1, 2010 at 10:46 pm #

    I do not have a local scrapbook store near me. So it is usually Michaels, Joanne’s or AC Moore or online for me.

  26. amy May 1, 2010 at 10:54 pm #

    I shop all different ways. My LSS (i’m very fortunate to have a very small shop in my very small town) is very limited in supplies i like & use, so i buy a lot of paper at Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, and Archivers. I used to shop online a lot, but now i like to see what it is i’m buying before i buy it.

  27. Diane Harris May 1, 2010 at 10:55 pm #

    I have to drive 30 minutes in three different directions to get to a lss, a Michaels or Joanne’s. nothing where i live and i hate paying shipping when that could be used for more scrapbooking items.

  28. Cynthia B. May 1, 2010 at 10:57 pm #

    A couple of years ago, we had 4 LSS’s close within 5 years’ time. They’ve dropped like flies! Now I shop online occasionally, and I make (very seldom visits) to Archivers (30-40 min. away), and lots more trips to Michael’s and Hobby Lobby.

  29. Cynthia H May 1, 2010 at 11:10 pm #

    Mostly I shop at Archiver’s (20-30 minutes away) but occasionally I drop in at JoAnn’s if I need more adhesive or trimmer blades and have a coupon. I will buy Stampin Up if the mood strikes, but that probably happens only 2-4 times/year. Where we vacation in the summer has an awesome LSS, and I try to frequent them when I can. The challenge there is always packing! In fact whenever we are in a new town and I see an LSS, I always try to at least peek. I have just started perusing what’s available online – my only online purchase so far has been at Designer Digitals.

  30. Loraine May 1, 2010 at 11:12 pm #

    I have to make a 30 min drive to my LSS. I tend to order more online and purchase at Hobby Lobby, Michaels or Joanns.

  31. Barbs May 1, 2010 at 11:15 pm #

    I love to shop at my LSS, but I buy certain products at Michael’s and Joann’s where the prices and coupons make shopping very attractive.

  32. Ruth May 1, 2010 at 11:35 pm #

    I live in Alaska where we have Michaels and JoAnns stores, but I primarily shop at the local stamp and scrap stores. I find thier prices in line with the larger craft stores and the shopping more convienient. And they go all-out to provide customer satisfaction by stocking the supplies/tools/products that the customers request.

  33. Angela May 1, 2010 at 11:41 pm #

    Because I’m on a budget, I shop wherever I can get the best deals so I rarely pay full retail. Sometimes that means a local scrapbook store, sometimes it’s an online store, and sometimes it’s a chain like Michaels or JoAnn.

  34. Misty May 1, 2010 at 11:42 pm #

    I am in the Dallas metroplex & even here we have stores coming & going all the time, it is very frustrating. I do shop all the different ways though, I have 2 local scrap stores close now, & of course the chains, Hobby Lobby, Michaels & JoAnns, & I do my fair share of online shopping.

  35. KittyMama May 1, 2010 at 11:48 pm #

    I’m lucky enough to have an Archiver’s. While it might not always have everything I’m drooling over, it has a decent selection and keeps me shopping!

  36. Lisa Stenz May 1, 2010 at 11:59 pm #

    I do most of my shopping online these days. Many of my products are purchased from direct sales companies such as Close to my Heart and Stampin’ Up! *Ü*

  37. Renee J. May 2, 2010 at 12:03 am #

    I love to shop at our LSS. Then, there is JoAnn, Hobby Lobby, Wal-Mart and Target. If there is even a remote chance that a store has scrapping stuff, I will find it. Love, Love, Love to scrap!!

  38. Neysa May 2, 2010 at 12:58 am #

    I shop at I LUV Scrapbooking, Scrapbook Emporium, The Zone, Archivers, and 2 Peas in A Bucket.

  39. Jessica R May 2, 2010 at 12:59 am #

    EBAY, Hobby Lobby, and LSS. Don’t have a local Michael’s or Joann’s so I have to drive a couple hours to my nearest stores.

  40. Heather May 2, 2010 at 2:26 am #

    As a many digi scrapper I shop online. However I went to stamp show last weekend last week and loved the variety, samples, and products I couldn’t normally find.

  41. Tona May 2, 2010 at 3:09 am #

    Sadly, I have to drive an hour or 2 to get to a decent LSS. It would be so wonderful to have one close by.

  42. debbie myers May 2, 2010 at 3:10 am #

    i shop on every scropbook site online and everywhere i travel, the first thing i look for is local scrapbook stores. thanks

  43. Erica Lasham May 2, 2010 at 3:16 am #

    I shop at the LSS & online. I find that shopping online allows me to check out lots of stores & check reviews on new products. I also love attanding craft/hobby shows to see what is the latest & greatst.

  44. Andrea MacDonald May 2, 2010 at 3:30 am #

    I love to visit my LSS but they don’t always have the latest and greatest. So I do a lot of online shopping as well.

  45. Shelley W. May 2, 2010 at 3:37 am #

    I shop everywhere I possibly can! I really love going to local stores when I’m visiting other towns!

  46. Bev Leeson May 2, 2010 at 4:00 am #

    This seems to be something that’s happening Worldwide. As I am disabled and can’t drive. Almost all of my Shopping is Online. However, like you on the odd occasion that I can get to a lss when someone takes me, it’s like being in Alladin’s cave. I also love lots of things in the clearance bins and find that I often buy more from these bins than the Actual new stuff. As you said. “It’s New To Me”.
    Beautiful Giveaway. Love this range.
    Cheers,
    Bev…….

  47. Angie Smith May 2, 2010 at 4:56 am #

    My LSS is about 1 hour away but I still go in at least once a week to shop/volunteer. I also shop at scrapbook stores across the U.S. when traveling. I love the personal service/inspiration I receive from the staff.

  48. Scrapper Q May 2, 2010 at 5:42 am #

    Happily, the local art supply store also carries scrapbooking supplies, offers a few classes and will special order for me. Sometimes I will browse online, then ask them if they can get that special something I saw — they are most accommodating, so I shop there as much as possible. Our town also has a Michaels and a small JoAnns where I use my coupons, but usually come out with only the one [coupon-friendly] item.

  49. Betsy Burnett May 2, 2010 at 7:12 am #

    Actually I am blessed to have an LSS about 15 minutes away from me, Scrapbook Junction. Beyond Wally World it’s the closest craft store to me. Our “local” JoAnn’s and Mikes are 1/2 hour to 45 minutes away!

  50. Hester May 2, 2010 at 7:41 am #

    Not much LSS over here as well, so I mainly shop online. I would love to be able to go to one of the big stores you have in the US and just look and feel all the new products.