Throughout this pandemic, several things have gone through periodic shortages. We all read about or experienced the toilet paper shortage. I reported in a previous blog that bike stores didn’t have many low or mid priced bikes. I still don’t know whether this is because everyone who had too much time on their hands bought one or if the shutdown of Chinese factories meant that many weren’t produced.
The latest thing to be in short supply is affordable jigsaw puzzles. I am sure that if I went to a games store or a retailer that sold puzzles for the manufacturer’s suggested retail price, I could probably find a good supply. What I mean is that there are no puzzles to be found at any of the dollar stores I frequent.
I am pretty sure the reason is that people have taken up the hobby. My evidence is anecdotal at best, but I have heard that more people are having family game nights and doing jigsaw puzzles. Maybe they have gone through everything on their streaming services and are now left with nothing else to do. If news were the only option, I’d opt for something other than TV.
On my last visit to the dollar store, I found two puzzles–and I don’t mean multiple copies of two puzzles. I mean two puzzles. I took the one that spoke to me most and brought it to my girlfriend’s place. I didn’t know if it would be a hit or not, but it turned out to be a lot of fun. It wasn’t an easy puzzle. The colours were pretty hard and the pieces had some wild shapes. However the satisfaction level was quite high. Best of all, watching her face light up as she put the last few pieces down was fantastic. It was truly a Perfect Moment.
I am not sure if we will do another one, but I suspect that we will.