This will be my final post for the Scrap Tales blog -- not because I am quitting, but because the store is closing.
From the owners ...
With deepest regrets we are closing Scrap Tales.
Unfortunately the economy is not working in our favor and we are no longer able to stay open.
We would like to thank all of you, our loyal customers, for staying with Scrap Tales during
the change of ownership. It has been our pleasure as owners to get to know you, your styles
and your tastes. You will be greatly missed. As Linda said, "What other kind of job can you
go to and know everyone who comes in the door?"
You are friends and family and we will miss you all.
As independent store owners, we would ask that you continue to support the few remaining
local independently-owned stores so that they can stay in business and be there for us.
Sincerely, Lisa and Melissa
Yes, we are all devastated. As one of my friends said, "Scrap Tales is not just a store."
I couldn't have said it better myself.
I think all of us would agree that we have learned so much from the employees, teachers and croppers who visit the store. I can't imagine how difficult it will be to learn about new products or new techniques without Scrap Tales. And, who will we turn to when we are stuck on a layout or have an idea, but need to know how to make it work?
But, it isn't just the papercrafting products and techniques that I will miss. It is the people.
The store has served as a meeting place -- sort of our own little bar or coffee shop -- where everyone was welcome. Yes, there were often groups of people who came to the store to crop with their friends, but Scrap Tales was also a place where you didn't need friends. Once you arrived, you suddenly found yourself with dozens of brand-new friends who shared tips and supplies and made you laugh. It was a place where everyone was made welcome, whenever they stopped by.
And, in many cases, those friendships extended beyond cropping.
Today, when I sit back and think of my dearest friends, I don't think there are any who are not associated with the store in some way -- well, at least the ones who are not related to me. Together, we have celebrated weddings, new babies, birthdays and graduations and we have supported each other through all sorts of traumas and frustrations.
Whether we wanted someone to celebrate with us or just listen while we vented, Scrap Tales was the place to go. And, no matter how much we spent, we knew it was cheaper than therapy.
And, that is what I will miss the most.
So, I would like to raise a glass to Lisa and Melissa to thank them for buying our favorite store, stocking it with our favorite products, and trying to make a go of it. I am sure I speak for all of us when I tell you how much we appreciated your efforts.
And, to Linda: Thank you for all of those hours you put in. We especially appreciate all of those times when you were not supposed to be working, but took the time to answer questions or show us a new technique.
Finally, to the rest of the staff, thanks for always being there and always having a smile on your face no matter how bad your day had been.
We appreciate all of the fun you collectively have provided us with crops, classes, contests, Scrap League, yard sales, Scrap Wars and more. None of us would have such amazing scrapbooks, cards, friends or memories without you.
And, so I say my final goodbye and post the last time for Scrap Tales. Thank you for letting me be a part of the store. It was a really special place.
Love forever, Candy
P.S. Don't forget, one of those little shopping baskets is mine!