Scrapbook Stores Online Expect a Win as Major Retail Store Shuts Down
Scrapbooking hobbyists are about to enter the new year with one less avenue for them to explore and express their creativity. Major scrapbooking retailer, Archiver’s, has announced on January 2, 2014 that they are officially going out of business after 14 long years.
The Minnetonka-based company, which once enjoyed having as much as over 33 stores nationwide, now prepares to close its doors in February, following the bankruptcy they filed for back in May of 2013.
John Vomhof, Jr. of bizjournals.com reports:
"The economy has changed, our industry has changed and our customers’ needs have changed,” the company said in a statement. “When Archiver’s began, scrapbooking and paper-crafting were growing rapidly, becoming the largest segments in the craft industry. However, over the past four to five years, the combination of a weak economy and new technology resulted in steady declines in the memory craft business, significantly impacting Archiver’s and many of retailers and vendors in the craft industry.”
Archiver’s has fewer than 30 people in its corporate office and about a dozen employees per store."
While many others will probably find it far from being a life-altering event, hobbyists who have relied on the shop for their crafts needs throughout the years are bound to feel otherwise. Scrapbooking fans vouch for the many benefits it has provided to them in their over-all approach and perspective in life, serving not only as an exercise in creativity, but also as a memory-building workout.
Studies have also found that arts and crafts like scrapbooking have a positive effect on one’s psychology, allowing for stronger concentration and focus, as well as providing stress relief, much like meditation and deep breathing.
Physical shops closing down are unfortunately nothing new, especially following the most recent economic bubble. For scrapbooking enthusiasts, however, there remains to be another, more stable alternative that is in the form of scrapbook stores online, like AllScrapbookSteals.com.
With less cash-out required for the maintenance of an online scrapbook store, shops can instead focus on stocking up on their supplies, which clients can pick out with a simple click of a button. These items will then be delivered right to the doorstep of the client.
Shopping for scrapbooking materials has never been more convenient, allowing hobbyists to spend more time working on the craft that they love, instead of going all the way to the store to get the materials they need.
(Article Information Excerpt and Image from Archiver’s to close all scrapbooking stores, bizjournals.com, 02 January 2014)