During the pandemic I was bored and looking for things to do so I thought I would re-visit some of the fun things from my childhood. As a child I had a cousin that I had summer sleepovers with. She loved puzzles and we would stay up all night working on them together. When the summer ended, and it was time to go back to school I was still thinking about puzzles.
When the pandemic hit, I remembered how much fun we had and decided to get some puzzles. I went to one of the big chain stores to see their selection of puzzles. Since I was not there for toilet paper, food, hand sanitizer or other pandemic necessities I knew they would certainly have puzzles. I expected to be the only one in the puzzle aisle. So, I searched the aisles for puzzles. I could not find puzzles which I thought was odd, so I asked an employee where I could find them. He said, “if we have any left they will be on aisle O-2.” As I wandered down the aisle I did not see any puzzles, but I did notice a shelf that was completely EMPTY. I read the signs to see what once lived on these empty shelves. Sign after sign had the name and bar-code of a different puzzle.
Apparently puzzles were also a pandemic necessity.
But I was not going home without a puzzle….I WAS ON A MISSION!
I drove to another big store that I knew would have puzzles. And once again…the shelves were bare.
What was going on with puzzles? A puzzle shortage was puzzling to me.
When I got home I decided I would look on my favorite site to see if they had any puzzles. So, I opened Deepdiscount.com and low and behold they had an AMAZING selection of puzzles. I found puzzles for my favorite rock bands, movies, TV shows, artists, pets, comics, super heroes and more….I even found some Ravensburger puzzles which some of my friends regard as “puzzles for the serious collectors.” I found easy puzzles and hard puzzles. There were puzzles that went from 200 to 3,000 pieces and MORE.
I purchased a Beatles, Warhol and a Seinfeld puzzle which kept me entertained for a while. Then I returned for more puzzles…harder ones…I AM NOW OBSESSED WITH PUZZLES.
This past December I went to a holiday party with old friends that I had not seen in a couple of years. We started talking about things we were doing during the pandemic. As we went around the room I heard several cool things that my friends were doing so I was a little nervous to “come out” as a PUZZLE FANATIC. When it was my turn I said that I enjoyed working on puzzles. When I said this nearly everyone in the room confessed to “LOVING PUZZLES.” We then spent an hour or more talking about puzzles. One friend who I always considered to be the “super cool” guy in the room, busted out his phone to show me an entire photo album of all the puzzles he has completed. And everyone gathered around to see his prize puzzles. He also said that he is a serious puzzler that loves “Ravensburger” puzzles.
I am no longer a closet puzzle lover. I proudly tell everyone that “I LOVE PUZZLES” and I proudly tell everyone to go to the deep puzzle shop on DeepDiscount.com to find a GREAT selection of puzzles.
ARE YOU A MUSIC AND PUZZLE FAN?
If so check out this link for a great selection of classic album covers puzzles
And…being a HUGE music fan I had to have this 1,000 pc. puzzle of back-stage passes. You too, can get it here
Pick up one or more of the holiday puzzles for next year. This will be a great way to keep your friends and family happy and busy at your holiday gatherings (while you are cooking and sipping the spiked eggnog)
LAST WORD ON PUZZLES
When the puzzle box says “5+ Years” it does NOT mean it takes 5+ years to complete….LOL