These are interesting times we’re living in, that’s for sure. Many of us are in our homes most of the time now; and when we’re not disinfecting doorknobs and drawer handles we have plenty of extra time for puzzling. It’s the “newest” thing, have you heard?
Those of us who aren’t new to this fabulous indoor activity and have large stashes of puzzles to do are very lucky indeed; the demand has increased mightily as housebound families look for activities to keep themselves occupied. On my last trip out to stock up on puzzles, the bookstore where I normally feed my puzzle addiction had really been picked over; there were still puzzles on the shelves, but not nearly as many as there usually were.
Our beloved jigsaw puzzles are becoming hard to come by, as many online retailers have stopped taking orders, some have hiked up prices, and many retail stores that carry puzzles are not considered “essential businesses” and are now closed in places with stricter quarantine rules. There are still some online retailers with reasonable prices taking orders, and a few places you can sneak a puzzle into your cart if you are shopping for groceries, but those are becoming fewer by the day as everyone is getting in on the latest puzzle craze.
So I hope you’re well stocked and ready for plenty of puzzle time; perhaps your family might be interested in helping you with your next puzzle. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing for you or not, as many people prefer to puzzle in solitude. I’m good either way, puzzling with my loved ones makes me happy, as does quiet alone time with my puzzle pieces – and luckily I have a stockpile that should last me roughly 3 to 4 years. Or more.
I think it’s wonderful that more people are coming to appreciate the hobby that we PADS sufferers and puzzle addicts know and love. It’s a wonderful way to pass the time, and helps keep our minds occupied with shapes and colors rather than the latest bad news.
They’re good for our overall health too, which is some good news that we dyed-in-the-wool dissectologists and puzzle newbies all need to remember. Each little success that working on a jigsaw puzzle brings – completing a section, or just finding that piece we’ve been searching for – encourages the production of dopamine in our brains. Dopamine regulates your mood, and studies have shown that a positive mood can enhance your immune system; I think all of our immune systems could use a boost these days, don’t you? So turn off the tv, put down your phones, and puzzle on my friends – it’s good for you! 🧩
*The picture above is from the back of the box of the current puzzle I’m working on, a 1500 piece Jan van Haasteren shaped puzzle called “Hotel”. It isn’t part of the image; it’s just a cute little drawing by JVH on the back of the box, and it seemed oddly appropriate for today’s post. 🙂
8 thoughts on “The New Puzzle Craze”
Great post, Stacey. Now my hording of puzzles the last couple of years doesnt seem so crazy…right?! LOL
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It’s never seemed crazy to me, I don’t know what you’re talking about. 😇
I never realized that was happening until I noticed my Amazon wish list was gone! I know they’ll make new puzzles but I really hope they bring some of the sold out ones back. Horrible circumstances but I hope everyone young and old gets as much comfort and joy out of puzzling as we do!
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I’m sure they’ll bring them back Deb, it’s probably just a question of when the companies are back to sending out large quantities again. Many of them have shut down for the time being.
yep – I’ve sold more puzzles the last two weeks than ever! In case you or your readers are interested, I am still selling and shipping (my company is just me), and am currently offering 25% off (no code needed). gearheadspuzzleshop.com.
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I’m glad it’s helped your sales Christie. And I hope people who are shopping for puzzles take advantage of your sale. 🙂
Wow I had no idea there was a run on jigsaw puzzles — out of curiosity I checked the Buffalo and WMP site and both are not taking new orders. Am even more appreciate of my stash of puzzles, including several that are unopened.
I am as well, thankfully I have enough puzzles to keep myself busy for years, and if I find anyone around here that puzzles perhaps we could swap and do even more. 🙂