Rufff Riders

Rufff Riders
Rufff Riders – Ceaco – 700 pieces

This was an unexpected find in a thrift store puzzle. Our local Goodwill sometimes overprices the puzzles, and a wonderful person who donated their puzzles added an extra puzzle in a few boxes. We bought 3 of them that each had a bonus puzzle inside – and this was one of the bonuses.

They included a side of the original box in a zippered plastic bag with all the pieces, so we even had a small picture of what the puzzle looks like! Even though we had to pay more than we wanted to for the puzzles, we got 3 free ones. 😎

This Ceaco puzzle wasn’t the best quality, but to be fair I have no idea how many times it had been assembled previously. There were quite a few tabs sticking up, and some image lift too. The fit was good though, and the image reproduction was too.

I love puzzles with puppies!

Barnyard Antics

Barnyard Antics by Howard Robinson – Ceaco – 700 pieces

This panoramic puzzle is so adorable, it helped make up for the less than wonderful quality of the pieces. Also, there was no name of the image or artist on the box. I don’t understand that, if I were an artist whose work was made into a puzzle I would definitely want my name and the name of my artwork somewhere on the box!

This thrift store puzzle was in pretty good condition, but it didn’t seem to be the best quality to begin with. The pieces were thin and easily bent, and separating them caused them to split and peel. The image reproduction seemed quite nice though, and I very much enjoyed watching it come together.

The faces of the animals and their silly smiles were so cute that I enjoyed assembling them very much. Look at two of my favorite faces….

I love that the bunny was sticking it’s tongue out – that’s definitely something I would do when having my picture taken! And the lamb’s face is just funny, it makes me smile every time I look at it.

For me, all the puzzles I assemble don’t have to be perfect. If the quality isn’t premium or a piece is missing I can still enjoy putting it together. It’s the assembly itself that I enjoy, being able to zone out and focus solely on the pieces, shapes, and colors. It helps me to reduce stress and deal with anxiety and chronic pain. It’s almost meditative for me.

Every puzzler has their own reasons for why they enjoy puzzling, what’s yours?