I am stunned.
Tonight I received a notice on Facebook that Sandee's Stamps is closing in
Waterford. I started to visit this store back when it was known simply as Jane's. It was not too far from my daughter's work place and I would often meet her there and we would do dinner afterwards or I would stop solo and then drive to Royal Oak where she lived for a bit.
Imagine how cool it was when Courtney actually moved right down the road from the stamp place and we eventually took a class or two. I was so happy to have a place that fed my creativity and had the friendliest of employees.
Then the store was sold, daughter moved, I had a car accident, husband was no longer working and Michigan was sinking into unemployment hell. I tried to visit at least every so many months, but winter roads often kept me home, so I tagged along if husband had a luncheon or I was doing my big grocery shopping trip. I tried to do my part but I couldn't financially keep the store going with my small bag full of treasures.
Sandee's will start the going out of business sale today, May 12th and the store hours can be found at the name link. You can also get any info from the Facebook page Sandee's Stamps as they update the sale information.
I had always hoped I could bring my grand daughter to this store when she was a tad older, maybe next year at 3. I won't get to do that now. And one more sanctuary of artistic bliss will now be filled with ghosts of stampers past. There really isn't anyplace left. As even the big box stores downsize the paper crafting aisles, magazines cease publication and scores of former stampers sell their unused wares on Ebay, I find I no longer wish to add a link to the long list of stores at the bottom of the blog. If I put one in open, I put two in closing.
Turn off the lights. Perhaps someone will have left some glow in the dark ink to guide future stampers.