A few weeks ago on a trip to the grocery store I noticed that they were opening a Michael’s Crafts store in the same plaza just a few doors down. The huge space had been empty for awhile and I was excited to see something crafty and creative going in. It opened over this past weekend, so when we were shopping on Monday the kids said, “Let’s go look!” and I certainly wasn’t going to argue about a trip to the craft store!
We spent probably a good 45 minutes to an hour in the store just looking at all the fun project ideas, gadgets, gizmos, Halloween decorations (my favorite!), and we even signed up for their drawing of the day. We went up and down aisles and wrapped through big sections of different sorts, I even browsed the frame selection for awhile. We were at the point where we it seemed we had been down every aisle when I looked at my husband and said, “Did you see a needlework section? How did I miss that of all things?” He frowned, he hadn’t noticed one either.
I figured I must have been distracted by all the purple, green, and orange Halloween decorations that I was so excited about and I headed back to that section of the store, remembering I had seen a yarn aisle nearby there and knowing that needlework would probably only be a few steps away from there. I walked… and walked… and finally I found it just as my husband and sons caught up to me – they had the presence of mind to stop and ask an associate where needlework would be – far right corner of the store.
A lone one-quarter of an aisle in comparison to everything else in the store, stuffed in the corner like a used toy that no one wanted to play with anymore. The obligatory DMC display against the back wall next to the custom framing center, a few scissor choices, different size needles, and a few small beginner cross stitch and embroidery kits. That was all 🙁 Other things found in the itty bitty far corner aisle included a few latch hook kits, some quilting tools and larger scissors for fabric cutting, and a handful of books.
I know Michael’s has never carried a huge selection of cross stitch and embroidery stuff in their physical locations, but I was hoping for at least a nice selection of larger kits or some leaflets, or some fancy scissors to covet. Totally disappointed in that regard.
All that being said, it’s not a total loss. We picked up a few small things for Noah and Ethan to do this week since the weather forecast was looking stormy and I know we’ll definitely be visiting the store again soon. I can see us spending quite a bit of time with the kids. They had a very nice selection of airplane model building supplies that Noah was quite interested, some Halloween projects Ethan and I planned on making, plenty of drawing books for Lucas to pick from, and all the baking and candy making supplies our kitchen could possibly handle.
Well, enough of my pouting about rambling … back to stitching!
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