I may not have a local scrapbook store (LSS), but I live only 1.76 miles from Mike’s (as I affectionately call my home away from home.) After all, we are on intimate terms and I visit him more often than I do my sisters! I am lucky because the customer service has always been excellent at my West Hills store. But then, because I visit at least once a week so many of the employees know me by name.
Sure, I sometimes get impatient with the stock – where the bleep are those balsa wood boxes?? Why don’t they carry any TH dies? And what is the point of those 40% off coupons when you can’t use them on the one item that you really need? But with more than 1000 Michael's Arts and Crafts Stores across the country and Canada, I know I am not alone in my love affair with Mike. In all seriousness, if given a choice of going to my favorite restaurant (Sorry Kate Mantilini) or Mike’s, I’m grabbing my 40% off coupon!
I never leave the store without digging through their $1.50 bins. Bursting at the seams with miscellaneous items like metal keys, mini chipboard albums, nail files, ribbons and rubber stamps, each a treasure that screams at the passing shoppers, “I’m lonely, please take me home.” My personal weakness stems from trying to ignore the cries of those cheap red rubber stamps on wooden bases. Over the last year I have amassed quite a collection and although I rarely use them, I am always on the hunt for the next great rubber stamp.
I have to say that Mike’s must have a new stamp designer because this year’s stamps are just awesome. Pen/pencils with wings and that bird with an envelope in his beak?? How cute is that? What’s your favorite find from the $1.50 bin?