Dear Blog Readers,
We have become the kind of blogger we never wanted to be — the kind who has a "read our blog" button on our website but the newest post is months old. We blame Facebook for this — it's so much easier to write something there and we seem to have more followers there than we did here on the blog. Still, we can't quite bring ourselves to give it up altogether yet — so instead, we're posting this little note to explain our lack of current entries. Please do check out our facebook page, we think it's fun, if not quite as long form.
sincerely, the Joie de Blogger.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Humble and Long Lasting

I was looking for a postcard for a customer today - she wanted something - anything - related to a warthog and I thought I remembered a postcard with a warthog. (Sadly, it turned out to be a wild boar.) I had brought the box of Art Unlimited postcards up to the desk to search through them, and when I grabbed the box to put it back, it ripped along the seams and all the postcards spilled out. !X?#*!@X# . . . I was mad - and then I had a moment of clarity. That cardboard box was probably 20 years old. A lot of stuff in the backroom of Joie is stored in cardboard boxes that have been around almost as long as the store. I kind of take them for granted - the Palm Press box, the Fotofolio box, the boxes that hold the wind up toys . . . these boxes have served Joie de Vivre loyally for years. Just plain old cardboard boxes. So, did I throw out the old box and replace it with a new one? No. I got some packing tape and repaired the broken seams. The Art Unlimited postcard box will live on for at least a few more years I hope.

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