Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Home from Vacation and The ScrapStamper Stamp of Approval

Wow! I just can't believe how tired my family and I get from our vacations. It is almost like we need a vacation from our vacations. But, no such luck. I am back to my internship (which I LOVEEE) and reality(which seems to take away from my stamping time.....hmph).

Ok so back to our regularly scheduled program. On our road trip I got to visit 10 STAMP stores!!! I am one luckyyyy stamper. I saw a lot of wonderful stamps, spent a lot of hard earned money and came to an old concrete conclusion: not all stamp stores are created equally. Everyone has different taste in stamps and papers as well as store keeping policies and prices and I understand that. SOOOO rather than tell y'all which stores didn't pass muster (as stores change over time and I would hate for someone to not visit a store based on an old review) I am starting the {drum roll please} ScrapStamper Stamp of Approval! This will be awarded to stores that I believe are OUTSTANDING! I'm talking rows of rubbah, aisles of acrylic and carts of ribbon.

SOOOO.......the very first awardee is the wonderful store Violette's located in Lakeland, Florida. It is located at 4604 Cleveland Heights Boulevard; Lakeland, FL 33813; Phone: (863) 644-0801. This store is one of my all time favorites. They are a dual stamp and scrapbook store with more emphasis on scrapbook stuff. HOWEVER, their stamp selection is certainly not lacking! Between their in depth selection of A Muse, My Favorite Things and Impression Obsession, I found my self spending a few pretty pennies. And let me just tell you, this store is HUGE! They also have a diverse selection of scrapbooks papers including K&Co, Basic Grey and Bazzil. If you want it, they have it. PLUS they always ask if you want a complimentary soda and with these hot summers believe me I wanted a cold can of Diet Coke.

Their prices were great too, they totally stick to MSRP which I find is hard to come by at a LSS, but very respectable. Their samples were also top-notch a feature I find is really helps me purchase stamps out of my comfort zone.

I hope you enjoyed this new segment! Please let me know if you have visited this store and what your thoughts were.



Anonymous said...

Wow, what an awesome vacation. Visiting 10 stamp stores I would say was worth it! What a great idea...ScrapStamper Stamp of Approval! Can't wait to see who you give it to and what you write about them. Welcome back!

Mom to Deanna said...

Love the idea of a "stamp of approval" store. yes, a vacation after a vacation is a must! love the blog!