Food for thought re: Archiver's closing...

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Posted 1/3/2014 by scrappin3beauties in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 498,257
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Posted: 1/3/2014 9:32:09 PM
I went to Archiver's today to pick up a photo order I placed before I received the email about the closing. I have shopped this store at least once a month for the past year and a half, driving 30 miles. It made me sad and thoughtful to see how packed the store was now that they are going out of business. Where were all of these customers before? I hope we all keep in mind...if there is a scrap store, brick and mortar or online, we love they need our support both through our purchases and recommendations to our scrappy friends.
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Posted: 1/3/2014 9:52:33 PM
Agreed! I work at the store you were at today, and I wondered too. I saw some of our regular, wonderful customers, but also many I had never seen before. One person actually said "we came for the funeral". Made me sad.

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Posted: 1/3/2014 10:03:06 PM
I go to the one near me at least once a week, usually more, and they have always been busy. When I went in today, the store was so packed that you could barely move. I bought a few things and will go back as much as I can while they are still there. One of the employees there told me that the Buford, GA is consistanly one of Archivers top performing stores. It has always been hard for me to go in there and not walk out with way more than I planned to buy when I went in. It was sad to see inventory getting low and to know that it won't be restocked. I am going to miss the store and the people that work there.

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Posted: 1/3/2014 10:14:47 PM
I was at my Archiver's today too. It takes me about 35 minutes to get there. Unfortunately because of the distance, I wasn't really able to get there more than every few months. My husband did shop there for me on birthdays and Christmases, though.

I asked every time I was there for them to put in a store closer to me...only half joking.

As usual I spent more than I planned! I will miss that store. The people who worked there were always so nice.

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Posted: 1/3/2014 10:19:29 PM

One person actually said "we came for the funeral". Made me sad.

What a thoughtless thing to say!

I am sad at the thought of my favorite pretty paper candy store being in a state of disarray and emptiness.

ETA: and OP I agree about supporting what we got left. Or we are not going to have anything worthwhile!

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Posted: 1/3/2014 10:27:12 PM
Having worked at Archiver's in Buford for the past four years I am very saddened by the news. The girls that I worked with have become like family and many of the customers are now friends. It breaks my heart that my home away from home with no longer be there.

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January 2003
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Posted: 1/3/2014 11:07:54 PM
I am so sad about this closing. I live in SC and would visit either the Buford or Kennesaw stores when I got to visit GA. Unfortunately, that was only 2-3 times a year. I am going to miss my trips to these stores. If I had lived locally I would have been there weekly.


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Posted: 1/3/2014 11:10:09 PM
Archiver's parent company not struggling. CEO, COO, CFO, et salaries: (hint, $400,000 to $700,000 per year) .

Apparently, Winmark took over Tomsten (the official name of the Archiver's company) in 2009:,+Inc.+dba+Archivers/5152835.html

The company made net profits of over $4MM in the QUARTER ending June '13. Extrapolating to a year, that's profits of about $16MM/year.


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Posted: 1/4/2014 12:09:07 AM
The only store I was able to visit was the Marietta, GA store early last year. They're not on my side of the country. I really liked being able to see everything, even if the prices were a bit high, but the staff there was SO RUDE! I travel with a service dog and the person behind the counter was rude about him (but there's a pet store next door so asking about him is completely understandable). After that she literally glared at me wherever I moved in the store. I spent nearly $200 and enjoyed my purchases, but if that's how people are treated in that store... not surprised it would be empty (and it was when I was there, I was the only customer).

We had an LLS here in town until 2011, but it was just... not worth it. They moved elsewhere in SoCal. Tustin maybe? Or Temecula, I get them mixed up. Either way, friends have told me that they still have the same product they did when they left Big Bear. It's more like a scrapbook archive instead of a scrapbook store. I'd like to support a nice, clean, and current store, but in my town it's not worth a business' time or money!

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Posted: 1/4/2014 9:49:07 AM
Vultures...that's what was at the Omaha store yesterday as a group of ladies and I were there to crop. There were so many people there, the ladies working were trying so hard to help everyone. They were putting supplies out (punches, mats, markers, etc) and trying to get things priced and people were coming into the area where they supplies were and rifling through them. We finally shut the doors to the crop area. It made me sad, really sad to see.

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