It’s weird how we’ve all come to accept shortages. It seems the shortages/had to find items are in all aspects of our lives. Prior to the beginning of 2020, it seemed rare to find shortages of much of anything in our county. During peak canning season, the store might run out of canning jars or when there was lots of fresh fruit, they might run out of pectin. Before a predicted storm, whether it be an ice storm, a blizzard or a hurricane, bread, snack foods and bottled water would be in short supply.
I can remember my grandma talking about shortages of elastic during World War II and she talked about using drawstrings in underwear. I was a teen when she would tell me that story and I probably thought . . I’m glad I don’t live where there would ever be shortages. Never say never, right?
These days, there seems to be no rhyme or reason for shortages. We’ve all hopefully learned to always keep an extra package of toilet paper and paper towels stashed but, for the most part, I’m no longer surprised at what I find in short supply.
There’s always a reason for a shortage, though I’m not sure I believe or understand some of the reasons we’ve heard. I’m not sure I understand the run on toilet paper and paper towels other than panic buying.
I know we do things a little differently from most people but we try to order toilet paper and paper towels for a year when we find it on sale. This was an order received in early 2018. It was all toilet paper and it actually lasted til late 2019 so we had ordered around Thanksgiving 2019 and never had to buy toilet paper during the entire time it was hard to get. I was very thankful for the way we shop when things were hard to find. On the downside, when moving, you don’t want a year’s worth of toilet paper to move. Other than picking up two packs when I found it at Walmart, we hadn’t bought any toilet paper since that Thanskgiving, 2019 order. I doubt we find any deals on toilet paper any time soon so we won’t order a huge amount but will make sure we don’t get low and just buy it locally.
My recent experience with shortages is for linen for cross stitching. There are the usual brands of linen but there are several brands that are harder to find, mostly the rather unique hand dyed linens. Last week I found a shop that appeared to have some of them in stock so I ordered small pieces of three different linens. Yesterday I got this email.
Thanks for the recent order. We are currently out of stock on the linens that you have requested.
They are on order for you and we hope the linens will arrive in 3 to 5 months – they are having production issues with heavy demand for their products, limited base stock to dye as well as dye and staffing shortages as well as shipping delays which are all impacting production times.
Once these start to arrive, we will collect them and let you know when your order is complete.
I understand the supply shortage, as well as the personnel shortage but I do think a whole lot of it is the renewed interest in cross stitch. Since I’m one of the new users of cross stitch supplies, this is one shortage that makes me smile. I’m happy for those who hand dye the floss and the fabric. I’m happy for those who create the designs. I’m happy for the small (and large) needlework shops who sell things as fast as they can get them in. In this case, there are a whole lot of home based businesses and small businesses that are thriving. From what I see, there’s a whole lot more buying of overdyed floss, patterns and fabric from the small shops, directly from the designer/dyer or from etsy shops than from Amazon or Walmart and in my opinion, that’s a good thing!
Fancy hand dyed linen for cross stitching I can do without. Toilet paper . . not so much!