As I’ve mentioned several times before, I owe my love of bookbinding to Paper Source. When I was in graduate school for Art Therapy at Lesley University, I passed by Paper Source on my way to and from my classes. I jumped at the opportunity to work there when I saw the “help wanted” sign in the window. This was back when there were only two stores, one in Chicago, IL and one in Cambridge, MA.
That being said, it’s hard not to be a paper snob. I’ll admit it. I’m a big fat paper snob.
When I go into stores that claim to have a “huge paper selection”, I just chuckle under my breath and think, “Yeah, okay.”
Then a week ago, the weirdest thing happened. I drove down to the Cambridge store with my sister-in-law to start design work on her wedding invitations. After the usual 15 minutes of overwhelming “I want everything” feelings, we settled down at a table to get to work. We looked over the paper racks hanging on the walls and I wondered what other options we had.
I quickly realized was that I couldn’t find any sample binders. When I worked there (you’re going to hear this a few times), there were about a dozen binders with 8.5″ x 11″ samples of all of the papers carried by the store. The sample binders were meant to simplify the paper search process – imaging pawing through dozens of flat files until you found what you wanted – fun, but labor-intensive.
Then I looked around the store. It seemed as though there were less flat files in the store than I remembered. When I worked there, there were a lot of flat files…like a mini city of them…it was lovely.
And now they weren’t there.
It seemed as though the wedding invitation supplies had replaced those flat files. It bummed me out. I understand why Paper Source would do such a thing – their wedding invitation business is booming, so why not replace slower-moving stock with stuff that people want?
Well, that would be because I don’t respond well to change and I want the store to be the same as it was when I left and I just want it to have lots of paper there because that’s what I count on them for and now I’m all stressed out because they don’t have a big selection of paper any more and for goodness sake, paper is half of their name!
So what I’m really hoping for is that someone will tell me that I’ve just lost my mind and have hallucinated the whole, ugly ordeal. Or if you’ve actually found the same to be true in a Paper Source near you then please validate my experience, which I warn you, may or may not make me feel better.
At least the wedding invitations are taken care of.