Jigsaw Junkie Joins the Puzzle Warehouse Family

JIGSAW JUNKIE JOINS THE PUZZLE WAREHOUSE FAMILY

By Jane Holmes

Jigsaw Junkie is gearing up for a big change and a new challenge starting May 2016.  This humble puzzle blog is going pro! Jigsaw Junkie has joined forces with Puzzle Warehouse to become bigger and better than before.

Puzzle Warehouse is the largest puzzle distributor in the United States. Located in St. Louis, Missouri, they have a huge retail store (boy howdy!) and a large online storefront too.  I can tell you, from my outsider perspective, that I have bought a lot of puzzles over the years from Puzzle Warehouse.  I like the huge variety they carry (lots of my favorites like Heye, Schmidt, Ravensburger, Jumbo, Buffalo Games and more). They have a great deal on shipping ($7.99 on orders up to $75 and free after that), which is always important for jigsaw puzzle buyers. I also like their ‘Puzzle of the Month’ club idea, which they introduced last year.

So when they contacted me in March, I was all ears. It turns out they were readers of my little blog and wondered if there was any way we might work together. As it turned out, there was. 😉

Jane from Jigsaw Junkie visits Puzzle Warehouse

I flew to St. Louis to meet with Brian, Steve, and Greg from Puzzle Warehouse. Walking into the store was like entering a puzzle lover’s paradise! Seriously, I have never seen so many shiny, shrink-wrapped puzzle boxes in all my life. I nearly went into cardiac arrest. If you live anywhere remotely near St. Louis, you need to see this store!

Here’s a little taste, but I’ll share more photos later.

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Puzzles as far as the eye can see. 

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The Educa display at Puzzle Warehouse

After wandering around the store in a daze for a time, and then getting an official tour which included the Super Secret Warehouse Area, the guys at Puzzle Warehouse corralled me into a room to chat. We came up with lots of cool ideas for the blog! So. Many. Ideas.

I knew I’d found the best possible partners to take Jigsaw Junkie pro. Puzzle Warehouse is US-based and a short plane ride from where I live. They are brand-independent but brand-inclusive. Meaning they carry just about anything I’d ever love to feature on the blog, and I can continue to cover all sorts of puzzles and brands rather than focusing on just one brand. Also, they’re very nice people who are committed to the jigsaw puzzle market and already have a good customer base.

What The Future Looks Like

In the coming months, we’ll be trying out new things. But some great benefits are already apparent.

  1. Jigsaw Junkie will be able to post way more reviews and features because that’s now my job rather than a hobby. You can expect to see at least two reviews and a feature every week.
  2. We’ll be able to offer discounts on reviewed puzzles and more giveaways too. Free stuff!
  3. Jigsaw Junkie will be able to get into the industry in a way we haven’t been able to before. Visits to manufacturers, toy fairs, and other behind-the-scenes info will be coming your way!
  4. Better tie-ins with social media and special promos. You’ll see more of me (hopefully in a good way) and get information faster.
  5. Improved site design and navigation–already in the works! No more ads.

But don’t worry, Jigsaw Junkie will still run honest reviews and bring you all the news on the coolest new puzzle releases.

Be sure to follow Jigsaw Junkie and Puzzle Warehouse on Facebook and Twitter to get notified when new stuff drops:

https://www.facebook.com/jigsawjunkieblog/

https://www.facebook.com/puzzlewarehouse/?fref=ts

https://twitter.com/JigsawJunkieBL

https://twitter.com/puzzlewarehouse

And more photos of puzzles

Here are more photos of my tour of the Puzzle Warehouse store.

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The front desk

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The front desk as seen from the Dowdle puzzle display.

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The Cobble Hill display at Puzzle Warehouse

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The Eurographics display 

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The Falcon display

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A few Jumbo puzzles 

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Some rectangular box Heyes–they also have a large section of the triangular cartoon puzzles

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Pomegranate puzzles by the scads

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The entry room at Puzzle Warehouse has a shifting display of their current bestsellers in puzzles and some games

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Some Ravensburgers on display

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The Sunsout display at Puzzle Warehouse takes up a lot of shelves

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Part of the White Mountain display 

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There are lots of framed puzzles on the walls including Educa’s “Life”, 24000 pieces! Seeing it really made me want to do this one.

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.Jane from Jigsaw Junkie with Brian Way, owner of Puzzle Warehouse

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A sign in the Puzzle Warehouse parking lot. Looks like I’m going be here awhile.

 

Jane @ Jigsaw Junkie

24 responses to Jigsaw Junkie Joins the Puzzle Warehouse Family

  1. Kelly M says:

    Congrats on turning your hobby into a job!!! That’s absolutely great!

  2. Mike says:

    Wow, that is awesome! Congrats! I look forward to all the new reviews you’ll be able to do!

  3. jnsmld56 says:

    Congratulations! How fun to get to do what you love for a living!

  4. jigsawjungle says:

    Congratulations! It’s great that the blog becomes “pro”!
    I am not quite sure about the translation of your text…is blog your job now? not hobby any more?

    • Hi, there! I like your blog. Very nice-looking. I don’t know much about Russian puzzles, so it’s interesting to me. Yes, it is now my job. 🙂

      • jigsawjungle says:

        thank you!
        i have recently started running my blog) i try to do english translation for my posts, but it takes time, and sometimes i am short of it)
        If you are interested in russian puzzle brands, you can check up the tag “russia manufacturer”. and of course you are welcome to aks any questions about them)

  5. SteveM says:

    Congratulations, but I’ve just looked at my bank balance and I’m not ready for for this partnership!

  6. Deanne says:

    Congratulations! I have loved your blog ever since I stumbled upon it early last year. Sounds like a dream come true! I think I need to save up my money and plan a vacation to visit the Puzzle Warehouse. It looks fabulous. Always more fun shopping in person than online.

    • Yeah, I must say, I saw a dozen puzzles in the store that day and looked way more tempting to me than they had online. It’s nice to see the real boxes.

      Thanks for the kind words about the blog!

  7. Shannon says:

    Awesome news Jane. I just placed a HUGE order at Puzzle Warehouse as they are having a sale – 11% off all puzzles. Anyway, I would go nuts in that store. It looks like pure heaven. :0)

  8. Barbara McMillan says:

    This is great for you Jane and no suprise considering the quality of your web page. I prefer Jigsaw Jungle Canada myself but it will certainly be interesting to see the new Puzzle Wharehouse Canada. Good luck – I’m sure you will do well and look forward to the new you.

  9. david says:

    wish we had a shop like this in the UK.My kind of Heaven.looks like the best job in the world.
    Put my 1200 jigsaw to shame

  10. Jeff V says:

    I just learned about your blog through Puzzle Warehouse. I’ve been ordering from them for a couple of years now and just got to visit their location not too long ago. It is amazing! The only thing I didn’t like is that they had some of the puzzles I want to do completed and hanging on the walls. I said “No Spoilers please!!” Haha. Anyway, I’m really looking forward to digging into your blog, I can’t believe I haven’t come across it before. I’ve been wanting to connect with other jigsaw people.

  11. Richard G Smith says:

    Jane,

    Congratulations on your new job. I am looking forward to the new features and posts, plus ordering from Puzzle Warehouse.

    – Richard

      • Richard G Smith says:

        Jane,

        I just received my first order from Puzzle Warehouse. The process was smooth with ease of ordering and timely delivery with no damage. And many thanks for the discount!

        – Richard

  12. john repasky says:

    would like to see more of ( The What If’s puzzles and also the puzzles from Wasgij brought to puzzlewarehouse .Right now they care only a few and I have all the 1’s that I like.Want to buy more of both brands. I see a lot on your sight that I would like to buy.
    Thanks,John R. Gibsonia ,Pa.

    • Hi, John. I’ll check on it. Normally they do try to carry some of everything that’s available, but they do sell out.
      Jane

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