Call me a curmudgeon, but I am personally sick and tired of the crass commercialization and ubiquity of craft and creative supplies. I am not happy that big corporations have co-opted what used to be fun past-time and beaten it to within an inch of its life. In their attempt to democratize creativity, they’ve only succeeded in removing what was so fun about it in the first place: the serendipity of creation.
blast from the past: JesPlayin Pencil cups
My feeling this way started a few years back but really came to a head yesterday. I took a trip to the last Hell-Mart I knew of that carried bolts of fabric (I know, I know, it is Hell-Mart after all). I hadn’t been to this particular store in a while because it is out of my way, so I didn’t know what was in store. As soon as I drove up, I knew they had recently remodeled, and my heart sank. (What is this need to make everything shiny-new and THE SAME as the others?)
I could tell that the assortment of very cost-effective bolts of fabric of old had been replaced by their new and hideous pre-cut and packaged fabrics. Each store now had the exact same packages of pre-cut fabrics and supplies. Gone was the excitement of wondering what great deals their buyers had scored to pass on to me. What was so great about the old arrangement was that each store held different fabrics. But I guess this would go against Hell-Mart’s business model of everything being the exact same in Topeka as in Tallahassee…
Like I said, this is Hell-Mart, and I shouldn’t expect too much. They are not in the creativity business, they are in the money-making business.
Next…Part 2: Cute useless things. Stay tuned