2020 the year when jigsaw puzzles became essential
Thanks to Scott Morrison – Jigsaw Puzzles become essential.
This is where it all started – Let the crazy times begin.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison raised eyebrows over the weekend when he described jigsaw puzzles as an “essential” item, telling Australians it was OK to leave the house to buy them during the coronavirus pandemic.
“Our kids are at home now, as are most kids, and Jenny went out yesterday and bought them a whole bunch of jigsaw puzzles. I can assure you over the next few months, we’re going to consider those jigsaw puzzles essential,” he said.
Everywhere you look, newspapers and the news, everyone is talking about the new rehashed joy of jigsaw puzzles.
Some local and not so local news headlines:
NEWS.com – 1st April 2020 -Jigsaw puzzles are having a big revival as coronavirus sweeps across Australia. Battling isolation – Jigsaw puzzles were sold out across most puzzle and games stores as children spend their school holidays indoors.
7NEWS Sydney – 26th March – Jigsaw puzzles make a mighty comeback as families are forced to self-isolate during the coronavirus crisis.
ABC – 1st April 2020 – A little piece and quiet: Jigsaw puzzle enthusiasts unsurprised as coronavirus pandemic drives sales
CNBC – 5th April – Demand for jigsaw puzzles is surging as coronavirus keeps millions of Americans indoors
Sydney Morning Herald – 25 Dec 2021 – Puzzles take off after the world went to pieces.
Companies across the country are scrambling to meet rising demand for jigsaw puzzles. One game maker has seen U.S. puzzle sales soar 370% year over year in the past two weeks.
The surge in demand is comparable to demand during the Great Depression, according to one puzzle historian. It’s not uncommon for Americans to turn to jigsaw puzzles during times of economic uncertainty.
We are still seeing a strong demand for jigsaw puzzle.