Where you can still buy puzzles on the Coast
THE puzzle aisle at Mr Toys Toyworld is beginning to look like the toilet paper aisle at the supermarket as more residents look for at-home activities.
But manager Milly Souvlis says they’re restocking shelves as quickly as possible to meet increased demand.
Ms Souvlis said about three weeks ago she noticed more residents were searching for puzzles, with the 1000-piece variety the most popular.
She spent Tuesday morning pricing and stacking about 50 puzzles back on the shelves, but she only expected them to last a day or two.
“We’re selling out very fast, I’ve never seen puzzles this crazy,” she said.
“We’re always restocking and we’ve been told by head office that we will keep receiving more stock.”
Ms Souvlis likened the puzzle demand to that of toilet paper at supermarkets.
For the more experienced, she said the store had 18,000 and 6000-piece puzzles.
Ms Souvlis said Wasgij puzzles - where the picture on the box is a clue for what the puzzle actually is - were also popular.
Her advice for those looking for a puzzle was to call ahead, or arrive in-store early.
“Come in early, or people can call ahead and we can let them know what we have,” Ms Souvlis said.
“8am is the best time to come in because it’s still quiet, people are sleeping in at the moment.”
Ms Souvlis, who has worked at the store for 11 years, sympathised for retail workers who lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The store has eight employees.