It may seem like a strange, niche business.
But for 25 years — now behind Little Barn; before that, tucked away past Carvel and Aux Delices — the Great American Stamp Store has provided Westporters with artful rubber stamps, from over 100 manufacturers. They also sell art tools, ribbon, punches, dies, pens and more.
Yet all good things must end. Owners Judy Ritchie and her daughter Jamie are retiring. The shop closes on January 27.
A longtime customer says:
Together they’ve written books, taught classes, and provided the large scrapbooking, journaling and mixed media artist community with a big variety of stamps, paper, inks and embellishments. They’ve brought in well known mixed media artists from around the country to teach classes. On Tuesday mornings, they have a free “make and take” where they teach you how to make a greeting card.
There are no stores like it in the area. People travel from all over to go there. To me, they are like family. I will be sad to see them go.
Another customer adds:
Judy and Jamie don’t blame the new Michael’s as much as the internet. It’s easier to buy online than travel 25 miles to the store. I’ll tell you this though: Nothing beats the advice and inspiration you got from going there in person.
There’s still a couple of weeks left to head over, and buy your final stamps.
Including the one saying “The End.”