Puzzle exchange a good fit for enthusiasts

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A Port Dover business owner has thought of a way to keep puzzle enthusiasts entertained while staying socially distant.

Christy Miedema, of Liberty Home Decor and Gift Boutique, has created a puzzle exchange box.

Miedema had the idea when passing by a Little Free Library that had been taken down while on a walk with her family.

“We were walking by and I mentioned that library is gone right when everybody is doing more reading,” said Miedema. “I said, ‘We should do that with puzzles, I’m sure we could be sanitary about it.’”

The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit was contacted and gave approval for the box to be running, said Miedema.

The business owner said she carries puzzles at her store and has been having a hard time keeping them in stock since the pandemic began.

“I was calling suppliers asking if they have any in stock,” said Miedema.

With the hard time finding puzzles for her inventory, she decided to paint her childhood toy box Liberty purple and begin the puzzle exchange.


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On the first day it was out she had placed one puzzle in the box, the next morning someone had donated a large selection of puzzles to add for the exchange. Anyone looking to take a puzzle is asked to put one in the box before taking another.

To ensure the safety of all users, a list of rules by the box suggests people cover their hands with a provided bag to grab a puzzle. Miedema has provided bags and said she has had to restock the bags twice already.

They also ask everyone to not touch the guardrail, box, or puzzles with unwashed or un-sanitized hands.

It is suggested that users of the exchange sanitize puzzles and let them sit for at least 72 hours before touching the pieces.

If you stop by the Harbour Street business and the box it not out front, it may have been placed inside due to rain in the forecast.

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