March 2021

Wasgij: Jigsaws with a Twist

Do you already love Wasgij jigsaws or are you yet to try them? Here’s some background on this hugely popular series of puzzles, including a few examples of our recent additions. Wasgij is of course jigsaw spelt backwards and is officially pronounced “Woz-gidge”.

The first Wasgij puzzles came to the market in 1997 with the aim of offering a new challenge – the puzzle you complete is NOT the picture on the box, you need to use your imagination and the clues provided to piece together the solution. Wasgijs grew steadily in popularity over the years and some older titles have been reissued recently in special “Retro” packaging.

Wasgij Original (and Christmas) titles
In the Original Wasgij concept you don’t puzzle what you see on the box, you puzzle what the characters in the scene are looking at. The jigsaw keeps you guessing until the very last minute. It’s usually best to start with the border and then work on larger areas of similar colours or patterns. The cartoon-style images add to the fun!

Wasgij Destiny titles
Puzzle what the future holds….what has changed and have the characters got older and wiser?! The background of the scene is in the same general proportions, giving you a few clues as you start putting the puzzle together.

Wasgij Mystery titles
Puzzle what happens next…the setting remains broadly the same but things have moved on a bit – usually to a scene of utter mayhem!

If you live in our home village Kelsall, we also stock a selection of Wasgijs in our Handy Jigsaws free loan service, including a 500 piece puzzle. A borrower commented: “A good Wasgij if you are looking for a quicker solution than 1000 pieces!”

Be warned – Wasgijs can be highly addictive!

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Latest Additions: March 2021

We’ve just added some new jigsaw titles from Falcon plus the latest Jan Van Haasteren cartoon puzzle. There’s something for everyone whether you are a country lady, a polar explorer, a dancer, a juggler, a bingo player or a biker! Or perhaps you are longing for the return of the village car boot sale – who knows what you will find on the toy stall?

We’ve also added new Gibsons and Wasgij titles recently – browse all new jigsaws by date

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Mother’s Day 2021

It’s Mother’s Day on Sunday 14th March. We have lots of gift ideas to help make the day special including jigsaws, puzzle accessories and quirky playing cards. We offer free local delivery (within 10 miles of our home village Kelsall) or we can post your present along with your special message.

We have a wide range of jigsaw styles and piece counts to suit all tastes. 1000 piece puzzles are always popular but some new puzzlers or older mums may prefer smaller piece counts. 636 piece panoramic format jigsaws mean less stretching over the table and extra large piece (XL) jigsaws are ideal for those with sight or handling difficulties. See more tips on choosing a jigsaw.

Here’s a small selection or browse all new jigsaws

A jigsaw accessory may help your mother complete her puzzle in comfort.

If your mother is a “sassy woman” she might appreciate our sets of quirky playing cards! We also have a little instruction book to remind her of different card games, including games for one player. Or we have a compact Travel Solitaire to while away the hours and other new and used games.

Let’s hope it is not too long before we can all give our mums a hug again!

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Manley Virtual Spring Fair

Happy St David’s Day! We are delighted to take part in the Manley Virtual Spring Fair, running online from 1st – 15th March 2021. There’s a great selection of goodies from small local retailers as well as specialist shops from further afield. As well as Dab Hand’s jigsaws and traditional games, you will find plenty of gift ideas or why not treat yourself? With sections covering accessories, children, food and drink, homeware, gifts and more, there is something to interest everyone.

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The Manley Spring Fair has been running in the village of Manley, Cheshire, for over 25 years. In recent years this traditional village May Fair has had over 1000 people through its gates during a single day. The organisers are running a special virtual fair in March this year, raising funds for Manley & Alvanley Churches. We are delighted to support this online shopping event and of course we hope to join in all the fun of a full May Fair at a future date.

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Image: Manley Virtual Spring Fair