Old pastimes make comeback during pandemic

Lego figurines are shown here with the Bon Soo logos on them, February 03, 2021. (photo provided by Brickspace)

Covid has given people the chance to kick it back old-school, to beat the blues that come with the lockdown associated with COVID-19.

Do you remember the old games you used to play that did not require technology in order to do so?

When was the last time you played Risk, Settlers of Catan or Monopoly? When was the last time you pulled out some Lego just to see what you could build with it.

Derek Pearce owns The Brickspace in Sault Ste. Marie; he also loves working with Lego.

He has noticed a huge uptick in sales during the pandemic.

“Tons of people who I deal with that sell Lego too, have told me that they are doing major sales,” said Pearce. “These sales are also making it hard for people like me to source and order bricks for our projects because of everyone buying and building right now.”

He attributes the success of Lego partially to its ability to help kids develop logical and imaginative thinking and fine motor skills. It also promotes the bond between adults and children.

You want to talk about bond? What about the war that breaks out around nearly all he monopoly tables in the country?

Michael Turcotte owns Vintage Games and Junque on Queen Street at Dennis St. in Sault Ste. Marie.

He says although the pandemic has been hard on his business, he understands the draw of old games during hard times.

“It’s a great way to interact and play with your family and / or your friends that you are currently not able to spend time with due to the current stay at home order,” said Turcotte.

Hasbro, the maker of Monopoly has seen an uptick in sales and profits since everyone was forced to stay inside. For generations, their games have been something everyone can go back to playing, without technology.

So the next time you’re bored, or the kids complain there is nothing to watch, or they beat their last video game, why don’t you… Pull out the dusty bins from the basement and see what treasures you may find in things you did as a kid, and share it with them!


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