I stopped at the grocery store earlier this week and there were only two things on my list: Clausen pickles and Topo Chico. My local grocery store isn’t the best grocery store in the world (which, if you have met me in real life, you know already since all I’ve done for twenty years is complain about it), so it wasn’t a complete surprise that they had neither. Two more grocery stores later, though, and I was still empty-handed: no bougie pickles, no hipster bubbly water. I used my phone to Ask Jeeves and found out that there’s a quite significant glass bottle and jar shortage that’s already trickled down to my crucial needs.
I bring this up because the preserved cucumber supply chain isn’t the only one that’s got some weak links in it these days. We at MDK HQ have been awaiting some geegaws for the looming MDK Holiday Shop launch (THIS COMING Saturday, October 30 for Snippets subscribers!) and to be honest, there are a few items that are going to miss the boat (or more specifically: are still on the boat). Supply chain issues are a real thing and they will play heavily into this holiday season—for us here at MDK and for you out there with your fingers paused over the “Complete Order” button; if we don’t have it, we can’t send it to you.
And look: we’re not trying to create too much FOMO, but if you see something in the Holiday Shop that you love and want in your life, don’t sleep on it too long or you will MO. Most of the Holiday Shop bibelots are limited in number and the current global situation (it sounds so James Bond-y!) virtually guarantees that it will be almost impossible to restock for the holidays in any sort of useful timeframe (there are also already dire warnings from all the shipping companies—including the USPS—about increased rates and slowed-down delivery times, so get your items ordered by December 15 (it’s sooner than you think, so put that in BIG LETTERS on your dog and cat calendars!).
In short, we’re buckling up for a season unlike any in recent memory.
Okay, that’s off my chest. I can breathe a sigh of relief. I’ve told you the news (and we’ll remind you of that shipping date—December 15—again in future posts).
All of that is very important information, of course, and while the fate of the Free World might rely on whether or not our boxes of whatchamacallits arrive in a timely fashion, the real question still remains: Where the hell am I going to get my fancy-ass pickles?
How to enter?
Step 1: Sign up for our weekly newsletter, Snippets, right here. If you’re already subscribed, you’re set.
Step 2: In the comments, name your favorite pickles or fermented veg or food in a jar (has anyone checked the maraschino cherry supply lately?).
Deadline for entries: Sunday, October 31, 11:59 PM Central time. We’ll draw a random winner from the entries. Winner will be notified by email.