Have you ever signed and dated the last piece of a puzzle before completing it? I remembered reading about this on a blog or forum somewhere, and thought it was such a cool idea. Imagine the surprise of the person who picks up the puzzle years later and sees your signature and date on the final piece!
Well, it looks like someone named Jane is already ahead of the game. A post on the subreddit r/JigsawPuzzles showed a thrift store puzzle that had been signed and dated by Jane before being donated. If you're wondering where your puzzles end up after you donate them, Jane, it looks like one of yours ended up in a thrift store! And bonus points to Jane for separately bagging the edge pieces - that's some serious puzzle dedication.
I have a little puzzle tradition of my own. After completing a puzzle, I write the completion date and number of missing pieces (usually 0) on the outside of the box. I picked up this habit from someone else - I saw it on a puzzle once and thought it was such a helpful idea, especially for making thrift store purchase decisions.
I like writing the completion date because I think it helps people to more reliably choose puzzles. For example, a puzzle completed last month with no missing pieces probably still doesn't have any missing pieces. But a puzzle last completed 7 years ago that didn't have any missing pieces then, might have missing pieces today.
If you're not writing completion dates, I'd encourage you to start. You definitely don't have to, but I think it's really cool, especially if you're going to donate or sell your finished puzzles.
If you're a puzzle enthusiast like me, you know the feeling of finally completing a puzzle and wanting to show off your accomplishment. That's why I love the idea of signing and dating the final piece of a puzzle before placing it. Not only does it add a personal touch, but it also makes the puzzle unique and one-of-a-kind. Plus, it would be cool to see where your puzzle ends up years later and who else gets to enjoy it.
Have you ever signed and dated your puzzles before donating them? Do you have any other puzzle-solving tips or tricks to share? Let's discuss in the comments!