When I was a kid, I remember using safety scissors. They were plastic with a thin metal blade embedded in the plastic. In fact, they're they only type of scissors I remember using before moving on to "adult" scissors. So when I started doing crafts with Zaxxon and building up our craft supplies, I went out looking for the same type of scissors.
I came up blank. Not at Kmart. Not at Target. Not at King Soopers. Not at Michaels. The only scissors I could find looked like miniature adult ones: plastic handles, metal blades. The only concession to safety seemed to be rounded tips. I bought a pair but we didn't use them much. Zaxxon closed them with such force, and I always had to hold whatever he was cutting, that I was afraid he was going to slam them down on my fingers. I couldn't image why they would stop making such a useful product.
Well, I finally found the scissors I wanted. I wasn't looking for them at the time, and they were in a very unlikely place: IKEA.
Yes, an IKEA recently opened in Colorado. I'd been to one before, in Georgia, and my general feeling was that they had good, cheap stuff but I didn't really get all the hype. And I still don't. But my Almost-Sister-In-Law (that feels easier than saying my husband's brother's girlfriend) really wanted to go during opening weekend, and my Sister-in-law and Mother-in-law wanted to join her, so of course I had to go too. I knew I'd feel left out if I didn't. So we all went opening weekend. It wasn't as bad as I'd imagined. The only long wait was in the cafeteria (I'd heard stories of four-hour waits when other IKEAs opened) and we had fun. I bought several things even though I hadn't had anything in mind when I went (ah, impulse shopping.)
Of course, when I found the very scissors I'd been searching for for months in their children's section, I had to get them. They came in a two-pack: regular scissors and pinking shears. I like them much better, and Zaxxon has already used them several times. He even helped me clip coupons!