9/21/12

Helium Balloons: Going, going, gone?

We headed out to get a few balloons today, I wanted to take some photos of Maisy at the park-- I thought the balloons would be a fun prop. But when we got to the floral counter at Tom Thumb, we saw this sign. Is Helium really 'gone'?


 Party planners and small children might be out of luck, according to the "Washington Post", the US helium supply is dwindling. You can read all the details here, but basically, helium is a non-renewable resource. The Washington Post reports, "Party supply stores are already feeling the pinch, as recent helium shortfalls have driven up the price of helium-filled balloons. But it’s not birthday parties we should worry about. A severe helium shortage, experts say, would cause problems for large swaths of the economy, from medical scanners to welding to the manufacturing of optical fibers and LCD screens."

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The florist at Tom Thumb said that even Party City is sending their customers away empty handed and referring them to local grocery stores. But now even those stores are unable to fill the orders.

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 So, we settled on balloons filled with air and attached to a stick. They turned out to be super cute. But could it be possible that future generations of children won't know the joys of a balloon on a string? Who would have thought?! 

Have a great weekend and if you happen to come across a helium balloon- enjoy it!



PS- Maisy's photo shoot is part of a new project I am working on-- "Samantha Conner Designs" is expanding to include a new line of girls clothing! Stay tuned--more details to come:)

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7 comments:

  1. Balloons on a stick are still adorable!!! Loving your designs!!! Can not wait to see more.

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  2. A helium shortage? Who knew? I never realized it was a non-renewable resource. I guess we should cut-back on our balloon consumption for birthday parties.

    Your balloons on a stick worked over very well, by the way. Just as cute as helium!

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  3. I had not heard this. Wow. Thanks for passing along this info.

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  4. My husband was just telling me about this because he's having problems at his store too. So sad. :(

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  5. Eek! That's kind of unnerving that something we don't even think of as being important is in short supply! As much as I hate to say it, I hope they conserve what is left for things we may actually need in the future, though I will miss balloons on strings. Maybe some genius will come up something else??

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  6. Yup, it's true and it's sad. As the shortage continues it will most likely only be available to medical facilities as it is used to cool MRI machines. I feel bad for future children.

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  7. I work at a flower shop and our suppliers keep telling us about the helium shortage. Our cost of helium has more than doubled in recent times.

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