We Can’t Do It All

When Timberdoodle began, one of our earliest technological investments was a photocopy machine. Our theory was that by doing it all ourselves we would save a lot of money. And for a few years we did make it work. One year we not only used the “technologically ground-breaking” photocopier to print all of our catalog pages but we also carefully laid our Cuisenaire Rods on the screen around our description and copied them! We began by printing the pages and stapling them together ourselves. One year we outsourced the assembly to a special ed. class taught by a relative looking […]

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1986 – Grandparents are Invaluable!

My next-door-grandparents have been an amazing blessing to me over the years, but it wasn’t until I began poring over Grandma’s records that I realized how instrumental they have been in the growth of Timberdoodle. By 1986 Grandpa had built walls of shelves in our laundry room, to store and organize inventory. Soon they invited us to use their basement for the rapidly expanding array of items. Grandpa helped Dad haul equipment home from auctions. Grandma learned how to use one of our very earliest computers and began inputting information for us. They had relatives over who helped them label […]

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1985 – Why Call It Timberdoodle?

If you were looking to name your homeschool supply business, Timberdoodle isn’t likely to sit at the top of your list of names. But for us it has been perfect, unique enough to aid people in remembering it, and not too terribly hard to spell for Google! So how did we get there? From early on Mom wanted to be the next Dale Evans and when she and Dad met in college, he was pursuing his dream of becoming a farmer. Both graduated and married, then picked out a champion pedigreed Golden Retriever puppy to become the foundation of their […]

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25 Stories, 25 Giveaways To Celebrate Timberdoodle’s 25th Year!

Pictured: Joy 3, Hope 2, and Grace 1, way back in 1985. Can you believe it has been 25 years since Timberdoodle began? We can’t either, so we’ve planned 5 weeks of festivities to celebrate! For 25 days we’ll share a tidbit or story from Timberdoodle‘s history, along with a quick question for you to answer. Answer the question on Facebook and be automatically entered in the drawing for the free item of the day. The next morning we will draw a random number (compliments of random.org) and the person who wrote that comment wins. (IE, if 47 comments are […]

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