I am 78 years old. My wife and I are downsizing and moving into an assisted
living community. I have sold most of my tools but I still have something
that I don't want to get rid of, but I must. I have a collection of
do-it-yourself magazines. They are Popular Mechanics, Popular Science,
Mechanics Illustrated, Handyman etc. They take up 22 feet of shelf space and
there are 756 of them. The oldest is a 1941 Popular Mechanics that my Dad
bought me when I was 12 Years old. From then on I was hooked. Many were
issued during the war years of WWII. I quit buying them in the early 80's
when they quit publishing in a how-to-do-it format and published in a
magazine format. I have indexed many of the projects. For example there are
20 issues that have how-to- build boat plans. I would like to get 20 cents
per copy, or best offer. The whole lot must go. These books are far too
heavy and costly to ship. I live about 30 minutes from the Morgantown Exit
on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. About 30 miles west of Philadelphia. Anyone
interested can e-mail me for more information. I know that you don't want
folks using this group to sell things but I hope you will forgive me. I have
an attachment to them and just can't destroy them. Getting old sucks!!
Clint Stoner email@example.com
I plan to also place this on the woodworking group.
We usually don't like that kind of stuff, but I think an exception could
easily be made in your case. Too bad they're probably not "worth much",
and good luck disposing of them; hope someone who can use them gets them.
"Wikipedia ... it reminds me ... of dogs barking idiotically through
endless nights. It is so bad that a sort of grandeur creeps into it.
Damn! Why couldn't you live in Texas? I would gladly drive anywhere in
Tx to go buy them from you. Popular Science was by far my favorite, and
Gus Wilson and the Model Garage was my favorite part of them. I think I
know every one by heart. Actually, how much would it cost to ship the
P/S's to San Antonio? I would definitey be interested, and willing to
spend a pretty good chunk of money for them. Thanks Larry
Any chance the local library or clubhouse at new location would take
them? That would mean
a donation, but might keep them close by. Used book store might be
interested, as well. Some
old advertisements, just one page of old mags, bring good money.
When I was a child, our neighbor was a commercial artist. Another
neighbor, an older
gentleman, posed along with my dad and little brother for a Firestone
ad. It was printed
and I have seen it for sale.
Of course, if you chose to keep them, there are storage choices that
hide a multitude of sins.
A round piece of plywood, along with a round tablecloth, makes a nice
table for hiding "stuff".
Our condo has no garage, so hubby's tools have taken up residence in
interesting places. Have
a nice wicker trunk in the living room - doubles as a table and for
storing his huge monkey
wrenches and pry bars :o) My tools are in plastic trunks under bed in
guest room :o)
I hate to rain on your parade but you will probably discover that your
collection is virtually worthless. I speak from experience...
My late uncle died, leaving the bulk of his estate to his nieces and
nephews, including me.
In addition to the cash, he bequeathed 30,000 hard-bound books to us.
This wonderful man was not merely a bibliophile, he was a
"bibliomaniac". Not only did he never meet a book he didn't like, he
never "met" a book that he did BUY.
Wishing to dispose of this collection in one, fell swoop, we became very
familiar with the book selling industry including "insider" trade
magazines and the like.
The most important thing we learned was that, with VERY rare exception,
old books (and magazines) are worthless.
We sold the lot for 10-cents/book to a bookstore owner whose shop had
been destroyed by fire. The buyer was simply looking for "filler" for
the shelves of a new shop.
It is indeed disheartening to discover that that which you have
treasured and kept for years is only valuable to you.
Even more depressing is that they will probably go to a landfill.
There was perhaps a semi-load of old newspapers in Uncle Bob's basement,
carefully stacked to the joists. The local newsprint recycling business
would not take them unless they were bundled and set on the curb.
They went to the landfill.
Good luck and congratulations (I mean it) on your brave decision to move
into assisted living. Your remaining years will probably be MUCH less
stressful. By making the move, you are also probably reducing the
stress level of those loved ones that care about your well being.
Walk away from your coveted collection with a clear conscience. If you
manage to move them to a "loving home", regardless of any real sale, you
are WAY ahead of the game. Good luck. Live long and prosper.
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