Monday, February 25, 2008

It's So Hard to Say Goodbye ...

Although my eBay store has been open for about a year and a half now, I don't consider myself much of an entrepreneur. Basically I'm using it as a way to get rid of 20-year-old TV Guides and New York Magazines that my mother no longer wanted to provide storage for in her home. (Some people!)

As a journalist, I just couldn't bring myself to actually toss out boxes of old magazines. It seemed like a slap in the face to all the writers, editors and designers who worked so hard on them. So giving them to someone who would keep them and cherish them like I did seemed a better option and made it easier to let go of them. (And yes, I am making a few bucks in the process; got a problem with that?)

But letting go of some things is still hard, like this well-thumbed issue of TV Star Parade from July 1979 featuring the Love Boat cast. If you like the cover lines, listen to what's inside: articles on Sophia Loren, Tony Danza, Pam Dawber, Bill Bixby, Hollywood's Newest Triangle ("Jack Nicholson Steals Diane Keaton Away From Warren Beatty"), Diana Canova, and Larry Manetti.

Alas, it took a couple of days from the time I listed it until it sold. It will find a new and hopefully loving home in Arkansas soon, and that brings a smile to my face. My next project: finding a box to ship this 1,500-page Sears catalog from 1982.

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