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Magazine Addict


My room is stacked high with boxes as I sort through what to keep, donate, and sell while I transition out of one house into another. I've gone through most of my closet and now my sorting has turned to my excessive vintage magazine collection which I'm oddly having a harder time parting with than my clothes. I've been collecting vintage National Geographic and LIFE magazines for a few years, partly to use them in collages, but also because I really enjoy looking through them. Additional to the vintage collection I have a stack of Teen Vogue and Elle Girl magazines from when I was younger (even a few from Japan for variety) which I've been saving for a future daughter/niece/granddaughter. As a teenager I would have enjoyed reading the magazines my mother had read when she was a teenager and I decided I could do something for the next generation by saving a few of mine. However, magazines are heavy and since I'm trying to keep them in pristine condition I'm really not using them at the moment. So, I've been in pretty intense debate with myself over whether to keep them or let them go. Who is to say I'll even have kids? Or any said future generation from myself or other family members will have any interest in these magazines? It just seems like a lot of dead weight to carry across the ocean for some nebulous future teenager.





17 comments:

Miranda said...

i love the idea of saving magazines for a future child. my mother saved nothing from her youth!! :( i do that too with vintage barbie though my collection is small, and my good dresses.

i have a small collection of vogue and instyle. what if you cut yours in half and began collecting again in your new home?? or just saved like 5 elle girl and 5 vogue?

magazines are so wondeful, yet so many get discarded without a blink!

bestie said...

it does seem like an unnecessary burden to bear, but i think it will eventually prove to be worth it! fashion is a big part of who you are and, as you've stated, so are those magazines. i say keep them (your favorites, at least?) and who knows what beautiful memories they will conjure and/or create in the future..

Rhiannon Lorenzo said...

what a great idea!

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Hannah (An Old Story) said...

As a fellow vintage magazine collecter, I highly suggested holding on to some of those fab teen mags for a possible future generation! I'm in the midst of a move, too, and I hauled way too many magazines with me last time I moved and feel a bit wiser now. I've got it contained to one box this time and I'm feeling good about it. Most of the ones I kept have a true sentimental value or are an out of print mag (Jane, for example.)

If you really gotta dump, I'll gladly take them off your hands! ;)

Indy said...

I definitely think you should save a few of the the Teen Vogue. Even if you don't have kids, maybe you'll know a girl in the future who'd love to look through them.

I know I'd love to have some of my mom's old magazines, just knowing that they were hers would make them so much more special.

Anna Neumann said...

How many magazines are you trying to save? Maybe instead of saving a bunch, you could try to pick your favorite issues. That way you are not only sharing something from "your time" but something that you really related to. I really love how you have been wearing red lately. It is generally viewed as too bold a color, but I think you make it look lovely. Thank you for posting! Have a lovely day!


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Nala Gasull said...

If you love them so much, I think you should keep them. At least your favourites; the rest you can give to a library, or have an original giveaway on your blog! It would be another way to share some of those magazines, even if it's not with a daughter/niece etc. Maybe someone is interested in them, or maybe you can find someone as important in your life that would be thrilled to have them

Miriam said...

I just got rid of my magazine collection last week! I don't think mine is anywhere as precious as yours but it was several years worth of Vogue magazines that I had kept pristine plus a few other things. I was feeling a bit conflicted about getting rid of them but I passed them on to the art department of a local secondary school. The art teacher was so grateful & delighted that I immediately knew it was the right decision. Now I feel happy to think of teenage girls pouring over those magazines in art class. I remember being so inspired by a fashion photo shoot I found in my pile of art class magazines so its a nice circle! Yes I know they'll also probably get ripped up for collages but I'm glad they're being used.

I'd probably go with what some of the other comments have said & keep a limited number of your most precious magazines. The ones you really would miss. And try to find a loving home for the rest. That might be somewhere more careful than a high school but I'm sure there are people somewhere who would love them & mind them & be inspired but them. Good luck with making all these hard decisions!

Unknown said...

I love Ellegirl! I saved my issues too up until last year when I moved to a new city. But, they are actually available on Google Books! Every single full issue is online. You should check it out!

Nina said...

I tend to discard a lot of things when I move, so I completely understand the debate you're having with yourself. However, I think you should keep your magazines. I think you would regret it for the rest of your life if you didn't. Is there someone who could store them for you for awhile?

Elliementary, My Dear said...

I'm about to move to another state so I can relate to what you're going through. I've been giving away things I used to think I would keep forever. Maybe just save one your magazines for a future teenager?

Kristie Glenn said...

Super cute outfit! I love wearing a blue jean jacket with everything. They are so versatile!

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Nikki Williams said...

that dress is stunning!!

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Anonymous said...

I would not keep them all, but I would keep a couple of them! Like every ten year or something... key dates as well (2001..)

shelovesdresses said...

You are so so cute! Can't get over how good that pastel looks on you! :) When I moved to Japan, I didn't bring any books or magazines with me- they were just too heavy and the shipping was too expensive. We were only abroad for two years though and now that I am back in the States I am enjoying having all my old books again. :) Maybe you could rent a little storage unit to store your magazines in? I definitely think that would be a neat thing to pass on to your children (if you have them!) one day. At least, if you are having a really hard time parting with them, having the option for now would give you more time to think! :)

Laura Mitbrodt said...

I love your dress!
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Julia Thetinski said...

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