A NOTE FROM JIM & MELODY
last updated November 20, 2018
After 37+ years living in San Jose, we've now almost at the one
year mark in our new, smaller location in Modesto, CA. We have had
to get two storage lockers for most of what we're selling for friends &
ourselves. The goal is to sell enough to eliminate one of the lockers,
but that should take nearly forever
Storage lockers aren't fun. They're costly, cramped, and not air conditioned
or heated (not in this city, they're not!). We have accelerated our
selling fanzines & some other things on Ebay, but it is time consuming,
only about 20% of what we list sells, and we have to raise the price of fanzines
a dollar or two to offset all their fees (& still lose money).
The tide has turned. We are no longer taking in ten times more than
is going out, and even incoming fanzine collections have dwindled to a trickle.
On the other hand, with less living space, we're downsizing our own
collections -- time to let someone else enjoy this zine or that book. The
biggest drawback of where we now are is that we can't have yard sales in our
little gated community, and we're still supposed to be helping some fans get
rid of non-fannish stuff. At the moment we're helping a fan who is
being forced to move from a two bedroom house that is too small for all of
her books, etc. to a one bedroom apartment hundreds of miles away. It
is a struggle for her to let go of anything. (And it doesn't help that
it's a two hour drive to her place.)
So no rest for us. Maybe next year?
--Jim & Melody
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WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
Over the years a number of people we've sold
for have moved without leaving us a forwarding address. Any clue
where these people live now? Thank you, all of you who helped
with a few names!
LAST KNOWN CITY
Laura G. Cluney
Nancy E. Hildebrand Arvada
Tamara Pickenpaugh Cuyahoga