A NOTE FROM JIM & MELODY
last updated July 19, 2018
After 37+ years living in San Jose, we've now passed the 6 month
mark in our new, smaller location in Modesto, CA, where summer days soaring
over 100 degrees are common. We have had to get a storage locker for
most of what we have cataloged on our website. We will have to get
a second storage locker for the rest of what's cataloged, along with all
the science fiction books & magazines we're selling, once WorldCon is
over; all of that is in the last of the San Jose storage lockers.
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've begun to help 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
Laura K. Wynne