...that's kind of the feeling I got, as I shuffled through all my old Victoria Magazines. They are kinda like old friends.
I can still remember the way my heart took a leap when I spied (my first) issue in a local pharmacy mag rack, years ago. Here was a magazine that really knew just what spoke to me. And from that day on I was hooked.
Now, flipping through the piles of magazines on the floor, sorting them by month and year, the things that came rushing back to me are not so much the issues themselves, but events in my life at the time. Where I had savored each one. Several in different states, some in B B B's, some in a small cottage house in the woods, and many at home. And the inspiration they brought to me.
Glancing through the issues brought back such a wave of nostalgia, for not only my younger self, but the self that flipped through each one, heart dancing gleefully at seeing the beauty on each page.
Through these magazines, I found one of my favorite authors, Jan Karon. The August issue always brought the joy of seeing what other creative women were doing, and the hope that I could one day, do the same. The October issue, with the set house from the movie Practical Magic, to this day remains one of my favorites. This magazine, was a never ending source of happiness and inspiration.
So, you see my dilemma...I am thinking of parting with my old friend. Not that I don't like them anymore, I love them. And that makes it that much harder to do, but I'm running out of room. And I can't keep all my old magazines.
So, at some point, I may begin to sell them. I will sell the set, or piece by piece for the corresponding month. I already have the premiered issue in my Etsy shop. Not that it will be easy. But I think that I need to do it.
But for now, I think I will spend a little more time with an old friend, before I let them go.