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Selling LIFE Magazines
updated: Mar 22, 2014, 7:12 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

I have a number of exceptionally fine condition Life Magazines from World War II and beyond. I'd love to sell them, but don't know where or to whom. I would also entertain a tax donation to a legit & deserving library, etc. What are my options? Thanks

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 COMMENT 505336P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-23 05:35 AM

I "inherited" my step-father's complete collection of Playboy Magazines going back to the first edition with Marilyn Monroe as the centerfold. I listed them on e-Bay and never found a taker, though it turns out specific magazines were worth more than others, depending on the cover and the ads. (Somehow I think the value had more to do with fond memories of pubescent boys and the one magazine they had hidden under their beds). There were plenty of sellers on e-Bay, though I doubt any of them had more luck than I did.
You may try to sell or consign them to an antique shop, or, call various libraries to see if they're interested. Things like this seem to have little more than sentimental value. As many magazines as go electronic, these could increase in value. Do you want to store them carefully for another 50 years and try later?

 

 COMMENT 505338P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-23 05:47 AM

I used to collect things like vintage military binoculars and the occasional bayonet etc. - I still check the auctions on ebay from time to time and the market for a lot of collectibles has almost completely collapsed - a lot of things that sold quite well a few years ago can barely be given away now.

Good luck!

 

 COMMENT 505353 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-23 07:53 AM

The individual ads inside are worth more than the magazines.....but unless you have a high traffic retail location the cost of marketing them is pretty steep.

The value of what you have has; like so many things, been greatly eroded by the internet making such things readily available to anyone who wants it.

 

 SHARE agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-23 08:40 AM

Sell them on eBay. Either as a 'lot' or individually. There are people in SB that help list items on eBay, probably.

 

 BEASMART agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-23 10:42 AM

It's worth talking to someone at the UCSB library about donating them there. I agree that you may not find a buyer for the whole set, but a library/archive might be interested. They can at least advise you on other options if they can't take them: http://www.library.ucsb.edu/development/donations

Also, you might stop by the Antique Center and ask if you could consign the set there, or get advice on other options:
http://antiquecentermall.com/

Good luck!

 

 COMMENT 505423P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-23 12:52 PM

Life magazine has some of the most complete photo coverage of the discovery and clearing of the Nazi concentration camps like Buchenwald. The pictures are devastating, real, and not edited. Perhaps a Jewish group like B'nai Brith would appreciate these issues. Every time I hear a Holocaust "denier" I want to take those pictures and force the racists to see them. There is no denying those images.

 

 COMMENT 505426P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-23 01:28 PM

Talk to the archivist at UCSB library. As a historian of American domestic life I can tell you that Life magazines are invaluable for research in many areas. That being said, the UC libraries I've used already have archives of Life, but the librarian may want a backup set, and may be able to point you to another research library in need.

 

 COMMENT 505430 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-23 01:52 PM

Saw some in a Santa Monica store selling for $20 a piece and more. If you're looking to sell you may look at online selling sites or antique collectible stores, maybe downtown, etc. Note: Library will probably just put them in the bookshelf for resale so get the most you can from them as collectibles. Good luck

 

 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-23 02:15 PM

I love looking at old magazines; the ads especially are reminders of how times have changed. Surely someone will be interested. Glad you didn't just toss them.

 

 COMMENT 505435P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-23 02:51 PM

Check with SBCC also. I have about 7 years of Saveur, but not the first couple of issues, that I hope to donate to the culinary program.

I'd love to read a pile of them for a few weeks -- or months.

 

 LEAHKING agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-23 08:35 PM

carpinteria friends of the library bookstore would be happy to have them, I am sure.

 

 COMMENT 505740 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-24 08:35 PM

Even if you don't find anyone else to take them, don't take them to the thrift store. They almost always just throw them away.

 

 COMMENT 505997P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-26 08:50 AM

Friends of Libraries (Goleta, Carp) can only benefit from donations they can SELL. Sadly, old magazines do NOT sell. Perhaps it is not well-known, but sales by Friends of t he Goleta Library, for example, provide all the $$ to keep the library open on Mondays (other branches closed), pay for all children's programming, and buy a large chunk of new books and other materials. So, please don't burden the volunteers with your recycling! It takes them away from the selling things that will benefit the libraries, and overwhelms their limited recycling capacity. Thank you!

 

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