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It's time for Fall cleaning and I'd really like to get rid of old magazines and tapes. I don't feel comfortable putting it out with the regular trash. I wish I could just give it away but where and how? If I could sell it I'd happily give the money to charity but I don't know how to go about doing that. Some of the old stuff may even be considered "collectable". Anybody have any ideas?

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>Foxy said:

>It's time for Fall cleaning and I'd really like to get rid of

>old magazines and tapes. I don't feel comfortable putting it

>out with the regular trash. I wish I could just give it away

>but where and how? If I could sell it I'd happily give the

>money to charity but I don't know how to go about doing that.

>Some of the old stuff may even be considered "collectable".

>Anybody have any ideas?

 

Too Bad Foxy:

My Prime Timer's Club soon is having its annual big Pornocopia Auction Event where we auction (silent and live) off donated members' porn magazines, books, DVDs, tapes and "porn toys". Its a Club fund raiser and fun get-together. We are in real need of fresh porn as we seem to recycle the same stuff every year, especially the "rubber toys". Last year the club auctioner was dressed as Mark Anthony roman grab with a huge dildo hanging below the Roman legion skirt.

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In San Francisco the Gay 40+ club (for older gays) has an annual porn garage sale. (The organization has changed names, but the Gay Community Center should be able to give you the current name and contacts numbers.) The GLBT History Center and Archives in San Francisco also collect old porn. These are all non-profit agencies and you can claim tax deductions for your donations! (At least in the U.S.)

 

Similar organizations exist in other cities which may collect old porn. Before you throw it out, call your local Gay Community Center or similar history or archival organizations in your area to see if anyone collects the stuff. If they don't, you'd have to mail the stuff to an organization that does, but if the donation qualifies for a tax deduction, the cost of the postage can also be deducted.

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I had the same 'de-acquisitioning' situation a few years ago and managed to solve it in which I think was the best way possible. I got in touch with the owners of 'The Magazine,' the venerable old-periodicals emporium known to most every porn aficianado who has ever visited San Francisco. (It's located at 920 Larkin Street, near Geary. I'd been there many times before and had been impressed by both the inventory and the way the place was run.) Although half the store is devoted to general-interest stuff, the other part is a porn collector's paradise, stocking all manner of magazines (from one-shot issues to long-running periodicals), as well as books, calendars, old movies and tapes. You could spend days browsing through the goodies--and that wouldn't include the rarer material sequestered in the backroom area. Bob Mainardi and Jack Dunphy, the owners, have amazing expertise in the field; moreover, they're as nice and honest a pair of guys as you could ever hope to deal with. Businessmen--and gentlemen--of the Old School.

 

So I suggest you do as I did. First, organize your stuff by general categories--viz., monthlies & bi-monthlies such as Blueboy, In Touch, Mandate et. al, then series such as the various Colt publications, the pix-only skinbooks, both hardcore & soft, and, if you have any, the pre-1968 mags of the posing-strap era. Same thing with books, catalogs, films, videotapes, calendars and the like.

 

Then call Bob or Jack at 415-441-7737, tell them what you've got, and they'll tell you what they'd be interested in buying. (I don't think all of the old periodicals are equally valuable, but they're probably on the lookout for specially sought-after issues.) Then pack up what they recommend you send (UPS ground will be fine)and once they've got it, they'll let you know what the whole bundle is worth. Believe me, you can take their word for it; they know the market better than anyone in the country, and whatever they offer you will be 100% fair and honest. If you opt for a store credit (on the chance you might visit one of these days) the amount will be higher than via a cash payment.

 

As far as I know, they don't have a website, but if you want, google the place, read up on it, and you'll see that my high opinion of these guys is universally shared.

 

(Other info: they're open Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 7 PM. And the rest of their mailing address is San Francisco CA 24109.)

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>It's time for Fall cleaning and I'd really like to get rid of

>old magazines and tapes. I don't feel comfortable putting it

>out with the regular trash. I wish I could just give it away

>but where and how? If I could sell it I'd happily give the

>money to charity but I don't know how to go about doing that.

>Some of the old stuff may even be considered "collectable".

>Anybody have any ideas?

 

I know of gay bookstores that buy used porn mags and sale them at very low prices. I wish that I could get my hands on your porn collection. I've started collecting some porn mags and I like to find those obscure old issues.

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Thanks for all the great suggestions so far. After searching around a bit last night I found a web site that sells vintage magazines. I was shocked at some of the prices. Several old Colt magazines I have are in the $50 to $150 range. Of course that's the asking price. I'm sure the buying price would be way less. Just the same, I'm intrigued. Buried up in the back of the attic is a padlocked chest with stuff in it I haven't seen in years. I don't even know what's in it. I'll have to cut the lock off to find out. Oh boy, buried treasure! This rainy day may turn out to be interesting after all.

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"I don't feel comfortable putting it out with the regular trash."

 

I can understand this statement had it come from a Salt Lake City resident but from a New Yorker? I don't get it. How many truck loads are you trying to trash? :D

 

Granted, I don't own tons of porn but I've never hesitated throwing anything in my buiding's garbage receptacles. I live in a high-rise that recycles so when I throw my old issues of Unzipped in the trash, I stack them, tie them, wrap them in brown shipping paper, and label them " old paper." I leave them in the designated recycle area of the basement. As long as no name appears on any address labels, there should be no privacy concerns.

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Actually I'm in the burbs of the NY Metro area....but...

 

Holy Tutankhaman!!!!

I got the trunk open...

 

Colt-22, Olympus-5, Spurs-8, Advocate Men-21, Torso-13, Mandate-5, Falcon-7, Honcho-3, Other-30.

 

All in pretty good condition. What a trip down memory lane. Now I have to get rid of them.

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>Actually I'm in the burbs of the NY Metro area....but...

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>Holy Tutankhaman!!!!

>I got the trunk open...

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>Colt-22, Olympus-5, Spurs-8, Advocate Men-21, Torso-13,

>Mandate-5, Falcon-7, Honcho-3, Other-30.

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>All in pretty good condition. What a trip down memory lane.

>Now I have to get rid of them.

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You could use the money that you make from selling them to hook up with one of these really cute escorts. That would actually be a little poetic in a way. lol :+

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>Colt-22, Olympus-5, Spurs-8, Advocate Men-21, Torso-13,

>Mandate-5, Falcon-7, Honcho-3, Other-30.

>

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Looks like the days Rugby scores:7

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The Boy Kink

 

>Holy Tutankhaman!!!!

>I got the trunk open...

>

>Colt-22, Olympus-5, Spurs-8, Advocate Men-21, Torso-13,

>Mandate-5, Falcon-7, Honcho-3, Other-30.

>

>All in pretty good condition. What a trip down memory lane.

>Now I have to get rid of them.

 

The suggestion of the Magazine in San Francisco was a good one for selling porn; likewise, CraigsList in New York would be a good collection, if you wanted to sell it piecemeal and deal with the responses. This is likely the best way to maximize your income potential.

 

Manhattan used to have a similar store to the Magazine near A Different Light (if the store is still there) near the West Village. However, this store does not (nor did not) have the reputation or scale as the Magazine.

 

On the other hand, there is a very good, very reputable historical society in Manhattan who may want to take, especially the older material, off your hands. If not, there are other groups who might take the material off your hands to auction off as charity or for other such purposes. One such group is the Tom of Finland foundation. But if you just page through your local community yellow pages or some comparable gay and lesbian resource guide, you can find some organizations you wish to support to inquire if they would like the material.

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When I was nine, I collected old newspapers and magazines from the neighbors and took them to the local park for fundraising money. The people there were shocked at how many porno magazines people had just given to a nine-year old. They were straight mags, so even then I didn't care.

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