George Farina
2 min readSep 14, 2022


Magazines, written by George Farina

I’ve always enjoyed flipping through magazines. Even at a young age, I saved the magazines I purchased. I use to have a crate filled with magazines.

As I grew older I began working as a stock clerk, putting up stock overnight at a supermarket. I often spent my lunchtime flipping through the magazines in the magazine aisle.

Years later I moved to Miami. I frequently took the bus to South Beach. Many of the establishments along Lincoln Road kept small racks with free magazines. I snagged some of the magazines stores gave away, many I saved, adding to my collection.

As online auctions became more popular I purchased lots of magazines through auctions, usually bulk lots of older magazines with cool covers, mostly old Life Magazines, Saturday Evening Post, and Collier magazines. I had a 1940’s Marilyn Monroe Life Magazine in near mint condition, an Audrey Hepburn Life Magazine along with a bunch of Saturday Evening Post magazines with very cool covers.

Sometime thereafter, I began getting free magazines through Craigslist. I posted adds asking locals who were going to dispose of old magazines to let me pick up their magazines before they disposed of them.

A couple who lived on Miller Street replied to my adds for many months when they acquired magazines they didn’t want. When I arrived, they had a box of magazines waiting for me at their door.

I’m thinking they might have owned a business where they kept magazines in the lobby. Then, saved the older magazines for me when new magazines arrived.

Some of them were very cool, rare, collectible. They gave me a bunch of Olympic magazines. I hadn’t ever seen Olympic magazines for sale in stores.

Another lady who lived in downtown Miami condo complex also gave me a bunch of magazines.

Arriving home, going through the magazines was always a thrill. The coolest magazines I kept. Others I sold.

Nevertheless, many times, as in this case, all good things come to an end. Eventually, people stopped replying to the ads I posted. I’m not sure why. I think others began placing the same ads, giving my ads less views. Maybe they saw the same value in magazines as I did. Not just the financial value from selling them, the value from their knowledge and enjoyment.



George Farina

I’m an author. I’ve written two books. As of January 2022, I’m writing two books. I also own a blog: I write for that very same blog.