November 21 2005

Saying goodbye to the past

Over the past ten days or so I have been doing something I never really thought I would do…purging my comic book collection.

I started collecting around May 1976 with Amazing Spider-Man #156 that my father picked up at the Circle K near our house in Glendale, AZ. (And it’s even still there!)

Spider-Man #156

That was really the beginning of the end for me. I would have never guessed that just ten years and three months later I would be opening my own comic book store in Missouri. My collecting grew wildly out of control as I got up to reading 50 – 60 titles a month, so as you might imagine, the number of books I have now is a bit large. So after the past week and a half I have sorted through seventeen long boxes of comics (each holding 300 – 350 books). Of those seventeen, thirteen have been marked for sale.

I really thought this was going to be a painful process letting go of things that used to mean so much to me. In the end though, about halfway through the first box I was flying through it. It was easy to decide what I was keeping and what was going and I actually got into it. Now I’m glad to seeing the stuff go out the door, and regaining a large portion of my basemant!

So, why is this story relevant? Well, I think it’s not as always as hard as you may think to let go of things that once seemed so important to you. Americans keep hoarding things like there’s no end and this is causing storage facilities to become one of the biggest booming industries in the country. Maybe it’s time folks started realizing you can give up some of those things you thought you should hold on to forever.

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