Selection: "Sixty-Six Things I Hate
about Shopping in Thrift Stores" (page 144)
Recent review (from Zine World): "Mixes
irony and obsession with just a hint of Velveeta." (From
Karma Lapel): "Friendly, inspirational, practical and delightfully
Sample: Back issues are $1 cash from P.O.
Box 90282, Pittsburgh, PA 15224
When did you launch your zine? What inspired you to do so?
TS launched February 1994.
Inspiration: I was obsessed with thrift shopping. Hoped to reach
other obsessed thrifters and also wanted to cover topics that
seemed ignoredwhat about all the different kinds of people
that thrifted? Why? What did they buy? What were the shared experiences?I
guess I instinctively knew there was a sub-culture to be tapped.
Now, I know that for sure. Starting the zine was also an excuse
to do more thrifting for "research" and whatnot.
Why publish a zine?
Did I already answer this?
general tips for aspiring zinesters?
Well, just do it and try to
do a decent job. There's a shitload of poorly done zines and
yours will just go in that pile. That's not said to discourage
peoplebut frankly a crappy zine is a waste of everybody's
time. I appreciate a zine that is well-written and looks fairly
nice. It doesn't have to be glossy, but I tire quickly of bad
collages and sloppy handwriting. I like to see a zine that somebody
has obviously put effort intowhether it's graphics, clever
use of illustration, good research, good writing or that really
conveys a true sense of what somebody's into.
Once you've done itbe
good about sending itsend to other zines, to review zines
like Factsheet Five, to small stores that carry zines etc. I
also believe it helps to be responsive (mail it out now!) and
personalit's not a ballbuster to include a two-line note
thanking Person X for sending a dollar. And be realistic about
your successit takes a while to establish your presence.
Persevereput out another issue. Repeat as necessary.
favorite part of doing a zine?
Mail. I love getting mail.
Also, I love that moment when everything is all glued and ready
to be reproduced. Research I love any excuse to go to
the library and paw through old magazines.
In my other life, I'm a:Fan
Writer, I guess....and a housewife
(though I'm a better writer than housewife).
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