It's inspiring that lately there are a few more flea-market-y, vintage-y magazines on the stands these days—I can never get enough! Back in the 70s, when we were tweeners, my sister and I spent an unforgiving amount of time creating our own magazines (and comic books). We'd write and draw and do layouts. After college, I came down to DC to attend GWU for an extra year in publication design. My dream was always to have my own magazine. I've learned to be content with newspaper design, but that dream still nags at me.
Perhaps because of this—as well as my junker niche interests—many of these publications often leave me feeling just meh. Some are just too foofy, some have cringe-worthy writing, some are too one-note to be distinguishing one issue to the next. The trend toward user-generated content, IMHO, devalues their appeal.
My ab-fabs will remain Flea Market Style and Country Living, with Vintage Style as the new dark horse. I'm sticking to my guns, however, in stating that if they all don't stop showcasing cavernous super-organized laundry rooms that not a single one of us could ever afford, I'm boycotting every single issue.
Inexplicably, I have duplicates of the new Flea Market Style and Flea Market Decor, so am offering a giveaway to one lucky reader. Leave a comment before Sunday night (3/24) about your thoughts on the slew of new mags and I'll draw a winner. Anyone declaring their love for schmancy laundry rooms is automatically DQd.
UPDATE: Mary Scott is the lucky winner! Thanks to all for your comments.