I don't get excited about magazines that much. I'll loiter at Borders or Hastings and read them for free. I rarely buy them.
Except one: ReadyMade magazine.
I LOVE ReadyMade. My sister worked at this amazingly awesome home decor shop many years ago. They carried ReadyMade and she introduced me to it. I would pore over every issue (sent every other month) and dream of having a house so I could do every awesome thing I saw in it. From the above wall art turned stools or wooden hangers turned into a side table, I wanted to do it all! In fact, I entertained the idea of having my home featured in ReadyMade. They were DIY for our generation. They believed in turning old into new and I appreciated all that they did.
I always knew something was up when they moved from San Fran to Des Moines. They moved around the time my favorite magazine, Domino, had gone under and I worried they'd fall too. But RM persevered and we were lucky enough to see even more issues.
But with the economy being what it is, it was inevitable that the small magazine (which, surprisingly, could be found in Albuquerque at the bookstores, Target, Walmart AND Smith's) would be discontinued.
Well, it happened. ReadyMade announced that they will be ceasing production. My heart is heavy and saddened. I know most people would say, "Oh for crying out loud, it's a MAGAZINE!" but to me it was more than that. It was inspiration. It was motivation. It was a fresh set of eyes on ordinary items. It was a textbook in all things DIY and innovative.
So godspeed ReadyMade staff. I hope you all continue to look at everything with a creative mind. I hope that eventually you'll be able to bring back ReadyMade. I feel like it was the most underrated magazine ever.