Wednesday, June 1, 2022



Last weekend’s first Vast Accumulation of Stuff garage sales were quite successful. I achieved 109% of my two-day goal for the sales. I’d already decided to do three garage sales this month, but that terrific opening weekend gives me confidence that I’m going to make a lot of customers happy while earning  money to cover the rising costs of living and to help finance some of the projects I want to do this year.

These garage sales do represent a lot of work on my part. Besides the time and energy involved in going through boxes, some of which haven’t been opened in years and even decades, I’m struggling with an injured right knee slowing me down physically. No gain without pain. But I would be more than willing to do all this stuff without moaning while I work.

In case you didn’t look at today’s opening image, My second garage sale of 2022 is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, June 3-4, at 840 Damon Drive, Medina, Ohio from 9 am to noon. I don’t give anybody advance looks at the sales, but, after the Friday hours, I can try to schedule private appointments that are more convenient for you. To set up such appointments, email me. My garage sales are always cash only, so plan accordingly.

What will you find at my garage sale? For starters, there will be an assortment of comic books, trade paperbacks and other things written by me. There will be posters of characters I’ve created or written.

I’ll also be selling the exclusive-to-me reprint of the very first appearance of Misty Knight. When my creation appeared on the Luke Cage TV series, Marvel reprinted that issue as part of the Marvel’s Greatest Creators series. The company also offered me the chance to have a special edition that only I would be selling. It’s limited to 1500 copies and features a cover exclusive to this edition. I’ve been selling these signed and numbered comics for $10 each and was planning to raise that price. However, after seeing how happy fans were to buy this exclusive comic book at Pensacon and Fantasticon, Saintly Wife Barb has asked me to keep that ridiculously low price a while longer.

As with all of my garage sales, whether you buy it from me or not, I’ll sign your Isabella-written stuff for free. However, since I’m anticipating lots of customers, I ask that you do not bring dozens and dozens of comics for me to sign. I will be having garage sales throughout the summer, so you can bring more stuff on your next visit to my garage.

Also available...

Boxes of older comics priced to sell. Boxes of hardcovers and trades of all kinds. A never used toaster oven, priced to sell at just $10.

There is a full rack of t-shirts, shirts, sweatshirts and jackets, all priced to sell. Next to that are three card tables filled with an assortment of manga and other items

I have several boxes of comics for sale at one dollar each. I have a box of magazines. I have more tables filled with hardcovers and collections and coffee table books. My famous “mystery boxes” will be on available at ten bucks each, but the supply will be limited.

I have several boxes sets of Another Rainbow’s Little Lulu Library, some so rare that I don’t see them being offered on sale on eBay or elsewhere. I have Funko Pop and other figures, including a bunch of political action figures.

What you won’t see at this garage sale are boxes of quarter comic books. I know customers love them, but my personal supply of such comics is exhausted. I have been trying to buy more, but I haven’t had any takers for the money I’m offering.

I’m buying short boxes and long boxes of comic books. I’m paying $15 for a short box and $30 for a long box.

The only conditions I put on these purchases are these:

The comic books have to be in decent shape. They do not need to be bagged and boarded.

I don’t want dozens of copies of the same issue. I can take up to ten copies of a single issue.

You have to bring the boxes to me. That way, there’s a chance you will end up spending whatever I pay you and more shopping my garage sales. Insert evil laugh here.

The boxes can not contain sexually explicit comic books like, for example, Naked People Having Naked Sex Adventures. Yes, I totally made that title up. No, surprisingly, it’s not on my bucket list of over three hundred things I want to write before I kick the bucket.  If I write sexually explicit comics or prose, they will be ever so much more classy and filled with keen insight on why people enjoy rubbing against each other while, you know, naked.

If you want to sell boxes of comics to me, e-mail me so that we can arrange a date and a time for you do that. I will have to limit how many comic books I buy. A friend of mine once bought 13,000 comic books and they were delivered to his house on a pallet. I have had nightmares about that ever since he shared the story with me. Not to mention it would be hard to hide a pallet of comic books from my Saintly Wife Barb.

Moving on...

There will be signs on my front lawn advertising the garage sale. There’ll be a huge Tony Isabella banner hanging from our back porch next to our driveway. There’ll also be a small standing banner in front of the garage.

There is no parking in our driveway. There’s parking on Damon Drive across from our house and also on the Bradley Court “U”, which is where our garage is.

I won’t be wearing any political hats or shirts. I ask anyone who comes to the garage sale to leave their political garb at home. I ask my one asshole neighbor to stop shouting at me from across the street when he walks his dog.

Unless you are an on-duty police officer or other law enforcement worker, weapons of any kind are barred from my garage sale. That’s just common courtesy and sense.

You do not have to wear a medical mask to attend my garage sale. I have no problem with you wearing such a mask if that is your call. If you’re wearing any non-medical mask, you better be dressed as a super-hero or super-villain. Will be the year that Black Lightning or Tigra come to one of my garage sales?

Please feel free to spread the word about this garage sale on your social media and elsewhere. As I indicated, there are several book and comics projects that I want to write and these sales will help finance them.

Thanks for stopping by. I’ll be back soon with more stuff.

© 2022 Tony Isabella

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