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ReadyMade Magazine Folds

ReadyMade Folds, Parent Company Lays Off 75 People

In the sad continuing saga of shelter magazines closing up shop, one of my personal favorites, ReadyMade, is folding, according to Ad Age.

The DIY magazine, which was bought by Meredith and moved to Iowa just two years ago, has been retired due to cost-cutting measures at the publishing company. Sadly, 75 people will be losing their jobs.

Meredith CEO Steve Lacy released the following statement:

"Positioning Meredith for continued growth requires periodic realignment of resources, including how we deploy our workforce. These actions will enable us to devote additional resources to key strategic growth initiatives, including digital platform expansion."

Lacy mentioned in an interview with CNBC last year that Meredith planned to acquire several more titles in 2011, potentially including Men's Health and Women's Health. All publishing companies have their priorities, especially in these revenue-starved times, but it's unfortunate that finding room to pay for ReadyMade's modest operating budget and skeleton staff was not in the cards.

I'm definitely saddened by this loss to the reading public. You can read a farewell letter from the ReadyMade team here.

ReadyMade, you will be missed.

CalidaA CalidaA 6 years
T___T This is very sad news indeed!
deekai deekai 6 years
>_<; I just subscribed last month and received my first issue. Blargh. So late in the game discovering this magazine :(
mscc mscc 6 years
:( I always saved pages from this magazine and catalog them for future project ideas. I'll miss ReadyMade!
andrennabird andrennabird 6 years
I am heartbroken!!!
cdelaney cdelaney 6 years
So sad! I was lucky to discover ReadyMade in 2003. ReadyMade and Domino quickly became my favorites! I am saddened that such brilliant publications are no longer. Best wishes, Polly!
Elka-Karl Elka-Karl 6 years
Hi Polly, I am truly saddened by this news. Here's hoping that your next project is amazing.
pollyannacowgirl pollyannacowgirl 6 years
Thanks for the kind words; we're all feeling weird and sad but I know that something awesome will come from the ashes. --Polly, RM Craft Blogger
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