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What to do with old magazines?

post #1 of 16
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I came across a box of old magazines (Martha Stewart Living 2003 and Better Homes and Gardens 2003). Are they worth keeping or should I recycle them?
post #2 of 16
I would get rid of then... Freecycle, maybe or some libraries will take them.

JM
post #3 of 16
If you can't donate them, maybe clip out just the articles you need and build a reference notebook? This would be a real project though - I don't know how much free time you have.
post #4 of 16
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Originally Posted by JoyfulMomma
I would get rid of then... Freecycle, maybe or some libraries will take them.

JM
freecycle's a good idea.

If schools or libraries don't want them thrift stores may
post #5 of 16
Freecycle or bring to the library. Ours has a huge Freebies box.

post #6 of 16
I just donated a box full of magazines to the local Boys and Girls club for art projects, wall collages, etc. And my daughter's daycare is always looking for magazines for the same reason, so maybe a daycare/preschool in your area? Or any school with an art dept. I remember way back when I was in high school our Art dept had a huge bin of magazines for art projects.

I wouldnt keep em though, you can look most everything up online in archives for most magazines or your local library online system. You will feel liberated ridding yourself of the weight
post #7 of 16
You can donate them to the library if yous does magazine exchange, donate to girl scouts or something for collage fodder, or offer them on freecycle.
post #8 of 16
Call your local shelter. Ours is always looking for reading material for their clients.
post #9 of 16
-art projects for you or your kids
-donate to a teacher (my mom is a teacher and loves to have old magazines like those for her classroom)
-our local hfs has a magazine exchange, maybe something like that?
-sell them on ebay - someone may collect those mags and want back issues

that's all i can think of at the moment
post #10 of 16
How about a battered woman's shelter?
post #11 of 16
magazines always go super fast on our freecycle list.
post #12 of 16
check ebay...some of the Martha mags can go for decent money.

Veteran's hospitals are another place that accept and need magazines.
post #13 of 16
if you don't want to sell them, clip out (discreetly and neatly) all the articles or pictures that inspired you to buy the magazine - things you would like to keep for reference. then put them in a reference folder and then box up the magazines and give them away to the library or charity.

i did this with my old magazines and only found that i wanted to keep about 5 pictures per mag. now all those pretty pictures are sitting in one very thin folder in our filing cabinet. and the box of magazines is gone.
post #14 of 16
I recycle ours. Because we get so many, I shudder to think of passing them on and then the next person NOT recycling them.
post #15 of 16
I take my old magazines to my doctors' and dentist's offices, and to the hospital lab where I get bloodwork done from time to time. Usually, the magazines they have are few and far between, and so the influx is much appreciated by all!

Guin
post #16 of 16
My brother used to work in a nursing home and he took all of his older magazines to the residents there. There are so many people in nursing homes who are still of sound mind and they get so bored with nothing to do but watch tv. They appreciated it so much when he brought them new things to read.
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