Three Meaningful Things To Do With Old Magazines
I have a number of magazines at home. As a collector of a men's magazine (yes, that’s the local version of a British men’s magazine) way back in college, I was so addicted to it that I even bought old issues back in 2000. I managed to collect more or less 80 issues (they’ve got 130+ issues and counting). More than that, I also have other titles in my magazine shelf. However, time went by and I got really frazzled. I realized that I don’t really get something out of these things. I was just obliged to spend more or less 200 buck just to satisfy this caprice. Thus, I decided to let go.
Letting go of my magazine collection is a tough decision to make. It was like breaking up with a girlfriend (LOL). But instead of burning all of these just like burning all the memories, I learned that I can do so many things to magazines that will enrich my creativity and earn me money. If you are dealing with old magazines at home and you consider these as useless clutter, here are some of meaningful ideas that you can always consider.
Sell it on the internet
I have met a few people who are hardcore collectors of that men's magazine. For those of you who don’t know, fans of this magazine come together every month to meet and greet the latest cover girl. Such magazine has a wide fan base not just in Manila but across the entire Philippines. No wonder why it is the highest selling magazine in our country. As a fan, I used to attend autograph signing before and met a few genuine people who eventually became my friends.
On the other hand, what is interesting about these people is they would really make a quest just to find the rarest issues that others might not have. Thus, first thing on my list was to sell some of my magazines on the internet. Some old issues of magazine (whatever title it may be) may be very rare. Take advantage of its scarcity and post it on sites like Ebay. This will definitely bring the money in your bank.
Sell it to your network
As a community, fans of that magazine may know each other by the look or through networks. If you don’t like the hassles of posting in ebay and other auction sites, you can always go directly to probable buyers and do some hard sell. Modern times have its benefits and one of these is long distance communication. Just use your phone, send a few texts and money is on its way.
Sell it on junk shops
If you deem that you old magazines are in poor condition, let it go and bring to its proper place— the junk shop. Remember that there are people who see gold in trash like those who earn from buying scraps. This way, you pocket and Mother Nature are equally happy about your decision.
Magazine pages are glossy and colorful. Most of its leaves can be recycled and morphed into more useful things in the future like notebook and journal covers and scrapbook pages and design. Moreover, you can also create frames, coasters, baskets, accessories like bracelets, necklaces and earrings and other awesome creations out of it. Just use your imagination and see what Google has to say.
What’s good about recycling magazines is you can sell your output through your network and even online.
Magazines are not just sources of your fantasies. More than that, the purpose of it is to be read. It also intends to spread useful information to people through intensively researched articles and features. If you can’t seem to just some meaningful pieces of writing inscribed in some of your magazines like TIME and National Geographic, why don’t you just pass on the knowledge and donate it to libraries. Google may be the library of modern days but nothing beats the credibility of books and magazines. These things can be used as ideal reference for research and theses.
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