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Three Meaningful Things To Do With Old Magazines

Updated on July 16, 2012

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

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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    • Anju Arya profile image

      Anju Arya 5 years ago from India

      useful ideas you have given. Thanks, I will try it.

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      rob_allen 5 years ago from MNL, PH

      Hey @stars439! thank you leaving such an insightful comment! God bless you too! :)

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      stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Wonderful ideas. I also like colorful magazines. Some have such beautiful pictures that you can put them on picture frames, or even glue them to furniture, and cover them with a clear spray lacquer, or varnish, and make something gorgeous. There is nothing wrong with saving something you like. Scientific magazines, and airplane , and supersonic jets would make neat pictures on anything. God Bless You.

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      vinner 6 years ago from India

      Really nice article. Thanks a lot for sharing. Waiting for more articles from you.

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      rob_allen 6 years ago from MNL, PH


      Hey leann! Thank you for reading and commenting on my hub! :)

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      leann2800 6 years ago

      great ideas, thanks for sharing

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      rob_allen 6 years ago from MNL, PH

      @ytsenoh -thank you for reading and leaving an insightful comment :)

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      Cathy 6 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

      There's a distinction between collecting magazines and hoarding them. I think you know the difference and I appreciate your comment making a comparison to letting them go and breaking up with a girlfriend. I used to have piles and piles of all kinds of writing magazines, photography magazines and I had to let them go. They served their use already. Good hub.

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      rob_allen 6 years ago from MNL, PH

      thank you @suziecat7 :)

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Useful Hub. I usually bring my magazines to the library but now Cloverleaf has me wanting to do decoupage. Rated up and I'm a fan.

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      rob_allen 6 years ago from MNL, PH

      haha, thanks your very much shiela! :)

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      sheilanewton 6 years ago from North Shields, UK

      This article SOOO amused me. I voted up - and across I gave you a 'funny' as well as a useful and interesting.

      I think the whole concept of this gorgeous article is really humorous.

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      jojokaya 6 years ago from USA

      Great ideas. I love to donate them

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      rob_allen 6 years ago from MNL, PH

      Hey @teaches12345 -thank you for your insightful comment. Hmmm, i think i overlooked the idea of giving magazines to child care centers. Thanks for pointing it out :)

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      Dianna Mendez 6 years ago

      Great ideas for recyling those magazines that seem to collect and take up space quickly. Child care centers love magazine donations (child-friendly of course) for art activities. Thanks for sharing.

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      rob_allen 6 years ago from MNL, PH

      @justom - thank you justom. indeed, it is so hard to say goodbye to those rare collections :) Cheers!

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      rob_allen 6 years ago from MNL, PH

      @cloverleaffarm- oh yes, magazines can make great artwork. I will creat one soon :)

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      rob_allen 6 years ago from MNL, PH

      @xstatic- thank you for reading xstatic. Go ahead, recycle some. That would be fun :)

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      justom 6 years ago from 41042

      I used to be bad with mags but I unloaded most of them to the recycle bin. The 2 I can't seem to part with are old issues of Mother Jones and National Lampoon, oh and a few collectable issued of Playboy and Hustler :-P Good hub! Peace!! Tom

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      Healing Herbalist 6 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      Ah, you can also use old magazines to do decoupage. Makes great art work.

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      Jim Higgins 6 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Great ideas for dealing with old magazines, of which I have more than a few. I may try to recycle a few.