Have you been having a clear out at home? Decluttering is great for the soul and you can reclaim quite a lot of space by getting rid of stuff you no longer use but sometimes there are those items that we just don’t know what to do with.
If you’re anything like me and have been a loyal subscriber to a magazine in the past (I seem to choose hobbies that just so happen to have great magazine options – Crafting and Gardening being my main areas of interest!) then you probably have a whole stack of them that you don’t know what to do with, luckily you have a few options.
So, let’s look at the 5 things to do with old magazines!
5 Things To Do With Old Magazines
Can Magazines be recycled? We know magazines are mostly made of paper but what about the staples and glue that hold them together. The good news is that yes, magazines can be recycled – you can put them out with your normal recycling or take them to a paper and cardboard recycling bin. Things like staples are sifted out in the pulling process and chemicals are used to break down any residual glues.
Can Magazines be composted? As a general rule, no. The glossy paper that you get with some magazines can be coated with plastic that won’t degrade and the dyes used to print can be toxic. Things like newspapers are fine to be recycled but fully printed magazine pages, especially if they have a shiny or glossy feel are best of being recycled.
Having a magazine subscription can be pricey, some specialist hobby magazines can cost upwards of £5 per issue, the good thing about hobby magazines though is that they can have a good resale value! Try offering magazine bundles on hobby groups on Facebook, if someone is just getting into a hobby it can be a really cost-effective way for them to learn. I’ve seen things like cake decorating bundles and grow your own/gardening bundles go for £10-15 a time on Facebook Marketplace.
Car boot sales can also be a good place to sell magazines, you might only get 20-30p a copy but it can all add up if you have a lot of them.
Really old or vintage copies of magazines can sell for quite a bit – in 2015 a 1965 issue of TV World magazine fetched £147 and a bundle of 1980 vintage Vogue magazines sold for £499 before! If you think you have a copy that could be worth something you can check on sites such as Magazine Exchange, ask for a specialist valuation from Vintage Magazines or look for similar listings on eBay.
There are so many ways you can craft and create things with old magazines, it’s a great way to do some fun activities with the kids on the cheap whilst teaching them about recycling and reusing items. If you’re looking for a hobby to keep yourself busy (and even make yourself a bit of extra cash by !) then what better way to start than by using items you’ve already got to hand!
- How to make a magazine stool
- Mini envelopes
- Making a gift bow from magazine pages
- Magazine Page collage
- Magazine Wall Art
- Party Decorations from magazine pages
- How to make paper flowers from magazines
Why not look at swapping magazines with your friends and family you can read more stories, be entertained for longer, without having to spend any more cash than you usually would. If you’ve got some more niche magazines such as craft or hobby based you could look at swapping with people outside of your friendship circle, why not look to create a local Facebook group!
Preschools & Nurseries
Firstly, magazines are absolute gold for preschools and nurseries. They’ll use them in craft time, getting the children to cut and stick images for magazines. Ensure your magazines are family-friendly before donating them to a children’s preschool and they’ll have loads of fun ripping and sticking and getting crafty!
Is there anything duller than being sat in a doctor’s waiting room? The same for dentists actually! There is usually a table in the centre of the room or hidden away in the corner with some magazines that you can flick through. Donate your magazines to a doctors surgery and you’ll be helping patients who perhaps have something slightly worrying on their mind, occupy themselves for a few minutes as they wait for their appointment. You could even contact your local hospital if you have old magazines your kids have finished with. They could maybe be donated to the children’s ward.
Next on our list of places to donate magazines is nursing homes. Nursing homes often struggle with budgets and there is likely no cash in the pot to pay for magazines for residents. Some of those people who stay at nursing homes often don’t have family who bring things in for them or visitors who come regularly. Magazines can be great escapism. It can be a way to bring the outside in via the likes of gardening magazines. Thumbing your way through a magazine can help pass the time.
Lots of magazines are targeted at a female audience and they can be fantastic when donated to women’s shelters. Finding yourself in a shelter can be extremely hard. A couple of magazines can help take your mind off things for a little bit. That magazine you’ve donated could provide that little bit of normality to them for a while as they read through some articles which interest them.
Your Local Library
When was the last time you went to your local library. They can be lifelines for people in your community. From accessing the internet to swapping books and even CDs and DVDs. Libraries often have a magazine section where people can find new things to read. Sometimes they even have magazine sales to raise money for a certain charity or help keep the library open. Donate your magazines to a great cause!