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Uses for Old Magazines

Give your old magazines to hospitals, nursing homes, senior centers, schools or clinics. Schools need magazines for research and for children to cut pictures out of. Any where there is a waiting room there are people hoping for something to read.



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June 11, 20040 found this helpful

My hairdresser subscribes to about 50 magazines monthly which he displays for customers to read. Every month he weeds the prior month out and gives the magazines to me. I read what interests me and then along with the other magazines I bring them all to the nursing home that I visit weekly. Rather than him toss them out he has enriched peoples quiet time. And it hasn't cost us a penny.

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By Terri (Guest Post)
June 11, 20040 found this helpful

I take mine with other things for donation to one of our local no kill animal shelter thrift store. They resell them for .25¢. (An incentive to keep shoppers interested to keep coming back on a regular basis.)

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January 21, 20050 found this helpful

Make a christmas tree. Fold each sheet down from the point to the inside of the magazine (Don't do the covers until the end).


When finished folding each page, fold the covers, stand on end and staple or glue or tape the cover pages together. Stand up and spray paint in gold or silver.

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July 17, 20080 found this helpful

I get several zines that are not popular.One is from a college & one is from a Veterans organization & I can't think of another one right now.
But mostly they aren't all that interesting.One way to use the lesser interesting ones (you can also use sales sheets that come in the newspaper or the weekly ones with the order blanks for designer personal checks etc.) to make a cute coaster for drinks!
I found this online:

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By tiffany (Guest Post)
August 12, 20080 found this helpful

I cut out pictures to use on a scrapbook, but what places can you sell them to?

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January 27, 20100 found this helpful

I really liked the idea about about reselling them! Nursing Home Activity staff are always looking for ways to supplement their budgets! I know I would love to be able to afford some of the pricey mags! Thank You. I also have used them to make monthly themed notebooks for residents to view. If you would like to make some to donate, cut out simple pictures with minimal text.


Place the pictures on colored paper and place them in plastic sleeves you can buy at office supply shops. Place the sleeves in hard notebook folders. If you know of a resident in a nursing home with a poor appetite make one of delicious foods that they can view prior to eating to help stimulate their appetite. Remember to volunteer. Activities are so important to residents!

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