Who Wants My Magazines? PLEEZE!

Hey guys… I subscribe to or otherwise receive roughly 50 magazines per month (dont’ ask). They are extremely popular titles, for the most part:

US News
Entertainment Weekly
O (Oprah)
Real Simple
Vanity Fair
Americna Prospect
Mother Jones
Atlantic Monthly
Many fitness titles
cooking, gardening, yoga stuff
SMart Money
Fast Company
Architerctural Digest
Elle Decor
And so on and so forth. Something for everyone, no doubt about it. There’s also a huge pile of car mags of my hunny’s.
I REFUSE to throw them away, EVEN in the recycle bin. It just seems shameful. So I want to give them to someone who will appreciate them.

I had a woman who took them for a school for juvenile delinquents, but owing to circumstances that do not bear repeating, she cannot take them off my hands anymore.

I don’t even remember how I found her. I think I called the local library.

Anyone have any other suggestions of where to begin looking for outfits that might need or want them?


most of them you could probably give to a local school (um, I suspect they wouldn’t take the Playboy, but thats a different forum).

As for the Playboy and the ones the schools wouldn’t be interested in, e-bay always is an option.

Other ideas: homeless shelters (again they may decide on only a few of them), literacy programs.

Perhaps a frat or sororiety (sp? it’s all Greek to me) at a local university?

Nursing homes might take them - call first, and pull out all the subscription cards as well as the address labels.

Do you have a veteran’s hospital nearby? They might also take them.


What’s so bad about recycling them? It beats having them end up in a landfill.

You could bring them to the Dopefest tomorrow and give them away.

How many Smithsonians do you have?

I think if you were to show up throwing the damn things at everyone’s head, it would be funnn as hell. But then again, I am sorta sadistic.

Regarding the Smithsonian…if I were to hunt them down in the garage, I think I could turn up a few years worth for you, from the mid-90’s, but I stopped subscribing for awhile. I’ve only been back a few months.

Thanks all for the tips.

(I’m most fond o fthe idea of throwing them at Dopers heads for the fun of it)


I think I could take the Playboys off your hands to disperse through the piles of magazines around the hospital, but the literary programs aren’t a bad idea? Don’t used book stores in your neighbourhood buy old mags?

Try donating them to a jail, prison or hospital. Perhaps a nursing home. Anywhere that people are confined with plenty of time on their hands.

Or, you could go to every doctor and dentist’s office in town refreshing their supplies.

Shameless plug…my library has an ongoing used book/magazine sale. The donated magazines are invaluable filling in issues that have been stolen, defaced, etc. The rest are sold–and they sell like hotcakes.

No lie; on an average month the sale of magazines (dime per copy, on the honor system) nets up between $400-$500. The sale puts the magazines in the hands of new readers; the proceeds buy us more books, etc.–and what’s leftover are given to local resthomes, jails, hospital waiting rooms, etc. The whole shebang is run by our Friends group.

I don’t know if your local library has a similar project, Stoid, but it’s sure worth asking. (If not, why not, btw?) It can be a good, simple clearinghouse to put your magazines to good use.

Just another avenue to explore…


**Hi, I’m reviving this thread because I find myself in the same situation, with hundreds (maybe thousands) of magazines I can’t bear to throw away. They’re too new to be collectibles, too old to be of interest regarding current events, and not interesting enough to sell on eBay (which I couldn’t do anyway because I don’t have a credit card).

I live in the Albany Park area of Chicago, and have no car, so I’m fairly limited in options.

There are a lot of good suggestions here, but I thought I’d give people another chance to throw in more ideas.

TVeblen, you live in IL…Chicago, perhaps? I’m wondering if my local branch does what yours does.

Stoid, what did you end up doing with your magazines?

Another good place is the local Urgent Care or doctor’s office… I get weekly allergy shots and luckily, a fellow patient donates her already-read magazines.

Note to self: hie self to next fest at which Stoid is also present. If she throws a magazine at you, chase her around the table laughing maniacally.


Another idea is to donate them to a group home.

My brother is in a group home and it is sector of society that is even sadder than nursing homes, if that is possible. Adults trapped in their bodies from accidents or genetic problems and are virtual prisoners. (At least in nursing homes the people probably lived years and years without any health problems)

I take all my magazines to his group home. Maxim is exceptionally popular.

Try pre-schools and kidergartens too. They always need stuff to cut up for collages and other art projects.

When I lived at school, I was always trying to get my mom to forward me all her magazines when she was done with them, and she never would. It was quite annoying. I"m trying to make friends with somebody who subscribes to Martha Stewart Living or Real Simple or a home decorating magazine so they can forward their old copies to me, as I am too cheap and too unemployed to buy subscriptions (although I would gladly pay for shipping for a box of magazines every couple of months or so). :wink:

Schools are a great idea. Art classes often use mags for ideas (animals, people, etc…). I remember using ancient Ranger Rick mags for animal photos during art class at uni just a few years back - the school was desperate for magazines.

Nursing homes, shelters (for battered women, homeless, etc) all are appreciative of donations.

Oh yeah… I remember when I bought my first house in Wyoming. It had a detached garage. Noticed the walls were cardboarded. After doing some looking around, saw that behind the cardboard were tons of magazines that had been used for insulation… go figure. Even in January and February at -30 degrees the garage was tolerable… It worked…

While all the charitible suggestions above are fine and good, I must ask one thing…

Do you happen to have the November, 2000 issue of Popular Science?


United Service Orginazation.

Women’s shelters. Ronald McDonald House.