As I was drifting off to sleep the other night, I started worrying about my addiction to magazines, especially quilting mags. Of all things. This attraction is nothing new for me, I’ve been a book-aholic from childhood (I’ll blog about my quilting book collection in another post). While I *try* not to keep a stash of regular magazines around the house (I do clean out the Southern Livings from time to time), quilting magazines are different because they have patterns and tips/tricks, how-tos, etc. These are things that have a long shelf-life.
And I have, on occasion, gone back through them looking for inspiration. But during this late-night angst, I began to wonder if I’m becoming a hoarder. Or at least, I was reflecting on how easy it would be to become a hoarder. My genealogy projects stack up everywhere in my studio because, well, when you find a lead, you’ve got to print it out so that you don’t forget about researching it at a later date. I’ve got folders of leads stacked on the floor, so at least they’re somewhat organized, but that’s another blog post.
I have two nearly floor-to-ceiling bookcases in the studio which house my genealogy book collection, my graphics/photography book collection, my quilting book collection and the magazines. I’m afraid the weight of these magazines is going to cause the shelves to collapse so I really need to do something with the issues that I don’t care about keeping. And I just can’t throw them away or recycle them. These have value to somebody, I’m sure.
When viewed like this, they don’t look like such a big problem to me, and maybe not to you. (There’s also a 4″ binder full of mags not pictured here.) But obviously, something in my brain was telling me the other night that I can’t continue to live like this. I need suggestions. John and I are not yard-sale people, as much as I’d like to recoup a little of the equivalent to the gross national product of a small country that I’ve spent on them over the years (I think the oldest issue is dated 1999). I can and will check with my local library but I’m under the impression that they don’t take donations to put on their shelves. They might take them to resell in their “Friends of the Library” program which would be my second choice. I just want them to find loving homes, to quilters who will get something out of them. I’m looking for a creative way to give these away. Seems to me I remember seeing a segment on Simply Quilts that featured a woman who taught women in prison to quilt. Maybe they could use some of these. I could send them to a developing nation but the postage would be killer.