Do you have stacks of old horse magazines cluttering up your home? Horse magazines are a great way to stay abreast of news and advancements in the horse world, and they’re full of great knowledge. But at the same time, once you’ve read them, you face the issue of what to do with them. Consider these 5 ways to repurpose old horse magazines.
Bring Them to the Barn
If you ride at a large barn, then bring the magazines and offer them up for free to any of the riders there. Ask the barn manager if it’s okay if you leave the magazines in the tack room or lounge, and include a sign to indicate that they are free for the taking. You may be surprised at how quickly they disappear.
Donate Them to a 4-H Group
Many 4-H or Pony Club groups can benefit from old horse magazines. Their members can read or take home the magazines, and they can also use them for crafts and projects. Magazines are full of informative articles that groups can use for discussion or education.
Give Them to a Horse Camp
Do you have a local horse camp nearby? Reach out and ask if they would like the magazines. In addition to the campers reading them, there are countless crafts that the magazines may be useful for. From collages to posters, magazines can feed many horse camp crafts.
List Them for Free Online
You might also advertise the magazines online as free for the taking. Posting in a local horse Facebook group or another online classifieds site can connect you with many different horse lovers who would all be glad to have the magazines. If you are willing to ship the magazines, then be sure to weigh them and get a quote from the post office – shipping magazines can be expensive, so generally a local pickup is preferable.
Save the Best Articles
Finally, consider saving any articles that you would like to read again. You can pull these pages out of the magazine and can either put them into a 3-ring binder, or can scan them into your computer for future reference. You may choose to recycle the rest of the magazines to save space, knowing that you have saved the most valuable parts.
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If you’re still looking to move your magazines, then see if your local library offers a magazine or book swap. Chances are that other horse lovers would love to read them.