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Ideas for old Magazines

Louise_Partington | Posted in Feedback on Threads on

I have kept all of the Treads Magazines, many McCall Quilting Magazines and many, Knitters Magazines. I usually don’t go back and reread these magazines. However, on occasion I have gone back for a specific article or pattern that I remembered, but that is very seldom. I am now wondering why I am keeping them. Before I deep six them, I am sending this inquiry to get some input from other readers. Do you keep old magazines? What do you do with them? How did you resolve this problem? I guess I should also tell you I have a tendency to keep things, but I am trying to get past that. Please give me your input.

Thanks Lou


  1. Jean_ | | #1

    I keep them. It's a compulsion, I guess. I do use them for reference. Threads has an on line index which is helpful. Whatever you do, don't pitch them..you can sell them on Ebay. Lots of folks looking for OOP mags.

    1. karen_morris_ | | #2

      *I keep all the old Threads mags. because I'm very familiar with their contents and i actually go back and look up information when i need it. For example, no matter how many fly-front jeans zippers i replace (and i don't replace many...), i never remember exactly how to do it (even though i edited it). so i pull out that old issue and follow along with the pix.yes, the old issues are worth big bucks, so if you don't want them, sell them.

      1. barbara_gordon | | #3

        *Louise, don't throw away your old Threads magazines. And if you have any of the oldest, from the very first year, I'll buy them from you.I keep them all, and refer to them for specific help as well as for inspiration. They do take up a lot of space, but fortunately, my husband is an even worse packrat than I am, so he's very understanding of my ever increasing need for storage of magazines and fabric, though I've yet to come up with a good method of filing them for easiest retrieval of specific articles. (He has to be - he's got Sky & Telescope magazines dating back to the late '60's.)

        1. Alice_Skehan | | #4

          *Life is always making changes - Keep them! You never know what the future brings.Example, I recently had to begin medicine that causes me to, hmm, get larger,and remembered a great article about "sizing up" regular patternsto plus size figures. So I am able to keep using my favorite patterns in my new figure.Besides, how much room do they really take up?SincerelyAlice in Espanola

  2. ChrisHaynes | | #5

    "What do you do with them? How did you resolve this problem?"

    I went to Office Depot and bought several large 3-hole binders and magazine holders.

    The magazine holders are long pieces of plastic with a long slit on one side to slip the magazine through, and 3 holes on the other side to attach them to a 3-hole binder. THey are called "Rogers Magazine Holder, Pack of 12":


    I found that a 3" binder will hold 12 magazines. 

    Also when I need to look something up, I check out Threads website for the article archive...  I also put postits and notes on articles of interest (for those "round to its").

    1. Jean | | #6

      This is the type of thing I store mine in, but not this particular brand.  I buy mine at Walmart.  I tried the holders that go in notebooks but didn't like the way the  magazines drooped after a while. I'm hanging on to mine. I have all of them  until knitting was dropped, then my interest waned and I only buy the ones that have an article that interests me. I keep telling my DD, when I'm gone, sell this stuff on ebay,  people want them!!

      Edit: Hey, the picture disappeared! Excuse me while I go looking. Weird, it's in the preview and then it vanishes. :(Here we go! I'll try one more time. View Image

      Edited 11/20/2002 3:58:08 PM ET by Jean

      Edited 11/20/2002 4:04:32 PM ET by Jean

    2. Rita_Scanlan | | #9

      Hi all!I keep mine in clear plastic magazine bins available from office supply stores. That way I can see the spines through the bin. For a more formal storage option, Threads offers slipcases. They sell for $13.95 + S&H and hold about 8 issues.

      View Image

      Threads Slipcases Cheers!

      1. ChrisHaynes | | #10

        I thought about that... but found out that unless I confine the magazines to a 3-ring folder that they start wandering about the house. 

        They are much easier to find in a 3-inch binder than as a single magazine hiding amonst the books on my nightstand --- or worst yet not get lost under the massive pile of free-to-the-trade computer magazines that my dear hubby gets in the mail every WEEK (and he won't let me toss them out!).

  3. lin327 | | #7

    I keep all my old magazines.  I can't bear to part with them.  I keep them in magazine cases I got at an office supply store.  The one I went to made them in the perfect sizes for all my magazines.  And my computer whiz son has helped me make an index for them using a data base program and  programmed wizards to help me find what I want.  But try an office supply store, they sell magazine storage cases and a thousand other useful things for organizing a sewing room.

  4. rjf | | #8

    I keep my old Threads flat on a shelf, spine side out.  Most the articles are listed on the spine so I can find what I want pretty quickly.  Or be intrigued by something I didn't noticethe first time around.           rjf

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