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Susieq | Posted in General Discussion on

Good morning!  I’m on a MAJOR clean up, clean out, get rid of binge and I need suggestions for disposing of old Threads magazines.  I know, I know,  I love them to death and have been a subscriber since issue #1, b ut we’re doing a big downsizing and they have to go.  I don’t want to simply throw them away, nor do I want to advertise on E-Bay.  I need some ideas as to where to donate them.  Thanks!!


  1. FitnessNut | | #1

    You can donate them to me!!!! I have been on a quest to get my hands on missing issues in my collection for many years now. I have all issues after number 21, but only a few before that. As a designer and custom dressmaker, I find them to be an invaluable resource. If you would be willing to make my collection complete, I would be eternally grateful. (And I would happily pay any postage, of course.)

  2. kai230 | | #2

    Does your local branch library have a collection? Does your community college have a sewing/design curriculum? They might give incentives to folks in a women's shelter or nursing home.

    Good luck de-materializing; I'm struggling through it myself.

    1. rjf | | #5

      "..... de-materializing...."     Thanks for expression for what I'm trying to accomplish.  I gave up the Bon Appetits but I don't think I can part with Threads.  Those of us who have reached retirement age are afflicted by the Depression era syndrome: "Don't throw anything away.  You never know when you'll need it"  or  "Someone can use that".     More later       rjf

      1. kai230 | | #7

        I first heard that term from my Bro abt 25 yrs ago--he used to do it regularly. Some people can declutter using 3 boxes--give away, save, throw away. Leave it to me to make it more complex, but I divide the give away into garage for pickup by Goodwill, etc., box for dedicated items (useful for gifts), and give away box for on top the trash can for freebies. The save box inevitably needs a companion I can't decide box. Sigh. All suggestions welcome. 

        1. Jean | | #8

          Going through my collection tonight, I see I have a duplicate #81. Free to first in line. :)

        2. SisterT | | #9

          I do the same thing with the "I can't decide" box.  I am at the point where I use the box, and if something has been in it for about six months, it goes out the back door.

          But...I have to admit something.  We work with the poor and there is a constant stream of really neat stuff coming into our house and I just KNOW that I can do something with what looks totally worthless and it will help someone somewhere.. .  My box is probably bigger than yours!  :)


          1. rjf | | #10

            You have probably opened a can(not "box") of worms!  Everyone is going to claim the biggest box of stuff but I know my attic can hold its own!  I've got yarn from 1952!  (And, on rereading this note, a big box of exclamation points)     rjf 

          2. carolfresia | | #11

            That's odd. If you have so many exclamation points, then where did all mine come from?!


          3. rjf | | #14

            Well, if it isn't genetic, then it must be they breed like rabbits.  Don't you think they look a little like rabbit ears?   rjf

          4. SisterT | | #12

            Well, I can't beat yarn from 1952, but I am taking the pledge on exclamation points.  I just edited an email that I was sending to my dissertation director because I realized that I rarely use a simple period anymore....(exclamation point deleted).


          5. rjf | | #15

            I know the words should convey the meaning and emphasis but it's so satisfying to punch in that exclamation point but I suppose for a dissertation director you need to be a little more formal.  Maybe underline?  (This could get very silly very quickly.)  rjf

          6. carolfresia | | #16

            I use many more exclamation points in emails and other quick postings (like this) than I do in most of my writing. It seem the informality of this format encourages us to be a bit more expressive. However, I, too, have tried to edit some of them out so people don't think I'm completely giddy. And you probably won't find many in Threads, either, so that readers will take us seriously.


          7. rjf | | #17

            Here are two sites with embellishments:





            There were quite a few about fish but I didn't see one about combs.  rjf

  3. Jean | | #3

    I have all the issues until they quit including knitting. From there on I have lots of spaces to fill.  I'm sure that there are lots of others who would be more that happy to take them off your hands  if you are willing to split them up. Would gladly pay postage.

  4. GinnaS | | #4

    If you donate them to a public library or such you can get a donation slip signed so you can deduct the depreciated value from your tax return as a charitable contribution.  I do this with a lot of my books and magazines.

    Also if you have a used book/magazine store nearby they might buy your collection.  They don't pay much but it is cash in hand.


  5. beerling | | #6

    Hello there . I would love to take issues # 1  to # 45 in my collection. I am willing to pay shipping costs etc, I can't afford them at the Taunton offered price for those they have. I would be ever so grateful. Where we used to live I was able to borrow the odd one from the library and enjoyed having them to read even though it was on a borrowed basis. I have really learned a lot for the issues that I have and would like to have all the ones I am missing. I am sure that they would improve my sewing more. Christine

  6. Evie | | #13

    Dear susieq. You might donate them to "Friends of the Library" to be sold for fundraising. I once scored a hugedeal by finding 7copies of Threads (old ones) that I had never read. For .25 each. Fun!!!               Janet C

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    Sewdreamy | | #18

    I don't know where you live, but if you live near a major university that teaches design might be pleased to have them.  If you put them in chronological order and count them, you would have a more attractive donation for such a library.  If you just give them to friends of the library they might be broken up as a set and lose some of their value--and might not make it to the hands of a dedicated seamstress. That said, a used book seller might be ecstatic to buy your run of Threads and sell them as a unit--that way you would get some money and they would get some money and the person that bought them would really be the winner, too.  Some used booksellers might not deal in craft magizines, but just call around and find the right one--some offer more money than others, especially for a continual run.  (My late husband was a book collector and librarian, and I tagged along with him often to such places).

    1. JeanetteR | | #19

      Dear Jean,

      I'd love to take that duplicate off your hands if the more altuistic comments above have not already been implemented by your good self.  Happy to pay postage to Aus!  My subscription stared with #100, and would love to back-aquire any .

      Edited 8/27/2003 5:32:52 AM ET by Jeanette

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