I’ve had people tell me that dropping your belongings is as easy as just going to the Goodwill and unloading it all on them. And while that may work for most of us, there are tons of other options that are frequently over-look. Here’s a quick guide on how to make the most of those old printed classics.
Option #1 – Donating
I’m actually in the process of doing this right now. I have a fat stack of books in one tiny little cardboard box, and I’m going to donate them to my library. But instead of just donating, I also applied for a Library Card and I’ll be checking out the books I donated. I always tell myself that I’ll go back and read them when I have the time, so why not share them with the world and just check them out when I can?
For more tips on donating books, check this out. [Link to for.theloveofbooks.com]
Option #2 – Book Communities
For my Animorphs Collection, I sought out a community of Animorphs fans, and I gave my books to them. It was that simple. It’s up to your discretion to sell books or donate them, but I was fine with just sending my books away and making someone happy. No strings attached.
The benefit of looking directly for communities or fans of specific books instead of donating willy-nilly or putting your collection for sale on eBay is that not only are you getting face-to-face time, but the turn-around is pretty quick. Within 2 days I got responses for the Animorphs books and I’m glad to say I made a few friends.
Just google the book name or the author name, and then maybe add the word “community” or “forum” and start meeting fans. Maybe you’ll learn a whole new perspective?
Option #3 – Book Trading
Not the first thing you would think of if you want to get rid of books, because your goal may be to lighten the load, but when I found it hard to part with my video games, I looked for alternatives to giving them away, and Game Trading sites were one of the options I found. Game Trading sites offer Mail Trading Services. Because of the rarity of some of the games I owned, I could have traded the games for lots of points, and used those points to trade for newer games. Or I could have just swapped my games with someone I trusted person and we would return them later.
Option #4 – Reviving the Art
The beauty of craftwork and reviving an old book is that you can find a novel and niche use for something you thought you’d never revisit. There are tons of neat craft ideas on how to retool your books, and my favorites are definitely the following ones: #1 – #2 – #3