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Hello, my name is Paleo and I'm a book hoarder.

I'm seriously thinking of doing a book purge. The problem is I absolutely cannot bring myself to part with a book unless I know it will be "safe", as in goes to someone who wants it. I worked for years at HPB and unfortunantly, many books do end up in the dumpster. I still sell to them when I think the book has a good chance, but I wish I had other options.

I also have been wanting to get rid of various stuff, everything from a Master Splinter action figure still in the box to a collection of plastic toy canines to a doll of The Crow to a deer antler. I'd like to make at least a little money off of it or at least not loose money trying to rehome it.

Ideally I'd like to barter, but Houston doesn't have a good culture set up for folks to gather and swap stuff.

Also, does anyone have good ideas for clothes that are beyond wearable? Ripped pants, holey socks, company shirts, torn leather jacket. The environmentalist in me cringes at the thought of chunking anything if something can be done with it. I can't think of any craft ideas that I'd realistically get around to doing. Is there some use for all that fabric though?

Date: 2010-10-13 03:22 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] drgnhlr
I have the same problem with books - we got a religious track on the doorstep and it's currently residing in the bathroom because I can't bring myself to chuck it. This is someone's 'baby', how can I act so callously? It will likely disappear though - it's not something I'd want to give someone, even a library.

On the clothing that have reached the end of wearable life - turn them into other things: braided rag rugs, lap blankets (the cotton fabrics are great for this); the leather jacket can become practice for making art on :) (s'what Lupa uses in her stuff, it is recycling).

I had instructions from somewhere about making a tee shirt quilt out of old shirts. The website "instructables.com" (i think) might have ideas.

I ramble when I'm on short sleep. Hope this helps.

Date: 2010-10-13 03:44 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] spider_fox
A simple bit of sewing can put the rags together into a quilt-like pattern, if they're not long enough to be braided (or you could just sew them into strips too). That can be used for all sorts of things, from coverings to oven mitts to rugs and even towels if the material is usable in that way.

Most materials can be used in that way, not just cotten. Thicker things like leather may be more difficult, but there's almost always a way to work things out. Ask Lupa, she works with leather often enough.

Date: 2010-10-14 03:21 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lupagreenwolf
Have you tried Paperback Swap or Book Mooch? Granted, you do have to pay the ship it to someone, and you get a credit for another book, which kind kills the solution of "fewer books", though you can donate those to good causes. But it's a way to get them to people who want them.

Also, old clothes = great cleaning rags!

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