FAQ: Donating Martha's Magazines?

One of the questions I'm frequently asked is where to donate Martha Stewart Living magazines. Not surprisingly, most people who buy, or subscribe to, Martha Stewart Living treasure the beauty of the publication. The realities of space and the desire to declutter often mean, however, that the magazine collection and its owner must part ways. What I most often hear in this case is this: "I just can't bring myself to throw them away or recycle them. They're too beautiful. What should I do with them?"

There are some obvious (and not-so-obvious) places where you can donate your collection of Martha Stewart Living.

  • The first place to start is your rolodex. Is there anyone in your family or your posse of friends who might like to have your collection, or at least a portion of it? Next, consider your doctor's office, dentist's office or anywhere you frequently go that has a waiting room. (Ask the doctor or the receptionist first before simply dumping off your pile of publications. )

  • Hospitals frequently accept magazine donations for their waiting rooms and for some of the patients. Ask to speak to a hospital administrator to find out where to take your collection.

  • Similarly, consider taking your magazines to a retirement home, rehabilitation clinic or shelter.

  • Churches will often take magazines to use in their recreation rooms, as will community centers.

  • Libraries will generally only take magazines that are in good condition. And the more complete your collection, the likelier they are to accept it.

  • Camps may take yor magazine donation for use in some of their art projects, such as collage.

  • Consider schools or specialty colleges: a culinary school might love a pile of Everyday Food while a gardening or decorating school might benefit from specially-themed issues of Martha Stewart Living.

  • Used book stores will often take magazine donations and may decide to resell your copies.

  • Martha Stewart Living is one of those magazines that has value past its sell date. Think about selling your copies at a garage sale or even online at eBay, Etsy or Craigslist.

  • Lastly, there are organizations that accept magazine collections for the troops overseas. How wonderful would it be for a soldier to read about the comforts of home? Get in touch with the USO.


Anonymous said...

Give away my first born??
My collection dates back to the 80's and has moved with us many times!
....BUT if you must donate, I do get rid of my "other" magazines at the laundry mat.
Back when I had to make those trips to the laundry mat, it was much less painful when there were some good magazines

Anonymous said...

Good Morning,
I'm a follower of your blog and absolutely love your posts! I have a question that's a little off topic. I am gaining quite a large collection of templates from MSL Magazine and on-line and have saved them all to my computer. However, I was wondering what do other people do with their templates? Should I start printing them and start an organized binder? What have you done with yours? Any thoughts/ideas are much appreciated!

Anonymous said...



Anonymous #2, I do print the templates and keep them in a binder. It's a nice way to save them. (If they're printed in the magazine, then I don't print them.)

Trellis Smith said...

I lost nearly 5 years of MSL in my house after Hurricane Katrina. I have since moved up north. I do miss the old issues, especially the holiday issues editions. Since then, I started over and organized my collection. I have 3 years now neatly organized on my bookshelf along with the special editions.


Trellis, that's so sad. I'm glad you were able to rebuild. I can't imagine how devastating a hurricane must be.

Dream Mom said...

My son is disabled and chronically ill. We spend a lot of time at the hospital and I might second your suggestion to donate them to the hospitals. He goes to a large academic medical center and unlike the suburban hospitals, the number of magazines is virtually non-existant on the pediatric floors or in the clinic waiting rooms. Often the only magazine that is ever available is Golf.

Stephane said...

This comment is for Trellis. Trellis, I have duplicates of many of Martha's magazines. I could check what I have and send it to you if you tell me what years you are in need of replacing.


Nicole-Lynn said...

Coming over from Lydia & Pugs blog! I think these ideas are great. I have a huge pile that I need to part with... thank you!