Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Recycle: A home for your magazines

I was going to buy plastic boxes to store my magazine collections when I literally stumbled upon wood crates outside a Monoprix, and decided to use these instead. You can get them at outdoor markets or supermarkets - if you can't see any, just ask, as they are usually happy to get rid of them. I am debating whether or not to paint them in bright colors...
The large ones accommodate two stacks of Vogues!

And if you don't keep your magazines, instead of throwing them away, why not drop them off at a local hospital, retirement home or other place where people get really lonely and bored...? Today I'll be leaving stacks of French Elle at the Hôpital Saint-Antoine.
TV Trivia: does anyone know for which hugely popular American TV series some episodes where shot at the Hôpital Saint-Antoine?

24 comments:

iñaki said...

I think it's such a great idea! They will look awesome in bright colours! Maybe serving as drawers? You're genious!

xx

design for mankind. said...

FANTASTIC IDEA!!! :)

pve design said...

C'est un bonne idea!
You are so clever!
I use baskets for my newspapers
and shelves for magazines - as a library and then recycle to friends and a local coffee shop!

Dollfaced Rebel said...

Wow that is a perfect idea. I've never been lucky enough to find these things. My magazines are just sitting in a corner of my room lol

jo said...

those crates are great, way better than plastic boxes!

i have a strong addiction to magazines, hehehe! nylon, i love, it's a shame not always i can find it in mexico!

one day we could swap some magazines, maybe :)

karina said...

Great find, I think they would look amazing in bright colors.
I have too many mags and you give me a good idea, I ll take them to some hospital.

Mary-Laure said...

Jo - I have trouble finding NYLON in Paris too. That's why I just got a subscription!
That's not going to help with my major magazine addiction...

Iñaki - I hadn't thought of using them as drawers... But you gave me a good idea. I may use them to keep my socks separate from my tights in my closet.

Dollfaced Rebel - if my magazines sat in the corner of my room, they would touch the ceiling I'm afraid!

Vain and Vapid said...

That is a great idea. I wish other people would do the same and leave some of their old magazines at my doctor's office. I'm kind of tired of reading the same issue of People from 2004.

Laura said...

Is the TV show that was shot at St Antoine "ER"? Just guessing ...

Mary-Laure said...

LAURA - you won, Bravo! It is ER indeed.
(Did Céline whisper the answer in your ear?)

Jill said...

Nice idea with the crates...I think bright colors would look great. Also nice idea to drop them off at a hospital or nursing home...I will do that next time instead of just recycling!

marie said...

i did just the same when i was living in london a few years ago! i found them at the local market and they became a perfect home for books (they stack up nicely too)..unfortunately they didnt make it back to melbourne with me, but it would be easy to find some more :)

A World in a PAN said...

I like this concept of thinking and looking around before buying - we usually buy more than what we need. It's good indeed to recylce what's already available - and going to be discarded. I also like the idea of changing the object of something (why it was done); here, these crates carry fruit or vegetables.

thesil said...

It would be a great idea. Recycle our magazine!

Esti said...

I used to store records in similar crates, but not anymore. What a great idea: giving magazines away at hospitals. You are great! And thanks for your kind comments. Don't you worry about me; I feel fine, it was just one bad day. It has already passes by. :)

coco said...

I never throw away magazines
I keep them becuase they always come in handy again
I have loads of old 80's Vogue's clogging up my bedroom

everybodysaysdont said...

Great idea.

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MISS GLITZY said...

What a great idea. And I've never thought of giving my magazines to local hospitals or retirement homes, that's great too. Where exactly do you drop it, for instance at Saint-Antoine?

Joanna Goddard said...

that's such a great idea! i never would have thought of that, but that's brilliant. hospitals never have good magazines.

xo joanna

Mary-Laure said...

MissGlitzy - I spot areas in hospitals when I visit people. Or go to the Accueil and ask where some departments are, where lots of people stay a long time : geriatrics, psychiatry, etc...

Alya said...

I always keep old issues.. I cant bear to throw them away..

capturedlife said...

great idea!

Sofia Barao said...

I use the same for my magazines :) I kept one unchanged and painted the other lavender :)