First Batch Of Books And Magazines Sent

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Philippines
February 26, 2017 9:54pm CST
I'm a terrible hoarder, but our termite experience early this month which destroyed books, bookcases, as well as the baseboard and rail along those walls in one room, gave me an idea. I gathered some old books and magazines, along with excess gifts like pens, planners and impulse buys like coin purses, then sent them by LBC express courier to my friend. Even the cloth bag I used to take them to LBC was a gift I knew I wouldn't use. LBC's smallest box and weight for parcels and cargo is 3 kilos and I paid 270 pesos (US$ 5.37) for delivery outside Metro Manila. If it weighed 5 kilos, I would pay 450 pesos (US$ 8.95). What's nice is I got a confirmation text from LBC when and who received the delivery, so no need to anxiously wait to hear from the receiver in case they have no cellphone load to text me. LBC's customer care number is also on the Official Receipt: 8585-999. Aside from old books and magazines, how do you deal with old used and unused school and office supplies like folders and fasteners, binders and binder clips, envelopes, index cards, notebooks, writing pads, sketch pads, address books, planners, push pins, etc?
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@magallon (18090)
• Philippines
27 Feb 17
These books and other paper materials are termite attractions. the more you keep it, the more the termites might stay.
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• Philippines
27 Feb 17
the whole house has been treated with anti-termite already. one of the workers, though, said it only lasts for 2 years, unlike before where it lasted much longer.
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@magallon (18090)
• Philippines
27 Feb 17
@hereandthere anti - termite chemicals have strong odor. It's good you have your house treated. I think I should have our house in the province treated too.
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• Philippines
27 Feb 17
@magallon the termicide they injected didn't smell at all and this group was very thorough - ceilings, cabinets, walls.
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@jstory07 (67162)
• Roseburg, Oregon
27 Feb 17
When I have stuff I no longer want or need I donate the stuff so someone else can use it.
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• Philippines
27 Feb 17
that's was my intention, too. they will be read and used by her parents and children.
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@franxav (5075)
27 Feb 17
I'm going to send some of my books to the school library today.
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• Philippines
27 Feb 17
if i remember correctly, you are also an educator, so you know the value of books, reading and learning.
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@allen0187 (33124)
• Philippines
27 Feb 17
I give it away to the less fortunate.
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• Philippines
27 Feb 17
do you have a particular place you go to?
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@allen0187 (33124)
• Philippines
27 Feb 17
@hereandthere not sure what you are asking? Kindly clarify.
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• Philippines
27 Feb 17
@allen0187 how or where to do you give them? do you go to charitable institutions?
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@epiffanie (10466)
• Australia
28 Mar 17
I have been sending books and magazines to the Philippines to give away to school children ...
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• Philippines
29 Mar 17
i would do the same if i was overseas.
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@epiffanie (10466)
• Australia
2 Apr 17
@hereandthere I wish I could afford to send at least 4 boxes a year .. but I could only afford to send once a year ..
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• Philippines
2 Apr 17
@epiffanie that's still more than enough. others leave and never look back.
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@JudyEv (123435)
• Bunbury, Australia
27 Feb 17
Most I take to the op shop (thrift shop).
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• Philippines
27 Feb 17
i thought they only accept clothes, bags and shoes. do they accept school and office supplies?
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@JudyEv (123435)
• Bunbury, Australia
27 Feb 17
@hereandthere Our thrift shop takes just about anything except electrical goods.
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• Philippines
27 Feb 17
@JudyEv i guess that includes toys and houseware?
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• Philippines
22 Mar 17
The ones I wouldn't need anymore, I usually dump in an old school backpack and leave outside for the garbage or recycling people to pick up. Most often the bag and all its contents are taken by someone other than the garbage collectors. I do the same with used textbooks and shoes. The old magazines I donate to a neighborhood salon or to a car wash facility. The staff/owners are happy to take them 'cause their customers in waiting will have stuff to read. :o)
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• Philippines
23 Mar 17
others make fun of the old outdated magazines, but i actually read them!
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• Philippines
23 Mar 17
@hereandthere I do too, especially if they're about food and travel or art.
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@shaggin (36876)
• United States
5 Mar 17
I would be so heartbroken if termites are my books and things. We have silver fish and they eat paper. I am worried they will ruin my books and mementoes. They were just in my cellar years ago but I have seen one upstairs so I assume they have gotten through the house. They can do a lot of damage but it is very expensive to have a terminator come in.
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• Philippines
6 Mar 17
yeah, i remember you christmas tree made of books. the crew was thorough in treating everything with termicide, but expensive. maybe you can search natural remedies for silverfish?
@shaggin (36876)
• United States
6 Mar 17
@hereandthere silverfish are hard to get them to stop coming back even with the expensive treatment.
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@ridingbet (53161)
• Philippines
28 Feb 17
so, what would your friend do with what you sent?
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• Philippines
28 Feb 17
her children and parents can read and use them
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@ridingbet (53161)
• Philippines
28 Feb 17
@hereandthere that is so generous of you to share them your items that are still usable.
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@sunrisefan (17927)
• Philippines
27 Feb 17
Did you not know that termites are voracious readers? :)
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• Philippines
27 Feb 17
yeah, and they will taste anything and everything!
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@sunrisefan (17927)
• Philippines
27 Feb 17
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@responsiveme (16336)
• India
2 Mar 17
I give off stationary to people who need them.
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• Philippines
4 Mar 17
i found more around the house and will add them to the next batch
@Kandae11 (37123)
27 Feb 17
I like to keep things which are special to me - regardless of how old it is.
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• Philippines
27 Feb 17
understandable. i know there are stuff i still can't let go off. but also stuff i want to but don't know how.
• Philippines
27 Feb 17
This reminds me of my Dad sending us boxes of the magazines and books. He sent some school supplies as well.
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• Philippines
27 Feb 17
did you find them useful? do you still have those books and magazines?
@tzwrites (4913)
• Romania
27 Feb 17
It's good that you gave them to a friend at least they didn't go to waste.
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• Philippines
27 Feb 17
they were surprised and i'm glad they appreciated it
@LadyDuck (157723)
• Switzerland
27 Feb 17
Sending books is too expensive, I donate the unused books to the local nursery homes, or charities.
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• Philippines
27 Feb 17
i thought it would be more expensive, but it wasn't i'm okay with it. i plan to add other stuff i see around the house next time that her parents or kids can use.
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@sishy7 (27647)
• Australia
27 Feb 17
I used to list them on eBay - the unused ones, that is...
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• Philippines
27 Feb 17
i've thought about it, but finally accepted i'm not patient or interested enough to post them online because that needs monitoring and coordinating.
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@reskyyandi (3690)
• Indonesia
27 Feb 17
If that can be use again I suggest to donation it. It will be good
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• Philippines
27 Feb 17
that's why i sent them to my friend so her children and parents can read and use them.
@rina110383 (24134)
27 Feb 17
Sell them to junk shops.
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• Philippines
27 Feb 17
it's easier to dispose the 'kalakal' like newspapers, but with these books and magazines, i thought her parents and children might enjoy reading them to pass the time, (even if they're old), or cut out the pictures for school works, then sell them later if they no longer want them.
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@josie_ (7348)
• Philippines
27 Feb 17
I also find it hard to part with books. Some of those books are more than 50 years old (I bought them when I was a teenager) But I have no problem de-cluttering other items. If they could still be of some use to others I give them away, the rest go to the trash bin.
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• Philippines
27 Feb 17
some post them on online sites (like sulit and facebook) to sell them. some take them to junk shops.
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@KrauseHome (35034)
• United States
23 Mar 17
Most of the time I donate things like this to Thrift stores. Sometimes I keep them for things I might need in the future
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