I love to read, and for sure I have lived many lives through the pages of a book. There comes a time, however, when there’s just no more room for another and the question becomes what to keep and what to pass on. Here, that is something that has to be addressed as the hubby and I are attempting to rid ourselves of anything we don’t need. Our daughters will be happy to hear that!
Some books we will keep not to read them a second time but to peruse the pages either for their beautiful pictures or their pertinent information. Others will be donated, some will find their way to a dumpster and some will be boxed up and taken to Half Price Books, a great place to recycle a variety of items.
Going there is quite an adventure. Books of every kind line shelves from floor to ceiling.
Want a book on ethnic food or one by a popular food writer? No problem as there’s lots to choose from.
How about blacksmithing? Hopefully, there are at least five people to whom the subject is appealing!
Interested in history? There appears to be a book on everybody and every happening that is of historical importance.
Not only are there books on every subject, there are bins full of CDs, LPs and videos. Going through those can bring back a lot of memories.
Where all of these items are taken in, there are boxes and boxes and stacks. With shelves and bins already filled to the brim, there is absolutely no place to put anything else. That led me to ask what happens to all of it. Items in good condition are shelved as space becomes available. Some things are given away and books not in good enough condition to sell or give away are recycled, so it appears there is a purpose for everything.
I almost felt guilty placing my bag of books on the counter, but that feeling went away when I was awarded $3 which didn’t even cover the cost of the book I was going to purchase! Oh well, that’s the nature of things and someone else may find a treasure among the books I left behind.
So, how do you recycle all that you no longer read, listen to or watch?