I've been thinking how I could raise some money for some local charities (my local primary school and church groups).
The idea I have is to gather and sell collectable Australian magazines. So I'm interested to hear from you guys whether this might be a successful way to raise money.
So here's a few survey questions that I'ld like some comment on:
1. Do you currently collect magazines?
If so, what type? I think lots of us with a sport/hobby/music passion like to collect a specific magazine. For example, I used collect Wheels magazine and Aust Aviation magazine. Now days I collect Aust Model Railway Magazine.
2. Have you collected magazines in the past, and no longer need them?
What type were they? Did they specifically fall into the group of Australian sport/hobby/lifestyle magazines?
3. Or do you think collecting printed magazines is a thing of the past?
Do you think I'm wasting time with this idea? Any one got some other ideas on how I can raise money for my local school?
I seriously doubt you'll be able to make any worthwhile cash. But you would fill a lot of space in no time at all!
Increasingly, you'll read of people scanning the articles, they think they need & sending the rest to be recycled, because they can't give them away. I suspect they'll come your way by the trailer load, if you said you were taking them!
Having said that, I do have a large magazine collection, mostly British railway topics, so there are people out there who are interested, but whether they'll pay worthwhile money for your time and trouble, I doubt it.
My club, often has magazines out on display at our exhibitions, with a note for donations (no not 'gold coin' but anything, they want to give - we DON'T care how little!). Sometimes we came home with more than we started, because we receive further donations - damn!
The drawback a magazine collection has, is that you normally cannot find what's in them, without spending hours going through them. Yes there are some indexes around, but usually they offer Title (of article), Author (maybe), Issue (Year, Month, Page) and rarely little else.
Typically and on topic.http://www.australianmodelrailways.com/amdownld.html
Looking at issue 203 in my hand, I can see all sorts of ways, the index could be improved. For instance, the AMRA, Vic Branch HO layout of Kyneton, a large VR layout in HO, is summed up in the index (really a contents page) as [Model Railway Layout:
Kyneton - Page 25].
Really? You need to know what its about (know the layout name), before you start, as there is NOTHING else to go on. No mention of scale, Railway operator/State, period, layout builder or anything else useful, to filter by.
It is likely that a HUGE amount of useful information, is tucked away in magazine collections, but cannot be found within these basic indexes. However I KNOW, just how much time is involved to do something better.
Some keywords would be most useful, but that's something that would need to be done by a group of enthusiasts, not a church/primary school group. AMRM, shouldn't be too hard to create an index with Title, Railway operator, State, Author, Year Issue Page, some keywords and a Memo with basic description. After all, there are only 312 issues (to June 2015). Some overseas magazine have significantly more.
Railway Magazine (UK) started in 1896, and Model Engineer (also UK) around the same time - ME has been indexed for free download & at times in its history was a WEEKLY magazine. Current issue number is over 4500, so anything is possible!
Like Blacksmith, I suggest you need to find a way to sell your labour, rather than low/zero cost items. Perhaps a plant nursery, or garden/handyman services, perhaps even assembling IKEA furniture!, although Public Liability Insurance would be an expense.