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Make Money Tearing Up Old Books and Magazines and Selling Them on eBay

Vintage books and magazines were packed with prints and advertisements and other paper items which are not only interesting, but very collectable, and profitable, too. So many things derived from these old publications are hot sellers on eBay including: prints, advertisements, knitting and other craftwork patterns, recipes, how to articles, historical articles, music scores, stories and other out of copyright material … etc., etc, etc.

Let me introduce you to just a few of these easy to find items.


Old prints are valuable collectors’ pieces and there’s a good income to be made simply from packaging prints neatly and categorizing them according to theme, eBay’s best sellers being: animals, sports (especially golf and horse racing), royalty, music hall artists, topographical (named locations) and children.


Advertisements were often hugely ornate, colored or black and white, photographic or artist-drawn. Whatever shape they take, framed and unframed, mounted and unmounted advertisements are very popular on eBay where only recently an advertisement placed by a slave trader in The Memphis Daily Avalanche in 1859 fetched $200.


‘Clippings’, sometimes called ‘Cuttings’ as both names suggest, are simply items cut from books and other printed publications. They can be large or small, or even comprise entire sections of a book linked to a specific theme. They can fetch high prices on eBay as did a 1909 article about the magician Houdini that went for $200 in May 2005 and clippings of Rudolph Valentino fetched $305 at around the same time.

Gifts and Advertising Novelties from Early Publications

Early publications often contained useful free gifts for readers, some of which are profitable collectors’ items today. The most common free gifts were advertising inserts and sometimes advertising blotters, rulers, children’s painting books and maps. Maps are particularly prolific in older books and are amongst eBay’s highest priced items, such as the 1873 Beers Atlas of Maps of Long Island New York which recently fetch over $2,000 and a Mitchell’s Map of Missouri and Arkansas found folded inside a tatty old book from 1937 that reached $1702.


Some early publications, larger ones, had double center page spreads that make great posters and prints. They can fetch bids of $20 and more. As for all publications, learn to specialize, and look for special interest magazines, targeting a specific audience, say dog lovers, train enthusiasts, classic cars, and so on. This way you gain experience about specific subjects and the person to buy from on eBay.

Fancy Dress

Another very easy project where all you have to do is look for copyright-free patterns and designs which you can combine into books or sell individually. They are all great sellers on eBay especially for traditional fancy dress anniversaries such as Halloween.


The secret here is to look for copyright-free cartoons which you can copy and mount or frame as they are or revamp to suit today’s market. As for other copyright-free material, although there is no law against lifting and using cartoons, it is arguably immoral and unethical to claim the work as your own.

Cater for Lovers …. Of Anything and Everything!

Actually, that title is a little misleading because this project covers virtually every interest for which there is a large, better still, indeterminate audience. Books and such compiled here can be sold in printed, CD or downloadable fashion on eBay.

This is my particular favorite and, arguably, the easiest to profit from. All you do here is clip, collect and collate as many snippets as you can relating to one particular subject or theme. Cats, dogs, golf, writing, children, Amish recipes, fortune-telling, witchcraft, and more, are useful ideas for books that are simply compilations of everything you find on the topic.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

1001 Great Golfing Jokes

Everything You Didn’t Know About Cats

Psychic Cat and Dog Stories

1001 Great Dating Tips

500 Amish Recipes

Candles and Witchcraft: Ten True Stories to Brighten Your Life

50 Ways to Reduce Everyday Stress

101 Ways to Market Your Writing

Early Veterinary Practices

Let Grandma’s Kitchen Make Money For You

There’s money to be made from compiling early recipes in book or report form for selling in print, CD or via email attachment from eBay listings. Recipes don’t need to be popular today; you might research and write up on some of the far less appetizing dishes our ancestors might have ‘enjoyed’ centuries before.

Knitting Patterns

Knitting and other craftwork patterns are hugely popular sellers on eBay, especially unusual and niche market types, such as dolls’ clothing, war-time economy designs, clothes for animals, and so on. Again, look for out-of-copyright items and other patterns that never had legal copyright. Many old publications included free patterns as loose items or pull-out publications which need no additional work on them to sell. However, you are not always allowed to copy these items so where you have a good seller, work hard to obtain as many copies of the parent copy publication as possible.

So many books and magazines available, so many ways to make money from them, so what are you waiting for!

How to Help a Kid in the Hospital

A hospital stay is stressful for anyone, but it can be especially hard on a child too young to understand why they hurt or a teenager old enough to be concerned about their own mortality. However, friends and family can help relieve the strain and boredom of a young person’s time in the hospital in a variety of ways.

First, call a family member or a nurse on the child’s ward to ask a few questions. The questions to ask are:

  • Is the child ready for visitors?
  • What are visiting hours? Are some times better to visit than others?
  • Are there any limits to the child’s mobility?
  • Are there any dietary restrictions?
  • Is there something in particular the child needs or would like to have?
  • The answers to these questions will tell you if the child is in a restricted access area, such as an intensive care unit, what times of the day the child feels best or is most alert, and if there are any limitations on how the child can play and what he or she can eat.

    Armed with this information, the next step in creating a much-needed diversion from the hospital routine can be targeted by considering the child’s age and interests.

    Choosing the right gift

    In general, any gifts should be small (easy to put away or pack to take home), quiet (no clanging that might disturb other sick children) and inexpensive (so the parents do not worry about keeping track of an expensive new toy in addition to caring for their child).

    Good at any age, and free, are messages from classmates, family and neighbors. Most hospitals now host an online message service that allows people to send email to a patient. The messages are usually printed out and delivered by hand, sometimes by volunteers who are trained to provide a friendly chat if the patient desires.

    Be sure your message includes news about what is going on in the neighborhood, on the basketball team or in class. Children enjoy hearing what is happening outside their hospital room. Teenagers especially may feel isolated and out of touch with friends and school during long absences so a newsy letter helps.

    You can also volunteer to collect well wishes from classmates, neighbors and teammates and deliver one giant card or poster to the room.

    Consider age and hobbies

    When choosing gifts, be sure to consider what is appropriate for the child’s age as well as their hobbies and after-school activities. For instance, a set of small cars may be fun for a 5-year-old boy while a 15-year-old would probably prefer a selection of car magazines.

    Music helps distract and sooth all ages. A teenager with an iPod may appreciate some new tunes, while a toddler may enjoy a singing doll or a musical toy (just so long it is not a loud one).

    A snack basket may provide a welcome relief from institutional food and much needed energy for busy parents, but be sure the patient is not on a restricted diet.

    Other widely appreciated items include magazines, books, audio books, pajamas, art supplies and small craft projects.

    Schedule a visit

    Depending on the patient, perhaps the best way to help a hospitalized child is to visit. The friendly, familiar face of a neighbor can help a child pass the time, give parents a much-needed break, and distract the child from pain, loneliness and boredom. A small group of the child’s friends might bring in pizza and a game, especially if the patient is hospitalized during a holiday or their birthday.

    Remember to tailor the gift, whether a gift of time or a toy, to the child’s health restrictions and interests, and both the patient and parents will be grateful for your effort.

    Ending Engine Trouble Using New Products Assure Trouble-Free Car Life, Avoids Avoidable Repairs

    Ending internal engine caused wear problems using new products will help assure a longer trouble-free car life. These products are avoiding a dozen now avoidable and costly to repair motor and transmission problems.

    Got engine or transmission trouble? New products come to your rescue.

    What you should know.

    When your car, truck tractor RV and such was new, their pistons, bearings, valves, gears, and sensors were all clean, shinny smooth, and fit closely together. That is why they produced the most amazing zip, powerful performances, best fuel economy, and dependability.

    Of course, all that comes at a $20,000 and higher purchase expense – but worth it as it meets life’s need for transportation, and along with it makes driving enjoyable for many years.

    However, Research shows several conditions speed up your new car’s engine and transmission’s deterioration, even when required maintenance is done. How so, you may wonder?

    What has been found is that even the best oils and fuel In time produce acids, sludge, electrolysis and metal-to-metal friction. As oil and fuel breakdown, those enemies of your car cause more than a dozen performance and wear problems. Acids, friction and residues grind, bind and speed up the wear out at a faster pace as your mileage cross the 100,000 mile mark.

    How new products work to end your cars problems.

    As you read along, I’ll introduce products that effectively control, limit or prevent harm caused by acids, sludge, electrolysis and metal to metal friction. Results undue chemically those conditions, and restore any performance problem they caused.

    New products do so in several ways. By neutralizing acids an electrolysis. By a new form of cleaning power, by smoothing wear roughen surfaces, and by adding a slippery coating over worn surfaces.

    Use of these products will help you restore what you thought was lost like-new performance, and put you on the slow-wearing track to gain years more dependable life from your newer and older cars, trucks, and heavy equipment. This is possible by chemical removal and with anti-wear ingredients. You now have the power to end and prevent internal negatives out of a bottle! By the way…

    If you check auto repair shops as you pass them, you will see one or two late models cars and trucks being repair by overhaul after wear and residue run their course. Those cars may suffer from an engine valve tap, stuck valve adjuster, oil burning, sludge buildup, loss of power, coolant leak, gasket or seal oil leak, rough idle, rough shift, and such problems, causing the car owner lots of money to end. Problems that friction, residue, or acid problems causes, if not stopped.

    If those problems happen to your car, it is usually just after your car is driven pass the warranty period. After the warranty period, it’s your worry and expense to fix.

    Don’t synthetic oils help?

    Now, you would think that the oils specified for your engine and transmission have protection to ward off acid pitting, and metal-to-metal friction. Not entirely so! Acids and friction still eat away and wear away those once new, shinny clean, smooth piston, bearing, valve, and gear surfaces your motor once had. Instead, they may be contributors. A consumer reporting magazine reports, no oil has met the specs the oil company claims they follow in several years of testing motor oil quality.

    Here is another factor to consider. As high temperatures – as high a 1800 degrees burn oil and fuel, acids and residues develop. Even synthetic oils produce tar-like residues. These collect in your motor and transmission’s tight engine part and gear surfaces and reduces power output, rough shifting, and other problems mentioned above.

    Such resistance puts added forces to work increasing oil lube film breakdown – causing metal-to-metal contact and rapid friction wearing patterns. Your motor and transmission cannot handle those negatives – nor is it in oil’s ability to help end such damaging patterns.

    Mechanics charge you up to $1500 to take apart, hand inspect and clean your engine and transmission, and bill you $400 or more to replace damaged parts.

    New products that end wear caused problems to the rescue.

    These newer products like those from Mega Power have ingredients that include chemical anti-wear cleaners that do not have the typical engine harming characteristics of solvent additive cleaners usually found in parts store products.

    The engine and transmission Treatments from Mega Power include, chemical anti-wear cleaners, conditioners, lube enhancers and worn surface coating protectors. They come as a 6 pack treatment. You just add Mega Power to your fuel and oil’s and drive to gain their protective and problem-solving advantages.

    Follow the links below to learn more about these new problem solving products. The link list tips and products by the problem your car is having. Each product suggested ends the acid, friction, and residue negatives causing your power, running, or operating problem. Doing so helps you gain years more trouble-free and enjoyable car driving life.

    These products are for mechanics, but are also Do it yourself products. They are easy-to-install by any non-mechanical person who can easily enjoy profession results! You will be amazed to see that you can almost instantly restored the near original performance of your car, even with a serious engine or transmission problem. In doing so you avoid a much costlier hit to you already hammered budget.