Recently, we were closing down and consolidating two offices in the same town into one new larger office, there were a lot of office supplies that were doubled and that they were throwing away. Our receptionist, who knows I’m a card collector, was tasking with organizing what we kept and what got donated and/or thrown away. We also moved to a more digital records keeping system, which made some of our old files irrelevant. All that combined into her holding onto several huge moving boxes full of 3 ring binders, specifically with me in mind. Today she pulled me aside and asked me if I’d like “a couple”. Of course, binders (even cheap ones at Walmart) are still a couple bucks, and I could always use more. She opened up a storage room and said, literally “they’re all yours”. I was told to take what I wanted because the trash guys were coming Monday morning to haul whatever was left away.
I stuffed 3 boxes in my car, and now I’m literally set for the next decade. These aren’t cheap crappy binders either. These are either “modern” premium office binder, things we’d use for official work, or, and this is way more interesting, old school, 1950’s-60’s style binders. These are heavy duty, at least double thick, with steel rings (not aluminum), and hindges, not just folds of plastic. Check these out. There’s at least a dozen or so of these, mixed in with the new ones…
Check out those crazy hinges. They don’t make binders like that anymore! These are going to be awesome for putting vintage cards in. The best part is that they’re all recycled, so nothing is heading to the landfill. They were just going to toss them. I’m more than happy to put them to good use. 🙂
I search the living hell out of Craigslist every week for binders, cuz they be expensive to purchase.
I once picked up a dozen 2″ D-ring binders at a cards show for 2 bucks. There were some small splits on the inside spines but hey, 2 bucks!
Love the piano hinged ones. They look indestructible.