How to Throw Away Old Photos


Sometimes old photos have to go, especially if they remind you of painful memories. When you need to ditch the images, you've got a few options. Choose the best options for you, then go ahead and throw the images out.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper shredder (optional)
  • Try to find someone who might want the images. If they're old, look for local historic societies or archives collections that would be interested in material from that era. If they're family photos, reach out to long-lost cousins and aunts before you trash them to see if someone will take them. If you find an interested party, place the old photos in an acid-free box, then give them to the taker.

  • Check with local consignment stores, antiques stores, flea market vendors or other boutiques about old photos. Your old photos could have a resale value. If any local shopkeepers want to purchase the photos, negotiate a price and drop off the images.

  • Look for artists, art students or others who might want photos for art projects. If your photos have no historic significance, this can be a good alternative. Post your offering on message boards, or campus or community boards. Give a brief description of your photos and an email address. Mail or give the images to someone who wants them.

  • Shred the images with a paper shredder, then throw them in your trash. This prevents anyone from viewing the images. If you're less camera shy, you can just toss them in the garbage whole.


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