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Real Simple 869 New Uses for Old Things: An Encyclopedia of Innovative Ideas for Everyday Items Hardcover – October 12, 2010

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Real Simple magazine has their largest readership ever at 7.7 million readers and over 400,000 copies per issue are sold on the newsstand

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Oxmoor House (October 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603201408
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603201407
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book is beautiful and has some helpful hints. From the advertisement hype and cover I thought perhaps it would share new and innovative ways to repurpose items. No. While there were a few things I had not heard or read before, most of the information has previously been published in much cheaper books. The book does make a couple of suggestions for utilizing the book itself to assist with problems. At least I didn't waste all my money.
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I was very disappointed in this books content. I bought it for my daughter-in-law but looked through it before gifting it to her. No wonderful surprises here...less than most folks common sense ideas were presented as revelation and as I said seemed a bit dull to me. I wouldn't waste my money on this again nor recommend it to anyone else.
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My favorite part of the Real Simple magazines were the "New Uses for Old Things" sections, so I was really excited when I got this book. And yes, it's really fun to read through and see all the different ideas.

The problem is how it's organized! If I want to do something, but don't know how, there's no way to see if the book addresses it! I'd have to know ahead of time that the solution is a paper clip or vinegar, or whatever. The only way I know to get around this while reading it, is to always use little sticky tabs in order to mark ones you think you'd use. Even so, you can't predict everything! Maybe if this book had an index it would make it a lot more practical.

Even so, it's a fun read, and if you can keep all these little ideas in your head, then definitely get it!
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I collect books that share household hints. I also subscribe to Real Simple the magazine. I was quite pleased when the book arrived and I could thumb through its pages.

Listing the help in alphabetical order is a bonus. The illustrations and the colors are the best.

Yes, maybe some of the hints were ones I've seen before but so what? Good advice can always be repeated.

I am satisfied with the book and its contents. It is a beneficial addition to my collection. Thank you.
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I absolutely love these books - I tend to be a gifter where everything I gift people either for birthday or holidays has to have some sort of practical value. I got 5 of these books and gifted them to just about everyone I know. It's so amazing to see some of the uses they have come up for with the most common everyday items all organized by category and item. I highly recommend this as a gift or for anyone who likes practical items.
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Once upon a time we kept the Reader's Digest or catalogs - books that you could enjoy for a few minutes. We called it bathroom reading and, yes, it probably acquired a few germs in its stay in the room. This is a book that fulfills the same quick entertainment goal. It'll be in our master bath as we would never want the neighbors to find out we read in the bathroom.
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This has so many useful ideas for things I never would have thought of. It is so much fun to look at.
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I absolutely love this book, but I knew I would since it's from Real Simple. I have wanted this book for year, and I finally bought it as a little gift to myself. I love it, and it's so clever. Things that I would never have thought twice about, now have a completely different image in my head. I had no idea the amazing things that could be done with every day items. I LOVE this book, and will be giving it as gifts to all my friends.
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