End rolls: this blank newsprint is a useful bargain

I don't know what's taken me so long to write about newspaper end rolls, but I'm sorry for holding out on you.

Blog PhotoEnd rolls are what's left of enormous rolls of newsprint when they're switched off our presses. They're available in widths of about 25, 37 and 50 inches.

We sell them for $4 each when our lobby at 15 Main St., C, is open (8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday). If you'd like more than five end rolls, please call ahead. Our customer care number is 217-351-5252. (Edit: When I wrote this blog post, they cost $1. They now cost $4.)

Savoy resident Erika Perez, who writes the blog ChambanaChik, inspired this blog post after asking me how to get end rolls. She then rolled out the paper for her adorable daughter, Millie, to color on.

End rolls have tons of other uses, too.

Back before we decided on a Christmas Eve wedding, I'd sort of daydreamed about having a picnic-style receptoin and using end rolls as tablecloths. I figured we could put markers and crayons on tables to let guests entertain themselves.

Blog PhotoI also have a friend who got an end roll to wrap her dishes and other breakables in during a move. This is a really smart use, because even though The News-Gazette uses soy-based ink that doesn't rub, there's still no risk of ink getting on your belongings.

I was chatting with Amy George, our director of market development and special projects, about other things people use end rolls for.

She said they're popular with churches and schools as tablecloths, and post-prom committees have been known to buy them in order to make banners and murals that will stretch the entire length of a gym.

Locals who do business that requires packing and shipping buy end rolls to use as packing materials.

Any of you have any other genius ways to reuse end rolls? This fits right in with one of my favorite topics, which is reusing newspapers and related products.

Photo of Millie by Erika Perez and used with permission. The other photo is Amy with the various sizes of end rolls in our lobby.

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