vintage magazines and books

teenage boys are so hard to buy for – so it was a relief to find something that they appreciate and would keep for years to come – alfie has his propped up on his bedroom shelf – so a visit to the vintage magazine shop vinmag.com is a must for xmas or birthday. there is something for everyone, at any price, it depends how rare you want to go, but you will definitely find something to please that boy, whether it be a vintage football mag, a music, fashion or superhero – just set your budget and see whats on offer.

i was given a vogue from the year that i was born – this is another great gift idea . i also struggle to find my husband presents – i always have to think weeks in advance, and its typical xmas is followed by our wedding anniversary and then valentines, so i am always on the hunt for a little something. he has a penchant for collecting old books, so fortunately, i came across this website, with this amazingly helpful gentleman who does exactly this job for you – searching for first edition titles, checking them for their condition and guaranteeing that if its not right, you can return it for a refund! Glyn Watson is based in Shropshire, but he can locate anything for you. www.glynsbooks.com .

my favourite shopping street for old books is cecil court.

if you are not sure about buying over the internet, then a trip down to cecil court, a wonderfully atmospheric alley of victorian bookshops, specialising in antiquarian books. i stepped into the lovely marchpane book shop, which was filled from floor to ceiling with beautiful old copies of children’s books. you can spend anything from £10 to thousands, you have to just decide what you want to pay, and then see what you like. i chose an early 1909 copy of alice in wonderland for my daughter alice – who now she is older has decided to collect these books. i could have spent hours in there – the graphics and design of the books were so inspirational. so for the perfect and original gift for the person who has everything, take a trip to cecil court.

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