Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Five Pence Romance

I've been a little bit absent lately, but I couldn’t not share a recent charity shop find with you all…
At the charity shop I volunteer at I recently stumbled across some Brambly Hedge videos for my dear friend who just adores the little mice. Luckily Simon could convert them onto DVD for me, which meant I managed to send her a little package just before she moved to her new home.
The general consensus is that nobody wants videos these days – nobody still owns a VHS player and videos are simply something of the past. My charity shop has been swarmed with unwanted videos, and have had to start turning large lots away, because we simply cannot shift them anymore.  Over the past month we have had to start taking them to the tip and recycling them, so the selection we have on the shop floor is usually only ever say 10-20 tapes at a time, so to stumble upon the Brambly Hedges ones was quite a lucky find!
When I was there last week, another video captured my eye – Romeo & Juliet, I adore this film and have seen it countless times, but it still pulls at my heart strings. What intrigued me more was the beautiful box and contents. The limited edition pack contains a 35mm film cell, collector cards and a 1999 calendar, aswell as the feature film. I know it’s a little outdated and Romeo & Juliet is so 90s, but I couldn’t help but fall for this rather sweet ensemble.
What’s more is the fact my charity shop only charge a very humble 5p per video, so I bought both my Brambly Hedge videos, and this Romeo & Juliet set for all of 15p!
p.s I’ve missed you.


  1. I LOVE that film and I got the soundtrack on CD in a chaorty shop recently for 50p :) I would be lethal if I worked in a charity shop, would have a house full of stuff I didn't really need. Seeing you on Saturday yay xx

  2. Oh that's amazing, Alice! Bet you the film cell and cards are still quite collectable even now.

  3. Romeo and Juliet really never gets old. I still get goosebumps in the appropriate places each time I watch! What a bargain to score some beautiful extras for such a low price! I think I'd have to frame one of the postcards to add to a picture wall

    Jem x

  4. 15p even for the extras is pretty amazing! Haven't seen R&J for years and have never seen Brambly Hedge animated but I used to love the book illustrations, they were so detailed.

  5. I cannot believe they cost 15p all together! I love Romeo and Juliet, Kissing You was very nearly one of the songs at our wedding.
    Brambly Hedge is so cute, i loved the books, i'm going to see if i can find DVD's of it now! x

  6. Our local charity shops flog VHS tapes in bundles, 10 for a pound and the likes. It's really crazy when you think about it! People would have paid good money for them back in the day but now they are totally obsolete! It makes me wonder what we'll do when the DVD gets kicked out the door for something even more compact, as we do have a LOT of DVDs!

    I still display my special edition Dracula VHS box! x

  7. You always find the most amazing things! My Brambly Hedge DVD is so lovely! Very pleased :) And I love Romeo and Juliet! Haven't watched it in ages! Hope you are ok xxx

  8. I do love Romeo + Juliet, watched it loads of times. It never fails to capture my heart x

  9. Oh, I wish I could visit the shop, I would buy the videos! We still have our TV with the VCR from goodness knows when, I don't think we'll ever get rid of it :) Loveeee Romeo + Juliet!

  10. I love Romeo & Juliet, I remember watching this for the first time in English class at school and me and my friends all thought it was lovely. Plus getting to watch films during class was always a good thing haha

    Jennie xo | sailorjennie.com

  11. I just love your sense of style


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