I shall hereby tell you a short story of how Pretty Nostalgic came into my life. I was not seeking a to spend any cash. Money is on a strict budget at present and any frivolous expenditure was being stored away for a particularly fruitful car boot. Or a unexpected vet bill (Woo - you threadbare old mog - I'm looking at you)
So when a reader commented that they had spotted me in in Issue 3 of this mysterious publication - I set off to investigate. I popped a shout out upon Twitter and garnered enough response to know I had to see it for myself. A trip to my local WHSmith ensued. All on the basis of vanity. What photo had been used? In relation to what?
I strolled in, dodged being seduced by the chocolate and new books on offer, and headed off to the magazine bit. And there is was. I knew before I had even picked it up that I would be parting with cash in the very near future. Maybe a bit more on some chocolate to cheer me up from spending pennies I don't have.
Pretty Nostalgic is not your run of the mill, read and recycle magazine. You won't see these in your Doctors waiting room - unless you are very lucky. It's a keeper. A collector. Something that I know I will refer back to again and again. I headed home, having flipped through and finding my mug (grinning like a loon on a bicycle as part of The Vintage Style Ride for a feature about cycling) and subscribed on line. I just had to. It was too nice to not have it in my life.
You see, it's rammed full of all the bits I like about the vintage/retro/rusty-old-bits-of-interesting-tat-in-your-kitchen scene. It is printed on thick paper. It is warm, inviting, inclusive. The features range from snippet sections stuffed full of concise info, to 4 page editorials. The how-to's are not just how to make bunting and do victory rolls. And, thankfully, it is not stuffed to the gills with adverts. Sure, they are there, but they are nicely laid out and made to fit with the whole aesthetic of the magazine. When the first 3 issues landed on my doorstep, I brewed up, battened down and read them cover to cover. I surfaced to cold tea and hungersome cats.
I was sold on not only how this book-esque magazine looks and it's content, but also the creator's manifesto. Once I had read this, in part on the first page of Issue 1, I breathed a sigh of content. Exactly the sort of thing I have been seeking. Something worth parting with limited funds for.
Pretty Nostalgic is £8 per issue. I shall give you a moment to recover. I needed one myself. But, as this is a bi-monthly gig, that's almost like £4 an issue. Kinda. Plus, if you subscribe, you receive a 25% discount and a free gift. I am all about the free gifts. I was sent some beautiful vintage birthday cards. That I won't be sending to anyone, because they are too nice to share. Oooh - I am a wicked friend.
And there you have it. In all - a new, well-worth-the-spendage publication on the market.
Roll on Issue 4.
Roll on Issue 4.