Once upon a time … it was possible to walk into a secondhand bookshop and come across rows of lovely matt, 1960s Ladybird Books priced at 50p each. This was quite a few years ago, when I had just started collecting.
Now it’s pretty rare to come across a shelf-full anywhere at any price. But some charity shops are more enlightened in Ladybird Lore than others and know not to throw out matt cover gems just because they aren’t in perfect condition or with a wipe-clean surface.
The shop in the picture is ‘Oxfam Books and Music’ in West Market Place, Cirencester in the Cotswolds, a stone’s throw from the parish church in the centre of town. They have a lot of very good condition early Well-loved Tales for sale as well as good clean copies from other popular series.
Not at 50p each of course, but it’s a good cause.