Smash Hits was a pop music magazine, aimed at teenagers and young adults and originally published in the United Kingdom by EMAP. It ran from 1978 to 2006 and was issued fortnightly for most of that time.
The final issue was printed in early 2006, when the magazine ceased printing due to a decline in sales.
Since then the magazines have grown in popularity, with some rare issues having fetched over £75.00 but prices have settled down and a rare issue now fetches around £20-£30.
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I have to say, strange as it may seem, I really enjoy listing magazines on my website, it is so interesting to be able to read through them and look at all the old adverts and news articles. Today I’ve spent time listing the Seven Days Magazines which were a free supplement with the Hello Magazine back in 2001-2003 approximately.
I do wonder when I’m leafing through them and listing them, what constitutes as too small for listing purposes. This magazine for example features the Celebrity Chefs on the cover and inside you’ll find small snippets on eight celebrity chefs including Nigella Lawson, Delia Smith, Ainsley Harriott, Rick Stein, Jamie Oliver, Gary Rhodes, Antony Worrall Thompson and Brian Turner.
In this small snippet on Jamie Oliver gives some nice background info on Jamie, informing us how he tinkered as a child in his parents pub/restaurant. He also shares his love for Gordon Ramsay, saying that if you actually go into his kitchen, he’s got a lot of love for his staff.
His ambition back then was to win a Michelin Star…. but he thought it unlikely as his cooking isn’t fiddly enough!
Who would have ever thought back in the 1980s that empty crisp packets may one day become valuable!! At the age of 8 in 1980, I started collecting crisp packets. I’d always loved crisps and in those days, the highlight of my week, was a James Bond movie on a Sunday and my Dad giving me £1.00 to go to the shop, where I’d come back with 10 packs of crisps to munch my way through during the movie.
I loved the shiny packets and decided to start my own little crisp packet collection! 34 years later during a house move, I happened upon them in the loft, and had a real trip down memory lane, looking through all the packets and wondering at how much they have changed over the years.
Having been a keen seller of collectable items for the past 20 years, I thought I’d try my luck at selling a few packs and was pleased when I managed to achieve between £10 and £15 per empty packet, some are in better condition than others, but they are still great collectable items, there can’t be many of these wonders available, although I did recently happen upon Dave Valentine, who it seemed had the same idea as me and started his own crisp packet collection! Looks like me and Dave are cut from the same cloth, see his story below! Just goes to show you really can’t under estimate the fortunes one can find when going through their loft!!!
Click here to check out the remaining empty crisp packets from my collection
I can’t quite remember when my love of magazines started, it feels as if it has just always been there. Even to this day, I love coming home with a bunch of my favourite magazines to read and when I receive my copy of Psychologies Magazine on subscription, it is like Christmas Day! 😀
Over the years I’ve built up quite a collection of magazines and now provide magazines to the likes of Anglia TV and the BBC, often for use on their chat shows or when they are looking for background information on a celebrity.
Looking round the archives of the magazines celebrity offices, I’m still in awe of the 1000’s and 1000’s of magazines that adorn the shelves, all organised and preserved to ensure they reach you in great condition.
So if you are looking for a specific issue or just fancy a trip down memory lane, pop over to our website for a journey you will never forget!