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Rare Mags will be a magazine and bookshop in the centre of Stockport.
Rare Mags will be a magazine and bookshop in the centre of Stockport.
73 backers pledged £1,538 to help bring this project to life.

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We are Rare Mags. We collect magazines so you can collect magazines.

Rare Mags is going to be in the heart of Stockport Old Town. We'll stock alternative titles on creative subjects from architecture to graphic design, photography, fashion and illustration. We'll also specialise in alternative culture magazines on subjects from new writing, cycling, tattooing, music, food and drink. 

At Rare Mags we have a huge passion for printed media, immersing ourselves in sourcing hard to find, excellent magazines from around the world. Because we want to create a great space to look through our magazines, we will be setting up a small espresso machine alongside a seating area, giving customers the chance to browse and chat about fantastic magazine content. We will also be hosting open, welcoming launches, supporting great local artists and designers as well as giving the public chance to discover new small scale creative output. 

In return for your support we will give back to the incredible creative and industrious community in Greater Manchester which we have grown up with for years. We are Martin and Holly and we live in Stockport. Martin is the founder of Henry Press, a small printers and publishers. He had art classes from the age of 7 at Stockport Art Gallery, studied at Stockport College and has lived most of his life in Stockport. Holly is from Bury, but we’ll let that one slide. She studied 3D Design at Manchester Met and is a keen cyclist. This is our home and we love it and want to play our part in not just growing a business, but supporting the community and bettering our surroundings for everyone. 

Our stock will come from far, wide, and close by. We’ll work just as readily with a small press publisher in Japan as with a local photographer who is making their first zine. We want fairness, ethics and a complete lack of greed to form the backbone of our business. 

We will form part of a thriving community of new business in Stockport Old Town. Through our background in magazine retail, publishing and printing services we’ve gained an understanding of what customers want, and how to give it to them. Because we are the fanatics too, we know how important it is to obtain the highest quality content.

Rare Mags stickers, pin badge and mini print
Rare Mags stickers, pin badge and mini print
Rare Mags tote - screen printed by us
Rare Mags tote - screen printed by us
  
Ltd edition print by Dick Vincent
Ltd edition print by Dick Vincent
Ltd edition print by Nell Smith
Ltd edition print by Nell Smith
Ltd edition print by Zinetent
Ltd edition print by Zinetent
Ltd edition print by DR.ME
Ltd edition print by DR.ME
Ltd edition print by Alice White
Ltd edition print by Alice White
Ltd edition print by Rueville
Ltd edition print by Rueville
Ltd edition print by Gary Andrew Clarke/The Modernist
Ltd edition print by Gary Andrew Clarke/The Modernist

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Risks and challenges

The project is fully costed. We have secured a premises, with an initial two year lease. We have a good relationship with the landlord, who lives above the shop.

To keep costs entirely controlled and managed we are manufacturing the shop fittings and shelving units ourselves. This means that we can make the units freestanding and movable to other locations should the need arise. We also love designing and making so the process from start to finish will be a complete pleasure.

We have opened accounts with some key independent suppliers and have many contacts directly with magazine and print makers locally and around the world.

Two exhibition and zine projects are ready to go with eager, talented young creatives at the helm, alongside securing a series of limited edition prints from 6 local artists.

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    Invite to launch party

    Pledge and receive a personal invite to our launch party in April. Are you a photographer/artist/designer/future customer? We want to meet and share a beer with you at our grand opening.

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    Ltd edition mini print + pin badge

    As a thank you we will send you a high quality limited edition mini print from our private collection + a pin badge and sticker emblazoned with our logo.

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    Rare Mags screen printed tote

    Like our logo? Want it on a bag so you can stuff it full of fantastic magazines? We will send you a limited edition organic cotton tote bag.

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    Exclusive Rare Mags ltd edition print

    6 local artists/creators have collaborated with us and produced an incredible range of exclusive prints. Only available through this kickstarter. Choose this reward and we will send you a Rare Mags exclusive, high quality, limited edition A3 print of your choice.

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    Print + Tote

    We will send you a Rare Mags kickstarter exclusive, high quality, limited edition A3 print of your choice by one of the artists we are working with, plus a screen printed organic cotton tote to carry your fantastic magazines around in.

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    The super backer

    As a special thank you for help making Rare Mags possible, we will print your name in the first zine that we publish and send it to you. You will also receive all the other items. You are super and we want to acknowledge that.

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