Sounds Around: Be Kind Rewind

"Anything you say can and will be held against you...in the court of Robocop."
- Jack Black

Until recently, we thought of Sounds Around on Brockley Road as a cheap and cheerful source of bubble mixture and other brief distractions for kids.

But this is a quick blog in praise of their DVD rental service, which we've recently signed up to and which is good value and offers a better range than you could reasonably expect to be packed in to their limited shelf space.

Not only that, but the whole shop is basically the Be Kind Rewind store brought to life, complete with Sweded DVD box covers and Christmas lights which would fend off a wrecking crew.

38 comments:

osh said...

seconded!

The Cat Man said...

I love this place! Its a gem!

Brockley Kate said...

And they were the only place I could find that would sell me a poppy last month.
Top stuff.

Wild Bill said...

I have never needed something and had Sounds Around not have it (does that make sense?)

Brockley Kate said...

Does anyone know if they have Bleak House on DVD?!

Hugh said...

easyDVD charge about £2 a DVD and have everything.

Why go local?

Brockley Kate said...

Will easyDVD deliver to me in time for Xmas day?

No?

Thought not.

Anonymous said...

There's plenty of places to get films online (legally or otherwise). Most shops will be extinct in 10 years max.

Anonymous said...

Also cheaper than HMV for digital recording media such as blank DVDs and CDs. I always feel good spending my money here too!

Anonymous said...

I just signed up for Sounds Around DVD membership too, was well impressed. The shop guy records what you have taken on little cards, it's so cool!

Sue said...

A great shop that makes an effort - seasonal window displays and high standards of customer service! They the only place I know in Lewisham where you can buy the rechargeable battery packs needed for cordless phones - Currys et al that sell the phones don't sell replacement batteries and expect you to just buy a new phone. Dave will go to his supplier and source the batteries for you. If in doubt, ask Dave!

The Cat Man said...

it is true, the service you get here is something the larger chains should aspire to. It is so refreshing to see a family run business that has survived the on slought of mass glinalusation and cheap Internet deals.

These are the shops I want to see dominate in brockley, traditional, functional and community based. It is one of the last surviving bastions of 'old London' around here so treasure it like you treasure your parents.

Ps: sue is completely right, they put so much effort in their window displays which change every couple of mths! I also joined up to the DVD club about 2yrs ago and have not been disappointed. I also love going in there and finding toys I used to play with as a kid that you cannot find in crappy mass retail toy shops.

I'm not surprised it's one of the only shops selling poppies, I bet the owners of cost cutters don't even live in the Uk!

Tressillian James said...

Sue - was looking for exactly that - rechargeable batteries for cordless phones - will pop in this afternoon. What with that and the EXCELLENT electrician recommendation I received from BC, I'm starting to think maybe we are a community after all - and not just sniping at each other.

(Hmmm maybe I've overdosed on too much Christmas bonhommie)

nobbly brick said...

Maplins in Forest Hill (and other) also have batteries for cordless phones.

Anonymous said...

Sounds Around do also sell Gollywog dolls though. Kind of put me off when I went in the other week.

Anonymous said...

din't sell poppies in Dandelion Blue either...your point is?

Anonymous said...

Sounds Around is an aladdin's cave and should be treasured and is more valuable to Brockley than any number of posh cafes or expensive delis. For craft supplies for children's art projects you can't beat it- I challenge you to find ping pong balls for under a £1 at Maplins!

nobbly brick said...

I wouldn't take up the challenge I'm afraid, Maplins don't sell ping pong balls...

Anonymous said...

do they stock Bush shoes?

Anonymous said...

do they stock Bush shoes?

nobbly brick said...

I doubt it, they stock mainly electrical items

Anonymous said...

Well Bush Shoes are the must have gift of 2008.

Anonymous said...

I did vote for them already in the best of Brockley thread,great shop, great service

Tressillian James said...

I went in today for the first time and bought the batteries for the phone. Was quite happy to see a father buying some marbles for his daughter, and the shopkeeper bringing a box of gifttags out from under the counter so a customer could select exactly the right one.

Anonymous said...

All reminds you of a traditional British christmas doesn't it :-)

Anonymous said...

Ratbag said.....
They will also order in odd light fittings as I discovered when I needed to replace a tube in the counter light in my kitchen. Hurrah for Sounds Around!

jpm said...

I didn't realise they sold Gollywogs. I am going to immediately boycott the place. Catman will be pleased to know that I have reported the store to the Race Relations Board. The members of which do live in this country. (Sadly, Santa, who doesn't live in this country either will not be 'coming' down Catman's chimney. Humbag! I'm sure that's what I meant to write.)

Headhunter said...

Maplins is an electrical supplies chain, it doesn't sell ping pong balls or anything else! More like pre amplifiers, wiring, batteries etc.

BTW, does anyone know the number or address of the local honey producer on Salehurst Rd? Local honey is a good, natural hay fever preventative. I used to buy it at Dandelion Blue, however they have run out an stopped buying it in in readiness for their close down. The last jar I had had a number and address on it, but I chucked it expecting that I would be able to buy more from DB, however I can't now. I emailed DB, but so far no response. Failing the address or number, anyone know any other local shops which sell it?

nobbly brick said...

try here HH:

http://www.kentbee.com/bromley/

Brockley Kate said...

Headhunter - I think Shop On The Hill stocks it; or try the Broca food market?

Tamsin said...

How local is local.
There was a chap selling honey at the Telegraph Hill Farmers Market from Lee - John Galloway, Horn Park Lane, London, SE12

nobbly brick said...

people have bees in Ladywell, that's local

oryx said...

I have a feeling that I recently noticed they were selling local honey in Mr Lawrence's (the shop, not the wine bar.

Hugh said...

Many threads on BC these days - this one included - have an air of unreality about them.

Blah blah blah a shopkeeper said hello to me today then recognised me in the laundrette OMG I think he might he Jesus!

When Britain was full of shops like the ones in Brockley, people couldn't wait for the 1970s to end.

Now we have the internet and bloggers creating ersatz nolstalgia for a world they were too young to know and to the greater tedium of all.

I'm constantly surprised by the effortful jubilation on here. For a trendy outpost of the Guardian-reading Mung Bean Solidarity Chapter for Yummy Mums (South East), BC has come to represent a quite startling lack of honesty.

Big business knows the truth and will have the last word.

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Anonymous said...

So Hugh, when exactly did she leave you?

Hugh said...

When did who leave me what? If you'd finished college rather than getting terminated on acid and weed in a New Cross pub for 4 years, you might be able to follow simple things like current affairs and recent history. You might even have escaped from rented. Hey, no offence. Turn up the space heater and put on that Bauhaus LP again, man. It's freezing in here. (Wannauva brew?)

Janejenvey said...

This thread needs reviving. Brockley's greatest treasures ?
1. Mr Gabriel of Speedy Repairs. Known to many as Angel Gabriel. He comes to your house to fix something and doesn't give up until it's fixed. For an extremely reasonable fee. He's lived in the same house in Brockley all his life.
2.Until they disappeared, Sid and his lovely wife who ran 'SIDS' on the corner of Upper Brockley Road and Lewisham Way. Welcoming,efficient and friendly. What happened to them ?
3. Stephen Senner window cleaner and tree surgeon. Friendly,efficient and local.
4. Turners Hardware in Brockley Road. Lovely people who stock absolutely everything you could want.

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