More adventures in record collecting - The UK charity shop.

Discussion in 'Marketplace Discussions' started by Brummie, Mar 12, 2017.

  1. Azura

    Azura Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Scotland East
    Charity shops are not worth looking in for vinyl round my way with the exception of Oxfam, especially Glasgow where I have scored some real goodies, guess they didn't know who Jane Siberry and Hugo Largo were or I would not have got mint copies for £2.99 each. Oxfam Dundee and Glasgow tend to be very good for old music mags.

    Best use nowadays is for CDs and they really do have some quite good ones all over the place, well, some not so good too. I am on the hunt for AAD's but I think the bigger shops maybe don't take them so readily as they are more likely to look old. Saw the Stooges first today though.

    Most common finds? The Magic Numbers is everywhere, they must have remaidered it to charity shops. I swear every shop in Dundee has a copy. And coming up very close behind them are the Kings Of Leon, who I must listen to sometime because I could have got most of their records yesterday in the course of about five minutes. Every shop had one, one had about six.

    The uber rich socialite and suicide of the Jazz Age, Harry Crosby, inherited a library of extremely rare books from a relative and surreptitiously placed them in small secondhand bookstores without the owners knowing so that customers might find a rare first of goodness knows what. Perhaps someday we will have his equivalent... ("Saucerful of Secrets? In Mono? Huh?")

    BTW, My experience re-charity shops and secondhand bookstores is the same as Dubmart's and I saw (and heard) the last secondhand bookshop owner in Dundee give up when Oxfam opened their dedicated store. Groucho's survives though, they have been at it a long, long time.
     
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  2. Man at C&A

    Man at C&A Forum Resident

    Location:
    England
    Three original Duane Eddy albums and The Good, The Bad & The Ugly soundtrack today for £1 each.

    Playing Especially For You by Duane now. Sounds great. One of the three Duane's is knackered on the opening track, lots of loud hiss, but the other two are better albums and are sounding excellent. They all needed a very thorough clean though.
     
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  3. minibreakfast

    minibreakfast Active Member

    Location:
    Suffolk, UK
  4. Dave Gilmour's Cat

    Dave Gilmour's Cat Forum Resident

  5. gary191265

    gary191265 Forum Resident

    Location:
    UK
    I was in Oxfam in Bristol a few weeks ago, where amongst all the usual charity shop fayre, there was a nice copy of 'Wish' by The Cure. My daughter loves that album, so I was going to get it for her until I saw the price...£80!
     
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  6. Frederick Mars

    Frederick Mars Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Medway, UK
    WOW - great haul! That belly dancing album looks so cool.
    I crapped out a little this weekend only managing to visit one shop and get one thing - Suede 'Dog Man Star'. Could easily have picked up a few more copies of the Titanic soundtrack though or the entire back catalogue of S Club 7.
     
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  7. Giant Hogweed

    Giant Hogweed Forum Resident

    Location:
    Exeter, Devon, UK
    I was in an Oxfam in Budleigh Salterton on Saturday and one CD in there was £14! I can't remember who it was by but no one special, I don't think there was any chance it would sell.
     
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  8. Frederick Mars

    Frederick Mars Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Medway, UK
    I'm down south and Oxfam are the most expensive by far - very often £3 for cds that you can pick up for 50p nearby. Had a nice find a few minutes ago during my lunch hour - Wings Over America for 0.99p - in the first issue box.
     
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  9. serendipitydawg

    serendipitydawg Active Member

    Location:
    UK
    I just checked on discogs. Out of the 17 copies on offer, 15 sellers wanted more than that!
     
  10. gary191265

    gary191265 Forum Resident

    Location:
    UK
    This was a charity shop, not even a dedicated vinyl charity shop. I don't know about you but when I donate to them (which we do lots, with books particularly), I don't really want to see the stuff go out on sale for more than I can often buy it new for. It's not my version of altruism.
     
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  11. serendipitydawg

    serendipitydawg Active Member

    Location:
    UK
    Couldn't agree more, Gary!

    The more iniquitous thing about Oxfam is that they started the trend for ludicrous prices (£14 for a second hand CD indeed!). Where Oxfam lead, nearly all the other charity shops follow
     
  12. Dave S

    Dave S Forum Resident

    I would like to know what title it was because my local Oxfam sells their CDs for 99p/£1.99 doubles. It would have to be something special to match that £14 price tag.
     
  13. Frederick Mars

    Frederick Mars Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Medway, UK
    Their books are often over-priced to.
     
  14. carrolls

    carrolls Forum Resident

    Location:
    Dublin
    Once the charity shops get the knowledge, the prices inevitably rocket and all is lost.
    There is a charity shop in Dublin who started doing this last year.
    They tend to get in great 80's CDs, but they seem to know how much they go for on eBay and charge a bit less than the eBay price.
    I bought two CDs from them. One was Pink Floyd The Wall MFSL without the slip case (€40) and the other was a Visage Red faced Polydor. (€25).
     
  15. Dave Gilmour's Cat

    Dave Gilmour's Cat Forum Resident

    Thanks! Yes, I see quite a few S Club 7 CDs. Also Dido and Oasis. And Shania Twain.
     
  16. minibreakfast

    minibreakfast Active Member

    Location:
    Suffolk, UK
    Very slim pickings in the chazzas of late, but I did find a nice copy of Ram on Saturday for a pound, tucked away in a box of the usual K-Tel and Readers Digest comps.
     
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  17. Shadderz

    Shadderz New Member

    Was thinking about slowing down my charity shop hunting...then found a copy of Lennons 'Plastic Ono Band' and Dexys 'Don't stand me Down' in a 50p box at the weekend.

    It's probably not worth the time and effort hunting nowadays but I still get a kick when I find something!
     
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  18. Dave Gilmour's Cat

    Dave Gilmour's Cat Forum Resident

    Vinyl or CD? Either way, impressive finds.
     
  19. Shadderz

    Shadderz New Member

    Both on vinyl. I haven't really bought many cds for 10 - 15 years however they are quite hard to resist at current prices! A charity shop local to me sells them for 50p each or four for £1. I've even found myself buying albums i already have on vinyl...not good when space is an issue!
     
  20. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    Charity shop vinyl I find under the category CTF ( chewed to) poor old Jim Reeves was a party favorite it seems.
     
  21. Frederick Mars

    Frederick Mars Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Medway, UK
    James Last is big in the South East shops at the moment. Some classical but no jazz or country.
     
  22. Giant Hogweed

    Giant Hogweed Forum Resident

    Location:
    Exeter, Devon, UK
    I can't remember for the life of me what it was, which shows how memorable it must have been. It wasn't rock, got a feeling it was something singer-songwritery or easy listening. In comparison I bought a Larry Carlton album in there for £1.99 a few months previously.
     
  23. Dave Gilmour's Cat

    Dave Gilmour's Cat Forum Resident

  24. JP Christian

    JP Christian Forum Resident

    Latest Charity shop haul - Oxfam, Esher on Thursday: CDs £1.99 each which is a little pricey for me usually, but these mint CDs were worth shelling out for:

    Suzanne Vega - Solitude Standing - original USA disc, no barcode
    The Marshall Tucker Band - Greatest Hits - USA disc (AJK)
    Billy Joel - Piano Man - original UK CBS (disc made in Japan), no barcode
    Paul Simon - Graceland - original, german manufactured disc (mirror centre - never seen before)
    Buddy Holly - From The Original Master Tapes (mastered by our esteemed host!) - German disc (MCAD-5540), no barcode
    Goodfellas - OST original german disc
    Eagles - On The Border - original german disc, no barcode

    £14 well spent!
     
  25. Alexlotl

    Alexlotl Forum Resident

    Location:
    York, UK
    Picked up the original (and as far as I can tell from the search here, best) CD mastering of Wednesday Morning, 3AM by Simon and Garfunkel for £1 the other day.

    Also found a lovely condition copy of Obelix & Co, a book I never owned as a child, but that's for a different forum.
     
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