UK Charity (Thrift) Shop CD Hunting

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by MC Rag, Jan 17, 2016.

  1. Dubmart

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    Just seen a really nice microwave put out on a wall, unfortunately my arthritis is really playing up leaving me with zero gripping ability in one hand and it was a bit big and far to carry under one arm.
     
  2. Dubmart

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  3. Eric_Generic

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    Definitely fair, sadly.

    EG.
     
  4. biilyedwards

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  5. Eric_Generic

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    It's good that we'll be able to donated again soon. Those sound like sensible plans.

    Going in the shops looks like being a no-no for me. And I want to pay by cash.

    EG.
     
  6. MC Rag

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    Hi guys, as we're not sourcing any new stuff I thought I might write a little bit about some of the more interesting / less common cds I've picked up from Charity Shops over the past year or 2 :

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    So from top left:


    Colour Haze - Los Sounds De Krauts. A 2CD set on the Elektrohasch label (that probably gives you a clue as to what's inside:) ) Fuzzed Stoner Rock which is actually pretty good. Take some Hawkwind, a dash of Monster Magnet, a bit of Hendrix and bob's your uncle!

    Me - Harmonise or Die. Nice jangley indie from 1993. I'd never heard of the band but they're a band local to me - Bristol, and with the title Harmonise or Die, for 99p I had to give it a punt and I'm glad I did.

    Bessie Smith - Blue Spirit Blues. I like to have a bit of music from all eras and this one fits the bill for the 1920s/30s perfectly. Sound quality is amazing for how old it is and Bessie is just a bad ass, raunchy blues singer.

    Soft Cell - Non Stop Ecstatic Dancing. I dearly love my CD of Non Stop Erotic Cabaret one of the first I ever bought. I fell in love with Soft Cell dancing to Tainted Love in Discos in Hong Kong as a teenager in the 80s. Wow, a long time ago! Anyway was down in Exmouth for a caravan holiday with the family, but managed to sneak away into town one afternoon and came across this beauty which I didn't even know existed! Sweeeet!

    Various - NOW Dance 901. You gotta love a bit of early 90s dance music and here you get 2CD of it, all in 12" mixes . D-Mob, Soul II Soul, De La Soul, Lil Louis, Inner City, Neneh Cherry, etc. I challenge you to not start body poppin' all over the place as soon as Get Up Before the Night is Over by Technotronic comes on. My 9 year old son loves this one and we're both dripping with sweat by the time it's over. Beats the hell out of the playlist Joe Wicks puts on in the mornings.

    Annie Fischer - Schubert & Liszt. Just amazingly powerful piano playing by 'Ashtray Annie' as she was known, due to her prodigious smoking habit! Some people think her set of Beethoven Sonatas is the best there is - I'm on the lookout for it at a reasonable price.

    OST - Some Kind of Wonderful. I haven't seen this 1987 John Hughes film but it sounds like I would enjoy it. The soundtrack is fab: Pete Shelley (Buzzcocks), Jesus & Mary Chain, Flesh for Lulu, March Violets, etc. This along with the soundtrack to Midnight Express are two of my favourites.

    Various - It Wasn't my Idea to Dance. A very eclectic compilation. I mean Amorphous Androgynous next to Edgar Broughton Band, then some Kevin Ayers, followed by Syd Barrett, and that's just the first four tracks. Dig it!

    Love, Peace & Trance. A 1995 Japanese CD by a band put together by Haruomi Hosono of Yellow Magic Orchestra and Apryl Fool fame. This one is kind of a cheat I suppose, I bought it from Oxfam Online and paid a tenner for it, but it was well worth it - Really great ambient/electronic/pop music. There's nothing else really like it. The jewelcase is thicker than a normal CD case, but slightly thinner than the mid-size Japan fatcases, if packaging is your thing, the CD is then housed in a thick card slipcase. The Japanese really outdo every other country with their wrapping! I love it.

    Ok that's it for now. Would love to hear about your special charity acquisitions.
     
  7. bob60

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    I just saw that Pet Shop Boys book 'Catalogue' in the window of Oxfam for £35.
    I bought that brand new in HMV sale for £6.
     
  8. Dubmart

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    I haven't done a comprehensive check, but there are zero signs of reopening in any of my local charity shops even though pretty much all other non food retail outlets have signs up and seem to be aiming to reopen on Monday, other than those that look like they've given up entirely, almost all of the charities will have to do some rearranging if they want to follow the 2 metre rule and no signs of that either.
     
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  9. mark e

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    i have got so desperate for 'new to me' stuff to listen to that yesterday i dug out all the Hip Hop Connections cover mounts from the 2000-2005 (give or take) and added them to the archive.
    been bloody brilliant fun, and found some absolute crackin' old school hip hop cds.
    may have to dig the actual magazines out of the attic and just soak up the whole scene again.

    as for getting back into the real world, i suspect that my little high street charity shops will not be back in business for quite a while - if at all.
    they are all very small places, and social distancing will not be possible.
     
  10. uncarvedbloke

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    The shop I volunteer in seems to have set up a one way system through it, having got rid of bulky furniture to create the space needed, luckily it is a long rectangle. I am apprehensive about returning back there just now.
     
  11. Dubmart

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    I've read through the pack our local council has sent out to retailers, it's advice and links to official web sites, also if they have 5 or more employees/volunteers they will need a written risk assessment, assuming you have no underlying health issues and are not in a vulnerable group, you could wait and see what they implement then ask to read all the paperwork including the risk assessment, if you are still apprehensive I don't think anyone will blame you for not going back at the moment, only you can decide that.
     
  12. Man at C&A

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    I can't wait!

    I can't wait to look through the crap that isn't good enough for them to put on eBay!

    Genuinely, I'm not overly bothered how long it takes for the charities to reopen, but I can't wait to be in a record shop again. The wait is driving me mad!

    It's not necessarily because I want to buy loads of records. That would be good, it's more because record shopping is what I do, it's a big part of me and having it taken away has had at least a small negative impact on me, but I think it's been more than that.
     
  13. Dubmart

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    My favourite boot sale is open on Sunday, you can imagine how much stuff is going to be for sale, the catch is my mate's car isn't working and neither of us know anything about fixing them or anybody who does, I'm getting rather desperate.:cry::realmad:

    Just had a thought, MC Rag you got a car?:laugh:
     
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  14. Man at C&A

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    I don't think I could contemplate a car booty just yet. I can't imagine how they're going to work. I can see myself going to some in the late summer though. I haven't been to many for years as I was working when they were on or just too tired now, but I'm not working at the moment.
     
  15. Dubmart

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    Wide spacing, one way system etc., to be honest the streets near me are likely worse, young people don't seem to care any more, plus I'll be there at 6am and gone before it gets busy, I have plenty of gloves as well.
     
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  16. carrolls

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    The last time I was in a UK charity shop, Oxfam Leeds in July, somebody seemed to dump a load of 1985 CDs. Bronski Beat, China Crisis, Kim Wilde, Kathrina And The Waves, The Cult and New Musak.
    They were all from the same guy because each one had a tiny blue sticker on the spine. I picked up the Kim Wilde cd because I knew it was rare.
     
  17. Man at C&A

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    I can imagine New Musik being rare too.
     
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  18. Eric_Generic

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    Exactly how I am feeling. It's starting to really have an effect, the longer it goes on.

    As for New Musik, I found a "Nice Price" 90s reissue of the 1st New Musik CD early last year and was pretty happy about that. There's the Lemon reissue, of course, but you never know what those might be like.

    EG.
     
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  19. Man at C&A

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    I don't know much about New Musik, but they seem to have that very of the time thing that makes early CDs rare. Like how the Men Without Hats CD is rare and valuable.
     
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  20. MC Rag

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    I do! But I'm not quite ready to be going out and about yet where there's a ton of people. To the woods yes, down to the river Severn for a walk yes, otherwise no. I haven't been to a supermarket since lockdown started.

    Mart you must be desperate if you're willing to share dibs at your favourite carbooty :) :)
     
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  21. MC Rag

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    I'd have probably had them all, if only for the smooth cases.
     
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  22. Dubmart

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    I'm beyond desperate, been looking at car hire, but unless you can get to the airport it's ridiculous money, give me a lift and you can go off and explore the lovely Somerset countryside while I risk my life to get vinyl.:laugh:

    I'll let you have all the Classical CDs.:agree:
     
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  23. MC Rag

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    :) Do you have any idea what might be wrong with the car? I could call some friends in Bristol to see if they have any car mechanic mates. Are car repair places still totally closed?
     
  24. carrolls

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    I already had the New Musik Anywhere CD. It still can be got relatively cheaply.
     
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  25. Eric_Generic

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    From A To B (the 1994 CD I found) has been reissued a few times! Wow. Currently on its 3rd incarnation at least.

    Same with Anywhere.

    EG.
     
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