UK Charity (Thrift) Shop CD Hunting

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

  1. Moray

    Moray Forum Resident

    Glasgow, UK
    Just one time I wish it was Spirogyra and not Spyrogyra. Maybe one day.
  2. JQW

    JQW Forum Resident

    There's currently at 8 charity shops here, all carrying a selection of CDs, with most also carrying records. I tend to visit two or three of them every week, and visit the rest at least once a month.

    Recent acquisitions all from one shop include several jazz titles for about £1 each, and the first recording of Philip Glass's "Music in 12 Parts" for £3. The same shop can be expensive for other titles - they've currently got the recent Rick Astley CD in their window at £4.99, despite the fact that you can pick up a new one for a penny more from the nearby branch of Sainsbury's!
  3. JQW

    JQW Forum Resident

    One local shop recently had the first two Beatles albums under their counter marked at £20 each. I asked to take a look at them, and both were in a really bad shape, badly scratched, torn sleeves, with With The Beatles also missing its inner sleeve.
  4. Mister President

    Mister President Forum Resident

    Makes you wonder who buys that stuff because someone eventually will. I've never seen any Beatles music in a charity shop, did see an Exile on Main Street, early pressing but was £50 which I'm sure was way too much.
  5. detroit muscle

    detroit muscle Senior Member

    Just bought Travis - Singles and an original Led Zeppelin Houses Of The Holy for 99p each from a local charity shop when out for lunch!
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  6. Gibson67

    Gibson67 Life is a Magical Mystery Tour enjoy the ride

    Diss, UK
    Picked these two up at lunchtime, I've not come across this Jimi one, but for £0.99 I couldn't let it pass, the Rumer cd I'm looking forward to listening to.


  7. Dubmart

    Dubmart Forum Resident

    Bristol, UK
    I went yesterday and unless the weather is really bad go all year round, yesterday it was raining all the way, but every weather forecast had said it would be dry so we went anyway and it stopped raining about five minutes after we got to the boot sale, the weather kept most of the competition away and I picked up about forty decent LPs, a Shure M75ED for £1 and a very nice Sony music centre which I will get a new belt for and offer to someone as a very nice alternative to a Crosley as a public service. In the thirty plus years I've been seriously buying records I've never had any finds in a charity shop, I've had Hi Fi and the odd other thing, but not one great record, even back in the eighties there were people creaming off anything good, they still are and what's left is usually trashed and over priced, local record shops are usually cheaper and grade properly.

    My brother who doesn't collect records does get some nice CDs and DVDs from charity shops, but I can get great CDs for between 20p and £1 at boot sales so have no inclination to look in charity shops, likewise books are usually better and cheaper at boot sales.
  8. Dave S

    Dave S Forum Resident

    I found a copy of the Genesis P. Orridge book Painful but Fabulous for a couple of quid. Cheapest copies on Amazon: £250.
  9. Dave S

    Dave S Forum Resident

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  10. JQW

    JQW Forum Resident

    You do occasionally come across something out of the ordinary.

    A few months ago I spotted a double-album in a sleeve that was plain white, other than for a couple of stickers bearing the title of the album. The record labels were printed, but neglected to credit any artist. There was also a printed insert with a list of performers. I suspected it was a promotional or test pressing of an obscure concept album.

    However a brief dig on the history of the obscure record label that issued it revealed that virtually all of their albums came in blank sleeves. The label was tied to a small recording studio based in a seaside town that mainly produced albums or EPs of acts performing in summer season there. The album title was similar to the name of a private school in the area, and this was simply an LP of one of the school's annual revues.

    Still, someone went and bought it, as it disappeared from the shelves after a few days.
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  11. Dave Gilmour's Cat

    Dave Gilmour's Cat Forum Resident

    Thank you!
  12. Dave Gilmour's Cat

    Dave Gilmour's Cat Forum Resident

    I can confirm that this is true:
    Charity Shop Diary: 17/01/15: No Parlez (Barnardo's)
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  13. stepeanut

    stepeanut Forum Resident

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  14. Theadmans

    Theadmans Forum Resident

    Saturday Oxfam Hertford picked up :-

    Miles Davis - Birth Of The Cool (Dutch 1989 Capital CD)

    The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead (Rough Trade CD)

    Jean Michel Jarre - Oxygene (Near Mint 1976 UK LP issue)

    ....none of these are particularly rare but I was pleased with my haul none the less.

    Previously in this store I have got The Beatles Million Sellers EP and Please, Please Me (UK 60s Stereo LP) both in decent condition. Also Mark Lewisohn's The Complete Beatles Sessions Hardback book in near new condition for £10.
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  15. Andrew J

    Andrew J Forum Resident

    South East England
    I agree with a lot of the posters re: Oxfam and others' pricing'.
    Every charity shop epoch has its own book. Currently it's Fifty Shades of Grey, where previously it was Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code. Agree with other posters - vinyl hunting in charity shops is no fun anymore - ridiculous prices, a lot of the time for rubbish in bad condition.
  16. Brummie

    Brummie Well-Known Member

    My problem is that I am an avid book reader so I look for vinyl and come out with paper instead.Records and CDs have nothing on the room taken up by hard back books.
  17. Dave S

    Dave S Forum Resident

    I kinda like hunting for early CDs in charity shops because you can come across plenty of unusual items. 99p for this Japanese classical CD.
    Sure, it's not the black triangle, but pretty cool anyhow. I once came across a CD set of Chinese music. Didin't know much about it, but it may have been a gold CD. Pretty weird.
  18. Bobby Morrow

    Bobby Morrow Forum Resident

    I saw the latest hardback by Graham Norton for 99p last week. Bet he'd be thrilled to see that!
  19. JQW

    JQW Forum Resident

    I popped into a couple charity shops this afternoon. The usual mish-mash of junk CDs on display - still sealed magazine cover-mounts, Ibiza dance music compilations, a Ministry of Sound compilation with a tatty slip-case, and many budget-label classical releases.

    One shop also had a slew of budget label jazz issues, mostly 50-year rule out-of-copyright issues. They also had an odd looking Bill Evans CD with no recording date credit, and with brief notes in French - I presume this was a collection of live takes from the 1970s based on the track listing, but I could be wrong. I may go back and pick it up tomorrow.
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  20. stepeanut

    stepeanut Forum Resident

    It's not only records that can be overpriced.
  21. Bobby Morrow

    Bobby Morrow Forum Resident

    The last real 'find' I saw was the RCA CD of Scary Monsters a few weeks ago. It cost 99p, but I didn't pick it up because I have the SACD! It stood out amongst all the other CDs because of the distinctive RCA spine. The disc looked practically mint too.. I should have bought that and put it on eBay!
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  22. stepeanut

    stepeanut Forum Resident

    Even though I no longer collect Bowie CDs*, I wouldn't have been able to resist that one. Great bargain for someone.

    *Back in the 1990s, I had a complete set of U.K. Bowie RCA CDs.
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  23. Bobby Morrow

    Bobby Morrow Forum Resident

    It had gone the next time I went in. It would have made someone's day.
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  24. Man at C&A

    Man at C&A Forum Resident

    I hope it went to somebody who genuinely wanted it.
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  25. Bobby Morrow

    Bobby Morrow Forum Resident

    Yeah. Probably some greedy beggar who went and stuck it straight on eBay though. Like I would have done.:)

    I was so shocked at seeing it I almost knocked over the pile of Beyoncé, Will Young and Robbie Williams CDs that were directly next to it!
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