UK Charity (Thrift) Shop CD Hunting

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

  1. hominy

    hominy Knows a Little About a Lot

    Location:
    The Land of Kirk
    These days, better records are on their way to the dump than to the thrift store. A local junk removal service runs a "garage sale" every Saturday and the records I have found there over the last year have beat the pants off of anything I've found at thrift stores in the last 5. Experimental folk psych, blues electronica, stuff you just never see. Imagine if he didn't bother and just sent everything to the dump. Maybe thrift stores do still get these kind of records donated, but I'm not likely to ever get a chance to buy them.
     
  2. hominy

    hominy Knows a Little About a Lot

    Location:
    The Land of Kirk
    These days, better records are on their way to the dump than to the thrift store. A local junk removal service runs a "garage sale" every Saturday and the records I have found there over the last year have beat the pants off of anything I've found at thrift stores in the last 5. Experimental folk psych, blues electronica, stuff you just never see. Imagine if he didn't bother and just sent everything to the dump. Maybe thrift stores do still get these kind of records donated, but I'm not likely to ever get a chance to buy them.
     
  3. gohill

    gohill Forum Resident

    Location:
    Glasgow, UK
    I think the last golden age of vinyl in charity shops here was about 2009/2010. After that e-bay had really caught on to most people and the shops began to realise old vinyl was maybe worth more than a few quid in some cases. Since then prices even for pretty beat up average pressings for bands like Queen are going for £20 in Oxfam. Someone must be buying them.

    I had a great few years from about 2006 to 2010 picking up dirt cheap vinyl. Best finds were UK 1st pressing of Astral Weeks on Warner 7 Orange label almost mint for £15 (sounds amazing). I had a lime one the same condition for £10 before that. At Barnados someone dumped a load of Promo pressings on Island Records around that time too (2009). I got minty copies of the seriously expensive and rare Tom Waits Bone Machine and Night On Earth soundtrack for vinyl £3 each (seriously) as well as PJ Harvey's Rid Of Me and Tricky's Mazinquaye vinyl for the same price. Should have been wearing a mask. No chance of that now!
     
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  4. emjel

    emjel Forum Resident

    Location:
    Liverpool
    Had I been in the market, a visit to a couple of charity shops this eeek would have probably given me a complete Jim Reeves collection of albums. I did find a Bowie Hunky Dory CD, which I was over the moon to find, but when I opened the case, there was no CD. A real bummer.
     
  5. Fender Relic

    Fender Relic Forum Resident

    Location:
    PennsylBama
    I'm hitting the thrifts today... 50% off on school closure snow days around here.
     
  6. Mylene

    Mylene Senior Member

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    I got this for AU$1.50 a few years ago. I'd been looking for one for years.
     
  7. onionmaster

    onionmaster Tropical new waver from the future

    I used to enjoy charity shops but since the internet took off, most people would rather sell their stuff online. So what you are left with is the dross people clear out from dead relatives' homes. With boot fairs, you tend to get more lucky, since the people actually want a quick sale so they'll bring things.
     
  8. eddiel

    eddiel Forum Resident

    Location:
    Toronto, Canada
    I hate when that happens. Once I saw a Skynyrd deluxe 2 cd set displayed in a charity shop window for £5. I thought "I'll have that" So I went in and no disc in the case. Since it was on display in the window I would've thought they'd at least checked that a disc was in there. But no. They did not.
     
  9. gohill

    gohill Forum Resident

    Location:
    Glasgow, UK
    Yes that has happened to me many times. Great find, disc missing. Happens a lot with 2cd sets where one of the discs is missing.
     
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  10. Almost Simon

    Almost Simon Forum Resident

    I really enjoyed my time going around the charity shops near where I lived and at work. That was about 6/7 years back. Picked up plenty of bargains but then the shops got a bit too clever and tried to overprice stock. Not even raising to a fair price, just plain daft pricing. So I tend not to bother so much now.

    Nice finds in my record collection from those years:

    Woodstock triple vinyl - plum label - £7.50
    Metallica - Kill Em All (inner lyric sheet signed by Lars and Cliff.) £3
    Springsteen/E Street band - Live 75-85 5lp box - £5 (lovely condition)
    Iron Maiden - Live After Death - 2lp £5
    Black Crowes - Shake Your Moneymaker - mint for £2

    I did turn down a numbered White Album that was £15, the sleeve was a bit tatty but the vinyl was terrible. Still wish I'd bought it for the numbered cover but overall happy with my charity shop crate digging years. Now saving my cash for the secondhand record shops.
     
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  11. beccabear67

    beccabear67 Musical Omnivore

    Location:
    Victoria, Canada
    I asked at one Canadian junk shop if they ever had any 45 singles. For some reason the proprietor thought nobody would want those and just never bothered to put out what he had, but said if I came in again later when his one assistant could cover the counter he'd haul out the boxes. The LPs in this place had been pretty good and cheap so I'm thinking I'm on to something! Visions of rare picture sleeves and obscure local garage groups dancing in my head, or at least maybe a Four Seasons or Bill Haley I don't have. I come back later and he's gotten out two really dirty cardboard boxes with stacks of old 45s nobody has gone through, I can take what I want two for a dollar... never seen such a collection of dogs! Took forever to go through and desperate to find something rather than nothing all I bought was one hammered single on the Allied label of Rich Little impersonating Canadian prime-ministers Lester Pearson and John Diefenbaker. So much for being the first to go through two boxes of all pre-1976 45s. I bet the guy was disgusted too. There were awful records from telephone companies and tourism bureaus, language courses and polka combos, all 100% boring. :shake:
     
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  12. gohill

    gohill Forum Resident

    Location:
    Glasgow, UK
    The one thing that really bugged me for a while is Oxfam had a habit of pricing rare or desirable albums at top value as per seen on ebay but paid no heed to the condition. You would have Island Pink Label albums out at £60 with a sticker saying "condition: good" then take it out and it was absolutely scratched to bits. They seemed to think that an albums value was based solely on its rarity irrespective of its condition. Crazy.
     
  13. Dubmart

    Dubmart Forum Resident

    Location:
    Bristol, UK
    Not just Oxfam guilty of that, funny how so many people can learn to read a price guide well enough to look records up, but totally fail to read any of the bits that refer to grading and how much condition dictates the price or the fact there are different pressings of things.
     
  14. Jim B.

    Jim B. Forum Resident

    Location:
    UK
    I don't think you have anything to even faintly feel guilty about or defend your actions over. That's surely the whole point in why many of us spend time going through crap in charity shops - the hope one day we will find something special.
     
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  15. beccabear67

    beccabear67 Musical Omnivore

    Location:
    Victoria, Canada
    You could tell these people pricing based on ebay to at least look at what actually sold under completed listings, or better yet tell them about popsike which collects only actual sales.
     
  16. Dubmart

    Dubmart Forum Resident

    Location:
    Bristol, UK
    Even Popsike has plenty of sales that weren't completed, a few years back a huge number of Reggae and Ska auctions were deliberately wrecked, I'm talking many thousands of items bid up and never paid for those auctions are still distorting Popsike, likewise when looking at Popsike it's best to look at what things have fetched recently rather than highest prices which can often be what something was fetching more than five years ago, lots of records have actually come down in price since the internet made many more copies available and burst peoples delusions of rarity.
     
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  17. eddiel

    eddiel Forum Resident

    Location:
    Toronto, Canada
    You shouldn't feel guilty and, IMO, you didn't need to justify what you did either. The original question was nonsense anyway.
     
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  18. eddiel

    eddiel Forum Resident

    Location:
    Toronto, Canada
    You definitely have to take some of the data with a grain of salt and also accept the good with the bad. You can't just look at the high prices and ignore the auctions that were low. You also can't just look at the final results. You need to see if there's any data re: condition and I agree, filter to see the most recent auctions prices. I've come across plenty of examples where the highest prices were very different to current prices.

    I think it's best to use Popsike, Discogs, Ebay (sold auctions) and Collectorsfrenzy as guides. Study the detail to make sure you are comparing like for like.
     
  19. Mister President

    Mister President Forum Resident

    Location:
    London
    Just picked up a vinyl mint condition original press of this for £5. Saw on discogs it goes for a LOT more...2PLS with gatefold.

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  20. irwin69

    irwin69 Forum Resident

    Location:
    London UK
    The sun was out and so I popped into local charity shop on the way to work this morning and came out with:

    Status Quo - Piledriver - Vertigo Swirl (looks like at least EX) with inner sleeve £7
    Rolling Stones - Out of Our Heads Mono Groove (looks like EX+) £18
    Three Tenors - Scarce 1994 2LP set £3
    Pink Floyd - The Wall Japan - Black Face CD £3.99
    Queen - Greatest Hits - Japan Red Face CD £1.99
    Roxy Music - Avalon - Orig W.Germany 'EG CD £1.99

    Looking forward to comparing Avalon against the SHM SACD.
     
  21. smartiepants

    smartiepants Senior Member

    loads of charity shops here in Bedfordshire but usually bugger all in them apart from the usual tat

    I made a stupid bet with someone a while to collect a copy of all the Top of the Pops volumes from charity shops, i think there are over 80 to get, even these can be hard to find but its just a bit of fun as they will never get played and will more than likely go back to the various charity shops when I have completed the task
     
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  22. Leepal

    Leepal Forum Resident

    Location:
    Swindon, UK
    I once bought one of those TOTP albums just to hear their version of "Pretty Vacant".
     
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  23. parkgrover

    parkgrover Forum Resident

    There was a good charity place called Emmaus near where my mum lived in Bedfordshire UK, had a few good finds there last couple of years:
    David Live 2 x Lp set - £3
    Pet Sounds 1966 original Lp - £2 - nearly had a heart attack coming across this!
    John Lennon - Shaved Fish LP - £3
    Scott Walker LP comp £2
    Crosby Stills and Nash original LP - £3

    Never found much in Charity shops in London in terms of LPs though, but some good CDs such as Bee Gees Odessa for £1
     
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  24. Dave S

    Dave S Forum Resident

    I guess Avalon is the regular WG silver stock disc and not the red face version. Good score nevertheless. I never see the early Roxy discs in charity shops.
     
  25. JQW

    JQW Forum Resident

    There were 91 volumes issued in the original run between 1968 and 1982. The series was relaunched in 1985 with Volume 92, but that was it. In addition there were over a dozen compilations covering the 'best' music of an individual year.
     

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