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30 May 2013
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SatanHimself
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I'm an unabashed lover of thrift stores.  Every week I scour through the racks of vinyl, CDs, DVDs and whatnot.  Sometimes I go for months without finding anything of interest.  Some days it's a treasure trove.

It's rare, but I occasionally find Beatles and solo records.  On one lucky day I found a UA 'A Hard Day's Night" and an Apple 'White Album'.

Outside of Beatles I'm always looking to fill holes in my collection, which I've tried to build as representative of the highest quality of the major music genres.

Today I found a copy of Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre's recording of "War Of The Worlds" as well as a (completely coverless) Apple pressing of George's "Wonderwall Music".

 

Any other thrift store junkies out there?  Any good finds lately?

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31 May 2013
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They never do thrift stores here, I think the concept is foreign to the locals.

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1 June 2013
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I LOVE thrift stores!  Haven't found anything that interesting lately.  I'm ususally looking for clothes, because I'm a 60's and 70's nut when it comes to fashion, it's the best place to go!  I always take a look at everything else, but it's usually the thrift store downtown, and I usually bus down there (especially during tourist season) so I'm not keen on carrying too much.

As far as vinyls go, we have a good record shop downtown with killer stuff!  Last time we went in I got The Plastic Ono Band live in Toronto 1969, and a Beatles "Rarities" album.  a-hard-days-night-john-1

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1 June 2013
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There's no thrift shops near me :( I do love looking in them though. I found one by chance in Florence last year and they had some really good stuff in there: vintage clothes (very expensive but well worth it imo), tonnes and tonnes of records, anything you can think of really. Being right in the centre of the tourist part of the city, it was all really expensive and, typical of me, I left my purse behind. Still nice to look around in there though.

''We're just knocked out. We heard about the sell out. You gotta get an album out, you owe it to the people. We're so happy we can hardly count.''

2 June 2013
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There aren't any thrift stores by me, but there is a record store that always has Beatles stuff. Half-Priced Books usually does, too. I just recently got Extra Texture and Dark Horse on vinyl, which are the only George albums I don't have on cd. 

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4 June 2013
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Today I found a couple of albums I used to own a long time ago, but lost between various moves.  I got 'Venus And Mars' (with one of the stickers!) and 'Wings At The Speed Of Sound'.  That one's not really a great album, but for 2 bucks it's hard to pass up.  

I also found an awesome K-Tel surf compilation I used to see advertised on TV back in 1980, a great collection by The Stylistics, 'Piano Man' by Billy Joel and a CD copy of 'Elephant' by The White Stripes.  Sweet!

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5 June 2013
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I rarely have luck in thrift stores.  My friend has a magic touch, he finds amazing things, like suit jackets or leather jackets worth $500 without a spot!  I just find cheesy plaid shirts that on closer inspection have some tomato stains….

 

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26 June 2013
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A goldmine today!

I bought the hilariously mis-marketed double 'Rock And Roll Music' compilation.  It's funny how in the mid-70s when pop-culture became obsessed with the 1950s that they tried to package the Beatles using '50s imagery.

There were also copies of Red & Blue, but since I own them already I left them for some other lucky music-lover (I am a HUGE proponent of using Red & Blue as the be-all-end-all introduction to all things Beatle).

 

Otherwise, I felt kind of sad because of what I found:  Perfect original copies of 6 Frank Zappa albums, Led Zeppelin AND Black Sabbath's debuts, Stevie Ray Vaughn albums, Jeff Beck and lots of Rush.  And even Dead Kennedys.

It feels like I just bought up a chunk of records from a music fan who died too young.  And then his family just dumped his possessions at a thrift store.  

You just never really know where these things come from sometimes.

 

Another example:  This place recently got a huge stack of really *really* high-end classical vinyls.  I know my vinyl.  I worked in the music industry for most of the 1990s.

When I looked at it, I saw a refined listener and collector.  And after he died, his family razed his possessions and whatever was left over became thrift-store donations.

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27 June 2013
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:(   I really wish I could visit one of these places, it sounds so interesting. I know my mom used to spend hours in them every weekend searching through piles of rubbish until she got to something she might consider buying: sixties clothes, vinyl, old books… Sounds like an idyllic way to spend time to me.

''We're just knocked out. We heard about the sell out. You gotta get an album out, you owe it to the people. We're so happy we can hardly count.''

27 June 2013
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I guess I can consider myself lucky that there are about a dozen thrift stores in my vicinity.  I'm a single Dad so I have to be budget-conscious anyway, but it's remarkable how often I find new and nearly-new clothing and furniture as well.

But now that people seem to be unloading their vinyl and CD collections, it's ridiculous the things you can find.  You can't go wrong with vinyl for a dollar and CDs for two dollars.

Last year I was in a church-run thrift store and I found *every* Pink Floyd album on vinyl from Atom Heart Mother to Wish You Were Here for 25 cents apiece.  

Insane.

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29 June 2013
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SatanHimself said
I guess I can consider myself lucky that there are about a dozen thrift stores in my vicinity.  I'm a single Dad so I have to be budget-conscious anyway, but it's remarkable how often I find new and nearly-new clothing and furniture as well.

But now that people seem to be unloading their vinyl and CD collections, it's ridiculous the things you can find.  You can't go wrong with vinyl for a dollar and CDs for two dollars.

Last year I was in a church-run thrift store and I found *every* Pink Floyd album on vinyl from Atom Heart Mother to Wish You Were Here for 25 cents apiece.  

Insane.

Every single one?! Yes, please consider yourself lucky. I'm having a hard time finding PF vinyl :(

''We're just knocked out. We heard about the sell out. You gotta get an album out, you owe it to the people. We're so happy we can hardly count.''

30 June 2013
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fabfouremily said
There's no thrift shops near me :(

I find that the strangest thing. I went into my local high street the other night, Orpington, and because of this thread, thought I'd count the charity shops between where I got off the bus – halfway up to use the Post Office cashpoint – and the supermarket at the top of the high street. In one half of the high street, I counted nine! Oxfam, Christian Aid, Mencap, PDSA, local hospices, all sorts. And the three or four I use most are all in the other end of the high street because it's nearer. I suppose there are around 15 in my local high street, one of which Mary Portas did one of her makeover series' on a few years ago. I would hate not to have any charity shops nearby.

 

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30 June 2013
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^^ Actually, now I think about it, I do have a charity shop nearby. It's very small though (hence why I forgot it even existed).

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7 July 2013
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There's a thriftshop with clothes just around the corner of my street, but it only has musty old grandma clothes and not the cool vintage ones. Just very uninteresting ghastly stuff. I've never been in a cool thriftshop. In Amsterdam there's a big one called Episode, and I was looking forward to that, but once I got there it was a kick in the teeth. 

There's a new thriftshop which has used furniture in another street close to where I live though, and it's lovely. It just opened a few months ago and they have the cutest stuff. I fell in love with an antique writing desk there. It'd be a waste to put it in my bedroom though. Not to mention the facts it was expensive and that I have no idea how to get it upstairs.

There was also this cute little turqoise coloured cabinet, with an angel imprinted on it. I also fell in love with that, but it was already sold to someone. I hope this shop will last. Very cool and cute stuff, and friendly shopkeepers too.

8 July 2013
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^ That shop sounds really interesting. I love antique furniture, I don't know of any places like that though :(

''We're just knocked out. We heard about the sell out. You gotta get an album out, you owe it to the people. We're so happy we can hardly count.''

10 August 2013
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I didn't buy it, but today I found something nice:

It was a very old copy of the CASSETTE version of 'The White Album', tape #2.  From my years of album-buying, it looked to be from the early-to-mid 1970s.

This was the cover (this scan is from a 1988 version, but it's the same front cover):

The spine was blue, but the catalogue info was different.  And the back flap looked entirely different.

Such a nice thing to see.  If part 1 was there as well, I would have bought them both just to have.

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10 August 2013
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I just got Venus and Mars with both posters and the stickers for two dollars at this little place by my dad's house

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11 August 2013
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unknown said
I just got Venus and Mars with both posters and the stickers for two dollars at this little place by my dad's house

I found Thirty Three and 1/3 (George Harrison) album on cassette at a thrift store years ago. Got it for $1. Still have that tape. ahdn_george_08

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11 August 2013
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No vinyl unfortunately but a charity shop near me sells 5 books off for 50p every now and again. I go with my grandad, who's also a keen reader, with a fiver in my pocket and we come back with a box full! That's why I'm currently reading 3 and I have another 4 or 5 lined up, happy days!

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19 August 2013
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Not exactly a thrift store, but I just came back from a wonderful little used record store up in cottage country and picked up an uncensored copy of the Stones' "Some Girls" for 5 bucks!  

I love when people don't realize what they're selling.  These things usually go for upwards of 30 dollars.

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