6 August 2013
I found George Harrison's Best of Dark Horse: 1976-1989 for $6 at a Mr. K's. Finally got "Blow Away" on something other than cassette.
15 August 2012
On CD today: Radiohead's "There There" CD single. With the amazing "Paperbag Writer" b-side. It even had the mini-poster in it. And The Decemberists' 'The Crane Wife'. This is a band I've been wanting to experience properly (ie: Not downloading for free), and this album has not disappointed.
23 July 2013
29 August 2013
They have a couple of 2nd hand music / games / comic stores here in Canberra, unfortunately one of the better ones closed just recently, in spite of all the money I spent there.
So far the best purchase I have had is the boxed Lennon Anthology set, it cost me A$60 but it is in pristine condition. Also got "Kisses On The Bottom" new for $9. Not amazing prices globally but great locally
6 August 2013
I keep waiting for the day when I find Yesterday... and Today with the butcher cover in a thrift store around here. (And there's a LOT of thrift stores in this area.) I figure it'll happen eventually.
17 January 2013
"Please don't bring your banjo back, I know where it's been.. I wasn't hardly gone a day, when it became the scene.. Banjos! Banjos! All the time, I can't forget that tune.. and if I ever see another banjo, I'm going out and buy a big balloon!"
29 August 2013
Ah - nice one - it's the posters I miss the most after selling my LP collection many years ago. CDs and their inserts are SO wimpy. Luckily I had 2 copies of the White Album so I kept a copy of the photos and poster (yes, I did tell the buyer only one of the LPs had them )
Erm, back on topic, the local store has the 2CD Amnesty Darfur set for $9 - I have my eyes on that one for this coming week-end.
15 August 2012
I found 2 Mary Hopkin singles the other day. "Those Were The Days" and "Goodbye", which as many of you know are excellent songs ("Goodbye" is a Lennon-McCartney composition). Sadly, neither had their original Apple sleeves. Still though, for 50 cents each it was a good find.
22 December 2013
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.
I'm not sure how often that you get back up here to Campbell River, but since you mentioned before that you're from here, check out the 'Pier Street Trading Post' which is one of the better second-hand stores I've seen. While clothes aren't really their forte, they have lots of Beatles' vinyl, including the solo years at great prices (they usually knock the price down even more at checkout). Also, the 'FabFourEver' Beatles tribute act plays the Tidemark Theatre on Saturday if you're looking for something FAB to do this weekend...:-)
3 May 2012
Why do they knock the price down once you've already decided to buy the thing at the higher price...
I haven't found anything of interest lately, mostly just useless tat.
Moving along in our God given ways, safety is sat by the fire/Sanctuary from these feverish smiles, left with a mark on the door.
(Passover - I. Curtis)
7 April 2013
31 October 2013
Mr Bellamy said
Recently purchased a copy of Choba B CCCP (the Russian album), a copy of Venus And Mars (with posters and stickers) for £10 plus a plethora of singles from a very good local record shop in Edinburgh.
I have an original Venus And Mars with posters and stickers that was bought (I believe) when it was first released, never been resold.
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7 February 2014
This is not technically a thrift store find, but it doesn't deserve its own topic.
My son and his gf were in town yesterday, and looked through the family collection of 200+, mostly pre-1970 vinyl. I thought all the Beatles albums had been appropriated during a rough time in my early 20s when I was living from couch to couch, but we found one that I had never heard of. I'll tell the story of discovery in some detail, first because it's exciting, and second to possibly help new collectors identify exactly which albums they have and how rare they are (I know with us, the monetary value isn't a big deal, as we probably aren't going to sell them).
First off, look for multiple cites with the same information. There were an incredible number of Beatles albums released, and the difference between very rare and very common can be as minor as the order of the credits on the label (author - singer or singer - author). Some sites had more detail while others missed some, and some had conflicting info. I searched on the (sleeve) record number, SW-385, and the (sleeve) album name, Hey Jude. Many of you will know this is an early 1970 USA release. The Apple label identified it as an early release. The fact that the label and the matrix number were SO-385, not SW, means it was the first pressing. And finally, the label had the album title as "The Beatles Again" (as opposed to the spine title). Determining exactly what this meant took careful comparison of lots of similar labels. It identified it as a very early version that was pulled from the shelves, as the album's title had just been finalized as Hey Jude as the first copies were shipped (the sleeve had been corrected but not the vinyl). One source indicated this version could be found on shelves as late as 1973, but it's still quite rare. An unopened copy with the rarest sticker just sold on ebay for $2k USD! It doesn't have one of the very rare alternate back sleeve pictures, but that's the kind of thing you might discover you own by doing the research. And yes, I know this doesn't happen very often, but there are so many slightly different Beatles releases, and you can never know just how rare a particular copy is. To me it's part of the excitement of being a Fabfan.
Fortunately, my dad took good care of his albums. I'm not a record grader, but considering there are no visible scratches, and not any pop and crackle, I think the vinyl is NM. Unfortunately, 40 years of sometimes poor storage conditions has left the sleeve in G condition at best. (the scale is NM (near mint), EX/VG+ (EX is the European designation and VG+ the equivalent US grade), VG, G, F, and P). Each notch down in condition cuts the value in half. I'm not sure given the widely different conditions of the sleeve and vinyl, but it should worth at least $100 USD based on the vinyl alone. Again, I won't be selling it - my oldest son collects vinyl too so it will go to his collection once his life stabilizes after college. I got him a fairly rare copy of Revolver for his birthday. When I can afford it, I'm going to get the best of our vinyl digitized to preserve the vinyl "sound" as well the vinyl itself.
Some songs sound like different mixes than I've ever heard (and some comments I found on boards indicated that others noticed the same thing with different versions of stuff), so I'm not sure what that means. It was produced by George Martin. The track listing follows:
Hey Jude, Old Brown Shoe, Don't Let Me Down (definitely not the Let it Be or Naked mix there, and I don't think the single or Anthology versions either), and Ballad of John and Yoko. I promise to get a needle-drop version to share via youtube when I get the money!
So that was my excitement for the week (other than my son and his very cool gf driving the 3 hours to visit). For fun and learning, research your vinyl!
If you're interested, the other albums in the collection are mostly average, in average condition and many are re-releases. By far the most valuable is a 78 of my father at age 10 (1948) playing the piano. It's the only time my kids have ever heard either grandfather's voice. There are a few that may have some monetary value, but again, they are practically family heirlooms at this point. I stupidly slit open the cellophane on Rush's Moving Pictures to play for my son, who didn't care for it. Another highlight is the box set of conductor George Szell's seminal work, Beethoven's 9 symphonies with the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra.
EDIT: xposted to the vinyl thread
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