March Break Thrift Shop Scores

March Break Thrift Shop Scores

Every once in a while, I prowl our local thrift shop.* Every time I post an album and say “hey, I bought this for $2!” this is where I’ve found it. It’s also worth noting, before we go much further, that I have come across many wonderful things there that I’ve left behind. Why? Quality of the item. So many times I’ve found great things, like a CD I really want, and everything is in great shape except the CD is all scratchy because some people are animals and treat their CDs like an animal would. I will only buy from there when the whole item is in perfect shape. Collection integrity!

Now, I haven’t been keeping stats on success rates, but it’s more often that I don’t find anything at all that I’d want. However, every once in a while, I find some cool things. A good recent example is that Peter Gabriel album I posted about, the one all sung in German. The cool finds make it worth all the times I don’t find anything.

On a recent foray, I did find some cool things, in a few formats. Thought I’d tell you about it:

DVD: rage against the machine – Live At The Grand Olympic Auditorium ($2.99)

This is cool because it documents (what was, at the time) their last gig. Of course, they reunited in 2007 but at the time, when everyone thought this was going to be the end, emotions were gonna be high. Can’t wait to watch it.

BOOK: C.R. Avery – 38 Bar Blues** ($1.99)

Cool collection of poetry from this one-of-a-kind artist. I read snippets here and there and I can’t wait to dig further into it!

CASSETTES***: Beatles – The Beatles Ballads: 20 Original Tracks/ 20 Greatest Hits ($0.99 each)

I looked these up on Discogs, and in the NM or M condition of my copies, they’re worth enough to hang onto them. Very cool!

CD: The Story Of THEM featuring Van Morrison: The Anthology 1964-1966 (2CD) ($1.99)

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw this! I sure do love me some Van Morrison, and his early years have been a hole in my collection thus far. But this set, my goodness! CD1 is 26 tracks, CD2 is 24. I went from not having much Them in my collection to having 50 tracks of awesome sauce, all in one fell swoop!

When we got home, I looked this up on Amazon, and I was shocked to see these prices: Used from $81.69, new at $120.95! Of course, I went on Discogs and there are two copies (one used, one new) for under $40, but still. I paid $2 for the whole 2CD set! SCORE!

And there you go.

I was quite happy with my little finds, and for $8.95 total, I think I got some pretty great scores.  I’ll keep trolling the bins, never know what will turn up next…


* For those of you in Canada, yep, it’s our local Value Village.
** Yes, this breaks my TBR20 rules of not buying more books, but I couldn’t leave this one, at $2.
*** Yeah yeah, I know, I know, tapes. I’ve never stopped playing them. They work fine for me. 🙂

23 thoughts on “March Break Thrift Shop Scores

    1. keepsmealive says:

      Me too! Well, when they have stuff I’m after. It amazes me how much junk turns up in there – especially in the vinyls. I swear, if I was into religious records from the 60s, I would be in heaven.

      But occasionally, there’s gold in them thar hills, and I count this haul as one such trip. We also got our boy some new pants for real cheap (like, $2 instead of $30), which is excellent because every ten minutes or so his pants are too short, I swear. He grows so fast.

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  1. mikeladano says:

    Jen was at Value Village twice this week and on the second trip found some cool WWII books for my dad. Father’s Day is coming. Great place to hunt for just about anything you can imagine. The weirdness factor is also interesting too.


    1. keepsmealive says:

      That’s awsome! Your Dad and my brother-in-law would get along great. We got him about ten books from VV (bought over time) for Christmas this year. One was even an autographed Christine Blatchford! [Fifteen Days: Stories of Bravery, Friendship, Life and Death from Inside the New Canadian Army (2008)]. We’ve already got one for next December too! My b-i-l has multiple bookshelves full of books about the Cdn military and their involvement in various things. He was in the militia and was a reserve (and a fireman) for years.

      I’ve sent you many texts from VV with pics of the crazy stuff I find (James gets them too 🙂 ). And every so often, I find real gems for you, too! And as much as the STUFF in there can be weird, often times the PEOPLE are just as weird!


      1. J. says:

        Excellent! With all their flaws, they were still ace (and Evil Empire will always be one of my absolute favourite albums).


            1. keepsmealive says:

              Urgency, great word for it!

              I had a quick scan of the DVD (the kids are in the room, so I won’t be watching the whole thing until tonight 🙂 ) and it looks fantastic. I even had a look at the DNC footage in the extras and damn, that looks like quite the scene…

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  2. Deke says:

    Cool score from angst ridden(Rage) to smooth chill (Van) the Melting Pot was cooking in Aaron’s kitchen Yesterday(Beatles)


    1. keepsmealive says:

      And some poetry too! You bet Deke, I’m constantly melting… I’M MELTINNNNNGGG! Hahaha 🙂

      Actually, a place like that is perfect for me. So long as what I find is in great shape, I never know WHAT I’m gonna find!


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