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. 🙂