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Vinyl - you can't give it away!

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The wife's auntie has just sadly passed away, and her cousin asked if I wanted some records that he had come across during the house clearance, as I'm probably the only one in the family with a vinyl collection, and more importantly, something to play them on.  I sorted through what I wanted and put the rest in the car boot, destined for a charity shop.  Save The Children would only take the albums, didn't want any singles.  The Salvation Army didn't take vinyl at all.  The Red Cross took the singles but asked if I would like to Gift Aid them, to which I politely replied that I was a non taxpayer.

Seems like the vinyl revival hasn't caught on with the charity shops yet.

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A few months ago one of the charity shops here did a window display of vinyl album covers.

I did a double-take when I saw it. :)

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There used to be an Oxfam in Southampton that did pretty much nothing but vinyl, if I remember correctly.

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Oxfam also have a shop that specialises in vinyl in Ealing 

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On 2/16/2017 at 16:04, Steve S 60 said:

 

Seems like the vinyl revival hasn't caught on with the charity shops yet.

Some of my best have come from Charity shops. :thumbup:

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My mum worked in a charity shop until a year or so ago, the staff were told, years ago,  NOT to put ANY vinyl records, that were brought in, on sale until an "expert" had been round to check what they were. 

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10 hours ago, Kegsy said:

My mum worked in a charity shop until a year or so ago, the staff were told, years ago,  NOT to put ANY vinyl records, that were brought in, on sale until an "expert" had been round to check what they were. 

I met such an 'expert' in a vinyl-only Oxfam shop who was pricing records and he clearly had absolutely no clue what Mint-Excellent-VG-Good-Totally F***ed meant. He was somewhat annoyed when I pointed out that a completely worn-out Beatles 45 might not, in fact, be worth £50 but would make an excellent ashtray instead.

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10 hours ago, Kegsy said:

My mum worked in a charity shop until a year or so ago, the staff were told, years ago,  NOT to put ANY vinyl records, that were brought in, on sale until an "expert" had been round to check what they were. 

A mate of mine was one of the experts that would check the vinyl, he had a record shop and pulled out some nice stuff over the years, including two mint Keith Christmas LP's still shrink wrapped, they had been on his wants list for many years.  He knew very little about Northern or rare soul and I had some real bargains off him.

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Over here in the Netherlands they have what are known as kringloopwinkels - basically, 2nd hand shops of varying sizes that sell everything from furniture to white goods to books, clothing and… records.

There are about four near me, two of which are large shops and have sizeable spaces given over to vinyl - you're talking records in the 1,000s. Thing is though, you'll be very, very lucky to find anything in any of them that might be of interest. All the records are filtered before they go out on the racks for sale. All that gets left is pop/chart stuff going back to the beginning of the 70s, along with classical, and the usual selection of rubbish.

I mean, you won't even find the occasional Motown chart hit single in a nice picture sleeve, so thorough are they in syphoning off the records to dealers or wherever.

 

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When I moved to Norwich I did some volunteering for Age UK and inevitably got asked to sort and price the vinyl and CD's. Mostly Jim Reeves albums and the like but occasionally the odd gem would turn up. Any decent 45's I would scan and display it in the window and interesting albums I would display inside. My best find was Pink Floyd - Arnold Layne which the drummer from Belle & Sebastian bought - they were doing a gig in the Norwich. The Geno Washington single shifted after I advertised it on the local northern soul FB page.

 

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