Further Charity Shop Adventures

So yes, I have again been in the charity shops but a different town this time. It is best to leave 2 to 4 weeks between visits so that some new stuff comes in, although a couple of shops I usually visit have stopped stocking CD’s at all and replaced them with greeting cards, I guess it must be more lucrative, less hassle.

As always I’ll pick up anything that is remotely interesting and this time I had a pretty full bag having also found an lp for £1:

The back cover isn’t great but the rest of it is VG+ and plays nicely. So that was good as nowadays it is very slim pickings in the vinyl bins, unless you are a big Easy Listening fan that is.

This visit did include Oxfam, who are much more expensive than other shops, with some of the CD’s being at almost full price, but I don’t go over £1.99 there and usually not over £0.99 a disc (the Oxfam in the picture is the actual Oxfam I go to). Anyway, here is what I got:

[Dave, the Graham Coxon is a duplicate, so yours effectively].

So, standout finds for me where Kendrick Lemar, Roots Manuva & Nick Cave but there’s plenty of listening pleasure there to get me ears into. I can’t remember what I played first, it may have been ‘Halsey’ as the shop assistant in the British Heart Foundation said it was really good and that she had a copy. Last time nobody guessed which one I played first, so I’ll tell you, it was The Antonio Carlos Jobim Songbook.

The Tip

I had to drop some rubbish and recycling off at the local tip yesterday. They have a portacabin there which sells things that people have thrown away so I popped in for a little look. It is organised chaos to be honest but I found three piles of records, all seemingly by Max Bygraves, and several areas where CD’s had been piled (One was in a plastic box outside and had been rained on quite extensively, so I didn’t look in there). There were probably 300 CD’s in total, many of the usual one finds in charity shops and some that you don’t see so often. I picked out 20 and then put 8 back as they had no CD’s in them.

These are what I picked up, £4 for 12 CD’s. I wasn’t necessarily desperate to get all of them but at that price why not? These would probabaly go to landfill had I not taken them and each is worth £0.33 for at least one listen, and I’ll get more than that out of them.

Return To Charity Shops II

Popped into Banbury on the way home from work the other day and picked up some decent CD’s. One shop had 5 for £1 so the below 19 CD’s worked out at about £8. I accidently bought a second copy of the Franz Ferdinand debut and Different Class by Pulp as Discogs has changed the way it updates your collection. It refreshes everything every time you open it and if you have no reception or poor reception it can take ages or not work at all. Anyway, I couldn’t check to see if I already had them and couldn’t remember. It does mean there were actually 21 CD’s of course.

1Beth OrtonDaybreaker
2GomezLiquid Skin
3Caro EmeraldDeleted Scenes From The Cutting Room Floor
4Belle & SebastianThe Life Pursuit
5Teenage FanclubThirteen
6The BeesFree The Bees
7VariousReservoir Dogs – Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
8SuedeDog Man Star
9The CharlatansMelting Pot
10DovesLost Sides
11AIRThe Virgin Suicides
12Lightning SeedsPure
13The Blue NileHats
14Black GrapeIt’s Great When You’re Straight…Yeah
15The Beta BandBroke / Won
16LeftfieldRhythm And Stealth
17Crowded HouseRecurring Dream:  The Very Best Of Crowded House
18StereophonicsWord Gets Around
19OrbitalOrbital

Return to the Charity Shops

I took a quick lunchtime trip to the charity shops today and, at first, I thought it was slim pickings, but after some digging I managed to pick up some decent CD’s. They work out at £0.44 each (that’s 27 for £12). At those prices its easy to take risks and I found several albums that just looked interesting or that I had vaguely heard of, so I got them.

1Stealing Sheep – Into The Diamond Sun
2Milagres – Glowing Mouth
3Underworld – Second Toughest In The Infants
4The Ordinary Boys – Brassbound
5Jonquil – Point Of Go
6The Redwalls – De Nova
7The Black Eyed Peas – Elephunk
8The Mooney Suzuki – Alive & Amplified
9Diagrams – Black Light
10INXS – Kick
11The Horrors – Strange House
12Mercury Rev – Yerself Is Steam
13Tricky – Maxinquaye
14Manic Street Preachers – Lifeblood
15Walter Schreifels – An Open Letter To The Scene
16Kraftwerk – The Mix
17This Mortal Coil – Filigree & Shadow
18The Chemical Brothers – Exit Planet Dust
19Biosphere – Patashnik
20Pulp – This Is Hardcore
21Philip Glass – Glassworks
22R.E.M. – Monster
23Joss Stone – Introducing Joss Stone
24Faithless – The Dance
25Various – True Blood (Music From The HBO Original Series)
26The Feeling – Join With Us
27Basement Jaxx – The Singles

I’m currently listening to Biosphere – Patashnik, which is really very creepy, but I like it.

Some of the others I’ve never heard of but it looked like somebody had donated a set of rather obscure CD’s and I thought I’d give them a go, these being Stealing Sheep, Milagres, Jonquil, The Redwalls and Diagrams. It can be quite rewarding going into something cold, but it can also be the opposite.

Just after Christmas I popped into the local used record store, who don’t really do CD’s but had a box at 4 for £1 so I had a dig through that and came away with these;

1PJ Harvey – To Bring You My Love
2The The – Mind Bomb
3The The – Hanky Panky
4The Kills – Keep On Your Mean Side
5Juliette & The Licks – …Like A Bolt Of Lightning
6Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Show Your Bones
7The Fall – Code: Selfish
8Stereophonics – Language.Sex.Violence.Other?
9Supergrass – Supergrass
10Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Fever To Tell
11Santogold – Santogold
12Radiohead – Pablo Honey
13Blakroc – Blakroc
14Manic Street Preachers – This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours
15Bent – The Everlasting Blink
16The The – Infected

For £4 I was quite pleased, an emotion enhanced by the £15.99 HMV stickers on some of the CD’s.

The week before that I visited several charity shops in Banbury and picked up these:

1Erykah Badu – Mama’s Gun
2Tori Amos – Tales Of A Librarian (A Tori Amos Collection)
3Blur – Leisure
4Radiohead – Kid A
5Blur – 13
6Catatonia – Equally Cursed And Blessed
7Plaid – Spokes
8Moloko – I Am Not A Doctor
9Seal – Soul
10Goldfrapp – Seventh Tree
11Morrissey – You Are The Quarry
12Willy Mason – Where The Humans Eat
13Dirty Vegas – Dirty Vegas
14Paul Weller – Heliocentric
15Robyn – Body Talk
16Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Abattoir Blues / The Lyre Of Orpheus
17Jay-Z – The Blueprint 3
18Mystery Jets – Making Dens
19Kate Nash – Made Of Bricks
20Justin Timberlake – Justified
21Eminem – Encore
22Editors – The Back Room
23Turin Brakes – The Optimist  LP
24The Psychedelic Furs – Heaven (The Best Of The Psychedelic Furs)
25Michael Bubl̩ РCrazy Love
26Black Eyed Peas – The E.N.D
27Gorillaz – Demon Days
28Jarvis Cocker – The Jarvis Cocker Record
29White Town – Women In Technology
30Red Hot Chili Peppers – Stadium Arcadium
31Cast – All Change
32The Hoosiers – & The Trick To Life
33Oasis (2) – Don’t Believe The Truth
34George Michael – Patience
35The Beatles – 1
36Various – Juno (Music From The Motion Picture)
37Jason Mraz – We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things
38Placebo – Sleeping With Ghosts
39Kasabian – Empire
40Suede – Singles

I can’t remember quite how much they were now, about £18 I think and there are many there I never would have picked up at full price but the album that I think I was most pleased with out of this lot was
Abattoir Blues / The Lyre Of Orpheus.

I think it has now become a thing that, wherever I may be, I will pop into charity shops and have a dig around to see what CD’s they have on offer, there are often a lot of surprises waiting.