What Does A Tenner Get You?

Armed with a £10 note, that didn’t have David Tennant’s face on it, I popped into a couple of charity shops today and walked away with 24 CD’s. Before you do the difficult arithmetic, I’ll save you the trouble, it’s about £0.42 a CD. As ever with these things there is not a great deal of quality control and I’ll pick up anything that I find moderately interesting, but several of these I’m really very pleased to have picked up.

Ten points to Gryffindor if you can guess which was the first I played.

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.

Even more charity store shopping

I haven’t been able to update much so far this year as I still don’t have my MacBook back, and it doesn’t seem likely that I will ever see it again. The temporary solution of lending it to my son appears to have become a permanent one.

Anyway, I’ve been charity store shopping for CD’s on quite a regular basis this year and have been buying CD’s that I would normally not consider. At 3 for £1 it makes it easier to do that. One listen at 33p and you’ve pretty much made your money back, sort of. So here are the ones I picked up yesterday on a trawl of 7 shops.

Going to the same charity shops repeatedly does have diminishing returns so whenever I go to a new town, or somewhere I don’t often go, then popping in to shops I don’t get to go to often is becoming a must. Part of the reason is that an album, a vinyl one, can be anywhere from £15 to £30 whereas the CD’s above were £11 for all of them so for te moment, while I am perhaps not as flush as usual, they are a useful alternative and fulfil my slightly obsessive need for new music.

ArtistTitle
EurythmicsPeace
Andrea BocelliSogno
Beth OrtonTrailer Park
Shawn ColvinA Few Small Repairs
FoalsAntidotes
Tom McRaeJust Like Blood
Disclosure (3)Settle
Everything But The GirlWalking Wounded
Emeli SandeOur Version Of Events
Fleet FoxesFleet Foxes
Kaiser ChiefsEmployment
Bloc PartySilent Alarm Remixed
GoldfrappSupernature
ElbowThe Seldom Seen Kid
Robert Plant | Alison KraussRaising Sand
BattlesMirrored
Skunk AnansieParanoid & Sunburnt
EurythmicsGreatest Hits
Boards Of CanadaMusic Has The Right To Children
Boards Of CanadaThe Campfire Headphase
The Chemical BrothersRemixes
LCD SoundsystemThis Is Happening
Crystal CastlesCrystal Castles (II)
James BrownSex Machine: The Very Best Of James Brown
Leon BridgesComing Home
MorcheebaBig Calm
The GlimmersDJ-Kicks
Crystal CastlesCrystal Castles
Aphex TwinDrukqs
Alanis MorissetteSupposed Former Infatuation Junkie
KeaneUnder The Iron Sea
Ryan Adams1989
The GlimmersFabricLive.31

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.

Charity Shop visit

Popped into a couple of Charity shops at lunch time where I usually find some oddities or oldies that I fancy listening to, had a bit better luck today though, check it out: