Monday, October 16, 2017

St. Vincent [Ruskin FL]


I first visited the Gibsonton/Apollo Beach area in April of 2016.  On my last day I wanted to stop here but had trouble finding it.  Well I ended up going back about 1 1/2 years later to work at the same place and this time I went in on my first day when I still had time.  Little did I know just how bad that week would be.  Glad I had a few moments of enjoyment before I descended into Hell.  Even more glad I am done with it.  Ironically, as I type this I am now on vacation in Orlando, barely an hour away.


I don't remember ever being at a St. Vincent's that had so much marking with signs etc.  Even the building is marked THRIFT STORE in huge letters that you just can't miss.  However the record selection was slim, though they did have a classic barbershop album and a really cool homemade record bin.  Reminds me very much of one I built myself long ago (mine is only two levels).





Sunday, October 8, 2017

Garage Sale [Pleasant Prarie WI]


Had a horrible 5am on site starttime in Kenosha for a job that could not have gone anymore badly.  Worse yet, it was finally rescheduled for completion weeks later and I could not go as I was elsewhere.  My colleague went in my stead and screwed things up so royally that he had to return the following day to make amends.  Despite all this madness, I came up relatively big at a local garage sale!


This was probably the most records I've ever seen at a garage sale.  I came up on a number of scores and had a chat with the proprietor.  He told me a few times that this was just the 'junk' from his collection (and much if it did indeed qualify as that).  I ended up buying four records.  Two of them were worth it, the other two I sort of blew it on.

Narada Michael Walden - Garden Of Love Light 
I knew Mr. Narada from his work with Mahivishnu Orchestra (in their later years, not the early albums I already own).  I knew this couldn't be very bad and I was right, it is some solid fusion.

Genesis - Seconds Out
This is a 2xLP live album.  The jacket is super water damaged and chewed up but the records look good.  The owner actually jumped from his lawn chair when he saw me with it, thinking an album had mistakenly gotten mixed up with the 'junk'.  When he saw the condition he said it was a double.  But I blew it because I thought this was early work from the group with Peter Gabriel on vocals based on the track list.  But indeed it is Phil Collins on the mic.

Anita Baker - Rapture
My mom had this on cassette when I was growing up and she listened to it a lot on a boom box.  I hated it then but this is some solid R&B and this was well worth my money.  Already ran through it quite a bit.

Unknown Artist - Music From The Motion Picture FM
If I had seen on discogs that this was credited to 'unknown artist' I would have known better but in my haste I grabbed it.  Yes indeed, it is some random musicians cranking through the setlist, including the Steely Dan title cut.  The vocalist on that one is an odd bird, it is hard to define what he was going for but it is not true to the original.  Great cover art though.

I should have grabbed this! I took a pic because the cover is outrageous (back cover is just as good),
but now I see I already own 10 albums with Mr. Baretto's performances!
Worse yet this record even seems to have some small value.  Damn!
I think he wanted $10 for the 4 records.  I offered him a $20 and told him to keep the change.  I offered that he let me inside to see his larger collection for 10 minutes.  If I found anything I wanted, he picks the price, if he doesn't want to sell it, then we let it be.  He wouldn't budge.


The below photos were taken from gsalr.com and uploaded by the seller and seem to perhaps evidence his hoarder behaviors.






Sunday, October 1, 2017

Hog Days 2017 Flea Market, Kewanee IL




Always a highlight of my summer, Hog Days did not disappoint this year.  In between the metric ton of pork I consumed, there was actually a record vendor at the flea market! Very nice collection, everything was bagged and individually priced and they had a 'premium' section with some nice wares as well.  I didn't grab anything, and I eventually left the vinyl below behind which I have come to greatly regret.  The title and cover art caught my eye, I was convinced it was a band but this is actually a compilation of no-name metal bands from the early 80s.  Looks like it is also part of a series which contains further releases of no-name metal bands from the early 80s.  This one here seems to also be the first release from this label.  Should have grabbed it!




Sunday, September 24, 2017

Garage Sale, Belvidere IL



Rubbermaid totes and laundry baskets are the earmarks for a solid junk sale.  I found this one via my old amigo gsalr.com on a Friday afternoon, way out in this rural area of NW Illinois.  As I perused the crap I could hear rifle report way in the distance, somewhere beyond the seemingly infinite cornfields all around me.  As the gsalr.com ad states above, this place was filled with crap that must have taken the guy days to haul out and roughly arrange.  Luckily the records were prominently placed on a rusty old cart, with the lower shelf holding two tool boxes with 45s banging around inside, most sans paper sleeves.  I found another cardboard box just behind that held more empty loot.  I got the standard offer to buy them all which is ironic given I actually bought nothing.





Salvation Army, Belvidere IL


I ended up being 'lucky' enough to go back to Belvidere four times in just a few weeks and I wouldn't be surprised if I get another call soon.  On one trip I brought my bike as I had so few tools to bring there was plenty of room in the truck.  I hadn't planned to search for vinyl but when I was whizzing down the road I saw a SA so I slammed on the brakes and headed in.  They had a nice load of vinyl but it was all stacked for maximum ring wear and minimum navigability.  I bent my neck and read the spines for a while until I got bored and headed back out again.  Hopefully my friend above scored something nice.