Discogs Collectors’ Tales #036: Neglected Collection By Ethylester

One weekend, over ten years ago, my friend and I were hitting the garage sales. We went down an old highway and saw a sign at the entrance to a very long driveway. We pulled into the driveway and eventually came to a house. We were the only ones at the sale aside from the home owners who were a retired couple. Among the knick knacks and craft supplies, we saw one box of records. My friend began going through it as I stood behind and watched. The old lady remarks, “Oh you listen to old records?” We nod and humor her with a few words about how, yes, we still have turntables and yes, we actually use them. We didn't find anything we wanted in the box and stood up, getting ready to make the trek back down the long driveway. She says, “Do you want to see some more records?” If they were anything like the ones in the box, no, not really. But we said, “Sure, why not?” expecting her to bring out a couple more. Her husband looked at her and nodded. She said, “Well, they're downstairs. Follow me.” We looked at each other hesitantly, shrugged, and followed her through the screen door and down into the basement. She points to a wall. “There they are! They're our son's records. They've been sitting in this basement for over 20 years. We've been trying to get him to move his records out of here for a long time and he just won't do it. So I've had it. They're yours. Take whatever you want. A buck apiece!” Our mouths dropped open. It was an entire wall from ceiling to floor of records. Thousands of them. We choked something like, “Oh, ok! Wow, thanks!” and thus began our day's work. Unfortunately, everything on the bottom shelf had become moldy due to possible flooding. The rest were still in good shape. We got right down on that dirty concrete floor and looked at every one of those records. At the end of the day, I think we spent around $60 for 60 records. A couple gems, a few surprises, and some we just thought we'd try. Nothing overly exciting, but the experience was quite a trip! I can't help but feel sorry for the son. But when your mom asks you to move your records, after 20 years, you can't blame her if she sells 'em for a buck apiece!

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  • Jun 24,2017 at 14:21

    I would like to hear more about this story. It sounds very interesting!!

  • Feb 6,2017 at 02:31

    Very nice! The couple was much older, but you definitely illustrated the dungeon aspect of it and the massive amount of records stashed in the basement accurately! Twas an adventure! Thanks for using my tale!

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