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  • Question about carboot/record finds.

    Does everyone else throughout the country find they are standing at record boxes waiting for someone else to finish looking. I must have counted 10 other people today walking around with record bags, mostly over flowing. I'm there in a queue first thing so its not like I'm arriving late.

    I get the live James Last LP and my third copy of Jack Parnell (the one with Enter the Dragon). It involves me doing a 52 mile round trip. I'm not expecting to find rare psyche, funk LP's etc but like most on here will take a punt on any old shit that looks interesting but even that stuff is thin on the ground.

    Judging by the look of the other record buyers (middle aged Beatles/Elvis fans) am I missing the collectable records or do their looks deceive me. Maybe they're all buying heavy metal, country, classical, of which they are welcome but I doubt they are. So what are they finding that makes it worth their while?

    Charity shops, carboots, PAH!

    (Sorry, despondent chap following another piss poor carbooting weekend)
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  • #2
    got to the boot sale really early this morning and proceded to walk round the whole thing which took over an hour, i get to the last ilse and the last seller who just has records. wait my turn to get into the boxes at the front theres loads of sabbath and old men looking closley at them, then just as i get to one box a guy who talking to the seller says hes just got here but has a massive bag of records already procedes to pull out over 50 early disco hip hop 12"s and gets them all with a discount. all i found, though it was a good find, was sing sing sing buy gaz original 12". but there wasnt much left in the box i was looking through.
    though this was the same guy 3 weeks earlyer that got to a box of soul 7"s 4 for a quid just as i was walking up to them and mananged to buy them all leaving the tom jones and a barry white single.
    maybe a should get there a lil bit earlyer.

    sometimes though you see old men getting excited and buying loads of country and classical so maybe all the guys you see with massive bags full of records are just buying the shid you pass by.
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    • #3
      Not a good situation eh?........to be honest i think these late/middle aged guys at the boots are picking up anything they can make money on........most of them just throw stuff up on the bay..........some of them are rock n roll collectors though the serious rnr guys are very thin on the ground nowadays.......mostly dead to be frank.........some are classical dealers or collectors who may well pick up gear that is outside of their chosen genre in order to precure trades from fellow dealers/collectors........in short.........most real dealers will pick up anything that is semi serious in any genre........and will end up trading with other dealers..........very few dealers just stick entirely to their one specialist field even if they pretend that they do........and actually i think a lot of these ebay sellers are happy if they find middle of the road rock bits to chuck onto the bay at 1.99........a lot of these guys know jack shit about records and they're just on the ebay bandwagon 'cause they can't be bothered to get a real job or they think they're gonna make dough on the side..........that's where folk like yourself step in and clear up after them..........ok most of them will chance their arm on a moody but they may not clock a teddy taylor..........keep doing it is the key...........don't be disheartened and just keep ploughing away........i used to see dealers literally running around fields at 6 in the morning.......i once saw a dealer actually trip over himself as he ran with a pile of records under his arm...........that's when i thought to myself........this just isn't fun any more..........but it gave me a good laugh.........

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      • #4
        Originally posted by platerpus
        Not a good situation eh?........to be honest i think these late/middle aged guys at the boots are picking up anything they can make money on........most of them just throw stuff up on the bay.
        prime example here: BLIMEY! - good luck to anyone who can be arsed making the effort to get there first I say
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Col Wolfe
          prime example here: BLIMEY! - good luck to anyone who can be arsed making the effort to get there first I say
          hmmmm...used to have two of those - a rough one and a mint one - both picked up from Bristol charities. long time ago, though.....
          We know when a mate buys it for you too.

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          • #6
            Personally I only bother going to booters in my area if I can sort out getting there very early (6-ish ideally) - it's too frustrating otherwise. Every time about 7.15 am, four or five dealers I recognise turn up, after that it's a scrabble to be first in the queue to every car that pulls up to unload, but at the start it's free and easy. And as for picking 'everything' up, you have to these days - I could wait forever for an album I'm looking for to turn up, but if there's a classical or rock'n'roll piece there that I can trade, I'm buying it!

            We know when a mate buys it for you too.

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            • #7
              Dont worry about a thing

              i hardly bother regularly going to carboots anymore....i think when you have shows on TV like Carboot Challenge then you know you're in trouble....it happened in the charity shops when the easy listening boom happened...alot of great records were being picked up by people just wanting to make a fast buck....to be honest i luckily managed to get loads of great stuff at the time and traded alot of spares myself...but eventually everyone got in on the action...but unlike carbooting i didnt have to compete with the mainstream....thankfully for me at least,the craze died and now i have a run of over a hundred charity shop and warehouse clearance places that i rotate...sure there are a few heads and dealers that i have to "compete" with but generally i turn up loads of interesting stuff...again i'm realistic and don't honestly expect to find super rarities but i'll be honest....i have quite a good strike rate...the thing is i collect most music so i'm just as excited turning up an album by Angle Trax (great funk/punk stuff) as i am finding some a copy of "The strip goes on"....i've been finding more late 70's/early 80's reggae and Disco 12"s than ever recently...and as for FunkRock

              Don't get too down about things...i know it seems like there are alot of soulless leeches out there...but just widen your search a little and you'll give them the slip....i find going for a daytrip to towns that are a bit away from things is the best thing...most towns have a few charities and warehouse clearance places...

              I know it seems to you right now that you perhaps ain't getting the goods at the moment....and to be straight i admire anyone who still gets up that early and you sir have got a lot of good record karma coming your way....trust me

              The Leeches are everywhere in everyplace in everything...all aspects of life and in the end their greed does mess things up...look at what happened in the rock and roll scene where alot of the great singles now reside in rich businessmens bank vaults just sitting there...unplayed and hidden to our world but there are still millions upon millions of records out there ready to be found and go to a good home so have faith
              Last edited by Shiftless When Idle; 24-04-2005, 11:20 PM.
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              • #8
                This coming Friday I move to a house that only a 5 minutes cycle ride from the best car boot in town!
                So no excuses Iv got to get myself up there at 7.00am every Sunday morning.
                I work a lot of night shifts so I’m staying up after work and going to the booty!

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                • #9
                  there are many different kinds of buyers out there for sure, but i think many of those middleaged men are just looking for some records they don't allready have in their large collection. they often don't really care about the music i think, they just take what looks interesting and put it in a crate somewhere at home without even have listened to it. it's all about collecting, collecting as much as possible. it's kind of a sad thing to let some really great records forget in the own shelving. there are also many young people (i'm 22 myself ) too that are buying records because it vinyl became very popular these days and of course it's kind of "special" if you have a little colection at home. and, i really don't know why, but they are often picking out the nicest stuff...luck!
                  Last edited by effi_deep; 24-04-2005, 11:44 PM.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by platerpus
                    keep doing it is the key...........don't be disheartened and just keep ploughing away.....
                    Spot on....and Col. Wolfe too.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Parkz
                      This coming Friday I move to a house that only a 5 minutes cycle ride from the best car boot in town!
                      And Shiftless too...keep the faith

                      And I bet your good finds will increase!! I'm lucky to live a five minute cycle from the Milton Keynes Bowl and getting there early has lead to some happy Sundays.
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                      • #12
                        I hate the old gits who in charity shops or booters, hog the ruddy boxes so no one else can get in! Then they find a copy of Phil Collins or Styx and spend 5 minutes closely inspecting the vinyl whilst you just stand there getting more and more annoyed.. Its 50p for f****ks sake just buy it or piss off out me way. Also find if someone is flicking in a box next to me i spend more time looking out the corner of my eye at what there looking at than actually concentrating on what im looking at.. It is true that most of these old fellas seem to get very excited about Queen LPs and pretty common stuff and leave loads of goodies behind.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Mr Muench
                          I hate the old gits who in charity shops or booters, hog the ruddy boxes so no one else can get in! Then they find a copy of Phil Collins or Styx and spend 5 minutes closely inspecting the vinyl whilst you just stand there getting more and more annoyed.. Its 50p for f****ks sake just buy it or piss off out me way. Also find if someone is flicking in a box next to me i spend more time looking out the corner of my eye at what there looking at than actually concentrating on what im looking at.. It is true that most of these old fellas seem to get very excited about Queen LPs and pretty common stuff and leave loads of goodies behind.
                          Exactly what I was about to say, except I was gonna add how I always laugh to myself when I see some dealer who I know got up at 5.30 in the morning to drive a couple of miles to a fleamarket clutching like it was a holy grail some beat-up late Elvis Costello-record that he can probably get rid off at a record fair for maybe a whopping £ more than he paid for.
                          It's especially fun if I can get down in a crate he just ransacked and pull out some obscure exotica or funky soundtrack that's actually worth a few quid. I always feel like taunting them in moments like this, but I don't wanna give away the fact that they're passing on the real gems...
                          The particular dealer I have in mind in my example also asked me for fire late one night out on town so he and his equally fat and balding friend could light up a joint. I passed the offer to join them in the smelly alley and went home, smiling to myself about what a big piece of loser I think he is. I may be a somewhat nerdy collector but at least I'm not close to 60 and pathetically trying to earn money by dealing junk so I can afford a glorious "rock'n'roll life" in a dirty alley...
                          Thing is: yeah, these older dealers/collectors (no offense to older people on this board) probably pick up a few interesting things, but they leave just as many behind - trust me...
                          And whose to say they're not after the one missing Cocktail International? I've seen 50-year-olds go apeshit over finally finding volume 9!
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                          • #14
                            This coming Sunday there's a boot re-starting that is only a 2 minute drive from my house. What's o good about it is that they don't let any buyers in until 8am - so I have basically the same chance as everyone else, and can move a fair deal faster than any overweight 60 year old dealer!!!!!

                            And if I'm getting to the end of the last row cars and I see a large crate of vinyl, and there's some greasy old dealer standing behind me waiting, I make damn sure I take my time digging through that box - checking all sorts of random discs for quality - just to see how long they will wait behind me before giving up and moving on!!!!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Mr Muench
                              Its 50p for f****ks sake just buy it or piss off out me way.
                              haha........i hear you.I've not really got a problem with dealers (as i am one meself) but it has to be said that some of these car boot types just seem so leech like........no interest whatsoever in the music and just hoovering up gear to bung onto the net........the reason i started selling records was my obession with the music......simple as that......if you're not interested in music you may as well be selling hamburgers or whatever.....i know several dealers like this......no idea at all about records.....all they know is that they saw such and such do 50 quid on the bay last week so it must be worth picking up.........just ruins it a bit for everyone but inevitable knock on effect of the internet...........but as you all say there will always be stuff people do/don't know and leave behind.......many records out there and nobody can know it all....

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