Posted: Sep 15, 2005 7:55 am
road trip down from Mt Saint Helans through Packwood, small logging village, saw sign PRESBYTERIAN THRIFT STORE. Inside the couple on duty was busy hunting spiders and inside three boxes of 45s the gem was Curtis Ware and the 4 Duos on an old Kearny Barton imprint (Busy Bee or the like). Not too bad a shape, lable is good, liked the name, added it to the stack. Guy at the counter looked at the stack and asked for $5. Books for $3000, only 4 known copies. Wrote to the guy who booked it at that value and he said, "well I'll decrease the value of it in my next edition." Norton has a DAT of the tune, but don't seem to want to promote doo wop. Sold it to a shop in Vegas for $500.
Then, last week in Colville at the only Thrift Store in town, found a Staples Singers 45 on Gospel and "You Got Personality" and a half dozen 45s from the early 50s by country artists like Red Foley and Lefty, Hank Thompson. one that books for $40 and it's on that "X" lable. Most of the others are in the $20-$30 range, nice shape, all from the same collection, got 'em for a song.
The bad thing about thrift store records is I've become a fan of Trini Lopez and that south african band director, Bert Kempher.