Let's face it, in the age of the internet, ebay and gemm it can be easy to forget how great digging for rare records can be. So I figured I'd put together a post highlighting some of the most unexpected, exciting and valuable records that I've come across recently for cheap in antique stores and flea markets.
THE OUTCASTS- I'm In Pittsburgh (and Its Raining)- ASKEL
I bought this record for $20 at flea market and though that seemed pretty pricey I thought the record sounded tough as hell so I decided to spurge on it anyway. As I said in my post on garage records I don't know too much about garage, but I like to pick up records that I think sound good. Well it turns out that this is an ultra rare garage single that has been comped on a bunch of 60's bootlegs including the legendary Pebbles series. Not only that, but after a search of popsike and call to a 60's collector friend of mine I learned that this record goes for between $800 and $1200! To say the least I flipped my wig! This is by far the most valuable record I own and although it is a tough as nails diddley-beat stomper if I can't pay my bills anytime soon you might just see it up on ebay!
THE MORNING DEW- Go Away- Fairyland
Here's another garage record. I got this one for 10 bucks at an antique store. I thought it sounded pretty good and was more than happy to find that it sells for close to $200!
BENNY JOY- Crash the Party- Antler
A few weeks ago I had some time to kill between meetings and was driving around looking for a spot to buy some fried chicken when I saw this small building that had a sign out front that said "Flea Market." I decided to check it out and went inside. I asked around to see if there were any records and when I found some I spent about 20 minutes looking through dirty, dusty boring 70's pop and 80's soul 45s. Then out of the no where I pull this legendary rockabilly stomper out of the pile. "What the fuck is this doing here?" I thought to myself. Well I figured if there is one rare rockabilly record in a pile of records there must be another one so I kept digging. After another 20 minutes of digging I had finished looking through all the records and did not find one other single that was not by a band like The Dazz Band or Three Dog Night from the 70's or later. So how the fuck did this piece of rockabilly goodness end up in a flea market in San Antonio amungst boring disco records? I don't know. Anyway I brought it to the owner of the booth and paid a hefty 50 cents for it! I had sold a completely beat copy on ebay for $75 a few years ago so I knew that I had done pretty well for my self, but after a search on popsike I learned that it goes for $150- $250!
TOM SWIFT AND THE ELECTRIC GRANDMOTHERS- Empty Heart/ Come On In- Sound Tex
Come On In
I know nothing about this record. I guess I'd describe it as folk-psych-garage. It is rumored to be a single by the group that went on to record under the moniquer of T. Swift and the Electric Bag who released one albumn- Are You Expirienced and then disapered for ever. But I can find out absolutely nothing about this record. I have a feeling it might be worth something, but who knows its cool to hear a snotty punk singing over a kazzoo solo none the less. If anyone knows anything about this record please let me know.
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