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Fare thee well, vinyl

Do you have Freecycle where you live? It's a website that hooks up people with stuff to give away with people who'd love to have that stuff.

I'm not sure why I logged in the other day...probably to see how hard it would be to post a few of the larger items I'd like to get rid of. There's also a spot where people can post requests, and I saw someone who was looking for vinyl records!

Woo hoo! I gave the turntable to my ex when we broke up and I've been streaming all my music through my Napster subscription. In fact, I listen to more of my old albums that way than I ever did even when I owned a turntable. I've been talking about hauling those things off to the thrift store for months. So I emailed the kid and told him to come get my record collection.

He just came over and grabbed them. It turns out he asked for a turntable for Christmas and has been trying to slowly build his record collection. He has FIFTEEN albums, and says it's hard to build up the collection because they're so expensive. (Ha ha--I just gave him about 200.)

I'm so excited to think that someone who will love and enjoy those albums owns them now.


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Apr. 19th, 2011 03:43 pm (UTC)
Wow! I still have a pile of vinyl including 7 singles !!! Not sure why I have carted them all around the world with me LOL but I don't think I will ever manage to get rid of them .... We are talking Thompson Twins, Depeche Mode, Kagagoogoo (?) here among others probably 50 odd :-P
Apr. 19th, 2011 04:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Vinyl
It was hard to get rid of them. I think vinyl is a tangible connection to my past, both good times and bad.

And yet...with my Napster subscription, I can hear all those songs wherever, whenever I want, as long as I'm near a computer. Which I always am! I want to move someday, and I think my possessions are holding me back.

It was exciting to see a 20-something kid get so excited about his album collection increasing tenfold.
Apr. 19th, 2011 05:02 pm (UTC)
I guess.... But I still have a dusty turntable too ( hoarder much? )
Apr. 19th, 2011 08:27 pm (UTC)
Erm, I disposed of my vinyl by abandoning them with an ex-boyfriend when I moved out. He had a vinyl collection, so...
Apr. 20th, 2011 07:41 am (UTC)
Oh yes, the one who moves out can dispose of all kinds of leftovers that way! Smooth move!
Apr. 19th, 2011 10:52 pm (UTC)
I have used free cycle. It's great. I got rid of a rocking chair, TV cabinet, a book shelf and several smaller things. Oh right and the college students who came and got my old artificial Christmas tree. They aren't allowed to have a real tree in the dorms. I threw in a box of ornaments too. :-) Luckily my daughter's school has a used book sale for fundraising every year so we just got rid of about 75 books.

I'm sure he thought he's hit pay dirt with all those albums.
Apr. 20th, 2011 07:43 am (UTC)
He totally thought he hit pay dirt. I was so happy for him.

You've freecycled a whole lot! I live in a remote area so I usually feel bad about having people drive out here to get something unless it's a pretty big-ticket item.

I can bring old books to the library for their sale too. I think I've swept books so many times I'm down to mostly nonfiction and out-of-print favorites. (Oh wait, there's a box of art books in the shed I haven't looked at in 10 years. Sigh.)
Apr. 20th, 2011 04:40 am (UTC)
What a great idea :).

My hubby has a fabulous vinyl collection but unlike you, he'll never part with them :). In fact, he still collects occasional LPs from record fairs. If you'd been anywhere remotely near me, I'd have asked if he could take a look first LOL. All my friends are on alert not to throw out vinyl until they've checked with us first! Not that he doesn't have a problem getting hold of good turntables nowadays...

But I love that idea of the hook-up site, I'll see if we have anything like that here. I hate getting rid of something that I really don't want or need but could still be useful to someone, and it's a bit hit or miss at thrift shops.
Apr. 20th, 2011 07:47 am (UTC)
I'm convinced I need to start letting go of stuff I don't use. I probably make myself sound like a crazy hoarder who can't walk in her house, and actually that's not the case at all. I have a few messy piles of papers but other than that it's reasonably clear. I do want to move someday and I think having less stuff I don't use will make that easier.

Your hubby's never gonna give up that vinyl. Never. Vinyl's too emotional. It was a bit hard for me...but seeing that excited face made it worth it.

I need to figure out what to do with CDs. I'm thinking store the tracks in the cloud somewhere and toss the physical CDs so they don't contribute to piracy.
Apr. 23rd, 2011 03:47 pm (UTC)
awesomecakes - that's one of the fun things about de0cluttering, and things like freecycle and bookmooch - getting stuff you were't using into the hands of someone who'll appreciate the hell out of it!
Apr. 23rd, 2011 08:56 pm (UTC)
Yes, totally! I have to admit, it was also awesome to see the whole collection go in one fell swoop rather than splitting it up.
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