Where will your records end up …

I think of this quite often as I get older: what am I going to do with all these records when I’m gone or I’ve had enough. Will my daughter really want thousands of my records? Unlikely. And won’t she just sell most of them for buttons to a (possibly unscrupulous) record dealer? Do I just get rid myself a some point? Open a pop up shop? I remember Bill Brewster telling me he felt sort of relieved when he sold his collection a couple of years ago. Who needs thousands of records really? Who has the time? Questions, questions … :sweat_smile:

8 Likes

About to do exactly this (sell up) when I get made redundant end of the month.
Our best friends have just moved to the far-east with nothing but a small rucksack, sold almost everything. They have never felt so liberated.

2 Likes

I’ve been gradually reducing mine over the last 10 years. I will be living a pretty nomadic life for the foreseeable and I’m now at the stage that I can fit everything I own in my van.

I only have around 500-700 now, split between LP’s and 7” singles. Sold some, but mostly just gave them away to friends and family. Same with my book collection.

2 Likes

Did Bill sell it all in one go? Friend of mine did it as well and the first thing he got was a new room.

1 Like

I released a couple of crates of charity shop records back into their natural habitat at the weekend.

It’s the circle of life…

8 Likes

My plan is to keep them for as long as it feels like fun, the way it’s always been. When/if i don’t like to browse and listen and read the on the back and DJ and have friends over for record nights then it’s time, if that ever happens. Records has always been the most fun i could ever think of, if that changes there’s no need to keep them. Hopefully i will sell them myself before i die, my daughters need money more than records although i hope they will keep a few.

2 Likes

Yeah. I think he kept a small number with sentimental value but the rest went in one go

im doing a pretty good job at keeping the current stash down by gifting some. usually in the wee hours of the morning😅 there could be a pattern here…

2 Likes

I’ve just shifted all of mine this morning. They are now residing at Love Vinyl :smiley:

4 Likes

I think he said he got rid of everything except ones that were related to him… his own compilations etc.

But you’d know better than me, Jolyon!

Did you get rid of the turntables as well? That seems like the thing that drags people back in.

You may be right Spider! Basically he got rid of almost everything :grimacing:

1 Like

No. But they have been packed away for over a year.

Just in case one of the kids suddely decides they’d like to learn how to dj ‘like in the olden days’

1 Like

i don’t know that i’d call it a plan but i do have an agreement of sorts with a pal of mine who been a record dealer forever.

it’s almost like an informal will - if all of a sudden i died and my wife and daughter wanted a major life change, I know that the records can go to a friend of mine who’ll store them in his stash and pay them out a little here and there as stuff sells. if i die tomorrow, i have a couple of friends who’d get first crack and would help move stuff into the stash.

but assuming i live for a while longer, my daughter and i can have further conversations about what she’d want to do with them. she’s only 7 so she’ll probably change her mind a dozen times in the next 20 or so years.

4 Likes