Push The Pause Button

…time to give your wallet a well deserved rest…

…send those weary crate digging fingers on a spa weekend…

…and more importantly, rebuild those relationships that mattered to you most before you became a record buying fiend…

…in short…

…there will be no fresh crates at Restore this week…

…I have that stinking cold that has been ravaging Dunedin over the last couple of weeks and am unable to stand in the donors garage and sort vinyl (let alone carry full crates) for the 8 hours required to provide 10 fresh crates for tomorrow morning…

…so lets all just take a step back, take a deep breath and steel ourselves for a return to the new “normal” next week…

…or you could go down tomorrow and take the opportunity to make sure you didn’t miss anything in the previous three weeks…

…(you know you did)….

And Then There Was Three

…or….

…how to empty the pockets and wallets of record collectors in Dunedin for a third week running…

…Step 1 :- condense records left over from last week…(place excess, if any, in crates under tables)…

…Step 2 :- fill gaps in between older crates with 10 freshly prepared crates…(mmm…fresh crates)…

…Step 3 :- let the record collectors know that they need to be up bright and early and at the doors of Restore, 7 Gordon Street, Dunedin Central at 10a.m. or they might be able afford groceries this week…

…Step 4 :- reassure the record collectors that there only are 3 (maybe 4)…(maybe 5) more weeks of 10 crate drops to endure…

…Step 5 :- avoid record collectors immediate families and employers for all of time.

Accumulation Drop The Second

…Restore, 7 Gordon Street, Dunedin Central…10a.m. sharp…

…10 more crates have been added to the accumulation…

…a sample….

…and another sample…..

…worked all day at the coal face…

…packed 10 crates into the car…

…processed 12 crates….

…dug 10 crates out from under the work bench in the garage…

…pile seems to be the same size…

….lots of empty crates at Restore….

…more of the same (but different) next week.

Set The Accumulation Free Day

…had a more sedate start than I was expecting….

…polite browsing on a Sunday morning seemed to be the order of the day…

…this guy was first thru the (back) door a couple of minutes early and was rewarded for his precociousness….

…this week we’ll tighten “security”…

….another early visitor with a large pile of goodies….

…look at that satisfied grin….

…and I that’s about it for the photos…

…I didn’t take any of the car “low-riding” with 20 crates on board…

…or get any vid’ of folk fossicking…

….maybe I’ll be more organised this Sunday the 11th of July when we drop the next 10 to 15 crates….

…hopefully it will be another goodie for Restore, 7 Gordon St. Dunedin Central…

…(heard we broke their daily turn over record on “opening day” and can’t wait to hear how they did during the week)…

…see you Sunday…

…bring your big wallet.

…(if you just got here, scroll down for photos, vid’ footage and an explanation of the accumulation).

…(did I mention the 10 to 15 fresh crates?).

Big Secret Project V

…I was going to post (again) about the grand first bite of that huge record accumulation at Restore, 7 Gordon St., Dunedin Central at 10.am today….

…but was so excited about “selling” records again that I neglected to take pic’s of my very overladen car or the carefully shrouded, 20 crate lump all ready to table at the store…

…so here’s a picture I painted to look at whilst you wait for the doors to open…

…it’s one of a series of ten I did during lockdown last year…

…(cue elevator music)….

……see you at 10.a.m.

Ladies And Gentlemen Start Your Engines

…. 20 crates (count ’em) of the record accumulation I’m currently processing will drop on the 4th of July, 2021, at Restore, 7 Gordon Street, Dunedin Central…

…here’s a random crate…

…ah, crap….let me try that again….

….the stack of 70 crates featured in last week’s post now sits at 72 with more to come from inside the house….

…we’ll be adding more crates to Restore’s stock every week for some time to come…

…something in there for almost everyone…

…with…so…much…more…to…come….

…see you Sunday, 11a.m…..

…er…

… and every subsequent Sunday…

…until it’s all done.

Not Entirely Speechless

…but….

…I’ve agreed to come out of record-shop-retirement to help a friend prepare his record accumulation before he donates it to charity…

…he had been moving towards setting up his own retail operation but his circumstances have changed and he’s decided to head in a different direction…

…and the reason I’m almost speechless?…

…well…

…there’s some in the kitchen….

…theres some in this part of the main hallway….

…there’s some in the living room…

…there’s some in the hallway that goes to the second toilet and bathroom….

…there’s some right down the other part of the main hallway…

….there’s some in this bedroom…

…and there’s some in this bedroom….

…there’s also some in the master bedroom and the laundry that I didn’t photograph….

….then there’s the garage….

….it’s a four car garage….

…before I’d taken these pic’s we’d already cleared some work space in the front half of the garage….condensing and stacking as we went to create this….

…a forty two crate wall of vinyl….

…I’d worked through some boxes the previous week to access how long it will take to clear…

…all sorted to price specific crates ready for stickering….

…(three to four crates an hour with my friends assistance…in case you were wondering)…

…price brackets of $5/$10/$20 with a smattering of $30….

…(anything over $30 will go online, with the proceeds after fees also going to the charity)…

…then we cleared most of the hallway to take the wall to 70…

….I’d guesstimate that this is more or less 5000 discs…

…it’s probably about half of what is in the house….

…it’s a third as much again as what I used to have in the shop at any one time…(we all remember the shop, right?)…

…it’s going to take a whole bunch of Saturdays to get thru them all….

…we have processed 16 full crates to date…

….the recipient charity shop will be making space available for 20 crates…

…those 20 crates will be getting restocked for many months to come…

…location and drop date coming very soon….

…biggest private collection I’ve ever handled…

…not entirely speechless…

…but…

And Exhale

…(for those of you that were holding your breaths between posts)….

…been tardy with communicating with the outside world, but I have an excuse or two….

…have been focused on the above…

…have been adjusting to new work hours and getting my head round larger, heavier machinery to operate…

…have been trying to assimilate the fact the my local city council representatives think “consultation” means telling me how it’s gonna be and not answering a single question I have put to them re:- them screwing the resale value of my property by sticking a sewer thru half of it….

…(am supposed to be typing a lengthy letter to “them” instead of blogging!)….

…being asked to come out of retirement from a certain area of my skill base to help someone organise a huge donation to charity….

…being asked to contribute to two (count ’em) compilation comics after god knows how long away from black and white creations….

….but I am still here.

…here’s a wee sneak at what this piece might be heading towards when done…

…bones still need to be re-burned, but I think this should elucidate the matter somewhat….

…and…

…inhale.