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How Do You Sell A Record Collection?-Daddy's Music

Updated on March 2, 2012
Daddy in 1973
Daddy in 1973

As far back as I can recall, there was always music in my house.

Daddy loved music, particularly old country music. His favorite was Hank Williams, Sr. "Your Cheating Heart" and "Jambalaya" were as good as any baby's lullaby to me. It's the stuff I grew up on.

Daddy would spend hours upon hours rehearsing Hank's songs and imitating his sounds and facial expressions. Most would admit, that when he was painfully thin at 145 lbs and 6 ft tall, he did resemble the late Hank Williams Sr.

I've never known anyone to love music the way Daddy did. He loved anything dealing with music. He would cut out any article he every ran across that dealt with country music. He once bought out an entire record store that was going out of business. I guess I was around 10 years old when Daddy did that. I know I was pretty young because it took the boy down the street to really turn me on to music of my own generation and that was in the mid 70s when I was a pre-teen. I remember standing in the doorway of his bedroom with his mother as he cranked up his stereo as it played "Jive Talkin'" by the Bee Gees. I had to buy that 45 rpm for myself. From that point forward, I was torn between Daddy's music and my own.

I seemed to turn to Daddy's music when I was feeling blue. I think many will agree that old country music just knows how to reach a troubled soul. There is something so raw in the emotions that music can reach that really no other can do. When you're down, country music is there with you. It will soothe you and comfort you until you're ready to stand back up on your own.

Some of my favorites that I remember digging out were Roger Miller, Tex Ritter, Eddy Arnold, Willie Nelson, Hank Snow, Jimmie Rogers, Johnny Cash and so so many others.

How Do We Part With Daddy's Music?

Daddy died this past September. My mother is left with a house full of memories, collections of all sorts, and thousands upon thousands of records.

I have encouraged her to sell them when she's ready. It's a collection far too vast for either of us to maintain. She could certainly use the money. Who couldn't, right? But, I worry about her being taken advantage of. She deserves to get what they're worth. They worked hard to assemble this collection. It's a collection Daddy was very proud of.

I know Daddy would want Mama to benefit from it. In fact, I think it was the best way he knew to make sure she was taken care of, while at the same time, getting to enjoy it himself.

Where Do We Start?

I have contacted a record appraiser and he says the first thing any appraiser is going to want is an itemized list of all the albums, any specifics about condition, album cover condition, etc.

This seems like such a monumental task due to the vastness of this collection. I don't even know of a space large enough that I could take these albums to even begin to do this. Ideally, it would be best if a team of people could key in the data into a database.

I've thought about trying to set up a webpage where people can write to request certain albums or songs that they are looking for. Then, we can go look to see if he has it. Mama thinks he has them pretty well alphabetized. That will certainly help.

Has anyone gone through something like this? I'm sure someone has had a loved one with a substantial collection that needed to be appraised and somehow presented to an interested group of buyers. Let me know.


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      Karen Curtis 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Thnaks Justom! I appreciate the advice! It's something I know we need to tackle, but just seems like such a huge endeavor. I know he has thousands. Mom may be up for it now.

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      justom 7 years ago from 41042

      Hey KCC, I've only got a couple thousand records and sometimes it's just a pain. I started selling some of my collection the last few years. I startred by calling a few of the record stores, they came, looked and salivated, loving my collection and offered $4 each. These guys just play the #'s game, knowing they're getting the good ones and not losing anything when they dump the rest. So that was not a good avenue. Next I contacted some folks that advertise on Craig's List and that worked a bit better, they were collectors not record hustlers. Third I sold on Ebay and while I did fairly well I had to put up with folks that tried to lie and cheat, saying they didn't recieve the album or that it wasn't near mint condition (when I knew better). I've been a collector for 45 years. Find some time, get a friend and just start going through them looking for the special ones at first. List them on paper with all the info (title, condition, promo copy etc.) If you need some help knowing what's good just get in touch with me. It's not easy but if your daddy left you some good stuff it will be worth the time. Good luck!!

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      Karen Curtis 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thank Bovine. Mom's just holding tight for now.

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      Bovine Currency 8 years ago

      This depends really. If you do not know the value of the music, find someone you know who does. Try find a buyer locally if you can. A professional buyer will rip you off. No question there, sorry. Maybe hang on to it a little longer, you might appreciate it later on.

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      Karen Curtis 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks Jerilee! That's exactly the type of advice I'm looking for. Mama said that at some point years ago Daddy advertised (don't know where) wanting to sell some of his records and some guy from Germany flew over and offered him around a $1000, but based on what he had, it was going to work out to about 25 cents a piece and he wasn't going to part with them for that.

      We thought about eBay, but I'd have to do it for her. And then, she doesn't drive, so I'd have to get them all to the post office when it's only open 2 hrs on Saturday where I live. The rest of it's open time is while I'm at work.

      We've also been debating over the yard sale/flea market idea. She lives on a busy street, but has no yard room in the front. The sale would have to be in her backyard and they can't see it from the road. I contend that most people won't stop if they can't see the stuff.

      I have always had good luck at the flea market. But, she doesn't want to haul everything there because it would take multiple trips to do it.

      Research is going to take a lot of time. My mother has the time and a computer, but I don't think she's up to doing it.

      I just don't want to see her 'throw it all away' by letting someone have them, or selling them too cheaply. She and Daddy worked too hard to build that collection to just see it end this way. I want more for her.

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      Jerilee Wei 8 years ago from United States

      Sorry to hear about your loss.  Faced with the task of over 10,000 records in my husband's collection and moving over a 1000 miles, I made good money selling records on ebay, but it's a huge undertaking fraught with headaches at times. Howver, if you have plenty of time, done over time, with patience it's the best method. Shipping is the biggest hassle.

      Some old records can be worth several hundred dollars, while most can be sold for around $4.00 plus shipping and handling.  The ones that people sometimes hold onto thinking they are valuable may not be as valuable, as too many were sold and in circulation.  So you really have to do your research.  And of course, condition of the record and the album jackets are everything to the collector. 

      Tried sending a few thousand to auction, and was disappointed at the results as when my husband was buying them at auction they went for high dollar, but when they were sold they went at a loss.

      Tried the flea market/yard sale where you can generally get a dollar a record.  Labor intensive job.  Those who advertise I buy records, usually will gyp you.  Good luck!

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      Karen Curtis 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Hey alekhouse! I did run over and read your hub about your Daddy's music! It was so nice of you share it! I left you a comment, and I think you may just have inspired another hub out of me. Thanks!

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      Nancy Hinchliff 8 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Did you see my hub Daddy was a jazz musician, published 5/14?  I guess both of our fathers were into music