Monday, June 3, 2013

Thrift Store Pickups on Mcgregor, Making Friends

     Not two miles from my house there is a cool little old lady thrift store that I pass about weekly and never go in. If I see lace and crappy wicker furniture, I typically just move on. I was opening a liquor store next door, and a pretty nice one I might add. I had no excuse but to pop in while I was waiting on the owner to make some time for me. Well, I was pretty surprised.

     At this point before I took the pictures, I had to text Jared and ask him if he needed any of the "Destroyer" series. I saw an almost complete collection there. He told me he was not looks for those, just the Mac Bolan-esk ones. Well I tried to help a fellow collector, which gives me the warm fuzzies.

     About 10 book shelves total, clustered around the vintage Christmas vinyl and senior citizen cassette tapes. Right away I saw some unseen gems. I grabbed a few and piled them up on the aforementioned book case. Right away an older gentlemen in his late 50's-early 60's approached me and asked me if I was looking for vintage Sci-Fi. I remarked that I was. He started handing me books explaining he collects himself, but has all the ones in this store. He had also noticed stores in the general area were (not so surprisingly now) devoid of pulp sci-fi and fantasy. We hit it off, he told me stories about his finds and adventures, and I told him mine. He told me about his Forbidden Planet sequel he had wrote and tried to obtain the rights to. We talked for about a half hour, exchanged names (his was Vinny) and I checked out. And the spoils...

 Jesus. Okay lets try that again.

     Now that the cat moved.. Sweet vintage Sci-fi! Nothing great, but mostly things I wanted and/or needed. First edition Dune Messiah I have in hard cover, but not in paper back first edition, so that was a pretty good score. Another DAW original, two Laser pulp cover novels and a Clarke first edition paper back to round it all out. I spent $7.50, and came out with about $150 in ebay value. Not my best day, but I did damn well. Vinny helped.