|Vinyl record collection at student-run CKMS station at the University of Waterloo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
It could start with my vinyl record collection. My turntable has been disconnected for a few years and now is piled up with CD's and DVD's. I don't listen to vinyl records anymore. I don't even listen to CD's that often. Maybe an hour or two per day--sometimes even as much as three hours--I might spend playing CD's in the background of my life. If I'm on a road trip I might listen to as many as twelve CD's on a long driving day, but those trips don't happen that often.
I don't plan to get rid of my CD collection anytime soon, but I am thinking about those vinyl records. Don't get me wrong. I truly appreciate my record collection. I've been collecting those albums since my junior high school days--1964 is when I bought my first record album and I still have it. I got rid of all of my 45's at the end of high school, but I kept the albums. I've always treasured those albums. But if I'm not listening to them then what's the point of keeping them? I not curating a museum.
Craig's List is tempting me. I'm thinking that I could try to list the whole batch for maybe a thousand dollars firm and see if I get any bites. I don't recall how many albums I have. There might be as few as 300 or as many as 900. It's no gigantic collection by any means, but it's reasonably respectable considering some of the albums included in the bunch.
On the other hand I could try selling them off piecemeal. Seems like a hassle, but the profit potential could be much better than getting rid of them all at once. I'm not sure that I want to deal with the extended process of moving these out the door one by one, but when I look at some of the prices on the web of some of these gems I could potentially be getting as much as one or two hundred dollars or more for some of them. That is if I am to believe that anyone is really paying these prices.
These records. They've been a part of me and my history. There are memories in the music that accompanied times, places, and people in my past. I have many of these records on CD now so the music wouldn't be totally lost to me. The fact that I haven't been listening to them makes these records less a part of my life now. They take up space. They collect dust. They kind of annoy my wife for whom these records have no meaning.
If I get rid of my records, I'm not getting rid of the memories. I'm getting rid of stuff. This is stuff that may be a boon or a burden to whomever is left with them when I leave this Earth. I hope that departure is a long way off, but we never know when our time is up do we. Maybe it's better to clean up our messes before we head out. Kind of like helping clean up at the end of a party before we go home.
Anyone want to buy a record collection?
What do you own that you think it might be time to get rid of? Has anyone had an experience selling things on places like E-Bay that they'd like to share? When liquidating your life, would you rather avoid the prolonged hassle by just taking care of everything all at one shot?