Garage-sale digging can lead to killer finds, but typically uncovers nothing but old board games missing crucial pieces, crucial board-game pieces sans board, Transformers that no longer transform, and weird kids who won't climb off your back until you relinquish said Transformers. For a glorious sale involving a lifetime's worth of music, descend upon the Record House
The RH is a two-room North Austin house packed to the rafters with decades of vinyl collected by an original '69 Austin hippie whose counter-culture resume started with moving to town as an orphan at 16, selling candles and incense on the Drag, touring as a vendor with Skynyrd, and eventually helming legendary West Campus record store Inner Sanctum, until the rent tripled overnight in '97 -- forcing him to close the Doors to everyone except his only friend, The End.
Every weekend, he's liquidating a new grab-bag of 3,000 from his 30k+ trove, loosely organized into singles/full albums, with a no-nonsense, cheap-as-dirt pricing scheme ($3/2/1, Fri/Sat/Sun) that has rewarded diligent diggers with everything from Kraftwerk LPs, to Fresh Prince 12"s, to supreme rarities like a 50-copy pressing of a King Records blues single worth $1000, a pickup you'd never be able to simply download for your iPod, or as this seller calls them, "handjobs" (though they don't make those like they used to either).
The sale's duration's uncertain, but once the primary stock's depleted the owner plans a special clearance from his personal collection -- from an exhaustive Parliament stash to mono versions of Beatles classics -- aiming to save only his holy trinity of psych-rock: The Doors, Janis, and Pink Floyd, which he considered selling, but decided he couldn't Barrett
Aside from the vinyl mountain, the seller's also unloading his serious collection of concert posters, some of which he designed himself for the artists, including the Allman Brothers, Willie Nelson, and his now most frequent client, 311 -- a talent 180 that suggests perhaps the seller's missing a crucial piece?