The summer is nearly ended and for me that means no more yard sales. It pretty much feels over anyway. Those early mornings of grabbing a coffee and running out the door unshaven start to wear thin. Well, at least untill next year. By no means are sales over though, people will continue to have them as long as the weather holds up. But in my opinion they've more or less already sold the "good stuff". You know, stuff we buy for a couple of bucks and sell at many hundreds of percent online.
But to my point, which I haven't really made yet. Yard saling for vinyl records can be discouraging. Usually, you find a handful of records (at each sale) which have spent too much time in the basement, are scratched, and left out in the sun during the sale. If you DO find a decent one, pull off the price tag very slowly, with a hair dryer if neccessary. Most likely it hasn't been on long enoung to have damaged the cover.
Once in a while I will find a major dig, but again, I'm brought down by the fact that they are mostly classical, old school country, or some other meaningless catagory.
Now before you country folk start emailing me, I will say that I've picked up some gems by older country artists and enjoy listening to them. (I'm a major new country fan).
The only records with a monetary value are going to be pop, rock, soul, funk, etc.
Old classical records have no value ( except to your uncle who is a classical snob).
I say this with a fair amount of authority having been a buyer in the retail record trade.
Heck, people didn't want the new classical, which is why I have had to drop that department in more than one store.
The real advice finally comes...
Some folks finally decide to cut the cord and post huge collections which can be had at very reasonable costs. Be gently with these people in your offers. Remember, they have spent years building these collections up with loving care.