[78-L] Gene Autry Okeh set, Estate Sale protocol...
glongwell at snet.net
Sun Aug 4 20:03:06 PDT 2013
The last couple of weekends have been good to me with finding a lot of records. Not all worth buying but there seems to all of a sudden be more to choose from lately. Comes and goes I guess. Luck of the draw as they say.
I picked up a small collection today that had the Gene Autry Okeh K-1 Cowboy Songs set. There was also several more Gene Autry Okehs in 10" binders. Since the set doesn't say which records belong in it, which 4 catalog numbers originally came with this set?
So here's my question about protocol at an estate sale (garage sale, tag sale, yard sale, whatever you want to call it). When I first got to the estate sale today the first thing I saw was a cart full of records, mostly LPs with a few 78s. The guy says he has a bunch more back in the garage. So I follow him, he mentions something to his mother, who's house he's clearing out, and I chat with her for a minute before searching out this guy who's pulling records out of the garage. Somehow, I didn't take full notice of everything I walked by as I went from the top of his driveway all the way to the garage. Five minutes later after I decide to make an offer on all the records and he accepts I take note of what some guy agreed to a price on ($10) and was about to hand money over for. It was a small key wind cylinder machine. Pretty sure it was a Columbia Q, along with a horn. I was pretty mad at myself for making such a "rookie" mistake and
missing it. So here's the moral dilemma I was thinking about. What if I cut it on that transaction and offered the woman taking the money that I would pay more, after they agreed on a price and he was about to hand her money? Has this ever happened to anyone? I didn't do it and would hope that no one ever does that to me so I'm thinking I did the right thing. Any thoughts?
I talked with the guy I bought the records from that I wished I had seen that and he even said I should have bid higher on it and started a bidding war. He had no clue what it was. Then he took me into his basement and showed me a Victor Granada machine that was in bad shape so was basically a parts machine. There's still another floor to go through and have another sale and he thinks there may be more so I may not have completely lost out on possible interesting phonograph stuff.
Thanks for letting me ramble on.
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