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My family is considering a move, but do I sell or do I hold?

I was 14 when I bought my first one, though it was many years earlier when I received my first record. Over the next 25 years, I proceed to buy some 15,000 more albums of some of the greatest artists of all time, but do I really want to move them again?

If you have ever taken a wooden crate full of records from room to another, you know these things are heavy! But, the thing is that crate only holds abut 120 records! Now trying to imagine moving 125 of those boxes every time you move!

You see, these boxes really aren’t movable when you think about how much they weigh. It takes me 4 truck loads of just records every time I move. I can pay to move these records or I can hold a garage sale and sell them. Even at an average of $1 each, that could get me about $15,000, but the question is do I want to sell them or move them?

I’m really thinking I want to move them so my kids can enjoy them as I did, but at the same time, they don’t understand records, they think MP3s and CDs only. But, there is just something about a record that they can’t compete with.

What would you do if you were in my position?

Todd Clark - Broker / Sales Coach
Palazzo Realty Group
Phone: (503)524-9494
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Comment balloon 19 commentsRespect Realty LLC • April 29 2009 02:25AM


Move them you can always sell them later if you like if that is what you truly want to do or when you are ready to let them go. But for now I think you want to keep them.

Posted by Ray Logan (Prudential Gary Greene, Realtors - Stacy Mathews) almost 9 years ago

Todd, If you are saying the emotional value to you is much more than the actual value these records represent to the public, you have just uncovered the dilemma facing many sellers today. Can you separate yourself from the reality of holding on to an outdated technology,and the fact that your kids wouldn't appreciate what it took to collect this "wealth"?

market them to the people that will pay the most for your collection and replace the technology with something easier to move next-time (down scale or update).

Posted by Steve Loynd, 800-926-5653, White Mountains NH ( Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., ) almost 9 years ago

I got rid  of many of my records when we moved. I gave them to Goodwill.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) almost 9 years ago

Todd, We tried to sell a bunch at a garage sale and the most we could get was .25 and we were only trying to sell the "best" of my husband's collection. See what you can sell on E-bay or craig's and I don't know what you should do with the rest.

Posted by Barb Szabo, CRS, E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes (RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio) almost 9 years ago

Todd we moved into our new house in 2007 and I have a book collection of around 2000 books and magazines...I packed them up and moved them to the new house about 75-80 boxes 90% are car books that I love your records that you love I'm sure....I say if you move pack them up and take them with you...I am glad I did and after all the work and heavy lifting and hassle to move them is over can sit back and listen to the music that you love with the ones you love.... peace zane

Posted by Zane Coffin, (Geneva Ohio Real Estate Agent) (Century-21 Homestar) almost 9 years ago

They can only enjoy them if you have a turntable.  So, if they don't have one, or, you're not including one, I would just sell them to collectors.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) almost 9 years ago

Hi Todd ~ I vote for moving them for sure. Sounds like (no pun intended!) an awesome collection.  Digital music is OK for convenience but with a good system I think that vinyl is better and *nothing* compares to the album covers.  That's 15,000 bursts of  enjoyment - worth the hassle. 


Posted by Elizabeth Bolton, Cambridge MA Realtor (RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA) almost 9 years ago

I vote for selling them. If you can bear to part with them. It is hard to imagine future generations playing and enjoying them as much  as you did.

Posted by John Combs (Alan Deblat Real Estate Corp.) almost 9 years ago

The grasshopper in me says get rid of the entrapment they are.  Our possessions can become lead weights in our lives, cluttering up the space we should reserve for other things.

But the rockstar in me says... what are you thinking?  Get rid of them after all these years collecting them?  You're nuts. They are priceless jewels.

Truth is your kids may or may not want them.  When my brother died, his huge collection of albums went into the garage until his son finally dumped them, since they got wet and moldy.  They became an emotional anchor that was hard for him to get rid of.  But the mold took care of that. But he felt guilt.

The joy from them was in the collecting of them.  A lifetime of joy.  Having them is probably not as much fun.

good luck.....

Posted by Sally Dunbar, Fair Oaks Realtor - Fair Oaks Homes for Sale (Lyon Real Estate, Fair Oaks CA (Sacramento Area)) almost 9 years ago

I'm into getting rid of things if I haven't touched it in a year then it will be on the block.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) almost 9 years ago

Todd, I am purposely not reading the other comments before answering. I saved several things for my kids and moved them only to have my kids say why did you bother to save this. If you want them save them for you, no one will appreciate them as much as you...

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Professionals.) almost 9 years ago

That's a heck of a lot of records, Todd.  I have moved a lot and have discarded things along the way and later wished I had not done so.  If it isn't too expensive to move them and you have plenty room to keep them at your new place without them being exposed to moisture, etc., I would probably keep them.  Probably, but maybe not.

It's interesting that we spend time and money accumulating things and then at a certain point, we start getting rid of things.  I would like to do a major downsizing of possessions at my house.

Posted by Shirley Parks, Broker, 210-414-0966, San Antonio TX Real Estate (Sands Realty 210-414-0966) almost 9 years ago


I had a large collection of records and eight tracks ( yeah I know I am dating things) and after I got rid of them I discovered that they were worth a lot of money to people. Perhaps sell the whole collection to someone that will pay top dollar and get into them.

Posted by Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459, Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD! (Coldwell Banker) almost 9 years ago

Ray - I've always loved them, but that is just a heck of a lot of weight to be moving again!

Steve - You are probably right about the kids not appreciating the time took to collect them.

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) almost 9 years ago

Todd, this is the perfect chance for your wife to start an ebay business. Have her sell the records online and see what you can get.

Posted by George & Arlene Paukert (Road to Wealth, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

Todd --- this is very strange --- I wrote a comment, but I see it is not here.  Maybe I'm dreaming, but don't think so --- anyway, I vote for you to sell the record.

mama Liz Signature

Posted by Liz Loadholt, Realtor--Broker-in-charge - Trainer--Relocation Director Covering SC (Liz Loadholt- AgentOwned Realty- Covering SC) almost 9 years ago


Here is a stupid suggestion: Keep the collection intact, but try to find a partner to buy into the collection agreeing to store them in an accessible and safe place, while providing each partner access to enjoy them...kida like a lease purchase...!!! :) Thanks,   Fran

Posted by Fran Gaspari, "The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ (Patriot Land Transfer, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

Todd, a true for thought though. I'm at a stage in my life where I want to downsize...and get rid of all of that "stuff."  I could give it to my kids, and much will go to them....but you may be right about your records....I have a ton too....Maybe selling them would be a thought! ;-)

Posted by Mesa, Arizona Real Estate Mesa Arizona Realtor, AzLadyInRed (Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC) almost 9 years ago


Move them while you're young. Donate or sell them when you're old!

We moved about 15 boxes of my late father-inlaws records. For me I would of dumped them. For my wife, they are a connection to her father.

I know how much room ours take up, so yours may need their own house!

Good luck

Posted by Bob Volanti, Fresno and Clovis, CA Realtor (Keller Williams Realty Fresno) almost 9 years ago

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