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Saturday, April 8, 2017
As reported by Barry Adams in the Wisconsin State Journal
Photo credit: Barry Adams, Wisconsin State Journal
A truckload of donated vinyl record albums has turned into drawers of cash for a Madison area nonprofit.
Agrace Hospice reported Friday that two of its Madison thrift stores have combined to sell more than $12,000 worth of record albums and the remaining stock of about 6,000 albums are now on sale at 10 for $1.
“Obviously it was a great donation from the very beginning, but I don’t know if I really had my head wrapped around about how quickly word would spread and that it became what it was,” Purcell said. “It was a new enlightenment for me how much music and albums are such a big deal for that audience.”
The albums were donated by retired businessman Jerry Roh, 72, of Platteville. Roh collected albums for years and thought about buying and selling albums for extra cash but tired of it a few years ago. He donated his collection last month to Agrace. After word spread about the sale, other customers began donating albums, including Harley’s House of Pianos in Madison, which donated 1,200 mostly classical music albums to the sale.
The largest single sale was to two women who bought 239 albums, while two men drove from Minnesota to scour the collection. Purcell said that many customers also shopped both stores.
The sale is expected to continue through Sunday, but Purcell is hoping to sell what is left to a single buyer.“We don’t have the room,” Purcell said. “We’re not a record store, but we’ve gotten our money’s worth out of the donation.”