The day did start differently, I got up before 7am even without the alarm. I hustled over to the post office, arriving by 9am, fearing the xmas crowds. I was out by 930 and the thrift doesn't open until 10am, so got breakfast from the Peruvian sandwich/pizza place. Grilled beef and fried eggs and tea and setting the theme of the day as Peru.
I was the 1st customer in as they unlocked the door at the thrift. I've mentioned this place regularly. I've found a little of everything there. Today I was the first to rake through a major chunk of some one's collection as it came out of the box. There was lots of opera, female vocalists, Russian and Scandinavian composers. I now have filled in my Shostakovich and Scriabin and Sibelius sections and I finally have the Solti Wagner Ring (the 18 or 19 disks of the four operas would have cost me over $80--at employee price-- had I bought it when I was managing a record store in San Antonio back in 1975. I paid around $9 for it today but likely no one cares to hear about that. Starting so early I frickin' ended up buying over 300 records which are now stacked in the middle of the floor with no where to shelve, pile... Usually I don't make it to the thrift until after 1pm and make my selections from the left overs. Plus they took my phone number and promised to call whenever they get new supply. What the hell am I doing, I live in a 2 room nyc apartment. cripes.
Besides the classical music, the gems in this person's collection are the female vocalists. I finally own records by Yma Sumac. When I worked in the record store I often looked at her one record available then and wondered what it was all about. I was trying to buy all the Archie Shepp, Charle Mingus and Webern records I could afford so I never sprung the $4 it would have cost me. Yma Sumac: Ancient Peru dressed up to titillate Broadway in 1950. A curiosity for me but along with the Buffy St Marie record I picked up last week I'm in a native woman listening mood. When that ends I will check out the Peggy Lee, Patty Page and Edie Gorme records.