Monday, 1 August 2011
Secondhand Record Shops #12: Newton Abbot.
Newton Abbot is a small market town in Devon. The town doesn't have a lot going for it, there is no historical Newton Abbot, no pleasant walks just a smattering of catalogue clothes shops, charity shops and boozers. Even the train station is a mile or so out of the town centre. Paying Newton Abbot a visit is not recommended, on my first visit it reminded me of Gainsborough but without the nightlife. But, Newton Abbot does have a secondhand vinyl emporium situated inside the new pannier market.
As a teenager, back in the late 1970's I used to "work" the markets. My mother had a stall selling material (curtains, soft furnishings etc) and I used to help out for cash when I should have been studying for exams. Boston Monday, Gainsborough Tuesday, Newark Wednesday, Ashby Thursday, Gainsborough Friday and Scunthorpe on a Saturday. The timetable has stuck with me all these years. And if the weekly business was slow we'd do Melton Mowbary on Sunday - this is all very pre Car Boot. One of the joys of working on the markets is that every one had a secondhand vinyl stall. (Who can forget Andy Dobbs on Lincoln Market)? Newton Abbot keeps up that tradition.
The stall has no name but is a permanent fixture. The main stock is of 1970's and 1980's rock LP's - expect to see lots of UFO, Genesis, King Crimson, Pink Floyd etc alongside Kingmaker, Senseless Things and Public Image Limited. There were thousands of CD's too with a "punk" section. The guy also has a few 7"'s but keeps them behind the counter. A lot of chart punk like The Stranglers, Skids and Gary Numan. He did have a copy of Leyton Buzzards "Saturday Night Beneath The Plastic Palm Trees" for £1.75, but I've already got it! (that would have been the find of the browse). The chap keeps prices low with an average of a fiver for an LP, four for a CD and thirty bob a seven inch. He told me he likes to keep stock rolling.
If you are unfortunate enough to be in Newton Abbot for an hour or more it is worth a browse...you never know.
1: Stall inside pannier market.
2: Outside Fascia.