20,000 records for sale in Holmen

HOLMEN, Wis. (WKBT) – People collect all kinds of things throughout their lives, but no one can have a collection quite like you’ll find in Holmen.

Charlie Muller’s uncle, George Johnson, was a music lover and collected 20,000 records. He died in January and Charlie is the administrator of his estate. This Saturday, each of these discs is for sale.

“In the 1980s, when records were starting to disappear, people were like, ‘George, do you want my records?’ so George took the records and made his own collection,” Charlie said. “75% of 70s rock and roll – Alice Cooper, Led Zeppelin.”

Muller turned Holmen’s house into a record store. Files line the basement walls and are stacked in boxes downstairs.

In the basement, Muller pointed to the empty walls.

“A month ago you couldn’t cross here…there were eight tracks, 45s along this wall and it was full of 78s,” Muller said.

The sale has already generated a lot of interest. Managing George’s record collection has been a gift for Muller.

“It opened up a whole new light on how George lived,” he said. “He really brought people together.”

Throughout his life, George was the friend of many. Now George’s records also bring people together.

Dee Joiner, browsing the sale, was looking for records to give to her mother.

“She lost a lot of her record collection when she moved in with me, so I’m trying to replace some of her memories,” Joiner said.

Muller said, β€œTo share the records with all those people who want to get them. They’re all so happy and excited, it’s been awesome.

If you want to peek through the shelves, Charlie’s doors will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 236 E. Gaarder Road in Holmen.

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