Bop Street Records in Ballard is moving and, in the process of downsizing, donated 140,000 records to St. Vincent de Paul Society of Seattle/King County.

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It’s possible that, say, Creed and Hanson and Starship will inadvertently wind up helping people.

Their albums may be among the 140,000 records that the owner of Ballard’s Bop Street Records donated this week to St. Vincent de Paul Society of Seattle/King County, the sale of which will help the needy.

“We’re ecstatic, because this is obviously a huge amount of records,” said St. Vincent de Paul spokesman Richard Bray.

St. Vincent de Paul will sell them “and with the proceeds we provide help for people facing eviction, people facing hunger, people facing utility shut-off — all of which have experienced greater needs in the past two years,” he said.

Digitally, that much music would fit on a few dozen 32g iPods. But it took a 53-foot trailer to move the vinyl on Thursday. A couple more smaller trucks were parked in front of Bop Street on Friday as owner Dave Voorhees flipped through iPhone photos of his new shop: 12-foot-high shelves with library-style ladders.

He’s moving from 5219 Ballard Ave. N.W. to 2220 N.W. Market St., just a few blocks away — and from 9,500 square feet to 3,500.

So he had to get rid of about a third of his inventory and he likes St. Vincent de Paul, simple as that.

A natural pack rat, Voorhees said he has collected records since 1958. As of Friday, the shop still had piles of old laser discs, all manner of obsolete stereo equipment in the cavernous basement and a collection of LPs on the wall that suggested a penchant for ’50s and ’60s lounge music. He had come down with the mumps as a kid and listened to the radio while he stayed home in bed. His wife is a former customer.

Bop Street had been in its current location since 2001 and in Ballard since 1984, Voorhees said. He’s moving because the building was sold and will become a bike shop.

And as cool as he finds the new location and the increased foot traffic on Market, he’s not tickled at the thought of a new owner painting over the signatures of the hundreds of artists who have played in the shop — he points to the scrawls of Radiohead, Nico Case, a member of The Pogues — as well as a big mural on the back wall with his own face among assorted music legends.

As for Voorhees’ massive donation, Bray said, St. Vincent de Paul has never received one quite like it. The staff is inventorying the boxes of LPs, 45s and 78s for a big record sale sometime in July.

“We know we have every genre under the sun in there,” he said (including, according to Voorhees, a couple of boxes of Lawrence Welk). “We think there’s going to be something for everyone.”

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