Record Collecting Tips
If you are a die-hard record collector, as a citizen of this community you should do what you can to help noobs figure out how to start collecting and get entry level equipment. Remember how simple it can be for anyone with a smart phone to put on some inane channel on Pandora or iTunes and vegetate into a soft mass. But as we all know, the thrill of finding a long lost record, or discovering something so unique that ends up being a mega super rare album is an even bigger thrill!
If you are a new to record collecting, then this page will help you get started. And we, the die hard record collecting community welcomes you with open arms! Check out the sections here and let us know what else you need help with so we can make this page even better.
WHERE TO FIND RECORDS
Where are the best places to find and buy records?
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New record stores are popping up all the time, and some record stores have always been around and now is your time to check it out.
In the Mall
For all you mallrat's here are a couple shops that seem to carry vinyl records.
In the City
Major cities across the US is where you will find the biggest and most diverse cross-section of record stores. Some specialize in certain genre's like Hip-hop, Techno/Electronic, Traditional Rock & Pop, New and Used, Jazz, etc. I recently found an app you can install on your smart phone that will tell you where the nearest record stores to you are. I highly recommend you check out The Vinyl District app. Click the icon below to read my blog post about it!
If you are out in the 'burbs do not fret...there are plenty of hot spots. Use the app I mention above and also scope out places like:
Used Video Game / Movies / Books stores: these are new locally run stores you will find that sell used games, books, movies, CDs and records. Out where I live, a chain called Second Hand Books has cheap vinyl.
Antique Stores: lots of antique stores, especially ones that rely on consignment will have multiple dealers selling records, mostly dusties, but I have also found some of the most obscure rarities here.
Garage Sales & Estate Sales: I am on Craigslist every day looking for records and local garage sales or estate sales that mention they have vinyl records.
One important thing to remember, you should not buy everything online, please support your local merchants over the mega-corporations anytime you can. But sometimes the physical stores just don't have the same cool taste in music as you do, I totally get that. Here is what I recommend if you do shop online:
Visit the Record Labels: Many of the bands I love will also share the same record label, so I hit their online store to buy the music and also look for exclusive only items. I would say at least 50% of what I buy online are from the record labels because I love them with all of my being.
Read Online Zines and Blogs: Lots of bloggers like me are definitely sharing where you can get the coolest and latest hot vinyl. NME, Pitchfork, SPIN are online music zines that share album reviews and articles, record label info, etc. I'll add some in my Links section, so check it out.
Discogs: this site I am on every single day. Discogs is short for Discographies....here you can find contributor supplied release info for every band, artist, record label in known existence. There is also a free marketplace where people are buying and selling their stuff online. It beats the hell out of eBay.
Etsy: artists and eclectic people are on Etsy, and yes, some do sell records. I've actually found a few really weird, really super rare records at shockingly low prices. This is a secret place I am telling you to check out, wink!