The Hunt Begins

The Hunt Begins...

So you want to start collecting records already eh? Let me guess, you have no idea where to start? Well do not worry, because as an adamant and fanatical record collector myself I have been through some of the best spots and some of the worst. Everyone has different levels of dedication to finding the records they and different price ranges too. That being said, you have three options.

The horror...

Option One: A local Flea Market is an absolute treasure trove of all sorts of neat things. If you get there early enough, you can find nearly anything for dirt-cheap. And you get to interact with all the colorful locals! When it comes to records, the flea market has the highest concentration of records of anywhere I’ve ever seen. You can spend days searching through stacks of records that touch the ceiling and not even come close to finishing. Many times flea market vendors will like to haggle with you over price. Be firm and many records can be had for a dollar. That said, flea market records are in some of the worst condition I haveve ever seen, and many do not come with the album sleeves. The selection can at times be bitter too. Leafing through hundreds of records just for one or two decent records can become tedious really fast. Plus flea markets are only open on the weekends and you will have to go early to get the best selection. Not for the weak of heart.

The money...

Option Two: Record stores are a great place to find music obviously, and records are no exception. Just ask the clerk where the vinyl is kept and he will point you in the right way. What is great about record store vinyl is the selection. Current vinyl pressings are readily available; they almost always come brand new (no scratches), and have all the album artwork. I like to buy from record stores because there is simply no way your going to find mint pressings of new artists at the flea market. However, I simply ca not afford to shop there exclusively. Face it; you are going to pay for quality and convenience. So unless your tight with the owner or just wealthy, do not expect to walk out of a record store with more than three or four records at the most.

The fortune...

Option Three: The single greatest achievement any record enthusiast can achieve is to discover his very own hybrid store. I call them hybrid stores because they are actual record stores specializing in music but they look like they were built 40 years ago and most probably small like mold. Do not be afraid to enter though, because what waits is pure majesty. Boxes stacked on boxes, which rest on boxes of old records. Talk to the 70 year old hippie who owns the store, he will tell you exactly which box you are looking for because he alphabetized them all just yesterday. And of course, he does not mind letting a mint condition Stones album go for a couple bucks. After all, you both love music and he could never rip of a brother of the cosmic tunes. Unfortunately, places like these are on the verge of extinction. They are practically a myth. If you manage to find a place, hold on and do not let go. Who knows, maybe if you buy everything out of fear that they will close maybe you can stall the inevitable.

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