Vinyl is Seriously Expensive, How Can I Get Around That?
Speaking from much experience concerning the matter, searching for records to increase or start a collection can be a daunting task. Depending on one’s taste in music is where you would have to go to find it for less. Anywhere from consignment shops, to mainstream stores such as Target can be good starting points. If you happen to have a taste for the classics, consignment would definitely be the way to go. Nothing beats finding your favorite tunes at dangerously low prices. Usually the most overlooked area of thrift stores, records can be acquired in mass amounts without burning a major hole in your pocket.
Closely similar to buying vinyl at consignment is purchasing music from your local record shops. The biggest difference is without a doubt the variety. Hole-in-the-wall stores such as these can be the heart of the vinyl culture and just might end up being your favorite place to shop. Even though they aren’t nearly as cheap in comparison to thrift shops, local joints can provide insight and knowledge, while putting more of what you want available at your fingertips.
After scouring my own hometown for big business stores that sell vinyl, my findings proved to be quite interesting. I discovered that Target occasionally carries vinyl (brand new of course) with a very limited variety, and entertainment stores such as F.Y.E. does as well. Luckily they sell both new and used records, which are typically on more up-to-date artists and bands which was a nice plus.
Records in Places You Never Thought to Look
Sometimes vinyl albums can be sought out in a variety of unexpected ways. One of these being yard or estate sales. Think about it, tons of older items for sale. Some of them are bound to be vinyl, and cheap vinyl at that. Online browsing wouldn’t hurt either. Sometimes, if you’re lucky you can catch a good album for under $20 and free shipping, which is a major score. Pre-ordering newer albums you want to purchase can also prove to be cheaper in some cases. But what if you could get some records for nothing at all? Depending on who you know and who you are related to, that just might be a possibility. Consult the older members of your family who you suspect might have a record collection, but never seem to make use of it. Show some interest and you just might end up taking it off their hands.
No one ever said being a vinyl collector would be easy, but it definitely can be adventurous. Remember to have fun while building your collection and keep a good eye out. You never know where you might find something worth keeping!