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Vinyl Revival

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You may have noticed the resurgence of vinyl records in recent years. A lot of us have held onto our vinyl collections for decades and have continued to browse used albums for sale wherever we’ve run across them: yard sales, thrift stores, flea markets, vintage shops, and record stores.

A funny thing has happened, though. Fueled by hipsters’ need to, well, be hip, sales of new vinyl records actually started to become a thing again. More artists saw the trend and began releasing music on vinyl in addition to digital formats. In the spring of 2016 a Fortune article said, “Flash forward to 2015. Fueled by that unique sound quality and a nostalgia wave, sales of vinyl records were up 32% to $416 million, their highest level since 1988, according to the RIAA. (CD sales, while much higher in total income, were down 17%.)”

The article goes on to indicate that “experts say don’t be surprised if vinyl continues to see noticeable growth in the years to come.” While the growth of new new vinyl records continues, we can attest that sales of used vinyl is going well, too. In our shop, we typically have about 50 to 75 records for sale at any given time, and records have proved to be one of our steady sellers.

As music lovers, we love to curate our collection. Albums we’ve sold this summer or are for sale now include such wonderful and diverse musical artists as Albert King; Beausoleil; The Carter Family; Chick Corea; Earth, Wind, & Fire; Merle Haggard; Julie London; Little Feat; Donna Summer; Santana; Frank Sinatra; Stevie Wonder; Neil Young; and Frank Zappa. We try to have a little something for everyone.

Used records can vary wildly in price from $1 to $2 million. Most of ours vary from $2 to about $20 with the average being around $6. Condition and scarcity are the two main factors in pricing. Condition includes that of the vinyl itself as well as the jacket. If, by chance, the album is signed by the artist, that can add considerable value, depending on the artist.

We love the warm and nostalgic sounds of vinyl, and we hope the trend of growing vinyl sales continues. And we invite you to stop in and check out our records that are for sale. If you’re into vinyl, you’re sure to find something you need!