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The basic guide to finding great records at thrift stores.

Here's some advice and other odd and ends on finding great records at thrift stores.

1. Do some research to find all the thrift stores in your area, and read the reviews, If the store consistently receives poor reviews don't go their it will only be a waste of time and maybe money. High prices are the only thing to check on as all other factors such as disorganization, quality of staff, etc are based mostly on option.

2. The records are almost always near or in the media section but sometimes they are somewhere else. If you can't find them, then ask the owner or an employee, they will know where they are (hopefully), if there are any at the store of course.

3. If the price is not noted, ask the owner or an employee, if they say some over the top high price,  look for a minute or two to see if there is anything worth the price they are asking, and leave. A great price is $0.25 to $1.00, anything over 2.00 is not usually worth it. Something to note, a "normal price" varies form area to area, For me this is the typical range of what a good price is for me.

4. Decide before hand what you are looking for and how much you want to spend and stick with it, otherwise you will walk out with lots of stuff you may not actually end up listening too. Don't just buy it because it's inexpensive, and just so you know not all records are rare.

5. Look at the stacks of records and look for the 78's, 45's and the LPs (they are usually separated in different groups, but some times they're mixed together).

6. Always flip through the records individually and pull out anything that catches your eye. Then after going through them all the records the store has, take your records and decide whether you really want the records you have selected. If you are on the fence whether or not to purchase the item, go with your gut feeling and act on it, better safe then sorry. Once you have done this take your finds to the counter and pay for them.

7. Remember, bring as much cash as you can, otherwise you will kick yourself when you could get all the records you wanted to get.

7. Listen and enjoy your records, if you find an artist or group you love then keep a look out for them the next time you go to crate digging.    

Happy digging!


My Dejay SP-20 record player

This was a portable turntable I bought when I started collecting records. This video shows me demonstrating the turntable shortly before I donated it to a thrift store because I need space for my Newcomb record player.


Happy national vinyl record day

 I managed to get out of the house today and hit my local thrift store to celebrate National Vinyl Record Day, and I found some great records!


8 rpm record

This is a 8 rpm record, it was released by the Library of Congress for the blind. You don't see these record very often.


Gilmar record 243

Side A.
Side B.
This is one of my 15 or so Gilmar records I have, this is my only color pressing from this record label! click to watch on YouTube to also read the history of this label, at least as much as I know now, and that information is hard to find!


Early blues record

This is not technically a blues record but the song title has the word "blues" in it. I hope that you enjoy as this very interesting recording.


Happy 4th of July

This is a 78 rpm record put out by Caravan records. The first thing I noticed about the record is the red vinyl that it is press out of, and the fact that the selection covers both sides of the record. This record features a melody marching tunes, and they are recorded in a very interesting manner that I think you might enjoy listening to.


Promenade records: a sound alike recording of "I Shot Mr. Lee"

The song "Mr. Lee" was a major hit peaking at #6 on the billboard hot 100, and #1 on the R&B charts for 4 weeks. Later after the Bobbette's failed to produce a hit after "Mr. Lee", they wrote the song (which is very similar) "I Shot Mr. Lee" was then recorded and reached #56 on the charts. The real mystery is the fact that this record label only covered top-40 hits, odd considering the fact that this song only peaked at #56 making this only a minor hit. The most likely theory is based on the fact that sometimes these labels covered songs  beginning to show up on the charts that the label thought would become major top-40 hits. 


My Newcomb EDT-30 M

Last Saturday I found this great record player! however a day after I got it, the speaker cut out so I put the headphones to see if the  amp worked still. Otherwise the turntable seems to be in perfect order but the speaker just stop working!
Update: 8-6-11 I just had it looked at, however the speaker needs to be replaced, on the flip side I have found a cord that allows me to plug it straight to my stereo system!