I worked in a small record store in college and a very, very, very large one for the six, seven years post college in an effort to delay adulthood. Mission accomplished.
That was six or seven years that I’d trade for hardly anything…a colorful cast of regular customers, an even more colorful staff of 30-40 with everyone hooking up with everyone (it must have been a bit like being in Fleetwood Mac), numerous famous musicians passing through, guest lists for hundreds and hundreds of shows, a bomb scare, a tornado, a lot of drunken shenanigans and oh so much more than I can probably remember.
There some used record shops in Delaware County PA but they are all a pain to get to and have little or no parking nearby. I just don’t have it in me these days to drive half an hour and then spend another half an hour driving around in circles to find a parking space just to look through old records. When I upgraded my turntable in the living room I did to to the 2 that had tiny parking lots and managed to in, but didn’t find much I wanted to buy. Made the trek over to The Record Museum in Berlin NJ and that place had a lot but it’s a long drive so haven’t been back.
Yeah vintage, vinyl stores are still out there. We have a couple here and that seems to be a thing that people are into (so that’s cool)
But the days of Tower, etc, for new releases are fading. Best Buy dropped their CD section, Wal-Marts is pretty sad and not even worth bothering with. B&N still have a section, maybe I can try them… but how obscure or odd is their selection, do they just carry the bigger names, the Taylor Swift’s, etc. Can I find acts on small or indie labels there?
Back in the day I enjoyed this locally owned shop we had, they carried imports that weren’t available in the States and all the weird stuff. That’s where I could find early Devo, Mi-Sex, The Dickies, The Brains…
Every Friday I’d pick up my paycheck, then go to the comic book shop (in the years before Wednesday releases), then head over to Strawberry Jams and spend a good hour there poring through the racks, talking to the owner and clerks (who were all very cool). Wish I’d thought to take pictures of the place.
(as an aside - we don’t have an FYE here, so I don’t know what they carry)
I used to work near there! Only been there a couple of times, but bought stuff every time I went inside.
I have been to a couple record stores in the DMV, but most of my record purchases have been via Discogs the last few years. When I went to record stores regularly, I was still living in St. Louis. My favorites there are Vintage Vinyl and Planet Score.
Yeah, I know, I’m with you there. When I heard about the Exit/In closing and the possibility of that area being knocked down by land developers, my heart sank. I about lived at that place, and so wanted to play there (never did, I played at their sister site, “The End” and I helped pack the place, so I hoped that would translate into getting a gig there, but a year later I was gone, left town)
I just looked and it sounds like they are trying to save it as a historical landmark.