Do you remember growing up listening to vinyl records? There’s just something nostalgic and special about hearing the needle scrape across the vinyl and yes, even skip sometimes because of a scratch or when someone slams a door shut in the next room. Recently, we picked up a record player and have been enjoying the search for classic vinyl records and have some great ideas for where to find your old classics and new favorites!
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Where to find vintage vinyl records
I can remember going to sleep at night asking Mom and Dad to turn on the music. That meant them layering all our nighttime favorites on the record player that had been wired to play through our entire house. We would fall asleep listening to the classic sounds of Rudy Atwood, White Sisters, Peterson Trio, Montavoni, Gaither Kids and countless classical favorites.
Our kids had never experienced a record player, so we decided to do some research and bring vintage vinyl to our home. We found a record player that will bluetooth to our speaker system and give us more volume. The good news is that they still retain their classic sound of the needle and vinyl. So we get the best of both worlds.
We checked with both of our parents and found some of the classic records that they had kept over the years, but then it was time for us to start looking for our own new records. Here are some of the best options for finding classic vinyl records.
Used Book Stores
Many used book stores have added vintage vinyl records to their shelves. Places like McKay books and Half Price Books Outlets now have extensive collections of vinyl on sale.
Half Price Book Outlet in Bowling Green, Kentucky offers a box of 100 records for only $10.00. You don’t know what you are going to get in the box, but it is alot of fun to go through the box looking for treasures. You can also buy individual records for only $1.00 -$2.00 a piece!
It’s crazy to me, but did you know that you can now buy new release albums on vintage vinyl? Places like Amazon.com offer vinyl records from some of your new favorite artists.
Thrift Stores/Yard Sales
Many people think of records as old and unwanted pieces of the past. So take advantage of that fact, and pick up some classic records at thrift stores and yard sales for super cheap! You can always clean them using some soap and water or some inexpensive cleaning brushes or solutions available online.
Do you love listening to vintage vinyl? What’s your favorite classic record? I’d love to hear!
Sharon Williams is a mom of 3 who loves to read, travel, take pictures, work in the flowers and spend time with family. When she’s not blogging, she’s probably out enjoying life so she’ll have something fun to blog about tomorrow!