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MUSE LIFE: How To Go Vinyl Shopping

SHOPPING TIPS FROM TAY'S HOUSE OF VINYL

 All photos by  Taja Sparks  at Long in the Tooth. Philadelphia, PA. 

All photos by Taja Sparks at Long in the Tooth. Philadelphia, PA. 

Explore record Shops.

 All record shops are different and have plenty to offer you. I strongly recommend buying used and newly released records. If you are looking for record stores in your area check out Vinylhunt.com it’s my go to for looking for shops

 Favorite vinyl stores

Turn Table Lab, NYC 

Kops Records, Toronto

Wax n Facts, Atlanta

Spina Records, NJ

Check the condition of used records.

Most record stores have record players/turntables set up for customers to listen to the vinyl before purchases. If this is the case, check for minor scratches, tears or wearing on the vinyl covers & assess the condition from there.

Pricing

Pricing and conditioning goes hand in hand. Think about what it’s worth for you & evaluate if the value the shop is charging, the condition & authenticity importance for you.

HOW TO STORE VINYL

The best thing about collecting vinyl is the album cover art. Some of my favorite vinyl covers I have hanging up on the wall for display. The rest of my collection is in crates. My living room has slowly grown to look like a mini record shop. My collection is starting to take over my living room, which is cool with me. I’m currently exploring some storage ideas, so I can organize my collection. My dream is to have a room dedicated to my collection. I recently saw an interview with Q-Tip and he gave the world a look at his collection. So dope. That’s my next move; giving my collection it’s own space.

HAVE FUN & BE PATIENT.

Vinyl collecting is all about exploring. You never what you are going to find during a crate digging session at your local or international record store. Keep your ears & eyes open! 

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