Sebastopol California, Incredible records, mostly CD's but in the past 6 months or so it has added quite a lot of vinyl and for me is only 5 minutes away
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In the city:
Philadelphia Record Exchange, 618 S 5th St (215.745.4151)
...(large collection of all types of music)
Book Trader, 7N 2d Street (215-925-0517)(great for classical)
AKA Music on 2d Street between Market and Race Streets
In the western suburbs:
Gold Million Records, Lancaster Ave (Rt. 30) in Bryn Mawr
Shady Dog Records, Lancaster Ave (Rt. 30) in Berwyn
Perhaps, just as helpful, would be stores to avoid. There are two major vinyl shops in Denver: Wax Trax (cool name) and Twist and Shout. Both suck. When you walk in the door to either dingy, odoriferous establishment, the clerks are wiping the new stock with a greasy felt cloth. The manager at TnS is arrogant and unpleasant. I've had the best luck by far on the 'net. So long brick and mortar.
Good thread! I was working in Toledo for nearly 18 months (finished up the project last June) and made weekly trips to Ann Arbor, Michigan. PJ's Records was probably my favorite due to the very nice clean stock of used lp's as well as new stuff. Mark and I discussed White Sox-Tiger baseball on many occasions. I also scored quite a few nice lp's at Encore Records. PJ's was more expensive ($7-$11 average) than Encore. Encore's stock seems endless though, tons of albums of all genre's. I made it to a great place in Grand Rapids (on the corner right off I-69) too. Never made it up to Detroit though. Allied Records in Toledo is an okay place if you're trying to buld up your collection, though you really have to look at his stock.
In the metro Detroit area, there are 2 vinyl outlets on 9 Mile road west of Woodward Ave in downtown Ferndale. Record Collectors and another store across from it.
Also, in Southfield area, Street Corner Music located at the corner of Southfield Road and 13 Mile road sells both new and used vinyl.
If you are in the Saginaw area, there is a used vinyl outlet "Record and Tapes" located on Court street.
Most of the worthwhile, used LP shops in the DFW area are now gone. In Dallas, the most worthy LP shop for new, indie releases on vinyl: Good Records on lower Greenville Avenue. There are two other stores with extensive collections for used vinyl but they are overpriced IMHO. You might also visit the Half Price Books store on Northwest Highway. Sometimes it will have a few gems for a reasonable price.
Here is a tip: if you are in Southern California, do not miss Lou's Records in Encinitas. It is one of my favorite stores in the USA. Reasonably priced, high quality used vinyl. Just be prepared to while away 1/2 a day, looking for those used LP gems.
By the way, any Las Vegas residents here? I am traveling there next week and will have approximately 6 hours to shop for used/new LPs. However, I will be staying at a central location on the strip without a car. I do not mind taking a cab, please just post what the approximate fare would be.
Austin, TX.... Waterloo Records, one of the best indies out there mostly CD but the vinyl is growing. Backspin lot's of good used stuff. CD Exchange, lot's of used LP's, punk rock and indie stuff. How could I forget Antones... R&B, Rockabilly, blues, etc.
Lot's more I didn't mention.
PS Anyone know of a good place in Houston or Dallas?
If you're In Toronto, check these places out:
Rotate This (Queen & Bathurst)- Mostly new and some used vinyl with an emphasis on ROCK and a selection of jazz, R&B, reggae, etc. Very cool and helpful staff.
Slinky Music (Queen & Spadina)- Mostly new and some used vinyl with an emphasis on dance floor friendly music and a choice selection of hip hop, R&B, jazz, reggae, etc. Very cool and helpful staff.
Play De Record (Yonge & Dundas)- Definitely a DJ shop, but with a choice selection of new jazz, soul, funk and rock with a dance floor friendly vibe. These guys source out some really cool, obscure stuff, that I will never see anywhere else. Very cool and helpful staff.
Criminal Records (Queen & Spadina- across from Slinky Music). These guys have the best prices in the city for rock and a small amount of jazz. Very enthusiastic staff.
BTW, these shops are not all catering to audiophile types, so vinyl gets opened and handled, so you can sample the wares before you purchase it. Just ask at the counter before you open any sealed vinyl as policies vary from place to place and you may find the staff not so cool and helpful after you open something you shouldn't have. If the copy's sealed, they may have it on CD for a listen.
For strictly used stock, check these out:
Vortex (Yonge & Eglinton)
She Said Boom
Babel (Queen & Ossington)
There's several shops between Rotate This and Slinky Music, that makes for a nice walk and digging session.
I made a typo when I initiated this forum. I stated that Car City Records in St.Clair Shores MI, had a very limited selection of used records, and I meant to say new. Their specialty is used, I would guess that there is well over twenty thousand in stock.
Great response to this one. I think another should be posted soon to find out about other cities, and maybe other countries.
Thanks for all the input.
More from NJ, in Montclair Absolute Vinyl 11 Midland Ave. 973-746-7775, in Kennelworth is Izzy's Records http://www.izzymusic.com they also organize record shows and are in the process of moving so check out their site for location updates. If you are further south a great stop is The Album Hunter 105 West Main St.,Maple Shade 856-667-4715. I have found great stuff at each of these stores.
On the national front:
I found a great resource for record stores throughout the US: http://www.recordcollectorsguild.org/index.php?name=Web_Links&req=viewlink&cid=25