A Peek Into My Record Collection
I don't remember exactly how I became interested in vinyl records. Maybe it was from watching One Tree Hill and wanting to be like Peyton Sawyer, who had an entire wall in her room filled with records. Maybe it was from watching Amoeba's What's In My Bag videos and seeing these famous singers buy all these obscure bands' albums. Maybe it was because I've always gravitated towards vintage things, so listening to music on vinyl just seemed like a natural choice.
Like I said, I don't exactly remember how it happened, but I remember when it happened. I was fourteen years old when I begged my mother if I could put her old record player in my room. She told me no. I waited a few days and asked her again and again until she finally told me yes. I was so excited until I went to pick up the record player up and almost collapsed from its weight. Once I got everything set up, the record player and the stereo speakers took up a large chunk of my floor space. It wasn't until I had everything set up that I realized I didn't actually own any records. For months, it just stayed on the floor taking up space.
I bought my first vinyl from my sister's boyfriend. I paid him 15 bucks for Led Zepplin's Physical Graffiti. My mom yelled at me and told me I paid him too much. But I didn't care because I finally owned a record! I played it over and over again. To this day, I can still recite the track list in order.
I used my mother's record player for about 6 years until my parents bought me my own (it's much lighter, thank the Lord) for Christmas. Now, it's one of my favorite things in my room! I thought I would give you a little peek into my record collection & how you can set up your own.
Starting a Collection:
01| A record player. Probably the most important thing you'll need. The one I have let's you play records, CD's, cassettes and the radio. Though this player doesn't take up as much space as my old one, it's still a bulky piece. I keep mine on top of my dresser, which has become my designated record collection area. Since mine was a Christmas gift, I can't give you a link to the exact record player, but here are some other options:
- Crosley Rochester 5 in 1 Entertainment Center - similar to mine
- Victrola Tabletop Bluetooth Record Player - has all the features (CD, radio, etc) but in a cool retro design
- Crosley Presley Floral Bluetooth Cruiser Record Player - This is only a turntable, so it's great for small spaces.
02| Records. Now that you've got a record player, it's time to let that needle drop on some sweet tunes. If you're like me and don't live anywhere near a record store, there are three places I turn to when I want to add something to my collection:
- Thrift stores: My #1 go-to option. Since I usually listen to folk, oldies, and basically anything from the 1970's, I tend to have the best luck at thrift stores. Just keep in mind, you're going to dig through a lot of crappy stuff until you find something good.
- Urban Outfitters: A great place to go if you're looking for new releases and a wide collection of genres.
- Amazon: Amazon basically has everything on its site including vinyl. My only tip is to read the reviews before you click add to cart, especially if you're purchasing it from a different seller.
03| Something to store your records in. I went with a black wire basket with copper handles because I've been obsessed with copper accents recently. However, any kind of storage container will do! Here are some other options:
A Few of My Favorites From My Collection:
- Led Zeppelin - Physical Grafitti: The first record that started it all.
- Cat Stevens - Tea For The Tillerman: Cat Stevens is one of my favorite singers, and this is his best album in my opinion.
- Around The World in 80 Days Score: I've mentioned on here before that I like to listen to film scores while I write, and this is the perfect writing option. I randomly found this at a thrift store, and I'm so glad I did!
- Chris Stapleton - Traveler: The newest record to my collection. I love his gravelly voice and soulful lyrics.
And there you have it, a peek into my record collection!
I'll see you Sunday for a new Sunday Review.