Hands up if you’ve got a vinyl player (waving hands) and a record collection. I have one because I like retro things and I love the sound it produces. No, it’s not better than modern technology but it’s different, in a good way. I got my record player last year and playing records from back when I was a teen has brought back so many fun memories.
The other month, I went to the record fair in Leeds Kirkgate Market with Michelle and managed to triple my record collection, and more. If I had the budget, I’d go a lot more often. I found a couple for a very cheap pound and gave a little bit more for the others. If you want some exclusives and rares, be prepared to pay a lot more. I’ve listed my record collection so far below and also places in Leeds where you can find records and a good bargain.
My Record Collection So Far
I’m really happy with my current collection, it’s records I happily listen to over and over. Possibly not Showaddywaddy but I love their vinyl cover. Potentially I’ll frame it one day. Besides, it was only £1 so not a big loss. My favourites are of course Dirty Dancing, Footloose but also Dolly Parton. Save The Last Dance For Me and Downtown are great songs.
Dolly Parton – The Great Pretender
Boney M – Love for Sale
Marianne Faithful – Broken English
Dirty Dancing – Soundtrack
Days of Thunder – Soundtrack
Footloose – Soundtrack
The Beach Boys – 20 Golden Greats
Showaddywaddy – Crepes & Drapes
Places in central Leeds to buy Records
It wasn’t till last month I went to my first record fair but I can already feel how addictive they are and lethal as it’s easy to get greedy and spend loads of money. An other places to buy vinyls is of course online but it’s no time as fun as actually browsing and finding unexpected records. I’d love to own Paolo Nutini – These Streets but when I’ve looked in records stores I’m unable to find itIt might b that I’ll have to turn to Amazon or eBay.
Other options are:
- Vinyl Fairs at Leeds Kirkgate Market, The Brudenell Social Club, The Park Plaza Hotel etc.
- Independent record stores like Single Shot, Relics Records, Noiseisforheroes, Jumbo Records and Crash Records.
- HMV sell vinyls as well although they don’t have a massive selection. Neither does charity shops but you can find cheap golden gems here.
What records have you got in your collection? Which one is your favourite and why? Where do you go record shopping?