How to Start a Vinyl Collection

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One of my favorite collections is my vinyl collection, which I started three or four years ago. The collection started out small, but slowly grew into something I’m really proud of. I know I’m indie trash, but I’m not here to tell you that vinyl is better sound quality. I just love the nostalgia of it. I love laying on the floor in my room with a candle burning, listening to my favorite movie soundtracks and records. I get that listening to Spotify or Youtube is easier and the sound quality is better, but there’s something therapeutic about listening to a record the whole way though. You don’t pick a choose songs – you listen to the whole album. You’re off your phone and computer and it’s just you and the music.

It takes time to grow a collection and it can be expensive. My collection didn’t grow over night. It took time and effort to build it to what it is right now. As of right now I think I have over thirty records. Some of them are from Urban Outfitters, others are from thrift stores, markets, and garage sales, but I love all of my records, even the ones I didn’t listen to.

My first record will always be my favorite. My sister knew I was getting a Crosley and bought me my favorite movie soundtrack – The Perks of Being a Wallflower. It has songs from Dexy’s Midnight Runners, The Smiths, Cracker, and David Bowie and it’s my favorite music soundtrack because each song means so much to me. For me, buying records isn’t about what’s “cool” or “indie,” it’s about what I love and what I want to listen to.

I wish my parents had saved their vinyls, it would make collecting so much easier. But if you don’t have a vinyl-mentor, start collecting. Tons of music stores have $1 vinyl bins and I’ve found tons of good records in there, including “Pet Sounds” by the Beach Boys, Elton John, and Elvis – you just have to be willing to search for the perfect record.

That being said, be picky. Don’t buy things just for the sake of buying them. I have records I hate and I’ll never listen to, but I bought them out of impulse. Be picky and save your money – it’ll be worth it. Make sure to check the backside to see what sounds are on the album. Even if you find an Elton John album, do you really want it if it doesn’t have Mad Hatters and Mona Lisas on it?

Don’t be afraid to shop at Urban Outfitters. I know it’s not as cool because it’s not vintage, but I love my Urban Outfitters vinyls. I love having the Perks of Being a Wallflower on vinyl, Palo Alto, The Artic Monkeys, Matt and Kim, and Birdy. Yes, the vinyls are $20, but in my mind, it’s worth it. But I also love my thrifted records of Good Morning Vietnam, Pet Sounds, the Beatles, and Elton John, but it takes time and effort to find these.

I personally think record players are worth the effort, but you have to be willing to grow the collection and put in time and money. Start at your local Goodwill, then start looking at garage sales, flea markets, and Urban Outfitters. Then light a candle, lay on the ground, and listen to your favorite album over and over again.

My favorite records:
+ Magic Mystery Bus Tour - The Beatles
+ Chet Baker Sings
+ Fire Within - Birdy
+ Palo Alto Original Film Soundrack
+ The Perks of Being a Wallflower Original Film Soundtrack
+ Nat King Cole

Dream records:
+ Pet Sounds - The Beach Boys
+ Across the University Original Film Soundtrack
+ Pure Heroine - Lorde
+ The 1975
+ Trouble - Ray Lamontagne
+ Songs About Jane - Maroon 5
+ God Help The Girl Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

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