As many of you know, I’m an avid record collector. There’s just something about hearing a vinyl that makes me so happy. Call me crazy, but sometimes I feel like a song (or album) sounds better when it’s coming from my record player (maybe it’s because of the bass or something, I don’t know!). I’ve been collecting records since I got my baby blue Crosley record player (her name is Little Darling) for my 21st birthday (which was four years ago). Since then, vinyl hunts have become part of my regular weekend routine (I’ve also updated my record player to an adorable floral Crosley Radio Keepsake Portable Turntable). I love searching for new records. I can’t explain it but it just makes me so happy! Over the past four years of I’ve explored dozens of awesome record stores so I thought today, I’d share a couple of my favorite ones with you all. Here are some of my favorite record stores in Chicago: Continue reading
After hearing a ton of mixed reviews (from both word of mouth and online reviews) about VNYL, I decided to finally bite and the bullet and check it out for myself. If you checked out my previous VNYL review then you may recall that during Cyber Monday, VNYL was having an awesome deal where you could get a two month membership for just $40 and since you get three records per month, that’s $40 for six records (which isn’t half bad if you ask me!). Although I had a somewhat positive/pleasant first month experience with VNYL, I can’t say the same for my second/final month. Even though I’m a huge vinyl lover/collector, I don’t think VNYL is the best route, for me personality, for growing a record collection. I’m glad I decided to try VNYL out (that Cyber Monday deal was a little to good to pass up) but (regular) price wise, I definitely don’t think it is worth it! Continue reading
After hearing a ton of mixed reviews (from both word of mouth and online reviews) about VNYL, I decided to finally bite and the bullet and check it out for myself. As some of you may or may not know, I’m a HUGE vinyl lover and I’ve been collecting records for almost four years now. I started collecting records after my sister got me a record player, a turquoise Crosley Cruiser Turntable that I named Little Darling, for my 21st birthday and since I’m turning 25 later this year, that equals four years of collecting!. Speaking of turning 25 (I still can’t believe I’ll be 25 in April), one of the things I really want to cross off my 25 before 25 bucket list (before April) is “own 100+ records.” Although I’ve been going on countless vinyl hunts lately, I’m not quite at 100 records yet (and I refuse to buy any old records just so I can hit 100!). During Cyber Monday (that seems like forever ago doesn’t it), VNYL was having an awesome deal where you could get a two month membership for just $40 and since you get three records per month, that’s $40 for six records (which isn’t half bad if you ask me!). Continue reading
It’s been a while since I’ve shared one of my vinyl hunts (or talked about my record collection) and as some of you may recall, one of my goals for 2016 was to not only focus on growing my record collection more this year but to also share more about my record collecting in general here on the blog. Back in 2013 when I first starting collecting records, I often shared record collection updates, vinyl record goals/albums I wanted and things of that nature, so my goal is to really get back to that. Last weekend I decided to hit up one of my go-to record stores, Half Priced Books (which is also a used book store), to see if I could find any interesting new vinyls to add to my collection. Speaking of go-to record stores, I’m currently working on a post about my favorite record stores here in Chicago/a guide to record shopping in Chicago and I can’t wait to share it with you all soon! Continue reading
Its been a few months since I’ve shared a “This Place” post and it has been six months (yikes) since I’ve posted a vinyl hunt, so I thought I’d kill two birds with one stone today! Although I haven’t shared a vinyl hunt recently, I still go record shopping at least twice a month. I used to go once a week but work and other commitments got in the way. Last week, while I was helping my sister move into her new place, I discovered the cutest little record store: Laurie’s Planet of Sound (it’s literally 2 minutes from her apartment!) I love finding new (well, new to me anyway) record stores in Chicago! Last month (on my birthday) marked two years since I started collecting records! My collection isn’t halfway where I’d hoped it would be by now but it is coming along slowly but surly. Hence all the vinyl hunting!