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!
I had only one goal for this weeks Vinyl Hunt at Half Price Books: buy at least five new records! Realistically, I knew in order to buy that many albums (without spending an arm and a leg) most of them would have to come from the clearance/discount section. I’ve had a little bit of bad luck with record stores for the past few weeks. Either what I came looking for wasn’t there or things were just too overpriced! Me and record stores just haven’t seen eye to eye lately. Half Price Book was PACKED when I went on Saturday, and when I say packed, I mean PACKED! The lines were long, people were pushy and the store was in complete chaos! It seemed like everyone was trying to buy last minute Father’s Day gifts. When I got to the discount section it looked like it had already been picked over, so I’m guessing a lot of dad’s got records this year? Continue reading