One of my favorite things to search for when I thrift is records. It’s taken me a few years of trial and error, but I think I have it down now. Allow me to share what I’ve learned.
- Almost any holiday record will do the trick when creating holiday ambiance – Some of my favorites include a carol album I just found at a Goodwill and any Carpenter’s Christmas album that includes Merry Christmas Darling. Ugh, still swoon over that song like it came out yesterday and not in 1978.
- Barbara Streisand records are in almost every thrift store I go to. Babs is a prolific artist, and I’m thrilled about the availability of her records that are in my price range. It does make me sad when I think about how that might feel as an artist. I think I have just about every one of her albums now, and I just love her. Memories… are you kidding me?
- Check that the record(s) is in the sleeve – Some include multiple records, and I’ve definitely returned home without the full amount promised on the back of the album.
- Check the amount of damage to the record – I personally love a scratchy record as it creates that nostalgic vibe that I can’t quit. I make sure that it’s not so deeply scratched that it likely won’t play. I want scratches, not skips and broken records.
- Coordinating album covers – We use our vintage album covers as art in our home, so when I’m sifting through options, I’ll have a color scheme in mind. If the record is in my color story and is a genre of music I enjoy, I’ll snatch it up. Dolly’s album covers are the best to decorate with. I like a variety from different genres, but I don’t want to buy a record that I won’t also listen to. That seems like a waste to me.
What are some of your record hunting tips?