For music fans with vintage souls who enjoy collecting music the “old school” way, Philadelphia is home to a number of record shops that have a large number of vinyl records. Dust off your parent’s record player and head to any of the following record stores spread out through the city. These top record stores have a wide selection of records featuring classic rock artists, doo wop, and R&B and even present musical artists.
Hours: Mon to Wed, Sun – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Thurs 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri to Sat 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
This University City hideaway is a great place for budget-friendly and rare vinyl finds. With a large selection spanning several musical genres including classic rock, jazz, and imports, The Marvelous is where to go for great finds. The perfect place to kill time before a movie at The Bridge, stop in and browse this unique selection for hidden vinyl gems.
Hours: Mon to Thurs, Sun – 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., Fri to Sat – 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
This famous shop in the South Street Headhouse District has a reputation for having the best selection of new and used records, a helpful staff and speedy turnover. For nearly 23 years, Repo Records has been a favorite Philadelphia place to buy, sell or trade records in a variety of musical genres including rock, indie, punk, hardcore, new wave, soul and more.
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fri to Sat – 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sun – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Located in picturesque Old City Philadelphia, a.k.a music is a cult classic for vinyl lovers. Known for its bountiful selection of LPs, CDs and cassettes, shopping in this store is like stepping into a time warp to the days before mp3’s, Napster and iTunes. With a little something for everyone, you’ll find your favorite rock, pop, indie, and metal records and much more here.
Beautiful World Syndicate
Hours: Daily 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Misplace your favorite Persian Import LP? Stop into Beautiful World Syndicate for a treasure trove of hard-to-find imports from around the globe in the form of LPs, CDs, and even DVDs. Another great place to buy, sell, and trade, this store will have you lost for hours browsing the eclectic selection and talking vinyl with the pleasant and knowledgeable staff.
Sound of Market
This colorful store carries a wide selection of LPs including blues, R&B, soul, jazz, country, comedy, soundtracks and more. Don’t be fooled by the electronic storefront; head upstairs and browse the immense collection of records that is sure to satisfy any vinyl lover’s appetite.
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