There was a time when everyone thought vinyl records were a thing of the past. Record players and Hi-Fi consoles were put out on the curb and CD players were found in everyone’s home. As it turns out, vinyl is now all the rage, and if you were smart enough to hold onto that old Hi-Fi, you could probably get a pretty penny for it now. Record stores are restocking new and used vinyls and business couldn’t be better. Here is a list for the top five places where you can find vinyl records in Philadelphia.
27 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 08101
AKA Music in Old City is Philly’s biggest independent record store. A wide category of music and genres are sold here, and the store is home to one the largest box set collections you can find. AKA will also pre-order releases for you. You can also buy tickets to any concerts produced by R5 Productions for no surcharge — worth the visit for that alone.
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1050 N. Hancock St., Suite 76
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Creep Records is also an independent record label. If you are looking for hip-hop, punk, 80s and indie rock, Creep Record is your source. It’s the best place for a large new and used selection of vinyls. Visit the store/label to trade or purchase vinyls. The staff is very knowledgeable and will help you with any questions you may have with the inventory.
Gold Million Records
851 W. Lancaster Ave.
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
Gold Million Records was originally the popular and beloved 1970s Bryn Mawr record store Plastic Fantastic. The original owners, Harold Gold and Max I, reopened the store under its new name in 2005. Gold Million features only vinyl records and is not just a store but a museum and rock n’ roll gallery. This is a true mecca for the hardcore music lover.
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Main Street Music
4444 Main St.
Manayunk, PA 19127
Manayunk’s Main Street Music is an independent record store beloved by music aficionados nationwide. It has a large selection of vinyl to choose from; you can spend hours upon hours going through the various categories and genres. Main Street Music has everything from current releases to rare finds.
638 Lancaster Ave.
Berwyn, PA 19312
Rare vinyls are Shady Dog’s specialty. Jazz, big band, opera, spoken word, R&B/soul, rock, punk, and comedy are just a few categories you can find among Shady Dog’s huge selection of vinyl records. There are over 7,900 entries in the categories offered. Shady Dog will also ship worldwide. This main line store is your suburban go to place for everything vinyl. You don’t have to travel to the city to get that rare record you’ve been looking for.
Christina Thompson is a freelance travel writer living in Philadelphia. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.