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Where to go to start your vinyl record collection



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Tracks is located on Kirkwood Avenue next to the Village Deli. The store sells vinyl records and IU apparel. Peter Talbot Buy Photos

Starting a vinyl record collection in a small town can sometimes be hard. It’s an expensive habit, stores are sometimes scarce and it’s often difficult to find the records you want. Luckily, Bloomington has several stores you can go into to start or add great records to your collection.

$ - TD's CDS and LPS, Kirkwood Ave.

According to vinylhunt.com, TD’s CDS and LPS sell a variety of used and new CDs, vinyl records, 7s and DVDs. They accept CDs from local bands and have great deals on obscure records, and you can make your way into the store through Soma. If you’re looking for a store to expand your music knowledge, check out TD’s CDS and LPS.

$$ - Tracks Records, Kirkwood Ave.

Tracks has a wide selection of vinyl records along with tailgate apparel. When purchasing vinyl records at Tracks, you’re given the option of joining their VIP List. This list gives you inside access to deals on records, saving you tons of money on the vinyl records you’ve been looking for. For example, in the week of April 27, one of the VIP deals was a $79.99 Hamilton record for $61.88.

$$$ - Landlocked Music, Walnut St.

Landlocked Music has concerts and sells vinyl records. According to their website, they are able to special order anything that you’re looking for with no additional cost. They sell tickets to acts at The Bishop and The Bluebird with a $1 service fee per ticket, so while you’re out getting your newest vinyl listen, you can also purchase a ticket to your next concert.

Regardless of where you go to purchase your vinyl records, starting a collection is a fulfilling – though sometimes expensive – hobby. Putting your first vinyl onto your record player and pressing play is a therapeutic and spiritual experience, and you should be able to purchase your records locally if you choose.

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