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How to Start a Record Collection

January 11th, 2012 Collectibles

Depending on how old you are and how well you took care of your music throughout the years, you may already have a budding record collection without even realizing it! If you're a music lover, keeping records both old and new is a fun and gratifying way to make a hobby out of your passion. Who knows? You may have a valuable treasure sitting in a crate completely unbeknownst to you. Even if you're starting from square one, finding records to buy can be an incredibly enriching experience.

Your first step should be to buy a record player, if you don't have one already. You can find top-end turntables for hundreds of dollars, but these are ideal for the most discerning audiophiles. Instead, just head to a garage sale or flea market and see what you can find. Chances are you can pick up an old player for around $20. You may even be able to buy your first albums from the very same person!

There are no rules about what records you should collect, so let your personal tastes decide. Some people adore old soul albums, while others are interested in early rock or more contemporary bands. There's probably a record store fairly close to where you live, so simply head over and see what you can find. Many of them offer a huge variety of musicians to check out, so don't let yourself become too overwhelmed.

Remember, digging through crates of records is supposed to be fun! You may even stumble on that one album you've been looking for your entire life. Before long, you'll have a great record collection that you can proudly display to visitors.