Do you have a large quantity of gently used books, vinyl, one-of-a-kinds or vintage anything? We want to know more. To start the conversation, drop us an email. We’re already stoked to hear from you!
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VINYL MUSIC COLLECTIONS
No collection is too large! We love vinyl and are always looking to share the chance to share appreciation of music. We interested in all types of records. Here’s how it works.
We Need to Know:
- What types of records are in your collection? Is it mostly albums (33’s or LP’s) or 45’s (singles)? Do you have Jazz albums from the 50s and 60s, or Disco from the late 70s? Maybe you loaded up on R&B from the early 70s. Whatever’s highlighted in your collection, we need to know.
- What’s the overall condition of your collection? For example, are the covers or sleeves with the albums? Is there water damage, or is mold present? How have the records been stored? We also need to know the condition of the records themselves. Are they playable? Do they have some surface wear or damage, or did you play it once and then put it on the shelf?
- A record’s offer price will vary based on these general factors: the artist, the title, how often a record was pressed, how widely it was distributed, and the condition.
FYI: How Vinyl Records are Evaluated
- M:M stands for Mint, or perfect. Generally, the only way a vinyl album is graded this way is if it has never been played. Better yet, it will still be in its plastic seal.
- NM: Near Mint means the record looks almost as if it just left the factory. Any defect in either album sleeve or album vinyl is minor. If it came with extras like a poster or a lyric sheet, those are included. This is the highest potential grade given for used vinyl records.
- VG+:Very Good+ means that any marks on the surface of the vinyl are minor and don’t affect the sound quality. A record graded VG+ is not worth quite as much as a record graded NM, but it should retain most of its value.
- VG:VG stands for Very Good, but in reality a VG record will show a bit of wear. There will be more marks and scuffs on a VG record than a VG+ record, and the marks may be beginning to cause a bit of noise. The listening experience should still be mostly undisturbed by these marks and rarer items graded VG will still hold a fair amount of their value.
- VG-:This is a step below VG. There will be more and perhaps deeper surface marks with a VG- record than with a record graded VG, and the marks will usually cause some ticks and pops. The music will generally be louder than the ticks and pops; if it isn’t, you’re heading towards a G.
- G: Although G stands for Good, a G grade is basically not good. There will be lots of surface marks causing lots of noise which make listening to the record much less enjoyable. One of the only truly “good” things about a G record is that it will play through in its entirety without any skipping. Album covers graded G may be badly worn or torn. These records will look and sound as if they have definitely seen better days. Only very rare titles have any value in this condition.
- POOR: The vinyl will be marred with plenty of ugly marks which cause surface noise so loud that enjoying the music underneath will be nearly impossible. Only the rarest records will have any value in this condition.
What We’re Looking to Buy:
We primarily consider buying 33 LP’s. We will look at 45’s and 78’s, but we are very selective there. Here is a list of the genres we look for the most:
- Rock – primarily we look for early rockabilly for the 50s and early 60s, British Invasion from the 60s, progressive, hard rock and metal from the late 60s through the 90s, alternative rock, new wave, indie rock, as well as electronic, folk and singer/songwriter. We also dig newly released and recent re-issues.
- Jazz and Blues – we look for it all here.
- Soul and R&B – primarily we are looking for the early 70s through early 80s, as well as recent re-issues.
- Disco – believe it or not, we also love Disco. We feel that funk.
- Hip Hop/ Rap – we want everything. No, really – from the old school stuff to the 80s to the newest issues and re-issues.
- Reggae – totally acceptable, but we also look for ska, calypso, and island funk.
- Latin & World Music – we’re always on the lookout for Latin artists, from Spanish rock and rap to Salsa, Latin Jazz and Funk, as well as artists from Mexico, Central and South America, Puerto Rico, and Cuba.
What We Don’t Buy:
As you can see from the above list, we look for and appreciate a wide range of genres, but unfortunately there are some categories of records we can’t buy. This includes Easy Listening and Big Band records, Time Life albums, Reader’s Digest, Children’s story records, and exercise albums. There will also be parts of any collection we will pass on due to the content or condition.
What We Look For:
We need to know the genres represented in your book collection. As a reader did you focus on Sci-Fi or Horror? Are you a George R.R. Martin fan, or do you tend to prefer historical fiction?
We also need to know the condition of your collection, like how and where the books have been stored. We also look for things like the condition of the cover – do the books have dust jackets or not? Other questions we need answered include: do you have any books from before 1970? Any special bindings in your collection? Any books with water damage or mold?
We consider almost all genres of books. We love to get newly released titles, but also take rare and autographed books. We also look at Bibles and comic book collections.
What We Don’t Buy:
While we love books sometimes there are things we must pass on. Right now, we’re not buying:
- Textbooks of all types
- Series Romance paperbacks
Books with damaged spines, missing pages or severe water damage can’t be accepted. We may also reject books based on age in certain categories, such as older Travel Guides, or outdated business or tax prep titles. These sorts of things will be discussed when we evaluate your collection.
HOW IT WORKS
Once you decide to say goodbye to part or all of your collection, send us an email with your name, location, phone number, and what type of collection you have. We will email or call you to ask a few questions about your collection and based on what we learn will determine if we can arrange to see the collection on site or set up a time for you to bring what you have to your local store.