Here we go again -- back by POP-ular demand! We're doing another popup in Haliburton village -- in the same location even: 223 Highland St - the old Subway location. This time we're teaming up with TheOccurrence and Boshkung Brewing to make a trifecta of craft beer, puzzles and tunes!
That's right -- you heard me .... be-er. Our friends from Boshkung will be serving samples Friday and Saturday afternoons from 2 to 4. So get your nerd on with gemstone puzzles, your favourite records and try some great local beers!
Easter weekend - Friday April 19 (10am-6pm), Saturday April 20 (10-6), and Sunday April 21 (11-4). 223 Highland Street, Haliburton, ON
Due to the recently released HBO documentary, Leaving Neverland, we have decided to no longer stock new or used albums by Michael Jackson.
Also, due to the release of Surviving R. Kelly, and the recent indictment of singer R. Kelly on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, we will not be stocking his albums.
We had our pop up in Haliburton village last weekend and it was a huge success!! We sold a few turntables and a whole lotta records! But most of all, we had a great time talking up folks who were curious about vinyl and browsing record players and looking for advice. It was a whirlwind getting ready and setting up. Immeasurable thanks to my partner, Collin Burke, for his inspiration for the love of vinyl, for his styling and his encouragement. Massive thanks to my helping crew who included Wil, Jacques, Bonnie, Greg and my sister Ev! Endless sorting, grading and pricing! And what a fun partnership with Mixtape Vintage!
So, now we're so encouraged that we're looking into plans for the next popup -- see you soon Haliburton county! But don't forget that we have free local pickup on vinyl and turntable orders - plus flat fee 10$ shipping on unlimited vinyl across Canada.
Only a week and a half to go until our vintage popup shop event with Mixtape Vintage. We'll be serving vintage realness with fashion, accessories, decor, houseware, art, and vinyl, of course! We're madly, but carefully, sorting through our used record collection, getting as many ready as possible for the event.
Plus we'll have turntables and speakers on hand. If you're vinyl-curious, try out an affordable Crosley Cruiser Deluxe suitcase all-in-one record player. Or if you're looking to upgrade your gear, check out our Rega RP1, TEAC TN-350, the amazing fully automatic Audio-Technicas, speakers, and more. Chat us up about your needs - we're building up our turntable stock and we do custom orders.
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We're also doing a give-away - come in and fill out a super short survey card to get your name entered. What are we giving away? um, probably some vinyl!l ;) maybe a turntable too.
Looking forward to seeing you out!!
Shake off those winter blues!! Come out and hear us spin at Ice Cube Gallery's inaugural event at Bonnie View Inn, Saturday February 9th. Tour the ice huts, take in the art, try some delicious food by Rhubarb's co-owner and chef, Christoph Carl. Warm up by the bonfire. Then head up to Bonnie View's lounge for some retro spins by yours truly. The whole afternoon starts at 1pm and we'll start spinning by 5:30.
Just a quick little note -- we're partnering with the Lockside Trading Company in Haliburton village. They're now our "in-store" pickup option. There'll be more news in the near future about this partnership.
Shipping sucks …. well, the costs, at least. 10$ to ship from the Haliburton post office to someone living in the Minden Hills postal code. One record — it and the packaging don’t weight much, but the dimensions are kicking us in the guts. It’s definitely more efficient to order more records to ship at once (our packaging can hold around 4 or 5 at a time.
But if you live in Haliburton county, here’s a better idea — choose the new free pickup option!! We’ve partnered up with Prettypaws Pet Boutique and Spa in Haliburton village (across from the LCBO). Simply select that option when you check out, wait for email notification that the delivery has been made and head over to PPB&S (open Monday to Thursday). Show them your receipt (printed or directly on your phone) and walk out with your order!
For those on the western half of the county, stay tuned — we’re working on a pickup location in Minden Village.
I’ve been feeling a little like a N00B with regards to vinyl records. In a lot of ways. I feel like there’s so much to learn regarding what makes for a good quality turntable, stylus alignment, catridge recommendations, etc. Not to mention all of the aspects about running a retail business — signing on with brand distributors, MAP (minimum advertized price), researching POS systems (point-of-sale systems — aka cashout machines).
But a big missing piece of the puzzle in the world of vinyl records: the record show. Lots of articles, posts, pages and pics online. But I’ve never been to one — until yesterday. Through our largest supplier of used records, we found out about one in Peterborough. So I made the drive — it wasn’t huge by big-city standards and that was great for me. I could browse around and get my feet wet and figure out the vibe and customs. LOL In the end, I hand-picked about 300 records from our main supplier. Unfortunately, the show’s selection wasn’t strong on country music or classical. I really would like to get a little trove of good quality classical and some 80s and 90s country hits. The hunt never stops.
So the store is up and running. I got a test purchase from a friend and once we get the packing material from our supplier, I’ll send the record to her (despite her living a 5 minute drive away — lol).
Meanwhile, we’re working on loading up used records on to the site with cover photos, track listings and condition grading. Unless the record is amazing, we won’t post anything worse than a “good” grading or that skips in a loop. If there are issues like that and feel that the record should be posted for sale because of an amazing song or collectability, we’ll do our best to clearly note it.
We also get our prices from Discogs and try to price ourselves comparably to listings of similar quality grading. Sure, you can probably find a cheaper record on there, or at a record show — our difference is in curating interesting playlists and moods and nearly all our records are test-run and include new plastic outer sleeves to help preserve your purchase … for your enjoyment now and for future re-sale value.
It all started over drinks with friends …. we were chatting about new endeavours and projects and I blurted out “what about opening a record shop?” — Someone said, “Hey, it’d be so cool to have a shop like that in Haliburton.” So an idea was born.
I started doing research on the vinyl industry and sales — while CD sales are larger, they are in a decline while vinyl sales have been growing for the last 6 years and counting. And they are all eclipsed by digital sales and streaming, but market is not the same.
Before I knew it, I bid on an estate auction in Welland and bought my first batch of used records — mixed results with a lot of Mrs Mills and Engelbert Humperdinck — but some good ones nonetheless. Then an ad in the local Haliburton papers got us a few more batches and some great contacts. Too many even — we couldn’t handle any more in our house without a serious re-org to store all the boxes and still keep them browsable.