Anybody still go to record shows?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by evillouie, Jun 12, 2017.

  1. Daryl M

    Daryl M Forum Resident

    London, Ontario
    We have two record shows here a year - October and March. They are my favourite days
    of the annum. I always find goodies I can't get anywhere else. And I get the biggest kick
    out of watching what other music fans are buying! Cracks me right up......and I should add
    that these shows aren't even advertised any more - word-of-mouth and loyalty brings back
    the customers.
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2019
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  2. Jonathan Wallick

    Jonathan Wallick Active Member

    Every record show, at least once per show, I hear these! Or, what about when the hosts of the show get on an overhead mic to help would-be shoppers find certain records...? The last 3 shows it’s been, “Attention dealers. We have someone looking for any vinyl copies of Imagine Dragons. I repeat, Imagine Dragons”.

    Talk about biting my tongue! Ahahahaha!
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  3. Pinknik

    Pinknik Senior Member

    I would if they still happened around me. I built a good chunk of my library at record shows.
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  4. phillyal1

    phillyal1 Forum Resident

    philadelphia, pa.
    And sadly for Philly proper, that is about it. Brought home a full bag of good stuff last time .
  5. Chew

    Chew Casual Stalker

    I went to one today. Ironically, it was SO packed with people that I didn't buy anything. EVERY table had a crowd around it for the hour or so that I was there. I wish it was 20 years ago when used rock albums were around $5-$10 apiece instead of $25-$50. Not complaining, I am happy that so many people are back into collecting. There wasn't anything particular I was looking for so I wasn't disappointed.
  6. Chris DeVoe

    Chris DeVoe Forum Resident

    I worked a show with a friend, helping him schlep the equipment and boxes in and helping him set it all up.

    That was the last one I've been to because I found some sleezeball selling the Kate Bush video collection I edited for free fan-to-fan distribution.
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2019
  7. monte4

    monte4 Senior Member

    Ontario Canada
    Yea, that's the trouble with 3 big shows we have every year near me. The last time I went I paid an extra $20 as they will let you in an hour early. There were only about 20 people who paid for this. Only worth that if you know what you want before hand and are going to buy. I won't go just to browse anymore, it's too crazy.
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  8. Jonathan Wallick

    Jonathan Wallick Active Member

    Same here. Especially my early days of collecting. Great way to check off at least 20 LPs from your wantlist, all in one afternoon.
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  9. Fortysomething

    Fortysomething Forum Resident

    I know OP's post is almost 2 years old but I feel the same way about my local shows. I've gone to a variety, even "different" organizers, and it always ends up being the same 20 or so sellers, with the same product.

    Understandably so (local sellers want to be at as many selling spots as they can, of course) but I think that I'm more inclined to wait and try and hit a different one in my travels, to hopefully dig some fresh ground, as it were.
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2019
  10. Tim 2


    Alberta Canada
    I love going an browsing the rows of music. seeing what other folks are purchasing, asking them if what there getting is any good.
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  11. phillyal1

    phillyal1 Forum Resident

    philadelphia, pa.
    I tend to buy 20 LPs that I have never seen before (and may not see again)
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  12. greelywinger

    greelywinger That T-Rex Guy

    Dayton, Ohio USA
    The next show I plan on going to is on April 27 up in Columbus I believe.
    It will be the weekend of my birthday, so it will be a treat for me.
    I miss a lot of shows because the just happen to fall on the weekend I work.
    I don't pick up stuff I can see at my local shop.


  13. Deek57

    Deek57 Forum Resident

    Ah, we call them Record Fairs, I thought you were asking about Recording Shows, silly me.
  14. The last two (2) record shows I tried to go to here in DC, people were literally lined up around the block to get in -- and it was almost an hour wait just to get in the door (where I'm sure it was shoulder to shoulder). I waited 30 minutes in line the first time, and gave it. Went a little earlier the second time (but not so early that you had to pay $10 to get in), and the line was even longer, so I bailed right from the git go.

    Whoever books this event into the space it's in, is crazy for not picking some place with MORE SPACE.

    It wasn't even the time waiting in line that bugged me the most, but the fact that it was a half a mob-scene inside, which I didn't want to have any part in.
  15. lazydawg58

    lazydawg58 Know enough to know how much I don't know

    Lillington NC
    Well the next time the show comes around me appears to be my mother-in-law's 80th birthday so I doubt I'll make it. :cussing:
  16. Robamorican

    Robamorican Forum Resident

    Lehigh Valley
    Have you hit Double Decker for RSD? What kind of line , if you have .
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  17. nancybrooke

    nancybrooke Senior Member

    Seattle, WA, USA
    Has anyone here been to the big record convention in Austin? It looks overwhelming (in a good way?). I'm in the early stages of planning a trip in November, if I can convince my husband ;)
  18. Dr. Funk

    Dr. Funk Forum Resident

    Fort worth tx
    Been May of 2017 ( I think)
  19. 86mets

    86mets Counting Crows #1 Fan

    I live close to Salt Lake City UT...don't remember ANY record shows in recent memory...would definitely go if given the chance...
  20. No Static

    No Static Gain Rider

    Heart of Dixie
    There was a good two-day show in Birmingham Alabama last Friday and Saturday. The next one there will be a three-day show in August.
    Yeah, people still go.
  21. nancybrooke

    nancybrooke Senior Member

    Seattle, WA, USA
    You're in luck! The Great Salt Lake Record Sale is at the Urban Arts Gallery on March 23rd and 24th.
  22. mikem60

    mikem60 Forum Resident

    We have 5 a year here. Need to go back to 4 or even 3

    Starting to see same ol sellers and same ol Junk

    That said .....haven’t missed one in years
  23. 86mets

    86mets Counting Crows #1 Fan

    sweet...did not know that it was coming up...thanks for the heads-up...:)
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  24. uphoria6

    uphoria6 Senior Member

    Ont. Canada
    heck yes. I love record shows. Went to one on Sunday. Picked up the below
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  25. breakingglass

    breakingglass Forum Resident

    We still have a couple shows each year here in Atlanta. I went this past weekend. For the first hour or so I dug through some boxes. Each interesting item was either priced too high or had visible defects to the vinyl. Took a look at a very pretty LZIIRL. Seller asked $250.

    As I was resigned to leave empty handed, I stopped at the table in the front I had passed on the way in. From that 1 selller, I picked up 11 great albums for $135. All vintage first or early pressings except one. All NM vinyl.

    First two Traffic albums on UA
    Best of Traffic pink rim island
    Honky Chateau on Uni
    Blow by Blow
    King Crimson Beat in shrink
    Fleetwood Mac Greatest Hits (Peter Green era on CBS)
    VH2 in shrink
    Pearl Jam 10 (2017) in shrink
    Roxy Music GH

    I’m still smiling about it and have enjoyed cleaning and listening to the first 5 of them so far.
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