“Vinyl is the real deal. I’ve always felt like, until you buy the vinyl record, you don’t really own the album. And it’s not just me or a little pet thing or some kind of retro romantic thing from the past. It is still alive.”
– Jack White
I finally made my way out to Atlanta! It was a nice little break from a busy school schedule. I stayed in Woodstock, a lovely country getaway but made my way to enjoy some city amenities.
I shall confess I have a guilty pleasure of collecting vinyl which I’ve previously mentioned in other posts. Whenever I go out of town, I make it a point to check out the local record shop. Utah doesn’t have a wide variety of record stores, plus it’s a fun adventure to go exploring.
I looked up a couple different record shops and ended up at Criminal Records in Little Five Points. Besides the scary dude tripping out on drugs in front of the shop I quite like the area it had a funky little vibe to it. Inside the record shop, the setup was cute and the sales associates, for the most part, were really chill, however, the manager was on the jerky side.
You may ask yourself why do I care how the associates and manager behave. It’s the all about the vibe! For me when I go vinyl hunting I’m usually in there for a few hours. I like to talk about the artists, different records, and learn different genres, or things about artists, records, etc… So I definitely take my time, and I definitely have to feel comfortable and at ease in the given atmosphere. For the most part, I’ve experienced people working in record shops have a passion for music and thrive off conversations with other people about music. Therefore, I suggest if a person doesn’t have a passion for music or they don’t enjoy discussing music then maybe they shouldn’t work in a music shop. Okay, done with my rant.
Like many products the more you learn, discover, the more you invest into that product. I always walk out of vinyl shop spending way more than I plan. I can’t help it! There are just some finds you may never have the opportunity to get again.
Nonetheless, I enjoyed my time at Little five points and exploring downtown Atlanta in general. I look forward to going back to visiting again. If you have any suggestions for good eats or fun places to visit in Atlanta, or vinyl record must haves, please comment and let me know.
Thanks for reading,
Jumpsuit : Modcloth
Liquid matte Lipstick: Limecrime
My vinyl from ATL: