The other day, someone noticed my vinyl record player and asked if I’m an audiophile. The answer is no, I’m not an expert with an ear for appreciating nuances of sound. What I am is a time traveler.
I listen to vinyl records because they make me feel like I’m back at my grandma’s house in the ’90s when she introduced me to the greats: Elvis, The Beach Boys, Nat King Cole, Trini Lopez, and the love of her life, Engelbert Humperdinck.
Here she is: Humperdinck’s all-time biggest fan (aka Grandma Julie).
So, for my fellow time travelers, I wanted to share some places where you can find retro record players to enjoy all your favorite oldies in style.
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Vinyl Record Players
If you’re hoping to find a vintage record player, check out your neighborhood estate sales and antique stores. With some repairs, maybe you can make an old turntable sing again.
We found our record player on Craigslist, spruced it up with a new belt and connected it to our Sonos speakers. It sounds beautiful!
There are also lots of new vinyl record players available these days, often with built-in speakers ready to play all your faves. Here are some cuties on Amazon.
Suitcase Record Players
For vintage charm, you can’t beat these suitcase-style record players. They come in every mid-century color imaginable.
These table-style record players have gorgeous tapered legs, which are removable if you prefer a tabletop look. The tweed appearance and wood grain are taking us back to the ’60s.
More Record Players
There are also options with separate speakers. Keep the ’50s alive with cherry red and chrome, or opt for a modern look with the highly rated Fluance turntable.
After you’ve set up your record player, it’s time to start collecting some vinyl! I love the sound of the original decades-old albums with the occasional crackles just like Grandma’s had, so antiques are my preference.
Goodwill and other thrift stores often have records for just a few dollars apiece. Sometimes there are special sets priced a bit higher, like this incredible Nat King Cole collection I found for $15.
Pull out the records and give them a quick inspection before purchasing. Make sure they match the cover and don’t have any deep scratches. With pre-owned, there’s a chance that you’ll get a scratched record, but for the low price it’s probably worth the risk. I have found lots of nostalgic records this way.
Antique stores seem to be a bit more expensive but might have a better selection of your favorite classic artists.
When you have a specific record in mind that you can’t find pre-owned, new might be the way to go. Many old records have been re-released and are available on Amazon and elsewhere.
I’ve noticed some uber popular bands like The Beatles and The Beach Boys are harder to find in thrift stores, so I bought them new. Must haves!
The best records are the ones with a personal history that get passed down through your family.
You might also like some of these accessories to fix up your record player and keep your albums in great shape. Enjoy your trip through time!