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Carey's opens vintage record shop

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Mark Carey, a self-professed fan of music on vinyl, has opened Vintage Vinyl on the upper floor of Carey's Electronics in downtown Spencer.
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Mark Carey isn't ready to throw in the towel on Carey's Electronics to go into the record shop business, but he is interested in sharing his personal passion for vinyl records with those who enjoy the same simple listening pleasures.

Carey has transformed a room on the second level of his downtown Carey's Electronics location into his newest endeavor, Vintage Vinyl.

Mark Carey looks at the album cover for a Loving Spoonful release.
"It's my belief there are a lot of record listeners still out there. There are a lot of collectors. Young people are becoming interested in vinyl," Carey said.

With somewhere between 3,000 and 4,000 vinyl albums in the collection, the store owner is excited about the opportunity to share some of his finds with music enthusiasts.

"We've been selling high-end turntables for quite some time," Carey said. "Now we offer inexpensive records for all tastes, along with cleaning supplies for turntables and records, needles, belts, cartridges, sleeves."

"I was a collector when I was a kid. I grew up with vinyl. Now the last seven or eight years, my boys and I started collecting," Carey explained, adding that some of his more personal pieces will not be in the sale bins.

Records dating back to the 40s and 50s, including everything from jazz to comedy, and bluegrass to alternative fill the shelves and bins at Vintage Vinyl.
"We have so many records accumulating. I thought it would be fun to have a space for people to come and be able to browse through them. We're collectors first, and sellers second," he said.

The collection offers something for everyone, with selections dating back to the '40s and '50s. There's a good selection of albums from 1965 to 1975, which Carey deemed "a classic record time." Records available include selections up to the '1980s, ranging from rock to alternative, bluegrass to comedy, big band and jazz to Spider-man stories.

"CDs were really hard on the record industry when they came out in the mid-'80s," Carey said. "Records have taken somewhat of a rebound lately. Some new bands have been releasing vinyl once again. There's something about listening to vinyl. It's warm and there's a certain sound to a record that's unique."

Prices on the records are quite reasonable, unless of course it's a rare find. Vintage Vinyl also offers a four for $1 bin.

Signed, framed record albums line the wall on the stairway leading up to Vintage Vinyl above Carey's Electronics.
"I don't think it's ever going to be the thing they once were, but I like meeting the people that come to look. They have interesting record stories to share."

Vintage Vinyl is open during the regular business hours of Carey's Electronics.

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Wishing Vintage Vinyl a long run. Spencer has been a center for record collecting since 1970. By the way, that's Lovin' Spoonful, not Loving Spoonful.

-- Posted by saintsteven on Sat, Jan 26, 2013, at 11:12 PM


-- Posted by qMarq19 on Mon, Jan 28, 2013, at 2:31 PM

This excites me very much. I inherited a turn table and quite a few records from my wife's grandfather. I have slowly been adding to that collection. Not as much polka as his collection had but I really enjoy the sound of vinyl. It reminds me of simpler times, of neighborhood picnics and block parties.

Thanks a million Mark.

-- Posted by old timing man on Wed, Jan 30, 2013, at 9:02 AM

This is great! I missed the old Rainy Day. They had great vinyl.

-- Posted by joev on Wed, Jan 30, 2013, at 4:47 PM

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