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Anybody ever organize a "road trip" to a record shop?

Discussion in 'Events & Happenings' started by jcamero, Oct 14, 2017.

  1. jcamero

    jcamero GD, a band beyond description Subscriber

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    I'm about 5-1/2 hrs.(each way) from a record shop I really would like to visit. Just wondering if any of our members ever car pooled to a distant record store. I'd like to visit Mill City Sound, in Hopkins MN. Quite the commitment though, figure nearly 12hr.s in the car, then another 3-4 in the store.
     

     

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  2. beowolf9

    beowolf9 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Although not as far as your trip, I have driven about 2 hrs to Pensacola FL to visit my friend and AK member Roy Skinner to do just that. We visit several record shops in a day trip, most notably Remember Wynn and Revolver Records. Always a good time hunting vinyl followed by a listening session with a few cold specialty beers from the area. I'm not sure I would go as far as you need to unless there was something very special there that I couldn't find elsewhere. Maybe make it a weekend trip and stay overnight as to not be too tired to drive back safely.
     
  3. w1jim

    w1jim I can fix it but good... Subscriber

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    Yep - a few years ago 6 of us did a day record store and thrift store adventure.
    Hit a bunch and did lunch together.
    Don't make life about stuff, make it about the adventure and friends.
     
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  4. SpinninAgain

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    It wouldn't be much of a road trip for me as I'm only 30 minutes away. I've been there a couple times. It's a nice place.

    There are several lesser known record shops around town too.

    The Electric Fetus is bigger and I think has been around longer than Mill City sound. You should try to get there too.
     
  5. Wildcat

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    I didn't organize it, but a group of us all congregated at a friend's place in Columbus OH and spent two days visiting record stores, eating, and spinning records. I was only able to make it on one of those days, but it was fun. Nowadays I am not buying much music, especially used vinyl, so it would be sort of wasted on me if I went--I can check my want list in about 20 minutes in a store and be done. I can't spend two hours at one place anymore. Yet the chance to hang out with friends is worth going for, and I would do it again if given a chance.

    I would say that I'd plan on hitting other stores in the area. Even if my destination were some huge record store that would take hours to go through, I would prefer to add other destinations to the trip.
     
  6. peerson

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    I have not organized a group trip to hunt records. I have, however, driven several hours to shop for them. As I read this, I am thinking...What a bunch of freaking "Music-Nerds" we are! :crazy:
     

     

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  7. Wildcat

    Wildcat Audio Sommelier

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    Indeed we are. :D

    I don't get into that Record Store Day nonsense, but for the past two years it has fallen on the same weekend as AXPONA in Chicago. It worked out nicely since I hang out at a buddy's house, and another of our pals from Minneapolis comes down for a long weekend to do some record shopping that Saturday (while I went to the show). So, we get to hang out for an evening. This year, another friend of ours flew in Saturday night from Columbus for a concert, and attended AXPONA on Sunday.

    If I include Lansing, I could visit a lot of record stores all within an hour and a half drive of me. If I stretch that to a five hour radius, I could visit Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Chicago and Indianapolis depending on which direction I travel.

    I thought a cool idea for a film/documentary would be to take three months off of work, and travel around the country shopping all of the record stores my buddy and I could find. Maybe throw in a few visits to fellow collectors who have noteworthy collections. Us music geeks would dig it, but the general public would be "meh" about it. :D
     
  8. Stefus_Prime

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    I have yet to do so, but at my local record shop I ran into some Germans that were on vacation and going up the entire East Coast to hit a bunch of shops they researched.
     
  9. SilverNerd

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    Ive gone on a couple. My friend and I went across state to Jerry records in Pittsburgh.
    And my brother and I went on a multi state east coast store run. MD , VA , WVA and PA over 2 night.
    Was alot of fun. AirBnB helps.
     
  10. cgutz

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    In college, a walk across the street from my dorm brought me to 2 record stores and one audio equipment store.

    Those were the days my friend....
     

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