It has got to be more than just the retro movement. Vinyl has come back in a big way. In fact, it’s reported by StereoGum.com that Vinyl has grown for the 17th straight year. Between new artists like Taylor Swift setting new records (pun intended) or classics released like Michael Jackson’s Thriller or The Beatles’ Abbey Road, vinyl is huge and is still growing!

I just don’t get it. Sure I have a small record (aka VINYL) collection. Most of mine came from my father and grandfather. I can honestly say I have bought 2 Vinyl albums in the past 10 years. The Foo Fighter’s record store day album Medium Rare and the fantastic Northwest band, Cockaphonix’s debut album. That one made me laugh, mainly because of my interaction with a band member Chris Nobbs. It went something like this:

Me: Can I buy a CD?
Chris: Sorry, we don’t have CDs. We do have our album on vinyl!
Me: Damn, the needle in my car turntable broke!

We both laughed at that, and I did buy their album (it’s incredible, by the way). And I do own two record/vinyl players (turntables). A lovely modern player that comes with USB hookups and a beautiful 50+-year-old cabinet that doubles as a wet bar!

NOTE: With the rise in popularity of vinyl, players are not hard to find. Good luck!

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In an interesting bit of irony, as mentioned by SteroGum.com from a report compiled by Luminate Data, roughly half the people buying vinyl are just fans of the format. They don’t actually own a way to play it. Sure, album covers can be easy on the eyes and act as great wall decorations, but that can get pretty spendy. Not to mention, heaven help you if you ever need to move. The plastic-pressed records can add up the pounds pretty fast. In other words, vinyl collections will be quite heavy, no matter how big. And there’s no real easy way to store/move them.

Where To Buy Vinyl In The Yakima Area?

When we lost our locally owned music store, Off The Record, back in 2020, finding a great place to get your vinyl fix has become harder and harder. I’ve seen it for sale in small selections in department stores, i.e., Walmart, Fred Meyer, and Target. I’ve even seen some at Bi-Mart during the holiday season.

I reached out to my “Vinyl Experts,” Xander Deccio, Ed Mejia, and Trevor Taylor. They gave me some good places to check out in the Yakima Valley.

That 70’s Shoppe (Somewhere In Time) at 3911 1st St. in Union Gap

That 70's Shoppe Union Gap, Washington
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Old Skool’s at 308 N. Main St. in Ellensburg.

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Adventures Underground at 1391 George Washington Way in Richland.

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Thorp Fruit & Antique Mall at 220 Gladmar Rd, in Thorp.

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It was also suggested to keep an eye open at the local Goodwill locations, thrift stores, pawn shops, and antique malls (like the one in Thorp). Where do you buy vinyl? How big is your collection? Tap the App and let us know!

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