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I feel like I should say this right off the bat: I don’t actually own a record player. It’s one of the items on my ever-growing “to buy” list, and in my mind, if I buy enough records, then my hand will eventually be forced, and I’ll purchase one.
So the other week after watching Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One of Tuxedo do their own record haul, I convinced some of my friends to come and explore Father & Son Antiques in downtown Raleigh with me; if there’s one thing that this thrift store is known for besides its clothes and furniture, it’s the extensive record collection in the attic.
Now, here’s the thing that no one ever told me: record shopping-actually, “digging” is a better term for what we did-is a serious process. The room that they keep the records in is pretty big, and there are basically bins and shelves all over the place with records in them. No disrespect to the people over at Father & Son, but I really didn’t know what was going on in that room.
Despite the lack of meaningful organization, I was finally able to find some cool vinyl records, and ended up going with a two-sided Diana Ross disc that featured “The Boss” and “Lovin’, Livin’ & Givin’. It wasn’t quite the “gem” that I was looking for, but it’s a start, and now I’ll know how to better prepare myself for a proper record haul.
All things considered, Father & Son is a really dope spot to visit if you’re in the Raleigh area. Even though we went in for records, we spent a good majority of our time taking pictures in random rooms, and checking out the cool clothes and accessories that they have throughout the store.
If you have any record shopping suggestions, or know of any spots in Raleigh or Charlotte that have good vintage collections, comment below and let me know. I’ll probably try this again in a few weeks.
Until next time!