I’m a major music lover – always have been, always will. There doesn’t seem to be a genre that I haven’t fallen in love with some aspect of. Country, rock, hip hop, dance, gospel: There’s a place for it all on my playlist.
Throughout the years, I’ve found thrift stores to be go-to places for great music, and have discovered sounds I may not have heard otherwise. Most of my thrifted music is on CDs, but I have a vintage record player that needs repair. I’d love to make good use of that with thrifted 45s at some point, too.
When looking for great music at a thrift store, I’ve got two key tips:
1). Always open up CD cases to check for scratches, or pull a record out of its sleeve, before you make the buy. Sometimes, you’ll discover that a CD is missing altogether, or the wrong CD is in the case. Double-checking these things ensures that your purchase is in good shape for the listening experience you’re hoping for.
2). Judge things by their cover. When it comes to music you’re unfamiliar with, this is OK. Don’t limit yourself to the names you know. Instead, think about what sonic landscapes could be waiting for you inside an intriguing, mysterious album cover. They often set an appropriate scene for great tunes.
Most of the CDs I’ve purchased at thrift stores were less than two dollars, but good music lasts a lifetime. So tell me: What tunes have you discovered at your nearest Goodwill?
David Leon Morgan is a Bronx-based creative storyteller and crafter. He loves to crochet, sing extremely loudly in the shower and help others share their story in creative ways. Learn more about him and his work at http://davidleonmorgan.com
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