Following on from our recent trip to the States here are two more record stores that we managed to spend some time in.
For the vinyl junkies the first store really needs no introduction, but for those who don’t spend their afternoons day dreaming of trawling through piles and piles of records in a dank basement we’ll fill you in.
The Thing is a legendary thrift store located in Green Point, Brooklyn NY. The shop itself is packed with second hand delights from old electronics to the latest in trendy vintage clothing. Head towards the back of the store and you start to see a why this place is so famous amongst record collectors. Stacks and stacks of records piled from floor to ceiling dominate the back of the shop. The guy in the shop was showing us around and said that all of the records at the back of the shop were freshly bought collections, he then pointed around the corner and asked us how much time we had on our hands. We promptly answered that we had a few hours to kill, so we followed him down a set of stairs. The Thing has a huge basement with the most mind boggling amount of records we have ever seen!
This labyrinth is as chaotic as it looks, the records are in no particular order. The shop clerks question makes sense now.
Here’s some advice if you do ever find yourself at The Thing;
- Know what you want to find: Go there with a clear sense of what you want to find as there are so many records to go through that you can get side tracked. It’s very easy to pick up a load of records that you think could be cool but turn out to be pretty bad! They do have a turntable so you can listen to the records before you buy them but the needle was shot so we could barely hear the ones that we picked out.
- Take a dust mask: We spent about five hours in the basement and by the end of it we couldn’t wait to get out of there. The dust is so intrusive that after a while down there you feel like you can’t breathe.
For the five hours we spent in the basement (only going through about 1% of the records down there) we barely got much to show from it, we only managed to pick out four records. This place is hard work but there are definitely untouched treasures down there, and at $2 a record if you do find that special disc then getting caked in dust doesn’t seem like such a bad idea.
Here are a couple of records we got from the basement.
CO-OP 87 Records & Tapes
The second stop of the day took us to CO-OP 87 which was only a short walk from The Thing. This small shop was our favourite of the trip in New York, with a well curated collection and the friendliest staff.
This shop is great if you looking for that classic ‘New York’ sound. With boxes of some of the greatest disco labels to come out of New York, we were like kids in a candy shop. They also sell new records showcasing some of NYC’s newest labels. We managed to find some records that have been sitting in our wishlist on Discogs for a while.
Here’s what we picked up.