By Dr. Disc
Armed with a want list and a wallet, Goldmine's Dr. Disc is shopping his way through independent record shops. This time, he's checked out Rediscover Records in Elgin Ill.
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Name: Rediscover Records
Address: 9 S. Spring Street, Elgin, Ill.
Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday; 8 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Saturday; noon-4 p.m. Sunday
STOCK: You will be able to find most new releases on vinyl and a decent selection of used albums and 45s. As the store grow into its new location, it will stock more. The shirts that are stocked are their store T-shirts. Rediscover Records has a good selection of new, inexpensive record players. The stock they had on site for Record Store Day (the day of this visit) was very impressive — a very good selection of the special releases, but most had only one or two copies.
STAFF: You can tell that Rich, the owner, truly loves the music. On this day, he had two young ladies helping with sales and the large crowd, but on most days, you will find just Rich. He is always happy to talk music or concerts with his customers. He does not abuse the spirit of the Record Store Day program: no holding items for special customers and no gouging customers on the costs. He sells most, if not all items, at the manufacturer’s suggested retail price.
STORE: This location is new for Rediscover Records, which recently moved from a shared space around the corner. The shop is clean and bright, and music is always playing. Like most smaller stores, there was an issue with displaying all of the RSD titles, but I only overheard a few comments from the customers. The store has a good flow to it and plenty of room for customers to move around.
SELECTION: Because of the sheer size of the store, Rich stocks as much as he can, but usually just one or two copies apiece of most. If you want something that is new, get it on the day it comes out, or you may need to wait for the reorder. He has a good selection of used vinyl that is priced at the mid level, and he has bargain-bin records that always have a fresh supply of selections. The store also stocks Secret Audio Club Wax Pack 45s — one of the few stores in Illinois to do so.
SPECIAL MENTION: I had the opportunity to meet several of the RSD customers that got in line 3 hours before the shop opened just to get the first selection. One father-and-son team drove 3 hours just to come to this store. Some were longtime collectors and some were new to the concept, but they all had one thing in common: a love for the local, independent, small record store. Keep spreading the word, and buy those records.