Off The Beaten Groove

A little while back I went to a resale store called Village Discount Outlet. This is a chain. They have several locations in the Chicago area. I hit up the one by me on Clark just north of Lawrence. There wasn’t much to see here, but I’m on a mission so I thought I’d report back and give you a play by play of my experience off the beaten groove. Here we go:

I stepped in and looked around. This place is mainly clothes. Clothes! Lots of clothes. I peered down the aisles and spotted a bunch of crap on the back walls. I walked over. Yup. Crap. Useless crap at that! I know there are records here! I followed the perimeter to the back left of the store an lo and behold in all it’s glory: vinyl!!!!!!!!!!!!!


There seemed to be a lot of Christian/folkish type stuff here. They had artists like Regeneration, Orrells, The Downings Lots, aKinsgton Trio, The Oak Ridge Quartet, The Oak Ridge Boys, Neil Diamond, The Righteous Brothers, and even some Ray Connif.

I bought nothing. I think they were all a buck. The quality was typical thrift store quality, not good. But hey, if any of these artists interest you or you are looking to expand your horizons I suggest you hop on over to the Village Discount Outlet pronto!

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Sup? Back in December I went out on a Saturday that was  about what seemed to be the one millionth day in a row of overcast, no sun, Chicago days… even though really I think it was only the fourth such day in a row. It was one of those cold- but not too cold- but windy- so the cold is actually biting and really fucking cold days. Know what I mean? In other words, it was a great day to purposely leave your gloves at home, regret it later, and record shop off the beaten groove.

I hit up the brown elephant in Andersonville because well, it’s close to where I live. They have a fairly large selection of vinyl in a corner next to CDs and books. After I walked in and moseyed on over to the record section I noticed a Frank Sinatra record sitting out that happens to be an album I do not have from my dad (although I’m not done getting his shit so it might still be in his crates in storage). I thought that was a good omen so I snapped a pic.

I didn’t buy it tho cause the quality was kinda crap. Crap quality was a theme in the vinyl section at Brown Elephant as would be expected at a second hand store. There were several other records I passed up  because they looked way too scratched. One of the shelves actually had a bunch of vinyl leaning on each other in a way that it was obvious some were getting warped.

That being said I walked out with 7 records. For the excess of crap quality there were also tons of records actually in great condition. After a simple cleaning they were practically good as new!

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