It probably goes without saying, but we love record shops. Whether they're big or small, rocking a minimalist aesthetic or packing more vinyl than you can shake a stick at into overflowing crates, we love how each and every one has something special in store for its customers. From the quirkiest locals to the big, gig-hosting powerhouses, we pick one each month to be our Record Store of the Month. They get a tasty gift from the Record Tokens team, and you get to discover the best independent record shops this country has to offer - win-win!
September's Record Store of the Month: Record Collector, Sheffield
This month's winning shop is Record Collector, which opened in Sheffield in 1978, and has sold vinyl records continuously for forty years.
Chris from the shop says:
"We have purchased vinyl collections from the public throughout that time, even when other vinyl shops closed or moved over to the CD format. Our dedication to vinyl has enabled us to build a large and varied stock over many years, now numbering thousands of records. Our store is now four times larger than the original shop was in 1978. This expansion enabled us to open the CD shop, containing 25,000 CDs."
Through a dedication to serving the widest range of tastes and providing a welcoming space for all music lovers, the team at Record Collector have built a reputation as Sheffield’s top record shop, and have become a part of the city’s rich musical heritage. They've enjoyed patronage from some of the region’s musical greats, met customers who have travelled across the country to visit them, and even featured prominently in a book and documentary.
Visit Record Collector at 233 Fulwood Road, Sheffield - don't forget your Record Tokens!
Previous Record Stores of the Month
August 2019 - Black Circle Records, Leighton Buzzard
July 2019 - Beyond Vinyl, Newcastle
June 2019 - The Orpington, Bromley
May 2019 - Vinyl Fiction, Manchester
April 2019 - Spiller's Records, Cardiff
March 2019 - David's Music, Hertfordshire
February 2019 - Winyl, Manningtree
January 2019 - Rapture Witney, Oxfordshire
December 2018 - Crash Records, Leeds
November 2018 - Pebble Records, Eastbourne
October 2018 - Spinning Discs, Sheffield
September 2018 - Reflex Records, Newcastle
August 2018 - Banquet Records, Kingston
July 2018 - Hundred Records, Hampshire