The Triangle is home to a thriving music community, a number of notable record labels and, of course, some great record stores. Over the past few years vinyl has made a huge comeback, becoming the most sought after collectible for music fans. If you’re like us and enjoy seeking out new records as much as you like listening to them, you’ll want to check out this list featuring The Triangle’s hottest spots for vinyl lovers.
Tucked away behind the Devon apartment buildings off of Saint Mary’s St. is The Record Krate —a dream come true whether you’re a crate digger or a casual shopper. The shop is filled to the brim with a large variety of new and used 12, 7 and 10-inch records (as well as cassettes and merchandise) and is one of the area’s best bets for hard to find vinyl.
Since ‘05, Chaz’s Bull City Records has been supplying Durham with a great selection of new and used vinyl. And if you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for, the knowledgeable (and incredibly friendly) staff will help you find exactly what you need. The cozy shop even hosts concerts on occasion.
With locations in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, Schoolkids—aka the shop Zach Galifianakis repped on Jimmy Kimmel Live—is probably the most notable music retailer on this list. Schoolkids' Raleigh spot gets major bonus points for introducing a bar with plenty of local drafts.
Not only do they specialize in vinyl, but Schoolkids also offers artists label services in the form of publicity, management, consulting, licensing, social media promotion, etc. Pop by for in-store performances throughout the year.
Located in a small storefront on West Morgan Street in downtown Raleigh, Sorry State is a great spot for vinyl enthusiasts on the hunt for punk, metal, hardcore and garage records. And if you’ve got a few titles in your collection that you’re looking to sell, the shop will pay top dollar to take those off your hands.
Located on Hillsborough Street at the western edge of NC State’s main campus is Nice Price Books, a Triangle institution that has been a purveyor of vinyl for over 20 years. The great selection, quirky atmosphere and convenient location next to Cup A Joe, makes Nice Price a can't-miss.
If you’re looking to do some soul searching (pun intended), Carolina Soul Records in downtown Durham has you covered. On top of auctioning and selling rare records on both eBay and the music database Discogs, the shop is a great spot if you’re seeking out classic soul, funk, jazz or hip-hop LPs.
In the space that previously housed In The Groove Records, Sound Off Records & Hi-Fi is a great spot for used vinyl and vintage audio equipment. Located at the side of the Carter Building in Raleigh’s bustling Glenwood South district, you can be sure to find something special among the large selection of 12 and 7-inch records. And for the more serious collectors out there, they also have a variety of 78s to browse.
Located on Main Street in Carrboro, All Day Records sells new and used records from an array of different genres as well as stereo equipment. But it’s so much more than just a record store, it also operates as a vinyl distributor and event space. Whether you’re seeking vintage vinyl or the hottest contemporary wax, All Day has you covered.
Amidst the mid-century furniture, second hand clothing and kitschy relics, Father and Son in downtown Raleigh has a large selection of used vinyl records. It might take a little more digging than the traditional record stores on this list, but the likelihood of walking away with a one-of-a-kind find is very high.
Unlike the other spots on this list, State of Beer does not sell records. It does, however, exclusively play vinyl over their speakers while pouring a nice variety of craft brews and dishing out some of the city’s finest sandwiches. From No Doubt and Ryan Adams to Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings and Led Zeppelin, you never know what you’re going to hear.