Make Record Store Day Great Again
[Photo: sneakily stolen from James Mullinger of me at RSD 2016 in SecondSpin in Saint John]
Well, we made it through another Record Store Day and hopefully, you got everything you had your heart set on. If you didn’t, I’m sure you can now find it on eBay. Ugh.
eBay—definitely something that has made some of us a bit jaded on the whole RSD thing, am I right?
I’ve been going to RSD since the beginning. Little did I know that this one-day event that I attended at Backstreet Records years ago, with only a handful of special releases, would explode into what it is today. I don’t think any of us knew how huge this thing would get and how it would be instrumental in helping the vinyl industry flourish.
With the good comes the bad though. Vinyl prices have never been higher which means our special RSD releases can now be something we actually have to budget for. How crazy is that?
I found myself becoming a bit ‘over’ RSD back in 2014. The lineups, the literal grabbing and shoving, the high prices, the people who were taking all copies of a record just for eBay profit. It became a monster and not something I was enjoying anymore.
In 2015 I found myself living in Bristol, England and experiencing my second RSD away from my home in Saint John (my first was RSD in Paris, France in 2013). I was so excited to be living in this city that I now consider my second home, that I was too busy living life to the fullest to even think about ‘THE LIST’. So, that was the first year I didn’t have a clue what was being released and It. Was. Freeing.
That RSD was the first time since the first RSD in Saint John that I went with no plan, no list, and no care for what my outcome might be. It was a fantastic day of just walking around to local, independent record stores, saying hello to the staff, checking out the stacks as well as the RSD releases and just enjoying the day for what it is—a day to support independents.
So here’s my secret to how I’ve been able to make RSD great again. If you’re finding yourself a bit jaded, follow my tips:
- Forget the list!
- It’s a Saturday so sleep in! Forget the line!
- When you make it to the record store, don’t immediately go for the RSD releases—go up to the desk and say hello to the staff, especially the ones you know. Talk to them first. This is a day to support them after all.
- When you do make it to the RSD releases, you will have slept in so you won’t have all the shoving and grabbing to deal with. Score!
- You get what you get and that’s exciting because you’ve not seen the list so everything you manage to find is utterly amazing!
- Browse the regular stacks—especially if you don’t find any RSD releases you want. Be sure to leave buying something so you are actually supporting your local independent record store, which is the whole point.
- Avoid eBay if you can.
- Enjoy the day—start it with no expectations other than you’re going to get to spend some time on your hobby, meet some great people, and maybe pick up a few gems.
Until next time—keep spinning the black circle!
Monique Gionet started collecting vinyl again in 2005 after she found her old record collection at her parents’ house. By 2006 she had sold off her entire CD collection and it’s been a love affair for the vinyl experience ever since. When she’s not spinning, she has a day job as a Technical Writer and moonlights as a lifestyle blogger on her website moniquegionet.com. Loves include fresh-cut flowers, Earl Grey tea, her 2 family cats, her Boston Terrier puppy, and her 4 elephant fosters from the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.