Today on “Lighten Up” I’m going to be dipping my toe into an area where you might want to look into selling: old, long-playing albums (LPs).
LPs were all the rage when I was growing up. We used to spend hours looking through them, talking about the covers, and reading the liner notes. I’m dating myself here.
As digital music became available, LPs (and their cousins cassette tapes and 8-track tapes) fell by the wayside in popularity. It is hard to beat the clarity and convenience of streaming just about any tune you like. At the same time, many of us hung onto our old LPs because we just couldn’t bear to part with them.
If you are like me, you may have a collection somewhere. No pressure if you love having these as keepsakes, but if you are ready to let go, here are some thoughts on what you might do with them.
First, it is possible that you will want to sell them. There is a resale market for LPs. Generally speaking, your albums must be in very good condition, so if you’ve had your albums in a blazing hot attic or molding basement, you might be out of luck. Classic LPs may have value, but warped LPs, not so much.
If you live in southwestern CT and want to see if your LPs could be sold, you can contact Vinyl Street Café in Fairfield. Tell them what you have and see what they say.
Another resource is DJ Records. If your collection is significant enough, they make house calls anywhere in the USA.
If you have a local record store, this is a good place to check. You can also sell LPs via an online marketplace. The market varies widely based on artist, album, vintage, and condition.
Second, if you are more inclined to donate the LPs, check first with your favorite local charity. LPs are heavy to ship, so you probably want a place nearby where you can drop them off.
Finally, the good news about vinyl is that it does not emit greenhouse gasses, so there is less of a concern about environmental impact for throwing them away. Vinyl is not recyclable, so it is straight to the trash with these.
I decided to use my old LPs for decoration in my basement. I bought frames made especially for this size, and it is fun to look at the old covers and reminisce.
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Do you have LPs in your home? Do you still play them?