Lighten Up! Tips for Letting Go in 2024 – LPs

Drawing of an LP, female memoji with her hands folded at her sides meditating, Lighten Up! Tips for Letting Go in 2024 – LPs

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?

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20 thoughts on “Lighten Up! Tips for Letting Go in 2024 – LPs”

  1. Ahhh. What to do with LPs? They have made a comeback, which is fascinating.

    When I cleared out my folks’ house, I tried selling some of their albums. I found someone to look, but he was super selective. As you mentioned, he only took those in perfect (no scratches) condition. One of the albums would have been extremely valuable if it had been scratch-free.

    Thank you for sharing the excellent resources and for your clever display idea. The wall display looks great!

    1. The best thing about these frames is that it is relatively easy to switch them out, so if someone has a big collection of albums, he/she can change up their wall decor with ease!

  2. I got rid of my vinyl collection before we moved to Singapore in the 1990’s. While I don’t miss having that bulk to tote around with me, I miss being able to flip through the covers. Just looking at the covers was enough to bring the collection of songs into my head. I love your idea of turning them into wall art!

    1. They are having a bit of a renaissance, which is terrific. So far, I think the market is still pretty small, primarily audiophiles and collectors. It’s hard to compete with the clear sound quality and easy access of streaming with the younger set. I still love the album art, though!

  3. WE had many but gave them away when we moved. The person who got them was thrilled and we were happy to not have to move them. I was an extensive collection and probably had some value, but when our record player broke and everything was on tape at that time we decided they were of no use to us. I’m glad someone took hem who could use them.

    1. I’m glad as well, Dianne. You weren’t listening to them, so why not pass them on to someone who truly treasured them? Sounds like a “win/win” to me!

  4. This is a great series! I don’t have LPs in my home but I do run into them in about 30% of my clients homes. Some of them still have a player and we set up an area to listen to them. Others are ready to let go and we have a store nearby that will buy them in bulk.

  5. I’m an early GenXer, so while I did have a very few record albums, most of my tangible music is on cassette or CD. (Somewhere, I do have a Journey 8-track!) However, my older sister and a lot of my clients have vinyl, and the decision is often, “Do I want to buy a turntable or let go of my LPs?” because there’s no sense in keeping music if you’re not going to listen to it. The funny thing is that in addition to the 45s (and a few 33 singles), I know there are some 78s in my parents’ basement from my father’s era in the 1930s and 1940s (along with a 1950s hi-fi!) While I don’t imagine they’re in any condition to sell, a collector might enjoy finding them at a thrift store if we donate them. Thanks for the fun suggestions.
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    1. My parents had some 78s, and they ultimately gave them and their LPs away when they relocated to a senior living community. They weren’t listening to them, and found someone who was very excited to get them. That’s the best type of solution.

      I love Journey… a Journey 8-track would be awesome!

  6. Linda Gramatky Smith

    Seana, your decorated room in the basement really made me smile today. What a wonderful use of album covers! Fabulous.

  7. I love the wall art with album covers. I have about 20 LPs and I do love playing them. Having LPs becomes a problem when people own hundreds or 1000s. A few sentimental ones that make you smile help you to lighten up. With clients, the problem is they have heard LPs are coming back in style. They think they might be sitting on a gold mine, retirement fund.

    1. Yes, I think people do feel that way, but unless your LPs are in mint condition (and are popular titles), you are unlikely to get a lot of money for them. I love that you have a small collection that you love – that’s the best approach for all things!

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