March 31, 2022
In a time where streaming services are the main way people listen to music (think Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, YouTube), it’s hard to imagine that vinyl records would have made such a resurgence.
Mainly fueled by millennial hipsters, vinyl is considered the comeback kid. In the first six months of this year alone, 17 million vinyl records were sold in the U.S.* Even stars like Taylor Swift, Olivia Rodrigo, and Harry Styles are making vinyl an important part of their marketing mix.
Whether you’re new to collecting vinyl, just inherited your parent’s collection, or have a great collection already, we put together a few simple tips for cleaning and storing your records so your collection stays in perfect condition and the sound is preserved for many years to come.
A quick Google search will bring up so many ideas on how to care for your vinyl that your head will spin (you can start singing…you spin me right 'round, baby, right 'round like a record, baby, right 'round, 'round, 'round”). We’ve narrowed all of the suggestions down to a few simple and trusted tips:
It might sound like a lot, but we promise it’s just a few simple steps that will come naturally once you get into the groove. To help, we recommend purchasing a Vinyl Buddy Cleaning Kit on your next visit to QH. It’s an all-in-one kit that contains a cleaning solution, microfiber towel, velvet brush, and stylus cleaning brush.
Now that your records have been cleaned and properly stored inside their sleeves, let’s talk about how to show them off.
Alphabetizing your records is a classic way of keeping things organized. There's something comforting about using your A, B, Cs, and 1, 2, 3s, right?
There are a few rules to follow when alphabetizing your vinyl:
While shelves are the obvious way to store your records—especially if your collection is extensive—there are some fun ways to highlight your favorite album(s) or show what's spinning.
We love the "Now Spinning" display stand from Crosley. Place the record cover upright on the stand and place next to your record player to show off the album currently playing.
Don't have the space shelf space? Check out the inconspicuous album wall mounts from Roeht. The best part of their straightforward design? You can change the albums with one hand! What a great way to switch up your decor to fit the occasion or your mood.
We live, and breathe vinyl here at Quonset Hut. Our collection includes new releases, restocks, and reissues that span all genres from Rock to Country, Classical to Motown.
If you have questions about how to clean or store your records or want something specific to add to your collection, give us a call or head to the store. We’re here to help!
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