Collecting old records is considered to be one of the best hobbies which can be enjoyed by a variety of people.
Everyone needs a hobby. Taking your mind off the stresses of daily life and immersing yourself in a hobby is something that millions of people do every day. Some people enjoy woodworking or other hands on types of crafts. However, the majority of people who enjoy a hobby center on collecting. Whatever there is on this earth you can bet that somewhere, somebody collects it.
Old LP records have been a popular choice for a hobby for many years now. There are a number of different genres and niches which can keep people busy collecting for years. There is certain exhilaration when you finally hold an old record you have been searching for in your hands. Some people simply enjoy the sound produced by recordings on vinyl and love listening to their records while others would not think of taking a chance of damaging their treasures and may never even take them out of their sleeves.
There is a very wide range of people who collect old records. Some do it for the love of the hobby while others use it as a type of treasure hunt. This latter group may simply use LPs as a means of monetary gain and care nothing about the records themselves.
There are a number of different places to find old LPs. If you are just starting out in the hobby it is wise to find some type of good price guide to help you determine a fair price when you are considering a purchase. If you are willing to pay top dollar for your collectibles then sites like eBay and other specialty collector sites will have just about anything you would ever want. However, if you enjoy searching for rare records at a bargain then you will want to hit the streets. Flea markets and antique stores will have a large selection of old vinyl records to search through; however, many of these dealers are very knowledgeable, and you will rarely find a tremendous bargain in these stores.
To find truly rare items for extremely cheap prices you must hit garage sales and estate sales. Some very good finds can be had at these locations since many people have no idea of the value of the records they are selling. If you plan to attend these types of sales you should always try to be the first one there because you will surely be vying against other bargain hunters.
Finally, once you have begun to amass your collection of old records you will need to properly store them to guard against damage. There are a number of different types of vinyl record storage containers available which are specifically constructed to store LP records