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Yep, slowly building up a decent pile of stock. It's taking a while - buying on average 150 7s every 10 days or so.


Is this all via eBay?


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Trev and I were both sellers at a fantastic record fair yesterday in Brixton. It was run by Ian of How Does it Feel To Be Loved so it was aimed mainly at indiepop, C86 and post punk music. Some incredible stuff on sale, particularly C86 stuff and some real bargains.

Pics on a Brixton blog here: http://www.urban75.org/blog/brixtons-first-record-fair-at-the-canterbury-arms-sat-23rd-feb-photo-report/

You'll spot Trev and me manning stalls and Anarchy rummaging in a crate. Tony Tourette was also there but he was too busy hugging the bar and for some reason the blogger didn't think that was worthy of inclusion...


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Trev and I were both sellers at a fantastic record fair yesterday in Brixton. It was run by Ian of How Does it Feel To Be Loved so it was aimed mainly at indiepop, C86 and post punk music. Some incredible stuff on sale, particularly C86 stuff and some real bargains.

Pics on a Brixton blog here: http://www.urban75.org/blog/brixtons-first-record-fair-at-the-canterbury-arms-sat-23rd-feb-photo-report/

You'll spot Trev and me manning stalls and Anarchy rummaging in a crate. Tony Tourette was also there but he was too busy hugging the bar and for some reason the blogger didn't think that was worthy of inclusion...


It was a great day!


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Trev and I were both sellers at a fantastic record fair yesterday in Brixton. It was run by Ian of How Does it Feel To Be Loved so it was aimed mainly at indiepop, C86 and post punk music. Some incredible stuff on sale, particularly C86 stuff and some real bargains.

Pics on a Brixton blog here: http://www.urban75.org/blog/brixtons-first-record-fair-at-the-canterbury-arms-sat-23rd-feb-photo-report/

You'll spot Trev and me manning stalls and Anarchy rummaging in a crate. Tony Tourette was also there but he was too busy hugging the bar and for some reason the blogger didn't think that was worthy of inclusion...


It was a great day!


Looks ace! when is the next one?

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Looks ace! when is the next one?


It was!

Was my first fair in 14 years as a seller and one of the few nowadays not populated by smelly old men in tight faded Quo T-shirts and soiled jeans - average age of buyers was probably about 25 instead of 55. Unlike normal fairs it wasn't all over an hour after the door had opened as people drifted in all day.

And they had DJs and Doombar. My only regret was I was so busy I didn't get a chance to look at more than 2 or 3 stalls (and one of those was wasted on Jervo... ;) )

No date set yet for the next one but likely to be in the spring.


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No date set yet for the next one but likely to be in the spring.


I'm considering doing one in Leyton or Walthamstow later in the year too. Same sort of deal - maybe a few acoustic acts to draw in the indiepop crowd so the smaller labels get a chance to sell their wares too. Seemed 2nd hand records trumped small labels in Brixton!


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No date set yet for the next one but likely to be in the spring.


I'm considering doing one in Leyton or Walthamstow later in the year too. Same sort of deal - maybe a few acoustic acts to draw in the indiepop crowd so the smaller labels get a chance to sell their wares too. Seemed 2nd hand records trumped small labels in Brixton!


Yep, and fanzines came in last... but that was all part of the appeal. I sold some very odd things on Saturday that I never expected to and not a lot of indiepop, even though I took loads. Post punk was definitely the most popular genre, followed by 60s rock.

Good luck with the Leyton/Walthamstow options. Poss too far for me for selling as I rely on a lift.


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http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2013/mar/24/best-independent-record-shops-britain

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HMV rescue gets closer

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2013/apr/05/hilco-save-hmv-brand

Looks like the nine Fopps are being saved too, which is good news.


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132 shops to remain open

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From Music Week News:

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Key #HMV stats: 2,643 jobs saved, £50m buyout, 81 stores closed, 132 saved - plus 9 Fopps.

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It's not just Soho and Camden that losing their record shops, Greenwich Village too:

http://www.spin.com/articles/bleecker-bobs-golden-oldies-new-york-record-store-final-days/


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This story amused me:

http://entertainment.ie/music/news/Former-HMV-worker-opens-up-store-called-HVM-past-employers-less-than-impressed/201281.htm

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HMV are trying to fight back. Here's their recipe for future success according to their spokesman:

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mprove what we stock
When Hilco took over, HMV could no longer afford to stock as many artists as it should. We’re putting a lot of effort into improving that. We need to stock as wide a range of music as possible. Band merchandise is something we want to engage with as well. You’ll see a good selection of T-shirts, mugs and so on for the bigger acts like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, and it’s something that will get bigger.

Relaunch our digital store
HMV got left behind in the digital revolution and didn’t have a digital presence for too long. We need to quickly get HMV up to speed, and will be announcing a relaunch of our digital side within the next month, so that people can buy from us in the way they want.

Increase the number of Fopp stores
We rescued the nine remaining Fopp branches as part of the HMV deal. We’ve been examining what’s going on the independent record store market and learned some good practice there, which we can act on via Fopp. It’s quite a different brand from HMV and we’re looking to expand the number of Fopp stores.

In-store gigs
Blur played on the roof at 363 Oxford Street in 1995, and we want the return of event appearances like that. But it isn’t just about big names. Our Irish branches have specific evenings dedicated to breaking local new bands, and that’s something to consider in the UK too, as part of interacting with the music industry. Around October 18th, we’ll be announcing one of the biggest names in the world as playing a gig at our newly-reopened flagship store at 363 Oxford Street in London.

Listen to local stores
We’re building a programme that will let local staff to decide how high a percentage of product goes into their stores. So many cities have local scenes, and they need to be represented in our stores.


That last one is an interesting change and most welcome.

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The last one is particularly interesting because the decline for not only HMV, but Virgin & Our Price too, was, in my opinion, partly due to them abandoning having individual buyers in each shop and switching to central buying.
I remember the Virgin in Oxford Walk in Oxford Street being much better for independent releases in the early 80s than it's big brother Megastore at the top of Oxford Street, simply because the independent record buyer there was Jim Thirwell AKA Clint Ruin AKA Jim Foetus. My regular record buying trips to London from Essex would always take in the Oxford Walk Virgin as well as Rough Trade, Small Wonder, Rock On & Daddy Kool's.

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Liking the ideas they're trying to develop - and I am fairly indifferent to record shops these days - but if they all had a local flavour and individual buyers it would make me more interested in popping into a shop when I saw one as they wouldn't be identikit versions of each other.

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Anyone in Sunderland?

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Does anyone know of an online list or directory listing all currently open and active record shops?

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Does anyone know of an online list or directory listing all currently open and active record shops?



Didn't someone (VV?) post a link to some such thing on here before? It was an ongoing project which users could add to. At the time it was still in it's infancy, but if it took off, it could be quite comprehensive by now.

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Does anyone know of an online list or directory listing all currently open and active record shops?



Didn't someone (VV?) post a link to some such thing on here before? It was an ongoing project which users could add to. At the time it was still in it's infancy, but if it took off, it could be quite comprehensive by now.


There's a few ongoing projects. Trouble is they're all incredibly patchy and tend to be done by volunteers in a particular area rather than the actual owners. So, you can have a comprehensive coverage in Brighton, say, nothing in Poole/Bournemouth (even though there really are a few) and a few now shut down ones listed for Southampton.

While on the subject of record shops, I was in Whitstable and Faversham today. It's amazingly how poorly served most areas are by their local stores. One of the ones in Whitstable was a real time warp affair, its layout and fittings very much still screaming 80s. An independent new music store in an area like that is obviously to be applauded but the new CDs were all about £10 and even the back catalogue cheapies were £5.50. A very small vinyl section but with all the familiar faces. Mind you the couple running it were probably in their early 60s and I suspect have been running a shop, if not that one, for decades.

The second hand places (one in each location) were ramshackle and very poor quality stock (one had dozens of videos...). This is why I think I should open a record shop. I'd at least make sure it was well stocked and make an effort to keep prices low-ish and turnover high.

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