If you’re just starting to discover vinyl, then maybe these shops aren’t for you. Like ordering a drink for the first time, start off slow and see how your body reacts to the medicine. But, if your vinyl collection is within close running to your digital copies or surpasses it, well this is the list for you. Some of these shops are well hidden, some may not even seem open at all. But if you’re hip to the hunt and ready for that new discovery, keep reading.
Recycled would be the considered the best record store for vinyl in the city except for the fact that SF has a huge record store community. With that said, their prices are a little higher that other stores, but this is the place you’ll find that one record you’ve been searching for. If you’ve ever been thrift clothing shopping and you find that one item that’s the perfect style and fit, you know what I mean. Sometimes, you don’t know what you want until you see it.
And we find ourselves in the Lower Haight district. Selection and service really are key here. The Haight is filled with record stores that exude personality, but mostly to the trendy tourists interested in Grateful Dead. For the serious ‘vinyl lifer,’ this place is the real deal. The owner, Dick, is an awesome guy who knows soul like nobody’s business. The LP’s are priced for $5 or $10, depending on the quality. Funk and soul are definitely the trend here; even if that’s not what you expected to buy, the stuff just grows on you.