The attraction to record collecting by Abigail Hepper Highams Park School

Mindlessly rummaging through seemingly endless files of record after record, not always looking for something specific. The thrill of finally catching a glimpse of a recognizable cover of an album, artist or single of your choice – or even just recognizing it. Then there’s the slightly cheaper thrill of finding said record used, or for a lower price than you’d find in conventional music stores or online.

The thrill of buying vinyl records is one many of us still indulge in today despite its fluctuating popularity over the decades; with the back and forth of cassettes, and the back and forth of CDs and now the most popular source of music being digitally, all of this is having a major impact on its sales figures.

However, despite the dominant use of digital, statistics show that for the first time in more than a generation, 2020 saw record sales surpass CD sales, with the growing consumer audience being younger generations.

When asked, Hannah Mendy, 17, explains her vision for vinyl records;

“It’s easy to sit down and access music from something as simple as a phone,” she says, “Records are something that not only has this nostalgia around them, but they’re not as simple as streaming online and are much more enjoyable because of that.”

With the prices of records rising as they gain attention, it’s important to keep a one-size-fits-all hobby.

Try shopping at record stores or second-hand markets as an effective way to save money when buying vinyl. Some examples include; Vintage Viynl at Bricklane, Sounds of the Universe at the iconic corner of Broadwick Street in Soho, and Alan’s Record’s nestled between the East Finchley Underground and the North Circular.