You never know what you’ll find digging through a record bin.
You could find a record of a band you never knew existed or that rare record you have been searching years for.
That’s part of the appeal of record collecting and buying, says Jack Tieleman, co-producer of the Nanaimo Record Show. Picking out albums because the cover art catches your eye, bringing it home and discovering you love the group is also part of the excitement, said Tieleman.
“You light up like a Christmas tree because there is a little gateway that opens up, because it’s like, if I like those guys what else would I like and that’s where the record vendors and the record stores are super important,” said Tieleman. “Sometimes it’s just the look of a record. You just look at it and say ‘I don’t know what this is but I’ve got to buy it.’”
Vinyl has a history. Tieleman said even some records that are more than 25 years old can be found in good condition if they have been cared for over the years. Sometimes you can find an album with someone’s name written on the album cover and others bring up memories for the collectors.
“I have a copy of the first Led Zeppelin record that’s beat, but it was my brother’s copy,” said Tieleman. “When I hear the crackles and the pops and all that it’s like ‘oh yeah, my brother probably drank his first beer to this record.’”
The third annual Nanaimo Record Show is Sunday (April 30).
Dave Read, co-producer of the event, said the show is “loaded with vendors.”
“We’ve got vendors not only from Nanaimo, but from around the Island and from the mainland as well. So whatever it is you are looking for, there is a very good chance you can find something,” said Read. “Everybody is specially picked. We know what they have. We know the quality that they have and we know it’s going to be dynamite for the Nanaimo show, which we feel is the best one out here.”
The record show is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 10, located at 129 Harewood Rd. Admission is $2.