Top 10 best places to buy vinyl in the Twin Cities

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6. Eclipse Records
381 Wabasha St. N., St. Paul

After Eclipse Records closed their University Avenue location, the only independent record store in St. Paul was thankfully resurrected in 2011 at their new location on Wabasha Street, conveniently affiliated with the neighboring Amsterdam Bar and Hall right next door. The used vinyl at Eclipse is consistently updated with new-found gems, and their new record selection is well-chosen and affordable. Eclipse is also the lone St. Paul ticket outlet for First Avenue shows. The shop is run by true music lovers, and their Facebook page continuously boasts a tempting 'Record of the Day,' which is typically a discounted jewel that would make a great addition to any collection.

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5. Roadrunner Records
4304 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis

Roadrunner has one of the strongest rare and vintage LP collections in the Twin Cities, with all genres from every musical era represented. The intimate shop's staff can tell you if a copy is a first-pressing as well as the listening quality of the vinyl itself, and their used copies are judiciously priced. While they focus on classic LPs at Roadrunner, their expertly curated new vinyl sits proudly alongside the legendary records that line the walls of the shop. Roadrunner boasts that they provide "Unusual usual music for unusual usual people," and that philosophy rings true each time you step inside.

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4. Cheapo Records
1300 W. Lake St., Minneapolis

Cheapo has been the undisputed music king of Uptown for years now, and the massive shop quite simply has more records with more space than any other place in town. While the sheer size of the Uptown store, as well as Cheapo's various area locations, might be a bit intimidating to fans who are used to smaller shops, their new and used vinyl selection is consistently top-notch and affordable. The place maintains an old-school vibe, with the endless racks of music getting the focus of the store rather than any unnecessary promotional bells and whistles. If you want to spend an afternoon getting lost within a glorious sea of vinyl, come to Cheapo and you'll find far too many records that you need to add to your collection.


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JasonCooper
JasonCooper

If you are looking to buy records would suggest visiting www.mrvinyls.com, they have a great catalogue of 27,000+ records, the best record players, frames and such. They're always very friendly and reply to my questions pretty fast

pierc290
pierc290

Great list! Some of my favorite records came from Tonka Tunes in Mound. Half vacuum repair shop/ half vinyl and record player shop. He will let you play any record you want to hear and they are all very fairly priced. You can even get your vacuum repaired at the same time!

Dale Burback
Dale Burback

Vintage music company, even though its not vinyl.

mrzeros1
mrzeros1

Hey Vinyl Fans; They $ELL Records in St. Paul Too:

1. Eclipse Records: Downtown St. Paul (next to Amsterdam) 

2. Rice Street Music: Little Canada

3. Go Johnny Go Records: White Bear Lake

4. Into The Void: Downtown St. Paul (next to Station4)

5. Cheapo's St. Paul (Snelling & Ashland)

6. Mr. Zero's: Roseville (Since 2009)

7. CedarCliff Collectibles: Eagan

8. Discland: Bloomington (Since 2000)

9. Jensen's @ Antique Mall of St. Paul

Yes fans, there is life & Vinyl east of the river .....

 RLSchwinden

Scoops
Scoops

For strictly vinyl purposes, you really cant beat Cheapo's selection. I've found so many great records there. Electric Fetus is a cool store and the in-store performances are great, but they really don't have the selection that Cheapo has.. Side note: I've found some hidden gems at Half Price Books in AV. shhh.. 

Jeff Young
Jeff Young

Maybe the year 1985 when I last had a working turntable and LPs were $6.98?

Brian O'Neal
Brian O'Neal

New records at Treehouse, Electric Fetus, or Online - used records at RoadRunner, Treehouse, Cheapo, Electric Fetus

Ellie Ishmael
Ellie Ishmael

Don't forget about the Yeti Records mobile shop!

gojohnnygo
gojohnnygo

Good list! Glad to see Down in the Valley get mentioned, they've been a 'secret spot' for many collectors for years. There are over 30 places to buy vinyl in the Twin Cities, which may be more than there ever has been- at least since the days that you could buy records at Snyder Bros. and Byerly's. I've been a buyer and seller to all of these stores at one time or another, and I've always said that most people don't know how good we have it here re: record stores. Per capita, the Twin Cities ranks at the top of the list of Metro Areas (I'm also thinking Manchester and Portland) with quality vinyl outlets- and many here are world class. I've traveled- I know. When you are on the East side of town visiting Eclipse and Cheapo St Paul, you can also check out Mr. Zeros, Rice Street Music Memorabilia, Into The Void, and the *newest* record store in the Twin Cities, Go Johnny Go in White Bear Lake (hosted by yours truly).

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