We’re Loving: Vortex Records


You know those really old records your dad has stored in the basement?
Well, they’re cool again.

Although buying records has become trendy (hipsters love records!), there are some record stores that have stayed true to their musical roots over the years. One great example is Vortex Records, a music store that has been open in Toronto for several decades.

Vortex Records offers a unique shopping experience since they sell only vintage/used products, nothing new. They buy and sell vinyl, CDs, 45’s, 33’s, DVDs and Blu-Ray discs. It’s great really – you can bring in your old music or movies, make some money off of them, and browse the store for some new (to you) stuff. They’re fairly strict about what they accept from sellers, and for good reason, as they don’t want to sell customers discs that won’t play once they bring them home. Another fun fact is that they won’t purchase classical music of any kind. Their website clearly states that you shouldn’t bother even bringing it in – that includes movie soundtracks!

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Photo via Vortex Records on Instagram

Thinking of selling? Their buying method is simple: they’ll buy your used products for exactly half of what they’re going to sell it for, no matter what. And even if you don’t have anything to sell it’s a great store to browse for hidden gems.

If you’re a vinyl collector, we recommend following Vortex on Instagram. They post new products that come into the store multiple times a day, so if you see something you want (or need) you can drop whatever you’re doing and run to the shop!

One of the most notable things about Vortex Records is the experience of just shopping there. Customers rave about the positive environment, friendly staff and of course the wide collection of products to choose from, and all of their employees are top notch music experts who can tell you everything you need to know about what you’re selling or thinking of buying.

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