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The Record Exchange Adds 64,000 Vinyl Albums, 3,000 Cassettes to its Collection

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Sometimes, one business' heartbreaking end can be another's fresh opportunity. That was exactly the case with the closure of the Yesteryear Shoppe, a 44-year institution selling rare books and vintage records in downtown Nampa. The Idaho Press reports that the shop shuttered in June to make way for a new development, but there is some good news: When Yesteryear flipped its open sign to closed for the last time, its staggeringly large music collection went up for sale—and The Record Exchange in downtown Boise snapped it up.

"We were sad to hear of Yesteryear's closing because we have known Dave Gonzalez and his family for many years and hate seeing another great independent retailer disappear, but we were thrilled to have the opportunity to purchase the collection instead of watching it leave on a truck for California," Record Exchange Founder and Owner Michael Bunnell said in a press release.

Here's a peek at the still-boxed goodies in The Record Exchange's storage unit. - COURTESY THE RECORD EXCHANGE
  • Courtesy The Record Exchange
  • Here's a peek at the still-boxed goodies in The Record Exchange's storage unit.
Yesteryear's collection of 64,000 vinyl albums more than tripled The Record Exchange's previous stock of 17,000 records, and a batch of 3,000 cassettes rounded out the purchase. The timing of cassette influx was fortuitous, as International Cassette Store Day is just around the corner on Saturday, Oct. 13. The Record Exchange is celebrating with a giant sale on cassettes, offering a few exclusive releases as well as $1 used cassettes and $1.99 grab bags.

"We haven't had this large a collection of cassettes come through the store in years, and given the timing with Cassette Store Day, we thought it would be fun to price a bunch at a buck and throw them on the stage for the weekend," said Chad Dryden, marketing and promotions director for The Record Exchange.

While Dryden declined to disclose the cost of the acquisition, he was happy to talk about its contents.



"There is a ton of '70s rock and country, and in some cases dozens of titles from artists such as Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles and the like," he said. "One nice thing about this buy is that it will help keep certain artist sections filled—so someone like Willie Nelson or Dolly Parton, who at times we've had a hard time meeting demand for used records, now have a couple dozen records in their section with more waiting in our backstock."

While some of the new vinyl inventory is already racked and ready for purchase, much of it is being held in climate-controlled storage pending an expansion of The Record Exchange's displays. Still, knowing new music is already waiting in the wings is sure to buoy the spirits of vinyl buffs citywide.

Check out a video of the new inventory: