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Written byZenith Phaal

The Best Place to Grow Your Vinyl Collection on a Budget

Music lovers will know that the V&A Waterfront has a number of live music events planned every week, however, in my eyes one music event stands above them all. The V & A Record and Music Fair is the best place to find a versatile and jam-packed selection of records to add to your collection.

The great advantage to spelunking for records at the Waterfront is that there are usually upwards of 16 vendors selling tapes, CDs, merch and of course, records. While a single record store might have a decent collection, the music fair will have thousands of obscure and well-known records for you to peruse. You get vendors selling their personal collections and vendors who stock new popular records, which are a bit pricier but, with so many retailers at one function, the pricing is insanely competitive with specials like “3 for R100” or “2 for R50”. This is a great opportunity to build a collection on a budget. You can still however drop R500 on Dark Side of the Moon, or R1000 on It Is What It Is. No one will stop you.

The only downside to this event is that you may not find what you’re specifically looking for. Yes, there are thousands of records on sale every event but there are also hundreds of collectors looking to add to their lot. The best mindset to have is a positive one. Enjoy the experience. Enjoy finding albums you never could have conceived without DMT. There’s true hidden gold there. Don’t be disheartened if you don’t find what you set out for, there’s always something for everyone. The most important thing is to talk to the vendors about music. Engage with them, they will help you find something you’ll end up loving. 

This event takes place every last Saturday of the month (that’s this Saturday) from 10 am to 2 pm, but I’d recommend being there before 10 so you have first choice of records, and when you’re done diving into the overwhelming quantity of albums it’s a great ideas to treat yourself to a coffee, some chow and enjoy the live DJ session. This is the perfect environment to celebrate and enjoy music. 

You can still however drop R500 on Dark Side of the Moon, or R1000 on It Is What It Is. No one will stop you.