Colorado Record Stores
There was a time when the used vinyl stores abound throughout the Front Range – Gone are The Shadow, The Malt Shop, Double Play, Don’s Disks, Bart’s Cellar, Jerry’s Records, and many, many more. And I remember vaguely a few more – Sparky’s in North Denver, Katie’s store out in old Littleton, High County Country records (still selling but now at the Big K Production’s Record Expo) and more recently LP Hound’s Vinyl House which was short lived – occupying I believe the same store as the former Malt Shop. But the good news is we still have some great used vinyl and music stores thriving today along the Front Range.
Big K Productions Vinyl Record Show Twice Annually
Big K has been going strong for years presenting two record collector and more shows for the Denver area. (Click here) Keep an eye on the Big K web site for upcoming Spring and Fall shows.
Boulder Vinyl Record Stores
Albums On The Hill
Located in the heart of the Buff Nation – these guys have been around for over 35 years. They feature an on-line music for sale spotlight page on their website with a huge genre drop down listing.
1128 13th Street – Phone: 303-447-0159 – Website
(Owner Andy working the LP Stock)
Bart’s Record Shop
I have to tell you – I like this place better than the Cellar! The vinyl is pristine with lot’s of collectible items – and so lovingly arranged and displayed. Lots of CDs of course and audio equipment as well. I was treated to an original copy of Tyrannosaurus Rex’s first U.S. LP “Unicorn” – sealed no less! I was a bit on the fence about committing to a purchase until I learned that Bart’s 15-year-old daughter is freaking out over this British group album. That solidified the deal!
Make the trip to Boulder for this very special Shack where exceptional vinyl still lives! I will return!
(Bart’s made the move to Folsom after the devastating flood which ripped down the Boulder Canyon. The new store is a great location – much larger – and full to the brim with vinyl.
Absolute moved into their new home about a year ago – moving from extreme North Boulder onto thriving Arapahoe Avenue. Husband and Wife team Doug and Annie Gaddy greet the patrons enthusiastically and are always “up” for some vinyl chatter. Their vintage vinyl is in supreme condition. I really enjoy gazing upon the “collectibles” wall and then perusing the collectible bins. Their “new arrival” bins are always teaming with fresh items. Annie told me “We take the time to thoroughly clean every LP that qualifies for our bins.” And they are fussy about what they will put up for sale. Their collectible LP wall and bins are top notch with many new items always coming through the doors or being tracked down by the owners. In the Boulder tradition, they are tight knit with the local music scene – staging many events at the store with superb musicians. They also deal in high end hi-fi components, books and much more!
5360 Arapahoe Avenue – Phone: 303-955-1519 – Website – Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Castle Rock Vinyl Record Stores
Just learned about this vinyl shop in Castle Rock, a few miles south of Denver. Planning a trip there soon!
Colorado Springs Vinyl Record Stores
I haven’t visited the Leechpit (yet) but spoke with the owner and he assured me that I would need more than a few hours to go through his LP and 45 inventory – Can’t wait!
3020 West Colorado Avenue #A, Colorado Springs – Tuesday thru Saturday 11 AM until 7 PM – Sunday 12 Noon until 5 PM – 719-634-3675 – Web Site
Denver & Surrounding Suburbs
Vinyl Record Stores
Wax Trax – Denver Capitol Hill
The Pioneer and “King of Em’ All Y’All” – Wax Trax is 30 years and counting. This is my home-away-from-home for used vinyl. Co-Owner Dave Stidman is nearly always present, sorting, grading, and cataloging the steady stream of collectibles that find their way through the front door daily. And of course there is the sister store just down the block for new items and CD’s etc.
638 13th Ave – Phone 303-860-0127 (vinyl used) – 303-831-7246 (CD’s) – Website – eBay Store & eBay Store 2
Twist and Shout – East Denver
Twist and Shout moved their store back a few years ago right onto the “Fax” (Colfax East) and it appears to be a good move. They were able to merge their used vinyl inventory and their other items into a single location. This is the home of the Psychedelic Hait-Asbury Era original posters (they are way up there on the walls for all to view) – a priceless collection.
2508 E Colfax Ave Denver – Phone: (303) 722-1943 – Website
Second Spin – East Denver
Home to billions of CD’s and Videos (and other merchandise) Spin City has jumped into the used vinyl game. The7 carry a modest but growing section of LP’s as well as a bin of 45′s. They are priced fairly and they offer nice discounts on multiple item purchases. You can buy items on-line in their shopping cart. There isn’t a “vinyl” drop-down from the navigation bar currently – but you can search for music on CD.
1485 South Colorado Blvd. – Phone: (303) 753-8822 – Web
Recollect Records – Downtown Denver
This tidy vinyl shop resides in a former art gallery in Denver just west of the Denver Public Library – They opened the store at the end of April, 2016. The vast number of LP’s are in pristine condition, well-cared for and every record (other than the bargain bins) in nice plastic sleeves. Soul and R&B lovers will love their inventory! They open later in the mornings and currently their storefront is not well-marked with signage – but they are in there.
1255 Delaware Street
Spaceman Guitars (and vinyl) Lakewood, Colorado
The discovery of this store was a very pleasant surprise – situated in the same building occupied by long-running “Rockley Music”. Owner Chris Thomas is a musician (guitarist) and former Rockley employee. He offers sales, repairs on string instruments, including many amplifiers and turn tables as well as lots of accessories.
Spaceman features many bins full of long plays in great condition and at very reasonable prices (I pulled a bunch from the bins on my visit). Chris also heads up his own band (for hire).
Spaceman is located at 8555 West Colfax Avenue in Lakewood, CO – Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10-6 – Phone 303-921-1975 – Facebook Page
Crescendo Music – Wheat Ridge, Colorado
Crescendo Music has a modest amount of long play vinyl but every record is in pristine condition. This retailer apparently also stocks a both at the Lafayette indoor Flea Market – for it is there that I was referred to Crescendo. The founder is Matthew Alterman who relocated from New Orleans to Colorado.
Crescendo is located at 6760 West 38th Avenue in Wheat Ridge 80033 – Phone 303-444-4428 – Email is Matt@crescendoaudio.net – Web Site
Bobby G’s Record Rack
This little store – The Record Rack – is full of Bobby’s goodies – Bobby G long-time music personality and host of “The Vibe” oldies radio show airing on KZKO every Saturday morning from 10 AM until 12 PM – Live!
Bowman’s Vinyl Records (& Lounge – South Broadway)
A snuggy little vinyl “boutique” with an appreciable amount of used vinyl.
1312 South Broadway – 303-927-6205 Web Site
The Mutiny Information Cafe
A this neighborhood book/coffee nook/vinyl store carries a surprising amount of used long plays as well as some interesting 45’s!
2 South Broadway – 303-778-7579 – Web Site
Black and Read – Arvada
Seventeen years and counting – Black and Read – located in North Arvada – is a truly amazing institution offering tons of vinyl, CD’s, posters, and an ocean of books beyond comprehension. They boast of 10,000 square feet of goodies and they even have a “Saturday Only” store just to the south in Wheat Ridge offering up 50 cent to $1 books and records. They also do eBay and On-Line sales from their store.
7821 Wadsworth Blvd(Between Hobby Lobby and Target) – Phone 303.467.3236 – Out of State 1-800-467-3236 – Website – eBay Store
Mile High DJ Supply & Vinyl Store – Arvada
This business has been around for awhile as a DJ provider for events of all sizes. Now they are featuring a vinyl section in their store – mostly long play vinyl – all very clean – excellent condition. A rather unique service that Mile High provides is taking in vinyl on a consignment basis.
Angelo’s CD’s and More – 4 Locations
These guys have vinyl – They even have used 45’s – boxes of them – sort of piled up for the browsing. They will soon have three stores in the Denver area – with a new location opening up on South Broadway.
Aurora – 16711 East Iliff Avenue (303) 337-1399 Angelo’s
Denver Central – 937 E. Colfax (303) 863-8668
Denver South – 1579 South Broadway Angelo’s (303) 798-6378
Wheatridge – 3350 Youngfield Street (303) 232-4477
2nd Charles has entered into the Denver area with two new super-sized stores which feature used and new vinyl, books, games and posters. Their used vinyl bins are extensive with “new arrivals” clearly marked. They categorize genres for browsing efficiency. Bring your used items in and participate in their fantastic and fast appraisal process for cash or credit.
6606 South Parker Road – Aurora – 303-400-2948
1 West Flatirons Crossing Circle (Flatirons Mall) – Broomfield – 720-887-5763
Web Site (nationwide)
Chain Reaction Records – Lakewood
Chain Reaction started up in 2014 and specializes in Punk & Heavy Metal vinyl.
8793 West Colfax Avenue – Lakewood 80215 – Phone: 303-237-4445 – Web Site
Durango Vinyl Record Stores
Southwest Sound – Durango, Colorado
Haven’t been to this store – Quite a few years since I have made it down to Southwest Colorado – Appears to be the only vinyl store remaining in Durango. Southwest Sound is located at 922 Main Avenue – Durango, CO 81301 – Phone: 970-259-5896.
Fort Collins Vinyl Record Stores
The Bizarre Bazaar
Very nice folks run the Bizarre Bazaar. they have a great collection of LP vinyl and a bunch of 45′s as well. I was captured by their wall-mounted poster collection and couldn’t resist making a purchase. And it is much more than a used vinyl shop – tons of books and movies are on hand. The still have a huge inventory and are very busy setting out more stock from their move.
Bizarre Bazaar Has Moved – They are now located right across the street from the CSU Campus on College Avenue:
Now Located at: 1014 S College Ave – Fort Collins, CO 80524 – Email: email@example.com – Phone: 970-484-1699 – Web Site
Rock ‘N’ Robin’s
Rock ‘N’ Robin’s resides on College Avenue just across from the old CSU Campus (East Side of the Street). They have a decent selection of used (and some new) vinyl and they cater to both local residents and college students. They carry a large line of clothing, posters, and much more.
840 South College Avenue – 970-221-9977 – Website – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Grand Junction Vinyl Record Stores
Triple Play Records
Over on the Western Slope of Colorado – on the I-70 Corridor – resides Triple Play Records. The store is situated in Old Town Grand Junction. I visited the store in 2012 on my way back from California. I really enjoyed this store – It was filled with LP’s, 45′s and the owners were great! They went into their back room and pulled out some additional items they had not yet had time to price – The owner is Rick Cesario and I believe his son was also working at the store on the day of my visit. They sell lots of music-related goods. Don’t speed through Grand Junction without taking some time to visit Triple Play!
530 Main Street – Phone 970-243-3974 – Their website is still pending but you can visit them on Facebook
Greeley Vinyl Records
Mellow Yellow Boutique
Greeley is not a hot-bed of vinyl outlets, but this “boutique” shop is giving it the old college try (located adjacent to the University of Northern Colorado’s old campus). Currently they have about 8 full bins of long plays and a bin or two of “budget” LP offerings. This is a smoke accessory shop plus lots more. They have taken a few hits on Social Media but I found the proprietor to be very friendly, and he did not know I was publicizing his store.
Lake Dillon Vinyl
Affordable Music – Lake Dillon
Affordable started off in 1991 setting up shop in the strip mall on the road up from Silverthorne to Keystone. They moved into a new location some years back – situated beneath Pug Ryan’s restaurant – and overlooking Dillon Reservoir.
Gary Koenig is the owner (for over two decades) He sells new and used CD’s, LP’s, Tapes, Guitar Strings & Accessories – as well as handling instrument and audio equipment consignment sales. I dropped in on Gary recently – Nice guy and very helpful. Affordable has a great Mountain Atmosphere overlooking Lake Dillon – Buffalo Mountain and Mount Royal – not to be missed!
104 Village Place #8 – Dillon, CO – Phone 970-468-2127 – FAX: 970-262-1912 Email: email@example.com
It was a nice surprise to find a used vinyl (and many other items) right in the heart of downtown Longmont. Got to have a store such as this in our Front Range towns. They have a very large inventory of pristine LP’s all neatly arranged and displayed and well preserved. Worth a trip to Loveland.
525 3rd Avenue 1/2 Block East of Main Street – Open Tuesday-Sunday – 11 AM until 7 PM – Phone 720-291-7000 – Web Site
Little Horse Books & Vintage – Louisville
Yes – Louisville does have a used vinyl store – and it is a Dandy! Much more than a vinyl store with antiques, electronics, clocks, books – but for my taste – the used vinyl is divine! Mike Price’s biggest challenge right now is freeing up additional space to place his entire vinyl inventory on display for customers. But he is working on that task and will soon be expanding. The used vinyl is pristine and very well presented and organized. Two young teenage boys were busy alphabetizing records during my visit.
Mike is a local and his father attended Boulder High School just a couple years ahead of members of the Astronauts. His first store (in 2005) was on Pearl Street in Boulder concentrating on books. He has been in business since 2002. Now he has expanded his scope and is comfortably situated in a great little shop on Louisville’s Main Street. Do yourself a favor – and stop by the Little Horse!
820 Main Street – Louisville – (303) 242-5382 – E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org – website
Mike Price (right) Hard at work in the Little Horse
Downtown Sound is located a block or so off Loveland’s main drag – a great spot in the old town. They feature a decent inventory of used vinyl and offer musical instruments, hi-fi equipment and more. They also offer a repair service as well. Their web site provides for on-line shopping of selected items.
Co-owner Liz tells us “The best way to visit us is to come into the store. We absolutely love having customers come in and talk to me about their musical interests and what records they have and want. One of the best parts about our store is that we keep an on-going watch list for our customers.”
330 East 4th Street – Phone: 970-673-0006 – Website – eBay – On Amazon: Seller Name The Downtown Sound – Email: email@example.com
Montrose Music Montrose, Colorado
Got to visit the Western Slope’s Montrose Music in June this Summer. This is primarily an instrument store but there are several hundred vinyl LP’s offered at very reasonable prices including a couple of bargain bins. I was able to pick up three new Colorado music acts on vinyl.
Ken Crombie is the owner establishing the store in 2012, after a career as a music instructor around Colorado most recently in the Ouray School System not far from Montrose.
Montrose Music is located at 7 South Townsend Avenue – Phone 970-249-4599 – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org – Montrose Music Web Site
Robbie Music opened about two years ago – As your can see from the flyer below they are loaded with vinyl. Plan a trip to Pueblo but call first to make sure you will have time to wade through the large inventory! I picked up some great Colorado artist 45’s at the show!