Off The Record, San Diego

Off The Record, San Diego

What to buy here: Vintage vinyl record. Today’s iPhone generation may have no memory of record stores and the joys of browsing through a stack of vinyl records, which makes a vintage LP that much more of a retro-cool gift. Most single records will set you back only 99 cents, which makes an old fashioned 45 a better value than your average download, because you get both an A and a B side. You’ll need a turntable to listen to the music, but the biggest joy comes from just holding these souvenirs from a different era and trying to imagine a time from way back. Lou’s Records in Encinitas and Off The Record in Normal Heights are two San Diego stores that still specialize in old-school wax. Both stores have been around for decades. They have shrunk in size since their glory days before the digital revolution, and browsing through their inventory feels a little like browsing through a well-organized garage sale, but there are treasures to be found for those that dig, and the vibe is always rock and roll. Cost: 99 cents to $20 or more.

Monday-Sunday: 11:00-20:00

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Sight Name: Off The Record
Sight Location: San Diego, USA
Sight Type: Shopping
Guide(s) containing this sight: Souvenir Shopping Part 1  

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