Bill’s has been open more than 30 years. No matter its location, (now in the South Lamar area of Dallas) it has always offered a massive vinyl collection. It may take you a bit to find what you’re looking for, but owner Bill Wisener will know exactly where something is.
2. GOOD RECORDS
Located on Lower Greenville, Good Records is a Dallas institution by this point. Its vinyl collection primarily consists of alternative and indie acts. What really makes this place great though, is the live music. Musicians ranging from Alice Cooper to St. Vincent have performed on its AstroTurf stage to overflowing crowds.
At more than 15,000 square feet in size, Josey Records offers one of Dallas’ largest vinyl collections with around 100,000 items for sale. It’s located in north Dallas off LBJ (635), and its inventory is hand-picked by respected record collectors. There’s even space for you to sit and talk with other crate diggers.
Top Ten Records opened in 1956, making it Dallas’ oldest record store. Located in Oak Cliff, the store sells music and classic TV shows while at the same time housing a music archive and operating a membership lending library.
This North Oak Cliff vinyl store is a relative newcomer to the record scene in Dallas. Spinster sells new and vintage records, turntables, books, jewelry and special items curated by its staff. It also hosts weekly in-store concerts, book signings and music industry panels.
Mad World Records is a popular store located on Denton’s town square. Its inventory consists of new and used vinyl, CDs, DVDs, buttons and t-shirts. And if you’re in the mood for punk, this shop is for you. It’s also the place to buy music by local Denton acts.
Also located on Denton’s town square, Recycled is primarily known for its massive used book selection. However, its used record collection is equally worth stopping by for, too. You can often find items at reasonable prices. Much like with used books, you may even find something you didn’t even know you needed.
8. TRUTH VINYL
Downtown Arlington’s new record store offers more than 50,000 new and old records for purchase. But it’s more than a sleek retail shop. It’s also a place to hang out with friends in its lounge area, check out records at its listening stations or catch a band performing live.
9. RECORD TOWN
If you were hunting down records in Fort Worth 50 years ago, you might have stumbled upon Record Town’s great collection. This Fort Worth staple is one of the oldest record stores in the nation and (although it’s moved from where it originally opened in 1957) it still has the best vinyl, CDs and cassettes in town.
Forever Young Records is the largest music store in Texas, offering more than 250,000 music-related items for sale. This family owned and operated store opened in 1984 and is a great place to find rare records and memorabilia. Be sure to check out its “Record Collectors’ Den.”
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