Baltimore/ Retail & Industry
Published on December 13, 2019
Baltimore's 5 top spots for cheap vinyl recordsCelebrated Summer Records | Photo: Vincent V./Yelp

Looking to sample the best vinyl records around town?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable vinyl record hot spots in Baltimore, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to venture when cravings strike.

1. The Sound Garden

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Topping the list is The Sound Garden. Located at 1616 Thames St. in Fells Point, it is the highest-rated inexpensive vinyl record spot in Baltimore, boasting 4.5 stars out of 190 reviews on Yelp. 

If you're hungry for more, we found these details about The Sound Garden.

"We are an indie record store run by people who worship indie stores," its Yelp profile states. 

Concerning signature items, "Massive selection of new/used music, movies and games," it notes on Yelp. "Killer vinyl section and lots of cool stuff. We buy your CDs, DVDs and video games."

2. Celebrated Summer

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Next up is Hampden's Celebrated Summer, situated at 3616 Falls Road, next to Atomic Books. With five stars out of 29 reviews on Yelp, it has proven to be a local favorite.

Yelper Mark C., who reviewed Celebrated Summer on Oct. 30, wrote, "All I can say is 'wow.' Well curated pre-loved vinyl in easy-to-browse bins. Reasonably priced for the condition of the media."

Roger H. noted, "No better record store for punk, hardcore or metal that I've ever seen."

3. Normals 

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Normals in Abell is another much-loved, cheap go-to, with 4.5 stars out of 21 Yelp reviews. Head over to 425 E. 31st St. to see for yourself. 

Yelper Jeff K., who reviewed the shop on Jan. 19, wrote, "A true vinyl junkie's record shop, with books. Great selection of all kinds of music from jazz, soul, blues, hip hop, rock, punk and just about everything in between."

Kurt A. noted, "This was a well-organized, well-stocked store that had more than just the common LPs. I liked that they had a turntable for checking out records before buying."

4. Protean Books & Records

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Over in Otterbein, check out Protean Books & Records, which has earned 4.5 stars out of 19 reviews on Yelp. Visit the store by heading over to 836 Leadenhall St. 

The site has lots more information about Protean Books & Records.

"Some highlights of the bookstore include an unbeatable local history section, a shelf of painfully rare roleplaying games, wheelbarrows full of manga and a fiction section that is crisp enough to pass for new," it writes on Yelp. "The music store consists mainly of vinyl records, but CDs can be found as well, along with the largest cassette selection in Maryland. We're always buying and selling used books, records, movies and video games."

5. El Suprimo Records

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And then there's El Suprimo Records, a Fells Point favorite with four stars out of 25 reviews. Stop by 1709 Aliceanna St. to hit up the spot for vinyl.

Yelper Jeannette L., who reviewed El Suprimo Records on July 22 wrote, "This shop is a five-star rating in my book because I'm the type of record shopper who likes to flip through stacks and discover awesome finds. You'll find rarities and original print classics here."

Luis C. wrote, "Must-go in Baltimore for any serious vinyl lover. Hadn't been there in years, so I went and spent about four hours there listening to music, and talking with my friend Jack, who is a true musical connoisseur of all genres, about his wild adventures record hunting in Cambodia and Egypt." 

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