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It’s about time to rifle through some records.
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On the eve of Record Store Day, 10 surviving metro Atlanta vinyl shops

The city—especially Little Five Points—is dotted with great record stores

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It’s about time to rifle through some records.
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Decades have passed since a pressed record was the go-to option for music consumption, but the thin black disks have remained a novelty among old-school listeners, hipsters, and anyone else who enjoys the iconic crackle of a needle on vinyl grooves.

So in 2007, a consortium of independent record store owners conjured a way to celebrate the musical medium and spread awareness of its survival. They called it, aptly, Record Store Day.

Today, Record Store Day counts participating stores around the world—on every continent, in fact, except Antarctica, according to RecordStoreDay.com.

Saturday marks the 12th anniversary of Record Store Day, and a handful of metro Atlanta shops are gearing up for the onslaught of album-flippers on the prowl for unique jams of old, or vinyl copies of modern hits.

It comes as little surprise that hip, grungy neighborhoods like Little Five Points never abandoned vinyl retailers when many other areas saw them obscured by cassettes, CDs, and now internet music stores. But even unassuming areas like Roswell or Cobb County’s The Battery at SunTrust Park house shops where you can score a slice of history.

Take a peek below to see where some of the best surviving—and new—record stores are located in metro Atlanta.

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1. Wax 'N' Facts

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432 Moreland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 525-2275
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Wax ‘N’ Facts has been serving Atlanta’s music scene since 1976. The iconic shop has hundreds of new releases and reissued albums in stock, and you can buy and sell EPs and CDs, too.

2. Criminal Records

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1154 Euclid Ave NE A
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 215-9511
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Arguably Atlanta’s most famous record store, the locally owned Criminal Records has been going strong for years, selling not just music, but also comic books, magazines, toys, and more.

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3. Waterloo Sunset Records

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900 Battery Ave SE #1010
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 989-1967
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A new face in the record store market, Waterloo Sunset Records opened in Cobb County just after the Atlanta Braves finished the 2018 baseball season. Folks who’ve finished their peanuts and crackerjacks can mosey on over to The Battery’s new music shop.

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4. Fantasyland Records

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360 Pharr Rd NE b
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 237-3193
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Like Wax ‘N’ Facts, Fantasyland Records has been slinging vinyl since the mid-1970s. The shop will buy and sell everything from Led Zeppelin albums to OutKast mixes and everything in between.

5. Moods Music

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1131 Euclid Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 653-0724
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Yet another Little Five Points pick, Moods Music bills itself as a “mom and pop records store.”

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6. Sunbrimmer Records

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4 N Clarendon Ave
Avondale Estates, GA 30002
(404) 343-3892
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Out in Avondale Estates, Sunbrimmer Records buys, sells, and trades records of all sorts. And sometimes, you can catch live tunes there, too.

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7. Beatlab

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464 Moreland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 524-9060
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We get it: Little Five Points loves its record stores! At the back of a retail strip on Moreland Avenue, the Beatlab sells records, as well as music production equipment for aspiring scratchers.

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8. Wuxtry Records

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2096 N Decatur Rd
Decatur, GA 30033
(404) 329-0020
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In Decatur, Wuxtry Records has flipped records, CDs, t-shirts, posters, and more since 1978.

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9. Ella Guru Record Shop

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2747 Lavista Rd
Decatur, GA 30033
(404) 883-2413
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Decatur’s quaint Ella Guru record store is best know for its cheap prices—namely its $1 box—according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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10. Mojo Vinyl Records

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1058 Alpharetta St
Roswell, GA 30075
(678) 534-5042
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Yep, even northern OTPers enjoy their vinyls from time to time. Settled in a hip little house on Alpharetta Street, Mojo Vinyl Records serves up the best Roswell has to offer.

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1. Wax 'N' Facts

432 Moreland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

Wax ‘N’ Facts has been serving Atlanta’s music scene since 1976. The iconic shop has hundreds of new releases and reissued albums in stock, and you can buy and sell EPs and CDs, too.

432 Moreland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

2. Criminal Records

1154 Euclid Ave NE A, Atlanta, GA 30307
a photo of Criminal Records Criminal Records, via Instagram

Arguably Atlanta’s most famous record store, the locally owned Criminal Records has been going strong for years, selling not just music, but also comic books, magazines, toys, and more.

1154 Euclid Ave NE A
Atlanta, GA 30307

3. Waterloo Sunset Records

900 Battery Ave SE #1010, Atlanta, GA 30339
Waterloo Sunset Records, via Facebook

A new face in the record store market, Waterloo Sunset Records opened in Cobb County just after the Atlanta Braves finished the 2018 baseball season. Folks who’ve finished their peanuts and crackerjacks can mosey on over to The Battery’s new music shop.

900 Battery Ave SE #1010
Atlanta, GA 30339

4. Fantasyland Records

360 Pharr Rd NE b, Atlanta, GA 30305

Like Wax ‘N’ Facts, Fantasyland Records has been slinging vinyl since the mid-1970s. The shop will buy and sell everything from Led Zeppelin albums to OutKast mixes and everything in between.

360 Pharr Rd NE b
Atlanta, GA 30305

5. Moods Music

1131 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
Moods Music, via Twitter

Yet another Little Five Points pick, Moods Music bills itself as a “mom and pop records store.”

1131 Euclid Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

6. Sunbrimmer Records

4 N Clarendon Ave, Avondale Estates, GA 30002
Sunbrimmer Records, via Instagram

Out in Avondale Estates, Sunbrimmer Records buys, sells, and trades records of all sorts. And sometimes, you can catch live tunes there, too.

4 N Clarendon Ave
Avondale Estates, GA 30002

7. Beatlab

464 Moreland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
Beatlab, via Instagram

We get it: Little Five Points loves its record stores! At the back of a retail strip on Moreland Avenue, the Beatlab sells records, as well as music production equipment for aspiring scratchers.

464 Moreland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

8. Wuxtry Records

2096 N Decatur Rd, Decatur, GA 30033
Wuxtry Records, via Instagram

In Decatur, Wuxtry Records has flipped records, CDs, t-shirts, posters, and more since 1978.

2096 N Decatur Rd
Decatur, GA 30033

9. Ella Guru Record Shop

2747 Lavista Rd, Decatur, GA 30033
Ella Guru, via Facebook

Decatur’s quaint Ella Guru record store is best know for its cheap prices—namely its $1 box—according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

2747 Lavista Rd
Decatur, GA 30033

10. Mojo Vinyl Records

1058 Alpharetta St, Roswell, GA 30075
Mojo Vinyl Records, via Facebook

Yep, even northern OTPers enjoy their vinyls from time to time. Settled in a hip little house on Alpharetta Street, Mojo Vinyl Records serves up the best Roswell has to offer.

1058 Alpharetta St
Roswell, GA 30075