January 30, 2014
The Vinyl Emporium, formerly Hairy Records, wraps up operations with giant online fire sale.
Ten months since The Vinyl Emporium closed its doors, the iconic Liverpool record shop has put 15,000 of its used records up for sale. Comprising its entire stock of LP’s and 12″ singles, the haul includes everything from vintage rock to reggae and is listed at a rather modest starting price of just £1,500.
Formerly known as Hairy Records, the shop on Bold Street in central Liverpool was one of the last places in the city to sell second-hand records and had previously been featured on the BBC as one of the oldest independent record store in the UK. It counted numerous public figures among its admirers, including Noel Gallagher, The Coral, Four Tet and even film director Quentin Tarantino, who the Liverpool Echo reported had a revelatory experience in the shop: “I found this great little record shop in Liverpool, Hairy Records. There’s one record I’ve been hunting for worldwide for years, and they had it. I was on fire.”
The Vinyl Emporium isn’t the first struggling record store to look to shift its stock on the online auction site. Late last year the whole of On The Beat records in London was put up for sale (the shop and stock) for £300,000. Sadly, with few serious offers, the auction expired without a buyer and the shop has since closed.
Although bidding has started at £1,500, there’s a £5,000 price tag on The Vinyl Emporium’s 15,000 records, with just under 5 days of bidding to go. You can peruse some rather grainy shots of the stock on the eBay page while you consider your bid here. [via Liverpool Echo]
You can read our interview with the proprietor of On The Beat, explaining why he put his shop up for sale on eBay here.