• “Vinyl-Man” Jerry Weber to sell 100,000 records for $1

    By | July 10, 2018

    “This isn’t junk.”

    The former owner of Pennsylvania music shop Jerry’s Records, is selling 15,000 LPs, 12″s and 7″s this weekend for $1 each, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

    “After selling Jerry’s in 2017, I realised that I still had 250,000 records in my Swissvale warehouse. Most of them untouched since 2003. I would love to find good homes for them by 2019,” Jerry Weber aka “Vinyl-Man” shares.

    To add to the excitement, on the final day of Dollarpalooza weekend after 1pm all records are free.

    This isn’t the first time Weber has sold records on the cheap. In 2016, he hosted a massive 3-week clearance of the basement inside Jerry’s Records with 40,000+ basement records available for 50 cents each.

    According to his website, “when you rescue a record you have formed a Holy Covenant you promise to love and keep it clean, warm, and dry. For this the record will provide you with much musical enjoyment for 20-50-100 years.”

    Good to know.

    Dollarpalooza takes place 12th – 14th July at Irish Centre, 6886 Forward Avenue, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. Head here for more info.

  • The legendary owner of Jerry’s Records is set to retire

    By | May 31, 2017

    The world’s most famous record store guy?

    First the good news. Jerry’s Records isn’t closing. But the larger-than-life owner of the vast Pittsburgh store Jerry Weber has announced he’s taking a step back following the sale of the business to employee Chris Grauzer.

    As Pittsburgh Gazette reports, Jerry will wrap up on 31st July to have further knee surgery before returning to the circuit as “Vinyl-Man”, selling his personal 20,000-strong record collection online and at record fairs.

    “Does a 69-year-old man need 20,000 records in his own collection?” he says. “I walk past my wall and there’s like 2½ feet of Billie Holiday records. I only need about a foot of Billie Holiday records!”

    Last year, Jerry sold off his infamous 40,000-record Bargain Basement at 50 cents a piece.

  • That giant 700,000-strong collection of 7″s has been sold

    By | April 27, 2016

    But Jack White just missed out.

    Legendary Pennsylvania record shop Jerry’s Records has sold its epic collection of 7″ singles to an online record store in Germany for an undisclosed fee.

    Initially up for sale for $75,000 (about 10 cents a record), the haul of nearly 700,000 records has now found a home, but not without a spot of late drama, with Jack White’s Third Man Records favourites to make the acquisition before pulling out of the race on the weekend.

    Owner Jerry Weber had even slashed the price for local buyers in an attempt to keep the collection in the Unites States but to no avail. Explaining the logic behind the sale, Weber said: “Kids don’t like 45s, unless they’re punk rock or metal. So that leaves people from 55 to 75, and they have everything. The only people who bought them are people with jukeboxes and that’s a very low minority.”

    As we initially reported, the collection is divided into five separate sections, the first two of which account for 540,000 records and cover non-specialist (rock, soul, pop, country) used records, alphabetised by artist and filed with name cards. A third batch of 100,000 singles consists of unplayed 45s still in their factory sleeves, the desirable forth section holding 65,00 rarities, promo copies and expensive gems, while the final nightmarish misc section is made up of another 60,000 completely unsorted odds and ends.

    Earlier this month Jerry announced he was giving away 20,000 records for free on record Store Day. [via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

    Think that’s impressive? Take a look inside Jerry’s vast personal collection below:

  • This record store is giving away 20,000 free records on Saturday

    By | April 11, 2016

    Jerry’s Records at it again.

    Record Store Day is too often about long queues and inflated exclusives. Not at Jerry’s though: the Pittsburgh record store will continue its annual tradition of subverting the festival with a mass vinyl giveaway.

    Packed in closed boxes of 100, the shop plans to hand out a whopping total of 20,000 free albums this Saturday 16 April.

    “It will be about two or three times what I usually give out,” owner Jerry Weber told Post-Gazette. “I want to clear out the Bargain Basement a little.”

    The shop stocks over one million used vinyl records and oft ranks as one of the biggest record shops in the world. Its Bargain Basement section features 100,000 albums. Jerry plans to close that part of the store by the end of the year.

    Located at 2136 Murray Avenue, the store will open 10am to 6pm on Saturday.

    For a peak of what might be inside those lucky-dip boxes, watch National Geographic’s hilariously sensational interview with Jerry from way back when:

    Vinyl Record Hoarder

    Never change Jerry!

    Posted by The Vinyl Factory on Sunday, 10 April 2016

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