Where can I buy records in New Jersey?
This year the it gift for Christmas seemed to be record players. Did you buy one for someone? Did your teen get one? In the days after Christmas my Facebook feed was filled with pictures of others who had bought record players. Everyone was looking for where to buy records in New Jersey.
We purchased a Victrola record player, for my 16 year old teen son, during some last minute shopping. It had been on his list for a while. When I saw them on the shelf at Kohls I immediately knew I needed to get it for him. They were on sale and I had never seen them at such a great price. Truth be told, I wanted one too, so gifting him one was a win win.
Of course, after you get a record player the second question becomes where can I buy records in New Jersey? I knew of a few record shops in New Jersey near me, but I wanted to find more, especially because I knew so many friends in New Jersey were now proud owners of record players.
We bought my son 3 albums, from the Record Shop in Mays Landing, to start his collection. Then we went back a few days after Christmas to buy a few more records, because who wants to play the same 3 albums over and over.
Since then, our family has had some great afternoons, around the dining room table. We’ve played games together and enjoyed fabulous meals all with albums playing on the record player behind us. Often, we’re singing right along with the songs. It has brought me great joy to have this new fun way to bond with my kids. My boys are getting a kick out of how much fun I am having listening to the music of my youth.
I want this same joy for you and your families. If you have a new record player, you need new or ‘new’ to your family record albums for your family time around the record player. With that in mind we’ve created a guide to where to buy records in New Jersey.
Where to buy records in New Jersey
Below we list record shops and shops that sell records in New Jersey. We’ve organized this by region and then town. If you know a record shop in New Jersey we should add to this list please leave their name, website, and address in the comments below.
North Jersey Record Shops
Record Shops in Westwood
- Music Merchant – Learn more at their website, www.musicmerchant.com. (Bergen County)
Central New Jersey Record Shops
Record Shops in Asbury Park
- Groovy Graveyard – located at 658 Cookman Avenue in Asbury Park. Open daily for in person and online record sales in Central Jersey. Groovy Graveyard describes itself as your teenage b-monster rock and roll toy poster magazine vinyl record movie and music memorabilia store. Learn more at their website, www.prex.com. (Monmouth County)
Bayville Record Shops
- The Vinyl Dinosaur – Learn more at their website, recordstoreday.com. (Ocean County)
Record Shops in Fords
- Vintage Vinyl Records – NJ’s legendary independent record store since 1979, Vinatage Vinyl Records is located at 51 Lafayette Road in Fords. They are open daily for in person and online sales. Learn more at their website, https://vvinyl.com/shop. (Middlesex County)
New Brunswick Record Shops
- Spina Records – Learn more at their website, www.spinarecords.com. (Middlesex County)
Record Shops in Princeton
- Princeton Record Exchange – located at 20 S Tulane St in Princeton, NJ. Open daily for in person and online record sales in New Jersey. Learn more at their website, www.prex.com. (Mercer County)
Record Shops in Red Bank
- Jack’s Music Shoppe – located in Red Bank at 30 Broad Street. Jack’s Music, has been a leading independent music store, selling records in New Jersey, since 1970. Learn more at their website, jacksmusicshoppe.com. (Monmouth County)
South Jersey Record Shops
Places to buy records in Absecon
- Cobweb Corner Antique Store – located in Absecon at 301 E Waveland Avenue off of Sixth Avenue. Cobweb Corner is a 15,000-square-foot warehouse that carries antique, contemporary and lightly used items including record albums. One of our friends said, “Cobweb in Galloway had thousands to choose at $1 each.” Learn more at their website, cobwebcornerantique.com. (Atlantic County)
Stores that sell records in Bordentown
- Randy’s Now’s Man Cave – Learn more at their website, www.mancavenj.com. (Burlington County)
- The Record Collector – Their website lists them as closed for the remainder of the month of January, but they will then resume normal business hours. Learn more at their website, www.the-record-collector.com. (Burlington County)
Collingswood Record Shops
- Inner Groove Records – Learn more at their website, www.innergrooverecords.com. (Camden County)
Places to buy records in Egg Harbor Township
- ARC Makes Cents – located in the English Creek Shopping Center at 3003 English Creek Avenue. A thrift shop, benefiting The Arc of Atlantic County, that includes records among their sales items. Call 609-241-9333 for more information. (Atlantic County)
Places to buy records in Galloway
- Days Of Olde Antique Center – Located in Galloway at 150 S New York Road. A friend says, “Days of Olde in Smithville was fun and enormous! Records were individually priced there, treated more like antiques. More like $5 or $10 each.” Learn more on their Facebook page. (Atlantic County)
Haddonfield Record Shops
- Haddonfield Record Exchange – Learn more at their website, haddonfieldrecordexchange.com. (Camden County)
Places to buy records in Hammonton
- Antique Marketplace – located in Downtown Hammonton at 109 12th Street. They have two floors of antiques and a nice collection of records and record players. Learn more at their Facebook page. (Atlantic County)
Record Shops in Mays Landing
- The Rock Shop – located in the Hamilton Mall on the upstairs level near where Sears used to be. They have a large record store with multiple boxes of bargain records. Open daily. Learn more at their Facebook page. (Atlantic County)
Mt. Holly Record Shops
- Mt. Holly Records – Learn more at their Facebook page. (Burlington County)
Record Shops in Ocean City
- Grassroots Music Store – located at 1045 Asbury Avenue, Grassroots Music Store considers itself Ocean City’s and South Jersey’s ONLY dedicated music store. They have over 10,000 vinyl LP Records and 45’s in stock. Browse through classic rock, punk, indie and jazz! We specialize in limited, collectible, and hard to find records of all genres! Learn more at their website, grassrootsmusicstore.com. (Cape May County)
Places to buy records in Toms River
- Curi-Oddities – Learn more at their Facebook page. (Ocean County)
Places to buy records in Ventnor
- ARC Makes Cents – located in the Ventnor at 6409 Ventnor Ave. A thrift shop, benefiting The Arc of Atlantic County, that includes records among their sales items. Call 609-822-7055 for more information. (Atlantic County)
Voorhees Record Shops
- Tunes – Learn more at their website, tunesonline.net. (Camden County)
Record Shops in West Berlin
- Record Museum – Learn more at their website, www.recordmuseum.net. (Camden County)
More places to buy records in New Jersey
If you haven’t found a specific record store in your area try stores like this near you.
- Thrift shops
- Antique stores
- Goodwill stores
- Garage sales
- Estate sales
More places to buy records online
Sometimes you just can’t shop local to find the album you are looking for. When that happens try these online record stores.
- Vinyl Records on Amazon
- Rough Trade
- Academy Records & CDs
- Boo Boo Records
- Facebook Marketplace
Record Player Accessories Every Owner Needs
There are record player accessories that every record player owner needs. Sometimes these can be hard to find in New Jersey record shops. We’ve provided online links for your shopping needs. Many of these are affiliate links. We participate in affiliate programs that allow us to earn a small commission when readers make purchases using our links.
5 Products for Storing Records
Records are fragile. A growing record collection needs a way to keep them safe and protect them from damage.
- Victrola Vintage Vinyl Record Storage and Carrying Case holds 30 albums
- Crosley Record Storage Crate Holds up to 75 Albums
- Snap-N-Store Vinyl Record Storage Case with Lid, Holds up to 75 Records
- Modern Vinyl Record Holder holds 80-100 records
- Metal Wire Rack Holds up to 50 Album
Cheap ideas for storing record albums
You don’t need to buy something to store ‘new’ record albums. You probably already have something around the house that will do.
- A plastic crate
- An old cardboard box
- The box the record player came in
- Storage cubes & bins
Slip mats for record players
Slip mats are a round, record-like disc that are placed between records and the turntable.
Why are slip mats important for record players?
- Dampens resonance from the metal turntable platter
- Reduces mechanical noises from the motor to add clarity and overall wider/deeper soundstage
- Improve bass response
- Protect records from getting scratched
Practical & fun slip mats
Remember 45 rpm records? If your record player doesn’t include an adapter for 45 rpm records or yours has been misplaced choose one from below.
- 45 RPM Adapter – Aluminum
- Plastic Record 45 RPM Adapters – Snap in Inserts
- Crosley Aluminum 45 Adapter Black
- The Beatles Abbey Road Mirror Crosley Aluminum 45 Adapter
For more gift ideas for teens visit our Teen gift guide of Unique Gifts for Teens that Don’t Know What They Want.