I've been collecting
records since I was a little kid. I received my first record
player when I was three. I promptly swiped all my Mom's 78's and
45's, and Dad would bring home more records for me from his
store. I purchased my first 45 at the store when I was 4 years
old, and I've still got it. I've been saving records ever since.
I'm not really a record dealer, in that I don't seek out valuable
records to make a profit on them like most dealers do. I collect them
for the pure joy of actually listening to them and hope you do the
same. My Wife thinks of me as a hoarder -- I prefer to think of
myself as an "archivist". Over more than 50 years of hoardi... I
mean ... collecting.... records I've squirreled away tens of thousands
of them including many that just aren't something I listen to, or are
extra copies, etc. The idea to open this tiny store seemed like a good
way to pass them on to new listeners, and at the same time make room
for more in my collection.
Why are the 45's two bucks? I mean, after all, you can get them
at rummage sales and second hand stores for a lot less. All the
45's in the shop are already screened -- there are no beat up records
in the store. Every record in the shop you can expect to play and
enjoy. No, they're not "Mint" records according to the collectors
guides, but if you're grading them they're all VG and above. In
addition they are all sorted alphabetically by artist and each comes in
a heavy weight acid free archival sleeve stamped with the KEBS Records
stamp so it doubles as a souvenir. When you seek out 45's on
sites like eBay you're going to pay a minimum of $3 and up -- way up --
plus shipping. And by buying records at KEBS Records, you get to SEE
THEM before you buy!
We are only open on selected weekends and other days. We'll post sale
days on our Facebook page and on a sign in the window. Every time
the store opens there will be records in the shop that were NOT there
the last time you were in. As records sell the stock will be
replentished with fresh vintage records. So, the more you buy the
greater the selection of records the next time you come in!
You'll want to keep coming back again and again!
Is KEBS Records really the "Worlds Smallest Record Store"? Well,
that's what it says on the T-shirts. Several shops around the
world seem to claim the title. Research has shown that most of them are
not real stores -- they're something like a closet at a guys house, or
a guys tool shed, etc. KEBS Records is a real retail location
with a real sign, and a real door, and real windows, really registered
with the State of Minnesota as a real business, with a tax ID number
and everything! KEBS Records is a legitimate business with a
sales floor of about 54 square feet (it's actually a bit less).
OH, I know
someone is going
to ask "I have records to sell,
would you like to buy them?"
Probably not, sorry.
It has taken me well over 50 years to amass my collection, and to be
able to weed out quality records for the store. After buying records
just about every place that records can be bought, I'd only be
interested if you have a car load, or a truck load at a very low bulk
price. Why? Because about 70% of what's in a carload is headed
for the dump. They're going to be too beat up, they're going to
be childrens records, and they're going to be LP's like the 101
Strings, and those big fat album collections they used to sell in
Readers Digest. A very small percentage will wind up in the store
and a much smaller percentage will wind up in my collection. Basically
I wind up paying you to take your NMP records and get rid of them for
you. NMP is record collector lingo for "no market
potential". If you have a bunch you'd just like to get rid
of I'll take 'em, salvage what I can and get rid of the rest for you.
But it's pretty rare that I want to buy any.
Feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org
if you have questions, are looking for a certain record or needle, or
need our transcription services.
When you buy a
record you get to hold it in your hand. You OWN it. There's
no digital rights management. You can play it on any record player you
choose. You can play it on your friends record player. You can
loan it to your friend. You even get another song on the flipside
at no extra charge! Try THAT with an mp3!