We’re currently vacationing on Cape Cod, and we stopped by the Cape Cod Mall on Saturday. We went over to look around, do some shopping, have a nice dinner, and check things out.
The mall is one of the few left that has a large Barnes and Noble with a mall entrance – most of them are free-standing stores these days – and imagine my shock when I saw a bin as we approached the escalator proclaiming “BN now has Vinyl!” But there in the middle of the store, below the big sign, was a large rack with ALBUMS. Not CD’s – Vinyl albums.
WOW! And they had quite a selection. Vintage stuff like the Beatles to current stuff from Sam Smith and everything in-between. I was gobsmacked. It has been YEARS – literally – since I’ve seen a major retailer carry anything other than CD’s when it comes to music. And here’s the last large bookstore chain with a selection of vinyl. It brings a tear to my eye….ok, not really, but nevertheless, it was a grand sight.
Back in the day, ALL the major department store chains used to carry vinyl – I’ll talk shortly about my memories of shopping the stores in downtown Spokane as a teenager – but that was a long time ago. But maybe times are changing.
And it just goes to show that the old adage is true…everything old IS new again…eventually…
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