You blew your last couple paychecks rounding out your '60s-garage vinyl collection. You're pressed up against the glass at Virgin Megastore every Tuesday lunch break, creating a mouth-sized fog on the door as you glare at new releases. You told your girlfriend you read stories to the elderly for an hour every Friday night, but she knows what's up: You're a music junkie. And now you've only got a few pathetic bucks to your name and in your feverish state of craving, you need a hit (a single, watch it) and you need it fast. Well, they'll take care of you at Second Hand Tunes, where it's easy to overdose on used CDs, vinyl (LPs and seven-inches), cassettes, videos and DVDs.
Bright yellow walls ignite a desire to throw down, especially with used music usually ranging $4.99-$9.99. Hunting for even better deals isn't that hard, as seven-inch singles can go for 99 cents, and CD bargain bins start at just a penny more. Pinwheels of records tap the windows and graphic tees ($16.99) hang on the wall above tour posters and magazines, which are both for sale. The front of the store is scattered with retro record players placed haphazardly on tables next to a pillar of stacked TVs. Bowls made from records seem like a cute, kitschy gift (though I've never seen anybody buy one), and you might find something worth saving among the "cheap art" ($5) crammed in pockets along the DVD wall. The music selection itself is decently eclectic, but won't frighten record-store newbies; genres range from classical and electronic to rock and hip-hop. The this-just-in selections at the end of each genre can be fun to flip through if you've got some time, otherwise zone in on the staff, who can give you a definite "yes" or "no" to any of your inventory-related queries. Best of all, if hard times have indeed fallen upon you, you can sell your CDs/LPs (in good condition) for cash.
Centerstage Reviewer: Kate Puhala