SEARCY, Ark. – Whether you’re listening to Sinatra or Springsteen, an average day is always a little bit brighter when you’re spinning your favorite vinyl. When it comes to record shopping, Searcy has several hidden gems; especially if you’re looking for unique music at an affordable price. 

The Book Nest

Head downtown and get ready to browse! The Book Nest may be known for its aisles of pre-loved books, but their fantastic (and inexpensive) record collection is not to be overlooked! The Book Nest is a nonprofit organization benefiting Sparrow’s Promise and foster care agencies in Arkansas. When you check them out, be sure to give some vinyl a spin on their record player!

The Book Nest is located downtown at 107 E Center Ave. and is open Tuesday through Saturday, and is available on Facebook.

Photo by Lara Jean Harper.

The Old Hippy Antique Mall

If you’re looking to leave with your arms full of vinyl new and old, look no further than The Old Hippy Antique Mall. Located in a warehouse just off Beebe-Capps, this Antique store has multiple booths filled with albums from both well-known and niche artists. Their reasonable prices and large selection will ensure that you don’t leave empty handed. Come ready to browse, and don’t forget to take a look at their 45s!

Old Hippy is found just off Beebe Capps on 1216 S Benton Ave and can be found on Facebook.

Photo by Lara Jean Harper.

Books by the Pound

Sit back and listen for a while! Books by the Pound has a music section fully stocked with vinyl, cassettes and CDs, as well as comfy chairs and a stereo. With walls covered in album sleeves and floors covered in old CD’s, simply experiencing the environment of Books by the Pound is a delight. Their albums are being restocked constantly, cover a variety of genres such as classical and country, and are priced as low as two dollars each. 

Books by the Pound is located in a warehouse at 1010 E. Lincoln Avenue.