WASHINGTON -- The Vinyl District, the popular music blog and app based in Washington D.C., kicked off collecting season with their first D.C. Record Fair of 2013. Hundreds of vinyl junkies riffled through crates of 12-inches at the two-level Penn Social.
Highlights from this edition included local brick-and-mortar shops Som Records and Smash Records, both offering discounts on inventory one can find at the stores everyday. The real treat was seller Scott Silberman.
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Silberman has been selling off the music inventory of his late brother and father at D.C. Record Fairs since 2011. His collection of Broadway scores, disco singles and rock compilations is in excellent, near-mint condition. Unlike most sellers of vinyl, Silberman's inventory is alphabetized, sleeved and clean. This is especially unique considering the price, $1.99 for each item. Looking through the music didn't leave fingers dusty and none of his covers smelled musty, which is usually the case for discounted records.
The D.C. Record Fair appears to be growing larger with each iteration. The venues can barely keep up with the demand of music fans. The 1 p.m. crowd filled Penn Social to an almost uncomfortable level. People attempting to navigate through isles of music had to squeeze and shimmy their way through bargain seekers.
Following successful outings at the Fillmore Silver Spring, Riot Act Comedy Club and a temporary warehouse space on 14th St NW, hopefully the next event can find a larger space to accomodate demand.