About two years ago, struggling as ever to work out what to buy for my husband (a man who doesn’t really care for gifts – crazy), I decided to get him something I really wanted. He’s not one for jewellery or handbags, so it was going to be something for the home.
I had been hankering after a record player since I gave my old one up, when I was 14. There’s something in the crackle of vinyl that I find irreplaceable even in the incredible quality of remastered CDs. Record players are pretty boring to look at though, and also most usually black and plasticy.
And then I discovered Crosley record players, sold at Urban Outfitters in the UK – based on the old dansette record players. They are retro, cute and very, very cool. We have a cream and teal version, perfectly matching the decor of our lounge and it sits in pride of place next to the lava lamp I received for my 18th birthday – yes, that’s how I roll.
Thrilled with the purchase, we have both enthusiastically bought vinyl from charity shops (Bowie’s Hunky Dory for 50p is still probably my best ever buy), Oxfam online and, very rarely, new from record stores. But this joy has also come at a price – where do you keep your vinyl? I’m not going to lie, we’re currently using a very functional and very affordable Kallax storage solution from Ikea for £20. A bargain, but I’m not convinced it’s right for our space. You want something retro, tidy and compact to make best use of limited space.
Imagine my delight when I spotted the Alexander vinyl storage rack from Urban Outfitters USA – both beautifully retro and useful, I am thinking this would be a good gift for the husband to go alongside his (my) record player. I believe you can ship this to the UK (always be aware of import duties), but I strongly suspect that the UK website and stores will follow suit and stock this pretty soon too .