Bizarre Bazaar Books & Music

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Our Bizarre Record Store in Fort Collins, CO


With over 15,000 vinyl records and over 6,000 CDs in stock to choose from the Bizarre Bazaar is your one-stop shop for quality used sound. To keep a rich, high-quality inventory we visually inspect every single disc (vinyl and CD) we buy before adding it to our inventory for sale.

Have vinyl to sell or trade? We are always buying vinyl records and CDs to keep our ever-growing inventory diverse and plentiful. Generally we pay cash but offer about 40% more in store credit that can be used the same as cash within the store. So yes, you can turn your old records or cassette tapes or books into new records, books, CDs, turntables, speakers, etc. The prices we pay for your items depend on our re-sell-ability or your items because, just like cars, some are cheap Ford Pintos and some are BMWs with no mileage! If you just want to get rid of some old records, we also accept donations.

Some collections contain music with low or no resell-ability. If your donation contains such records and you are not interested in hauling them away, we offer the option to leave them on our 25-cents wall just outside our store where folks daily pick through discarded books and records. For those that do not find a home, we offer the service of separating the vinyl from the cardboard, and then we re-use the inner sleeves and recycle the cardboard.

Music items we are interested in buying or trading include the following: 

- Vinyl records (33s, 45s, 78s, LPs, etc)
- Music CDs
- Music cassettes
- Turntables and record players
- Stereo receivers and amplifiers
- Quality speakers


DONATE OR SELL US YOUR OLD STEREO GEAR-
YES, we also buy broken, non-working record players, turntables, amps and receivers to fix up and sell or for parts to fix other units. We have a repairman on-site to assess units for repairability or parts value. Again, even broken units are appreciated for their abundance of re-usable parts.

 

   
Record Store History - Above check out a vintage photo of Bloomingdales department store's record shop. This is from 1904 so all records back then were 78rpm. The problem with 78rpm was that the total playing time was only 3 minutes per side! So classical music was typically sold in a book full of numbered discs which could be dropped by record stack changers so you didn't have to manually change the first half of a classical piece of music (but you would still have to flip the whole stack halfway through to here the 2nd half). The 78rpm record was eventually replaced by 33rpm "LP" or "long play" records which offered 22.5 minutes per side playing time. 45rpm records were also introduced for playing single songs with a total playing time of about 3 minutes. Although the playing time of 45's was similar to 78's the disc size was much smaller and thinner because of the introduction of "microgrooves".