Bobby's Bama: Vintage Vinyl

By Bobby Shuttleworth - bio | email

DECATUR, AL (WAFF) - Stroll along 2nd avenue in Decatur and you might see a sign directing you to a back alley.

Finding Excalibur Vintage and Vinyl is half the journey. This location adds to the eclectic charm.

"This type of business isn't going to have too many people off the street. Word of mouth and Facebook have let people know where I am," said co-owner John Verchot.

But once here you can take a musical journey with 45's, 78's and more are along for the ride.

"I've got a little bit of everything. I've 14 and 16 year-old customers who like classic rock," said Verchot. "I've got 72-year-old customers who like everything from old obscure northern soul to gospel 78's. But primarily people are looking for rock and roll from the 60's and 70's."

Whether your youth was during a revolution or if you just respect the music of by gone days, you can probably find it here.

"Where as mp3's are very intangible and cd's are very flimsy and tiny, a record is something substantial and often times it comes with a coupon where you can go on line and down load the mp3's that come with the record," said Verchot.

Verchot says artists still make records and there are companies that still make record players. Sometimes he just scoops up old ones and brings them back to life.

There are even comedy records that go way back.

And if you think the music is cool, other vintage merchandise includes clothing, jewelry, art and more.

"Records have been the best seller and a close second being clothing with fashion and accessories and jewelry being third," said Verchot.

A visit to a vintage vinyl shop like this one can give you an opportunity to relive your youth.

Just another stop along the way in Bobby's Bama.

©2010 WAFF. All rights reserved.