You might have made it out to the inaugural Sunday Funday Vinyl Swap Meet at Che's in September, seeing as how 4th Avenue Delicatessen's Austin Counts says the event had a pretty good turn out. However, if you missed out that month, the event is returning on Sunday, Dec. 7— this time at La Cocina at 201 N. Court Avenue— to bring independent vinyl sellers and local record enthusiasts together.
Counts says to expect a resurrection of the now defunct Toxic Ranch Records, along with all of the "punk vinyls and other oddities" that shop was well-loved for. Thirteen other sellers, including Old Paint Records, will set up shop at the event, which runs from 2 to 6 p.m.
The swap meet, which is sponsored by the 4th Avenue Delicatessen, will feature LPs, 45s, cassettes, and possibly some reel-to-reel audio, along with live music from Mik and Scott as well as drink specials and hot dogs if you need to refuel while flipping through records. If you buy two hot dogs, you'll get a copy of Cold CUTZ Volume 2, a food-themed mixtape.
Counts explains that the event is mostly trying to unite the vinyl community in town.
"It's a good thing to do to help the analog format in Tucson," Counts says. "There aren't a lot of record stores in town and we're just trying to help fill that void."
The Sunday Funday Vinyl Swap Meet will continue monthly, Counts says, at different locations with different drink specials and other offerings each time. If you're interested in selling records at a future event, you can contact Counts via e-mail at email@example.com. There's no fee to sell, but you do have to bring your own table and be prepared to haggle with the crowd.