If you've been waiting for a good time to buy 30 or 40 vinyl records, this June is your moment.
Two Twin Cities record shops — Electric Fetus and Extreme Noise — will be hosting parking lot sales this month, slashing prices on stocks of LPs, EPs, and god knows what else.
First up is the Fetus, whose 48th anniversary sale, which began Wednesday and continues until June 12, with everything in stock (aside from tickets, tobacco, gift cards, mix and burn CDs, and music already on sale) marked down by 20 percent. The highlight will be their annual garage sale on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., when the marquee Minneapolis music retailer will discount thousands of physical music vessels in the parking lot.
If you're into edgier material, punk/hardcore/metal specialists Extreme Noise will host its yearly punk rock flea market and record swap on June 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Lake Street record shop's sale will be less formal than the Fetus'. Instead of featuring inventory solely from the store, Extreme Noise is inviting local music lovers to bring their own junk to sell secondhand. Because of this, there's really no telling what might pop up. A table at the flea/swap is free, but you should email ahead to reserve your spot.
You've got two days to reinforce your record shelves. Good luck.