How To Package a Vinyl Record for Mailing

As you may well know by now, I sell records. Buying, selling and collecting records is one of my greatest passions and I am grateful to have them in my life each and every day. A lot of people ask me how I ship these records, particularly because I specialize in rare titles that can be quite expensive. Believe me, there are plenty of tools out there, and like with most things, you need the right tool for the right job.

My friend Joe who runs asked me to write a guest blog post for his site, explaining the details of this very thing. Please read How To Package A Record For Mailing and let me know what you think. Do you have any additional questions? Are there any details that need to be made more clear? I would love to know your thoughts if you are just getting into vinyl and want to preserve it properly when shipping, or are looking for helpful storage tips for your personal collection. There are several things to think about when beginning a vinyl collection; condition, how to evaluate damage, how to clean records (and covers!) safely and more. All will be covered in future posts here, so please stay tuned!

I do not claim to be an expert by any means, however I have been successfully selling records for almost five years with precious few mishaps. In fact, I will soon hit the magic number of 1000 record sales in my Etsy Shop. My goal is to hit this number by New Year's Eve of this year, which is a very real possibility. You will see a post devoted to the roller coaster ride of online selling very soon. Fasten your seatbelts...

If you are a fellow record seller or vinyl enthusiast, I would love to hear from you. As the upswing of the vinyl revival continues to grow, I am happy to be a part of it and network with others of like minds. Don't be shy, I don't bite, and I enjoy promoting other vinyl sellers and collectors too.

HALLOWEEN SPECIAL: Horror Album of the Month Two-Fer

Welcome readers, welcome to the first installment of my favorite Horror Album of the Month! In honor of Halloween, I'll be featuring not one, but TWO titles for you to feast upon. So let's get cracking...

Up first is the Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 soundtrack from 1986. It just doesn't get much better than this, and I am so fortunate to have it in my collection because it has never LEGALLY been released on CD and can be quite difficult to find on vinyl.
Any soundtrack which features The Cramps is of course all right in my book and this one doesn't disappoint. The lineup of bands on this album reads like my dream list: The Cramps, Oingo Boingo, Lords of the New Church and Concrete Blonde. Hooo-weee! But the tasty little gem I'd never heard of before is 'White Night' by Torch Song and produced by William Orbit (oooohhh, no wonder I love it so much!). Another surprise is 'Strange Things Happen' by Stewart Copeland, which sounds very much like Timbuk 3 who are also featured on the album. I love that nearly every band gets two tracks here and honestly, they are all GREAT! Very rock-n-roll.

Side One:
Good To Be Bad - Lords of the New Church
Goo Goo Muck - The Cramps
Haunted Head - Concrete Blonde
Life Is Hard - Timbuk 3
White Night - Torch Song

Side Two:
Strange Things Happen - Stewart Copeland
Over Your Shoulder - Concrete Blonde
Shame On You - Timbuk 3
Mind Warp - Lords of the New Church
No One Lives Forever - Oingo Boingo

Something about the cover look familiar? That's right, it's loosely based on The Breakfast Club cover, a hilarious tribute to the demographic of the film. Somehow I think Chop Top and Claire just might get along....NOT!

After much deliberation, I have decided to go with a post-punk rock subgenre theme here for my first Horror Album of the Month post. The second half of my one-two punch is the Return of the Living Dead Soundtrack from 1985. Again, one toughy of an album to get on vinyl but I managed to get my claws on a copy, which is available for purchase here and I must share a personal experience about it with you....

Hubby and I were celebrating our 8th wedding anniversary, and as his gift to me he purchased ROTLD on the spawn of hell marketplace which begins with an 'e'. After much an-ti-ci.....pation it arrived about ten days later BROKEN IN HALF. My smile quickly turned upside down as I furiously emailed the seller, demanding a refund and berating them for their shoddy packing job. With the refund, I immediately purchased another copy which had miraculously turned up again on fee-Bay and I waited with bated breath. The day finally came when my mailman handed me the package....again BROKEN IN HALF. Seriously. Two copies of the same ridiculously rare record were destroyed. Un-freaking-believable. People, have you read my article on How To Package A Record For Mailing??? Sigh. Anyway, third time definitely IS a charm when I again received a refund for the SECOND broken ROTLD record to purchase the third which was safely delivered into my awaiting clutches at last.

Oh, P.S. and by the way, yes, I have kept the other two damaged records because I cannot bear to toss them out. So they rest in my vinyl graveyard where I hold a midnight vigil for their lost, poor souls twice a month. Feel free to pay your respects by making a donation to their vinyl resting place via the donation button located on the right side of this page. ; )       

So in case you didn't know, here is the amazing track listing for the album, again featuring one of my favorite bands The Cramps. R.I.P. Lux, we love you!

Side One:
Surfin' Dead - The Cramps
Partytime (Zombie Version) - 45 Grave
Nothing For You - TSOL
Eyes Without A Face - The Flesheaters
Burn The Flames - Rory Erickson

Side Two:
Dead Beat Dance - The Damned
Take A Walk - Tall Boys
Love Under Will - The Jet Black Berries
Tonight (We'll Make Love Until We Die) - SSQ
Trash's Theme - SSQ