Monday, April 27, 2009

Vinyl Buys

Posted By on Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Local record collector John Summerton, who has been collecting vinyl since 1965, used to sell records at the Expo Idaho flea market on a regular basis (I finished up my own Martin Denny collection with Summerton's help). But when the Boise flea market changed its schedule to Friday and Saturday, he could no longer take his crates of vinyl out there. He still had to work for a living.

So, he's decided to have a flea market at his house (while his wife is having a yard sale). On Friday, May 1 and Saturday, May 2, Summerton will have 4,000-5,000 albums for sale including 45s and 78s and promises prices that are more than fair, ranging from $1 to $15 for pre-sorted vinyl "without any crap to sort through."

If he has time and space, he may also have turntables, amplifiers and speakers.

The flea market starts a 1 p.m. on Friday, runs all day Saturday and he may stay open on Sunday as well but call on Sunday first to be sure.

Vinyl Preservation Society members will be allowed early admission on Friday starting at about 9 a.m. Questions? E-mail Summerton at or call 208-870-0434.

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