Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Come With Me on a Record Hunting Adventure in St. Augustine


St. Augustine remains one of my favorite spots for thrifting adventures, second hand shopping, hitting up the beach, and going on scenic strolls. If you happen to be in the area, you have to stop by Budget Records and Tapes (Or simply Budget Records) at 212 San Marco Ave (the same street as many of my favorite St. Augustine Thrift Stores, which I'll write about soon).

It seems like just yesterday that I strolled into Budget records as it was setting up 9 months ago. I purchased a Prince record from the then empty store and promised I'd be back to check it out when they were settled in. On my return visit this weekend, I was impressed with all they'd done with the place! It was cozy, colorful, and full of a wide variety of records. Owners John and Steve let me take some pictures and ask some questions.


Budget Records is directly across the street from a Rock and Roll landmark, the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind, a school where the legendary Ray Charles received his education some 70 years ago. There are well over 1,000 $1.00 records available at all times, I'm told local bands have made entire albums from the $1.00 record selection available.


There are cassette tapes, CDs, and records in every genre: rock, jazz, r & b, country, folk, and classical. I'll be back to hunt through their R&B, Blues, and Jazz selections frequently, hunting down my favorite classics. I'm interested in seeing what vintage collectibles the team plans to bring into the mix as well.


It was a day of vintage bits, hunting through boxes and boxes of records, and trips to nearby Vilano Beach. Quite a lovely way to spend the Memorial Day weekend! Be sure to follow Budget Records on Facebook to keep track of their weekly deals and sales.

What type of music do you collect and listen to? I've gotta admit, it's hard for me to break out of the Jazzy/Funky/Groovy/Blusey/R&B realm. Any recommendations for me? I'd love to hear them!
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18 comments:

  1. I remember when we first went there! I'm so glad they've settled in and made it awesome. I wish I could go back with you.

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  2. Fenn: Me too! They're doing really well, and I'm just in shock that 9 months have already passed since I last saw it. Soon they'll have been settled into the community for one year. Time flies!

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  3. Looks like John Cusack would feel right at home there. Cool spot, and I'm glad to see cassettes on the shelves. They're still sound great, too.

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  4. Ahhh. I just love record stores. We've always been moderate vinyl collectors here...but recently have started to gather a lot more! Instead of buying CD new releases, we've been ordering the vinyl that comes with a digital download. There's nothing like the big beautiful art on a 12" cover!

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  5. Marcia: I love the quiet, cozy environment of record stores and libraries, they have the same soft, studious energy. And they're automatically colorful from book and record art!

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  6. That store is so awesome! My husband would be in there every dang day if we lived in the area. We have our own record collection (mostly his) that has a lot of old folk and bluegrass, and some that's more modern (The Avett Brothers sound soooo good on vinyl). My part of the collection is mostly crooners (Sinatra, Dean Martin, etc.) and other records from the 40s and such. They sound so great because it's what they were made to be played on!

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  7. Woah, I'm sure your collective record collection is AMAZING, Beth!

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  8. Nothing beats vinyl! That looks like a great record store. I wish it weren't thousands of miles away from me! I'm going to recommend some Toots and the Maytals - the perfect chill out music.

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  9. Flo, thank you for the delicious music recommendation. I'm listening and loving it. I -love- Reggae. Toots and the Matytals is very playful.

    All you other music lovers are holding out on me, give me more recommendations for listening while I write!

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  10. That place looks like I would go so often if only... I saw a Lou reed cassette want it!! The last cassette i bought was from depeche mode 101 at 50 cents it was awesome and it play nicely!!

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  11. I have a Prince record or two! I love my Eric Clapton or Jim Croce records, such like that. Janis Joplin sounds excellent on record! If I'm ever in St. Augustine, I will be sure to check out Budget Records.

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  12. It's sooooo great to see that people are still buying cassettes!! I still have my tape player in my stereo and everyone tells me I'm crazy! I also do quite a bit of record collecting and still DJ parties with vinyl (I know, I know, we're a dying breed) so it's great to see record stores like this one thriving. If I ever leave the NYC jungle and get down to FL, I will check out this place for sure!!

    Thanks for sharing!

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  13. sounds like a cool place and a nice visit. i always enjoy reading about your wanderings about.

    i listen to everything, just about. lately been digging back into the beatles. the white album is on constant rotation here these days.

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  14. No longer there, stopped by 10/23/11

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  15. We'll be back!

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  16. Feel free to stop by Tonevendor - St. Augustine's newest record shop, and now the best source for vinyl records in town! We are located at 81D King Street, between Villa Zorayda and the Bank of St Augustine (now Harbor Bank), right across from Flagler College. Hope to see you in the shop!

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