As I’ve started taking more and more trips over to Grinder at Main and Gerrard (or “Grinder 1″ now that a second store is opening), I’ve finally had a chance to take a look inside “Ric’s Collectibles,” the used record store with the semi-melted vinyl and faded posters out front.
Let me begin by saying it’s not the prettiest record store I’ve been to, but the selection is great, and there’s an extensive “cheap” section with lots of great finds. Beyond vinyl (which the more “recognizable” records will cost you a little more), the shop also stocks comics, posters, old magazine and lots of other weird paraphernalia.
I’ve found the staff to be knowledgeable and friendly, and love talking music: always a bonus when record shopping. As other reviews online have noted, it’s not the busiest record store, so turnover is nowhere near as high as a place like Sonic Boom in the Annex, nor does it have new/local releases like Rotate This, but if you’re looking to browse, you’ll likely be rewarded with some great finds here.