The Continental Room, located in downtown Fullerton, hosted the third installment of their Record Swap this past Saturday.
The event allowed patrons to browse through hundreds of vinyl records on display by various vendors for bargain prices. The mastermind that organized the event was Hector Waluyo. He had attended other swaps and thought bringing the record swap to the Continental Room would bring in new customers.
“There’s not that many record shoppers so this could be a new experience for locals to discover music,” said Waluyo.
Waluyo also explained why he chose not to charge vendors to set up and a cover for locals, like was done at the record swaps he had been to.
“This gives people a more personal connection with vendors and friends,” Waluyo said.
Waluyo also provided entertainment for the shoppers with a disc jockey who spun records, compared to the more common DJs who rely on laptops. There was also a bartender for shoppers to enjoy a drink while browsing.
Robert Rodriguez, a vendor with his own website wanted-records.com brought 45’s of soul and funk music.
“I started collecting records at 13 and I’ve loved it ever since,” Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez compares the experience of searching for records on vinyl to that of searching for music on iTunes.
“It’s the thrill of the hunt. You never know what you’ll run into. You can be searching for a record for 10 years and then all of a sudden find it,” said Rodriguez.
Rodriguez went on to express how everyone gets together through the music regardless of age or background.
Eric Howarth was another vendor who made the commute from San Diego to sell some records at the event. His collection varied from indie rock like R.E.M. and the Pixies, to more classic rock like The Doors and Bob Marley.
Howarth knows a thing or two about music, having owned a record store, M-Theory Music, and a record label, Hi-Speed Soul.
“You can listen to albums you’ve never heard before. You don’t have to be a super collector. There’s something for everyone,” said Howarth.
There was a good turnout at the event that ran from noon to 5 p.m. Clarie Vaughn was one of many locals that attended the event.
“There’s so many records to pick from. I liked the atmosphere, it was very laid-back. I almost forgot it’s a bar. I also like that I wasn’t pressured into buying something. I could look around with comfort,” Vaughn said.
Waluyo is aiming for another installment of the Record Swap in October. Local residents are encouraged to attend.
It also does not hurt to walk out with a couple new records.