Bric-a-Brac Records and Collectables

3156 W Diversey Ave Chicago

Logan Square Blue Line/Bric-a-Brac Records and Collectables
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Bric-a-Brac is the coolest place to wander around and get lost in as you could search for hours but still find another section to go through. This music and collectibles store is a throwback to the record shops of 1977, where you walk in, nod to the cashier, and if you’re looking for something specific, you ask for it. Jen Lemasters and Nick Mayor opened up this gem back in 2013 in Logan Square. They have been collectors for quite some time and noticed there aren't many shops that sell old school stuff in Chicago. They wanted to create an in-store experience rather than selling things only and have even called their shop a destination.

There are many shelves filled with new and used vinyl and cassettes. When you find something you like, take it to the old school listening station where the record will be played for you, which is something that makes this store unique. They even have vintage headphones that make Beats by Dre look small to listen through.

If the music isn’t your thing, there’s plenty to pop culture collectibles to see: vintage movie posters, VHS tapes, 80s/90s toys, comic books, and everything you need to keep the past alive. Have old school items you want to get rid of? They are also always looking to buy or trade quality items. Not everything in Bric-a-Brac is used, though, as they bring in new items regularly. They also sell questionable t-shirts, which are still a throwback to days gone by.

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While you’re busy getting caught up in all the nostalgia, don’t miss the functional Simpsons arcade game. No trip to Bric-a-Brac would be complete without a round or two on this quarter guzzler. Bric-a-Brac doesn't just sell items, they also put on shows of nationally touring acts and local bands. In fact, they claim they are the store that has put on the most shows from local bands, which is usually on a weekly basis.

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