It seems that rumors of the record industry’s death have been greatly exaggerated. Judging from the trajectory of Asheville’s Harvest Records, anyway.
Last year, the local record haven knocked out a wall and expanded into the adjoining space formerly occupied by Custom clothing boutique — effectively doubling its square footage. This weekend, owners Mark Capon and Matt Schnable celebrate eight years in business by opening the shop’s vault (it’s actually just a basement) and serving up nearly 10,000 used records for a dollar or less.
In addition to the downstairs smorgasbord, the party will feature discounted items upstairs (a flyer for the event boasts “everything in store on sale”), cuisine from The Lowdown Food Truck, ice cream from The Hop, free posters and raffle prizes like Moogfest passes.
Historically, the anniversary parties have drawn huge crowds — longtime West Asheville residents may have noticed long lines wrapping around the building in years past — so arrive early and be prepared to get cozy with fellow vinyl lovers.
Harvest Records’ Eight-Year Anniversary Sale takes place on Saturday, Aug. 11 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 415 Haywood Road.