You can buy records online, or at a local store, or you could try the KCSM Record Swap! KCSM is the College of San Mateo’s 24-7, commercial free jazz FM radio station (91.1) and they might be the last all jazz all the time station in the USA. Saturday they held a record swap on the campus where they broadcast from, which is about 30 minutes south of San Francisco.
This was not a gigantic flea market sized extravaganza. I estimated 19 vendors, each with a table or two, selling mostly jazz vinyl. There were a few selling CDs, another selling old posters. But the emphasis was on j-LPs.
I bought several LPs, including a Howard McGhee Toshiba-EMI Blue Note that I have high hopes for. $20 American.
The second floor of the College Center building was a nice location. I parked directly across the street in lot #9, as lot #8 was full. Once inside and up the stairs, tall windows faced out over the peninsula and provided plenty of light. A small, but consistent crowd moved through the room. There was a coffee shop open inside the building and plenty of places to sit and relax. I’d say for a first effort, it went well. Hopefully the swap will become an annual event.
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