Vinyl records have made a huge comeback within the last few years. As someone who often goes to local record stores to get away for a little while, I often wonder what has suddenly led so many millennials and younger generations, especially women and girls, to these same stores to purchase their favorite or newly discovered albums on vinyl format.
Last summer, I went to a local record store to look for a specific album. This was the second store I had been to that day looking for this album. With no luck looking for it on my own, I decided to ask the person behind the counter for help. He told me they did not have what I was looking for and proceeded to tell me how he has been seeing a lot of young girls come in to buy records. He stated that he was shocked to see this happening because this activity was something that used to be mostly dominated by males. I was even told that stores and manufacturers cannot keep up with the demands at times because it’s so overwhelming.
After hearing his comments, I started to think about how that fact came to be. So I analyzed why I, a nineteen-year old girl, started to buy records. Two years ago, I bought my first record and I did it out of the need to be closer to music. I felt that in order for me to make a real connection with music, I needed to have a tangible version of it. I did not do it because it was something that everyone else was doing, in fact nobody I knew bought records anymore. For most of my life, music has been digital and it’s always been a file on one of my electronic devices. It was never something that I could really hold on to forever. Of course, there was a point in my life where I was a young elementary student who had a CD player and many of her favorite CD’s, but now that I look back, they were not nearly as special as an actual record.
There is that stereotype that all women love to shop, but people don’t always think of vinyl records, they think of clothes and shoes. Now, women are redefining that stereotype by purchasing a physical copy of music. Women seem to be more nostalgic and see the value of certain things more often than men do, at least in my observations. I thought that maybe the reason why so many women buy these pieces of music is because it takes them back to a special time in their life. When I buy a used record, I realize that this exact copy was a part of someone’s life and that it not only tells the artist’s story, but also the previous owner’s story.
Vinyl records and music in general are reaching a whole new audience in the world today. Women are some of the highest consumers of these products and they are proving that they value music in different forms, from digital to physical copies. So, I advise women and girls everywhere to go out and buy a record of your choice, you won’t regret it. As Penny Lane would say, “I always tell the girls never take it seriously, if you never take it seriously, you never get hurt, if you never get hurt, you always have fun, and if you ever get lonely just go to the record store and visit your friends.”