With an inventory of 15,000 LPs and 8,000-45s, Depot Records is ready to move again. Owners Stacey and Tony Seminara relocated Depot Records, a record and music memorabilia store that opened up outside of the Lawrenceville Square in 2016, in mid-April to satisfy the rapid expansion of their inventory and clientele. This is the second time in two years that the business will be relocated.
The Seminaras, who began collecting vinyl in the early 80s, grew their business from their basement to their second brick-and-mortar location in two years, despite being open only two days a week.
The two started selling vinyl at record shows across the southeast. “Our inventory was getting crowded and we needed somewhere to put the records. If we can rent a space and get more records, then we’ll just open a record store,” Stacey said.
Because they live in Lawrenceville, the downtown location was perfect. “It was the first and the most affordable place we found,” Stacey said. For right now, the store is only open on weekends, although “Tony will occasionally open up on a Friday,” Stacey said. During the week, Stacey works as a payroll accountant and Tony works in IT.
The store looks like a brick-walled shipping container. The walls display an array of both modern and classic records. On the left side of the store, there’s a collection of new, used and rare records. Titles include Peter Frampton’s “Alive,” Culture Club’s new live album and a few rare The Beatles pressings such as “Let it Be” and “Revolver.”
The right side of the store is plastered with promo posters and rare memorabilia, such as Gregg Allman and Led Zeppelin posters, The Beatles lunch boxes and Taylor Swift iPad cases.
Depot Records primarily sells used records, but they offer a diverse selection of new records as well.
Asked about what they sell most, Tony was quick to say, “Metal. Mainly 80s metal. If I post an ad during the week about an 80s pressing metal album, it will be gone by Saturday.” Tony said on that same day that a gentleman drove all the way from South Decatur for one metal record.
It’s not just metal that keeps Depot Records busy. They also sell a lot of classic rock, progressive rock, and jazz. “Jazz is huge right now,” Tony said.
In order to maintain their inventory, Tony said they acquire records any way they can. “People will come and sell me parts of their collection. I get a lot online, some through forums, thrift stores and yard sales. I hardly do estate sales anymore. They’ve gotten too crazy. I don’t like being pushed by a 60-year-old for a Pink Floyd record,” Tony said.
Though their inventory is almost exclusively vinyl, they do have a small selection of other formats. When asked if they sell CDs, Tony said people would come in with friends to browse CDs out of boredom—looking through the CDs gave them something to do. He added that they have a small selection of tapes, country reels, and LaserDisc as well.
Depot Records sells through other mediums as well. As a way to sell some of their more rare bootlegs, imports or first pressings, they’ve started selling on eBay, Discogs, Facebook, and forums.
UPDATE: On June 1, 2018, Depot Records moved to the floor above their previous location. Depot Records is located just outside downtown Lawrenceville at 470 N. Clayton St., Suite 200.