This is not a mirage, record nerds. It’s hundreds of thousands of 45s, organized alphabetically and by genre, across 13,000 square feet of floor-to-ceiling shelving at Jerry’s Records in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh. You could dig for days—weeks even!—and barely scrape the surface. (Of course, if you’ve got an extra $75,000 burning a hole in your pocket, you could just buy Jerry’s collection outright. He’s selling all 750,000+ singles for about 10 cents a piece.) Beyond the 45s, the 40-year-old shop has more than a million LPs up for grabs, many priced to move around $5. The classifications get hyper-specific (M.O.R., 1950s Rock, Jewish Humor, etc.) and Jerry himself writes helpful notes on select plastic sleeves (“Great!,” “Different…,” “WEIRD”). There is a bargain basement full of $1 vinyl, plus boxes of records given away for free at the shop entrance (the only caveat: You must take the entire box, no peeking allowed). Also convenient to note: Jerry’s shares space with Galaxie Electronics, a turntable repair shop, and Whistlin’ Willie’s, an all-78s specialist who also happens to be Jerry’s son.
2136 Murray Ave., Pittsburgh, PA; 412-421-4533.