CATONSVILLE, Md. (WJZ) — One of the hottest gifts this year may have come from your attic, basement or even garage.
As Mike Schuh reports, what was — until recently — viewed as worthless, is now all the rage.
Come inside Baltimore’s only record store. There are no tapes, CDs or iPods at Trax on Wax, but it is a booming business.
Kirk Gauthier recently bought what many of us have already thrown away: a turntable.
“Yeah, it may not play perfectly. There may be some pops and fizzes, but it adds character, it adds depth, it adds texture, and that’s what I like about it,” he said.
Down the stack, it smells like teen spirit. Three high schoolers are searching for Christmas gifts.
“For the people who lived through vinyl, this is really cool,” Jackie Clauser said, while pointing to her iPhone. “It’s a difference in generations. We are fascinated by things we don’t know.”
That fascination, new and old, means they’re going to need a bigger sales chart next year.
When record stores were all closing, Gary Gebler doubled down and opened Trax on Wax.
He says his family thought he was crazy, but his wife believed in him.
“She did. She believed in me, but my mother and sister were shaking their head and scratching it at the same time,” Gebler said.
Now, his gamble and big bet on vinyl is paying off.
The hottest presents under the tree are a turntable and some wax on the platter.
More bands are releasing records these days, but they’ve found there is a shortage of companies that can make vinyl records.
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