New record shop gets vinyl fanatics in a spin

Kettering Sellars Allsorts vinyl records:  Ross Hodgson, and Daz Sellars.'19/05/11
Kettering Sellars Allsorts vinyl records: Ross Hodgson, and Daz Sellars.'19/05/11

As the internet puts music shops across the country out of business a vintage store has turned back the clock and opened a vinyl record shop upstairs.

Everything from Blondie to Bruce Willis can be found among more than 5,000 records on the first floor of Sellars Secondhand Allsorts in Lower Street, Kettering.

And the huge range collected over six months is proving a big hit with customers.

Daz Sellar, 41, who opened the vintage and retro shop two years ago, said: “It has been really good.

“Everyone who has been up here has always walked down with something, whether it’s a single or LP.”

Mr Sellar decided to turn the first floor, formerly a store for overflow stock, into a music shop complete with classic hi-fis and instruments after his small range of records downstairs proved a big draw.

It has taken more than six months of scouring classified ads, visiting sales and taking records brought in by customers before Mr Sellar felt the collection was ready.

Mr Sellar has employed vintage music aficionado and former customer Ross Hodgson to run the music shop.

Mr Hodgson, 31, said: “Because I was good at haggling on that side of the counter he thought I might be good on this side.

“People have offered to work for free because Kettering has been short of anything like this for a while.”

Kettering’s last independent music shop, Sonic Boom, in Montagu Street, closed down in 2009.

The new shop has already sold an LP from band Caravan for £350 and it has some increasingly rare first pressings of Beatles records, but the shop has vowed to keep its prices lower than the internet to remain competitive.

Mr Sellar said: “Other shops close because they don’t deliver something different.

“I have kept it small and made it comfortable.”

He also plans to start selling refreshments to browsers soon.