After more than 20 years of running his own manufacturing company, Eddie Brinkley was looking for a change of pace.
The result is Thomasville’s newest downtown business, an old-school record shop — yes, records — called Your Song Sound Exchange. The shop opened earlier this month at 26 E. Main St.
“My wife (real estate agent Gloria Brinkley) bought this building a number of years ago,” Brinkley recalls. “One day we were up here and started talking about what we could do with this space, and the next thing you know, we’re in the record business.”
It’s obviously not quite as simple as that, but that’s not far from the truth. Since 1999, Brinkley has owned Bartimaeus By Design, a metal manufacturing facility in Thomasville. At age 64, though, he’s begun to back away from the day-to-day responsibilities and let his son run the business.
“That has given me time to pursue something I love, which is music,” Brinkley says. “We’ve been having a lot of fun with this.”
Your Song specializes in new and used vinyl records, ranging from albums recorded several decades ago — Bob Dylan and The Beatles, for example — to albums by more recent artists, such as Taylor Swift and Imagine Dragons.
“We try to have something for everyone who likes music,” Brinkley says, “so it’s taken a lot of time and effort to travel and purchase people’s old record collections. On the weekends, (Gloria) and I go looking for albums together, and we enjoy spending that time together.”
If you want to sell your record collection, Brinkley would love to hear from you, because he’s still buying.
According to Brinkley, he’s hoping to capitalize on the vinyl comeback that has been trending for more than a decade now. According to sales figures, nearly 19 million albums were sold in the United States in 2019, a 14% jump over the previous year and up more than 20-fold compared to 2006, when the vinyl comeback began.
Your Song also sells turntables and speakers, as well as used CDs. Eventually, Brinkley also hopes to sell or consign musical instruments, and he plans to host occasional live musical performances in the shop. He also has space upstairs, which he’d like to make available for music lessons if things go well.
“This is not a long-term strategic business plan — it’s pretty organic the way it all has come together,” Brinkley says. “We’ll just have fun with it and see what happens.”
Your Song is currently open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., but Brinkley expects to expand those hours if the community supports his business.
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