Brant Zwicker figures the record fair started in 2007.
So that means it isn’t quite the 10th annual, but it is the 10th time campus and community radio station CFBX has offered music and wares from its library along with tunes from a variety of vendors and collectors.
“We missed one year, and once switched from spring to fall — spring has always been way better,” Zwicker said.
The station manager said the fair was started by volunteer Brian Saunderson, who conceived the fair as a fundraiser for the station.
Saunderson’s timing was just right, just as the resurgence of vinyl records began, and Zwicker said the sale has been growing ever since.
“If wax cylinders had been coming back, we probably would have done those,” Zwicker said.
But in the basements of aging fathers everywhere, it’s mostly vinyl records that fill their cabinets, and that’s the kind of music that tends to show up at the fair.
“A lot of stuff — ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s. Loverboy-type stuff. Led Zeppelin, The Eagles… and that’s what teenagers seem to go for,” Zwicker said.
Zwicker said the station also has a supply of classical music that is prime for the taking.
“There’s a staggering number of beautiful classical music records that is still, in some cases, sealed or inside both sleeves — just babied,” he said.
Among the teens testing the waters of their parents’ glory days of music are also serious collectors looking to grow their collection or offload something special.
Although Zwicker didn’t see this particular item at the fair, he recalled a rarity sometimes sought after — a 1988 Beatles box set in a roll-top box — that typically sells for $800 or more, and said that’s the kind of thing collectors are just waiting to show up at record fairs like this one.
Among the new attractions this year is London Drugs, which will also be contributing to the record fair for the first time — bringing along with it an ultrasonic record cleaner for demonstration.
And on the creator side of music, two local cigar box guitar makers will have tables featuring their work.
Spinners Sound Centre out of Vernon is another popular vendor, offering up turntables and music equipment.
Also on offer by silent auction is a jukebox fridge and $250 gift certificate from Fox ‘n Hounds.
Along with the records, instruments and sound equipment, the sale will also have CDs, DVDs, music memorabilia and clothing, as well.
The fair will be held at Sahali Centre Mall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 26. Admission is $2.