Dusty Groove has been buying record collections in the Chicago area (and around the country) for over 20 years and we've got a great reputation for paying high prices for valuable collections. You may not know it, but that music collection at home could hold some real treasures — vintage vinyl records, LPs, 7" and 12" singles that go for big money in the collectors' market, or rare used CDs that are out of print and currently selling for higher prices than when you bought them new! We're regularly told that our offers are much higher than any others, and we can boast thousands of satisfied customers who've sold us their collections over the years.
Dusty Groove regularly purchases used vinyl records, LPs, 7" and 12" singles, and CDs from our customers and we pay top dollar for vintage, rare, obscure, one-of-a-kind, and hot items in the genres we love such as jazz records, soul records, hip hop records, funk records, R&B records, blues records, Latin, French, gospel, classical, and many others.
We buy used vinyl records and used CDs in our store every day, so feel free to stop during our daily buying hours with anything in the styles we like to buy that you might have to sell.
Our Chicago record store is located at just south of Division Street with ample street parking — and we'll have someone ready to help you carry your records if you have a lot for us to look at.
If you have a fairly large collection to sell it's usually a good idea to call ahead so that we can make sure that we're ready for you. Also, if you want to sell to us at hours other than these regular buying hours, please phone us a few days in advance, so that we may schedule a buyer at a different time.
We travel the world in search of good record collections — both CD and vinyl records — but we always have to schedule a visit in advance. The best first step is to email firstname.lastname@example.org with some details of your collection — and we can take it from there.
If you just have a smaller number of CDs to sell, please see the Sell Used CDs Form which makes the whole process very easy.
Also, we do purchase vinyl records through the mail — but it's kind of a tricky business, so pay attention to these details!
We make quotes in advance for any proposed records sold to us via the mail — in a series of email exchanges that can serve as a record for both parties involved. However, in order for us to make the most accurate quotes on your items, it is important that we have as much information on hand as possible.
Remember, we do make house calls and trips across the country for very large collections. Obviously, the cost of such a trip is not cheap so we only do so for large or valuable collections — and we're always happy to discuss that with you if you feel that you have such a collection.
If you are serious about selling records to us through the mail, you must first send us a list of the titles you have available with the following details:
We then respond to your list with a series of quotes on the items which you are always free to accept or dismiss. If you agree to our offers, you then send the records to us at your own expense for final confirmation of the stated conditions and pressing details. At that point, if all the items meet with your proposed grades and pressing details, we pay you for the items in the form of a check or a store credit at Dusty Groove. The choice is up to you, and we want to be as fair as possible — the main thing is that we work out all details in advance, so that there's no surprises at the end of the transaction.
We love any rare, unusual, or interesting music you might have! We're especially interested in buying:
We really love vinyl of all types - so feel free to bring us anything you might have to offer! We're always looking for:
As a policy, we tend to only stock music we love, and music that we feel fits into our rather narrow format — best summed up by the types of music you'll find on this website. We've got a policy here that if we don't like the music, we don't feel that we can sell it — mostly on principle, but also because we review each item for the website — and if we don't like a record, we can't write a good review!
That having been said, we've always got open ears for new titles — and make it a point to listen to each and every promotional CD or LP we receive. If you have a title you think we would like — please feel free to send it to the following address:
1120 N Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60622 USA
Once received, the title is listened to by one of our buyers, and if we like it, we contact you to arrange the direct purchase of copies for sale on the website. We receive dozens of promotional titles every week, and unfortunately, we don't have time to write to everyone — and only make contact if we decide to stock a title. It sometimes takes us a few weeks to give a full analysis to a title — after which point, we contact the supplier or artist if we decide to stock it. At that point, we purchase copies upfront, and do whatever we can to support it on the website.
Dusty Groove does not accept CDs for consignment. To us, if a CD isn't worth paying for directly, it's probably not worth stocking — so we do not handle any titles on consignment at all. Please do not send us unsolicited consignment shipments because they will not be accepted.
Also note that if you send us a promotional copy of a title, that does not mean that we are obligated to stock the item, nor does it mean that we are obligated to send it back to you.