Record Fair organiser Grant Smithies outside The Yurt at The Freehouse, where the fair will be held this Saturday. Photo: Andrew Board.

Last record fair at The Yurt this weekend


Buying and selling records at the Freehouse has been essential for record nuts, but this weekend will be the last time — inside the yurt at least.

The record fairs allow anyone to come along with some records to sell or buy. Organiser Grant Smithies says they’ve been a popular place for enthusiasts, since the closure of Everyman Records means there is no longer a record store in Nelson.

“It’s a good chance to rummage through those things while you have a good craft ale. It’s a fine combination, if you ask me.”

But with the Yurt for sale by Freehouse owners Mic Dover and Eelco Boswijk, it will be the last record fair hosted there. However Grant says they will continue in a different location.

“It will be an end of an era event. Each time we do one, more people show up and loads of people drive over from Marlborough. There’s no shortage of record obsessives and I guess it is the main opportunity for record fans to have a good rummage around through people’s record crates, because there is no record store here anymore.”

This will be the fifth record fair at the Yurt after it debuted in 2014.

Grant says if anyone is interested in coming along to sell some records they just need to give him a call first so he can organise a stall. His number is 546 8335.

The fair starts at 2pm this Saturday, November 5, and entry is free.