Stall holders Alan Wastney and Anthony Norton with some of their large collections for sale. Photo: Sara Hollyman.

Record-setting record fair


The Free House was home to more than 20,000 records on Sunday for Nelson’s “largest ever” record fair run by Family Jewels Records.

The fair ‘Black Vinyls, Brown Beer’ was a celebration of all things LP with something on offer for everyone – from the die-hard collector to the first-time purchaser.

Family Jewels Records co-owner Josephine Cachemaille says her husband Grant Smithies had been organising record fairs for years.

“It’s a really good way to bring in a whole bunch of people who want to sell vinyl and exchange vinyl in some way.”

She says it used to be mainly middle-aged men who were interested in vinyl records, but now it’s a completely different story.

“It’s less specialist now, there are lots of young women which is really nice, more people are interested in them for the obvious reasons.”

“There’s even a girl from the college who’s turned up and wants to start a record club and we would fully set up a situation where she could do that.”

The fair operated like a market with stall holders each selling parts of their collections.

Josephine says there was a “bit of a frenzy” at the beginning with everyone trying to get into other’s crates to check out their stuff, but the afternoon was a lot more relaxed.

Long-time collector Alan Wastney says he owns about 6000 records and has been collecting for 40 years.

“I’ve got all double-ups here today, it doesn’t matter what you sell really as long as you have a good time.”

Stall holder Anthony Norton collects only New Zealand artists and had a selection of his 7300 records up for sale.