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Creative Loafing has been presenting Atlanta's Best People, Places and Events since 1972. These are some of the past winners for this category:

Best CD Store (used) BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Decatur CD & Vinyl

Best CD Store (used) BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Fantasyland Records

Best Record Store (used) BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
Wax 'N' Facts

Best Record Store (used) BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Criminal Records

Best Used record Store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » After Dark
Criminal Records

Best Used CD Store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Fantasyland Records
Buckhead's Fantasyland has a rambling selection of used CDs that starts at the front door and winds its way through the main room into a back room and then over to a third room. With a wide and varied selection of genres, plan to spend some time making your way through the titles.

Best Used record Store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » After Dark
Ella Guru Record Shop
Ask anyone who's made the drive into the wilds of Decatur's Leafmore/Oak Grove/Sagamore Hills neighborhood to check out Ella Guru, and the response is akin to a wild-eyed Dennis Hopper circa Apocalypse Now. Tales of mind-blowing records lining the store's bins and walls are true. It's all used vinyl,more...
Ask anyone who's made the drive into the wilds of Decatur's Leafmore/Oak Grove/Sagamore Hills neighborhood to check out Ella Guru, and the response is akin to a wild-eyed Dennis Hopper circa Apocalypse Now. Tales of mind-blowing records lining the store's bins and walls are true. It's all used vinyl, and owner Don Radcliffe and the tight crew he keeps know the value of a well-curated selection. Be it classic or obscure rock nuggets, country gold, hip-hop 12-inches, serious avant-garde scores, or deep cuts from Marion Brown, John Coltrane, or Sun Ra's catalogs, the dedication to quality over quantity is Ella Guru's strong suit. The prices are right, but bring a stacked wallet. You can't leave empty-handed. less...

Best all-killer-and-no-filler used record store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Ella Guru Record Shop
ELLA GURU RECORD SHOP doesn’t have the biggest selection of used LPs in town, but it certainly has the best records you’ll find anywhere outside of eBay. Tucked away in a quiet LaVista Road strip mall in unincorporated DeKalb County’s Leafmore Creek Park, owner Don Radcliffe has culled togethermore...
ELLA GURU RECORD SHOP doesn’t have the biggest selection of used LPs in town, but it certainly has the best records you’ll find anywhere outside of eBay. Tucked away in a quiet LaVista Road strip mall in unincorporated DeKalb County’s Leafmore Creek Park, owner Don Radcliffe has culled together one of the most meticulously curated selections the metro area has ever seen. From rare Marion Brown and Wadada Leo Smith compilations to Cecil Taylor’s first record on the Candid label, the jazz records alone are the stuff of dreams. But Radcliffe also keeps the shelves stocked with an ever-shifting supply of no-nonsense rock ’n’ roll, power pop, R&B and indie must-haves from the ’60s through the ’80s and even some ’90s gems. Whether you’re looking to cop a good record by anyone from Dire Straits to Dwight Twilley, Sonic Youth to Nurse With Wound, there’s something in those racks you’ve been looking to scoop up for years. Know your budget, though. The records are fairly priced, the people behind the counter know what you’re looking for, even if you don’t, and there’s enough high-quality merchandise in the crates to break the bank. 2747 LaVista Road, Decatur. 404-883-2413. www.facebook.com/EllaGuruRecordStore. less...

Best used CDs BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Criminal Records

Runner-up: Decatur CD


356 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-371-9090, www.decaturcd.com

Best used CDs BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Criminal Records

Runner-up
Decatur CD
356 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-371-9090, www.decaturcd.blogspot.com

Best place for collectors-edition vinyl BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Criminal Records
After years of supplying CDs to hipsters, CRIMINAL RECORDS has lived up to its name and become a full-fledged record store. In addition to vintage vinyl and brand-new LPs of the latest albums, Criminal makes it a priority to stock ample supplies of paycheck-siphoning box sets and limited-edition items.more...
After years of supplying CDs to hipsters, CRIMINAL RECORDS has lived up to its name and become a full-fledged record store. In addition to vintage vinyl and brand-new LPs of the latest albums, Criminal makes it a priority to stock ample supplies of paycheck-siphoning box sets and limited-edition items. Buy the best of Radiohead box set and you’ll find that meeting people is easy. Need a compilation of Norwegian death metal? It can be yours, Lars. Can you afford not to own the deluxe nine-LP Mastodon set on 180-gram vinyl? And you know where to find the Stone Roses 20th anniversary LP/CD/DVD box set. Going anywhere else could be considered criminal. 1154-A Euclid Ave. 404-215-9511.www.criminalatl.com. less...

Best Used CDs BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Decatur CD & Vinyl

Best Used Vinyl BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Wax 'N' Facts

Best Used CDs BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Decatur CD & Vinyl

Best Used Vinyl BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Wax 'N' Facts

Best Used CDs BOA Award Winner

Decatur CD

Best Used CDs BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Criminal Records

Best Used Vinyl BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Wax 'N' Facts

Best Used CDs BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Criminal Records
466 Moreland Ave. 404-215-9511

Best Used CDs BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Ella Guru Record Shop
While the CD market is fading in the MP3 era, you wouldn’t know it at ELLA GURU, an expansive storefront tucked into a pleasant corner of the Toco Hills shopping center. The store doesn’t hedge its bets by selling vinyl, concert tickets or comic books; it’s all CDs, all themore...

While the CD market is fading in the MP3 era, you wouldn’t know it at ELLA GURU, an expansive storefront tucked into a pleasant corner of the Toco Hills shopping center. The store doesn’t hedge its bets by selling vinyl, concert tickets or comic books; it’s all CDs, all the time, with the occasional in-store appearance. Don’t go expecting an edgy atmosphere — or the attitude that goes with it — just one of the larger selections of used and new CDs in town. If you’re selling, Ella Guru pays close to the local top dollar, and its own prices are pretty reasonable, considering that even Best Buy has jacked up costs for new music.
2993 N. Druid Hills Road. 404-325-1350. www.ellaguru.com.

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Best Used CDs BOA Award Winner

Criminal Records

Best Used Vinyl BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Wax 'N' Facts
432 Moreland Ave. 404-525-2275

Best Used CDs BOA Award Winner

Year » 2004
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Criminal Records

Best Refined Selection of Used CDs BOA Award Winner

Year » 2004
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
Criminal Records
It may not have the most or cheapest CDs, but CRIMINAL RECORDS probably has the most up-to-the-minute, indie-riffic selection in town. You won't find yourself combing through stacks of Hootie or Clay Aiken, because its in-house music snobs don't fill the racks with crud. The convergence of indie-musicmore...
It may not have the most or cheapest CDs, but CRIMINAL RECORDS probably has the most up-to-the-minute, indie-riffic selection in town. You won't find yourself combing through stacks of Hootie or Clay Aiken, because its in-house music snobs don't fill the racks with crud. The convergence of indie-music dilettantes, comic-book nerds and 'zine-seeking hipsters that make up Criminal's clientele also make it a great place to peep the freaks while you're trying to locate the new Wilco or Modest Mouse album. "466 Moreland Ave. 404-215-9511. www.criminal.com" less...

Best Used Vinyl BOA Award Winner

Year » 2004
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Wax 'N' Facts

Best Used Vinyl BOA Award Winner

Year » 2003
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Wax 'N' Facts

Best Used CDs (That Can't Be Shoplifted) BOA Award Winner

Year » 2003
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
Wuxtry Records
Rock snobs and the like converge on a little shop on the corner of Clairmont and North Decatur to search, amongst other music snobs, for hidden treasure. WUXTRY RECORDS' method of arranging used CDs by booklet (which then have to be matched up with an actual CD kept behind the counter) doesn't make formore...
Rock snobs and the like converge on a little shop on the corner of Clairmont and North Decatur to search, amongst other music snobs, for hidden treasure. WUXTRY RECORDS' method of arranging used CDs by booklet (which then have to be matched up with an actual CD kept behind the counter) doesn't make for the ultimate in convenience shopping, but the system's a great space-saver. And the helpful, knowledgeable staff always has great music blaring in the background. Plus, if you pick a bevy of winners, they've been known to compliment you and toss in a free gift for your trouble. "2096 N. Decatur Road, 404-329-0020. www.wuxtryrecords.com" less...

Best Used CDs BOA Award Winner

Year » 2003
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Criminal Records

Best Used CDs BOA Award Winner

Year » 2002
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
Cd Warehouse
Why schlep down to L5P to unload that Vanilla Ice "Hard to Swallow" dog only to get laughed out of the store? CD WAREHOUSE (not to be confused with the less cool Wherehouse Music) has 11 locations in the area, all crammed with used discs organized by artist and genre. Some have computerized inventorymore...
Why schlep down to L5P to unload that Vanilla Ice "Hard to Swallow" dog only to get laughed out of the store? CD WAREHOUSE (not to be confused with the less cool Wherehouse Music) has 11 locations in the area, all crammed with used discs organized by artist and genre. Some have computerized inventory and they don't rip you off as a buyer or seller. It's a chain, but the locally run shops are reasonably funky. "Various locations. www.cdwi.com/cdwi/ga.html." less...

Best Used Vinyl BOA Award Winner

Year » 2002
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
Brookhaven Records
For a time-tunnel trip back to the pre-CD era, we love visiting BROOKHAVEN RECORDS where vinyl, like Elvis, is still king. The discs are well organized, in superb condition and individually bagged. There's a turntable available for test-spins. Whether we're seeking a rare LP by Freddie and the Dreamersmore...
For a time-tunnel trip back to the pre-CD era, we love visiting BROOKHAVEN RECORDS where vinyl, like Elvis, is still king. The discs are well organized, in superb condition and individually bagged. There's a turntable available for test-spins. Whether we're seeking a rare LP by Freddie and the Dreamers or a mint copy of a '60s spy-movie soundtrack, Brookhaven is always our first stop. "1382 Dresden Drive. 404-240-0850. www.brookhavenrecords.com." less...

Best Place to Sell CDs BOA Award Winner

Full Moon Records
1653 McLendon Ave. 404-377-1919 Most semi-happening CDs in decent shape will net you $4 a pop at this Candler Park storefront, which is way better than those chain stores that seem to buy by the pound. But the best part is, you don't have to wait all afternoon for someone to appraise your castoffs;more...
1653 McLendon Ave. 404-377-1919 Most semi-happening CDs in decent shape will net you $4 a pop at this Candler Park storefront, which is way better than those chain stores that seem to buy by the pound. But the best part is, you don't have to wait all afternoon for someone to appraise your castoffs; you can drop by here and still make your toe-piercing appointment. less...

Best Place to Sell CDs BOA Award Winner

Wherehouse Music

Best Used-vinyl Store BOA Award Winner

Wax 'N' Facts
432 Moreland Ave. 404-525-2275 If you're beat-digging for a crisp platter of obscure funk, be warned that this highly trafficked Little Five Points record shop has already been well pillaged. But if you're just in search of that weathered copy of some classic old LPs and you're willing to spend an entiremore...
432 Moreland Ave. 404-525-2275 If you're beat-digging for a crisp platter of obscure funk, be warned that this highly trafficked Little Five Points record shop has already been well pillaged. But if you're just in search of that weathered copy of some classic old LPs and you're willing to spend an entire day at it, you'll certainly find plenty of it here - and you just might make a dent in the seemingly endless rows of vinyl on display while you're at it. less...

Best Used-CD Store BOA Award Winner

Wax 'N' Facts
432 Moreland Ave. 404-525-2275 Granted, on a Saturday afternoon, you have to jostle with the rest of the record geeks just to get a glimpse into the glass pens holding CDs, but hey, if you want wide spacious aisles and suburban moms looking for Celine Dion, you're more than welcome to go to Wal-Mart.more...
432 Moreland Ave. 404-525-2275 Granted, on a Saturday afternoon, you have to jostle with the rest of the record geeks just to get a glimpse into the glass pens holding CDs, but hey, if you want wide spacious aisles and suburban moms looking for Celine Dion, you're more than welcome to go to Wal-Mart. Wax N Facts is an old-fashioned record store, a place where people who truly love music go not just to buy music, but to be around it. less...

Best Used Vinyl Store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Picked By » Critics
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Wax 'N' Facts
The "facts" moniker in this venerable L5P store's name is no joke. Who needs the Internet when there are living, breathing encyclopedias to explain everything you need to know about that impossible to find vinyl album, and then magically pull out a used copy, usually at a reasonable price. Although criticizedmore...
The "facts" moniker in this venerable L5P store's name is no joke. Who needs the Internet when there are living, breathing encyclopedias to explain everything you need to know about that impossible to find vinyl album, and then magically pull out a used copy, usually at a reasonable price. Although criticized for occasionally edging too close to the snobbishly aloof, High Fidelity image, the store has the most extensive collection of used vinyl around and a record loving staff with wide-ranging knowledge in a variety of genres. less...

Best Used-CD Store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Wuxtry Records
Tucked away in an unassuming strip mall near Emory, Wuxtry Records is a true browsers paradise. Be forewarned: Don't go hoping to find "that certain disc" used. Instead marvel at the store's voluminous selection and revel in a serendipitous shopping experience wherein you find that perfect somethingmore...
Tucked away in an unassuming strip mall near Emory, Wuxtry Records is a true browsers paradise. Be forewarned: Don't go hoping to find "that certain disc" used. Instead marvel at the store's voluminous selection and revel in a serendipitous shopping experience wherein you find that perfect something you didn't even know you were looking for. For the music connoisseur, Wuxtry remains a difficult place to walk out of empty-handed. less...

Best Place to Sell CDs BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Full Moon Records (Permanently Closed)
Ted turns over used CDs fast at $7 a pop so he needs to replenish his stock. He's a super-nice guy who won't sneer as he politely passes on those old Tiffany albums, and he won't reject a good disc just because it's a promo, like some wimp-ass places I could name. There's never a long line at this tidymore...
Ted turns over used CDs fast at $7 a pop so he needs to replenish his stock. He's a super-nice guy who won't sneer as he politely passes on those old Tiffany albums, and he won't reject a good disc just because it's a promo, like some wimp-ass places I could name. There's never a long line at this tidy Candler Park shop; plus, while you're waiting for Ted to make his selections, you can browse the crates of vintage vinyl and the $1 bins. less...

Best Used-CD Store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
CD Warehouse (Permanently Closed)
It depends on which location you hit, but CD Warehouse has a varied and organized — if not particularly eclectic — inventory and friendly DIY approach, helped by its in-house computers, which show if the CD you're looking for is in stock and if so, how many copies are there. Hot product runs aboutmore...
It depends on which location you hit, but CD Warehouse has a varied and organized — if not particularly eclectic — inventory and friendly DIY approach, helped by its in-house computers, which show if the CD you're looking for is in stock and if so, how many copies are there. Hot product runs about nine bucks per disc, the box sets are even cheaper, everything's guaranteed, and you get a fair price for your trade-ins. The inventory turns quickly, but if you go often, you can fill holes in your collection for a fraction of the price of new. less...

Best Place to Sell CDs BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
CD Warehouse (Permanently Closed)
With several metro locations, there's probably a Disc-Go-Round nearby for when you finally tire of that Matchbox Twenty CD. Non-browsers can use the in-store computer to check the stock for obscure Cocteau Twins imports. In keeping with the times, the stores now carry DVDs, as well. FYI: Disc-Go-Roundmore...
With several metro locations, there's probably a Disc-Go-Round nearby for when you finally tire of that Matchbox Twenty CD. Non-browsers can use the in-store computer to check the stock for obscure Cocteau Twins imports. In keeping with the times, the stores now carry DVDs, as well. FYI: Disc-Go-Round is in the process of changing its name to CD Warehouse. less...

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