If you’re the type to spend hours with your nose deep in the crates at stores like Wax Trax or Twist & Shout, you’ll want to make sure your free for at least a few hours next weekend. The Denver Record Collectors Spring Expo will take place Sunday, Mar. 6 at the Ramada Plaza on 120th st. and I-25 in Northglenn. A $2 admission will get you in the door to snoop around as long as you want.
The Expo will likely span over 100 tables, all of which that will be covered with memorabilia, hard-to-find CDs and records of all sizes. (And, reportedly, even 8-track tapes on display from more than 40 dealers around Denver, and a few from out of state.)
“The Expo is totally homegrown,” said Kurt Ohlen, half of Big K Productions, the company that puts on the Expo twice a year.
The other half of Big K is Karen Brown, and together they’ve watched the Expo grow over almost two decades, despite the shrinking and troubled state in which the recording industry currently finds itself.
“We’ve managed to stay alive,” said Ohlen. “Due to the recent vinyl boom, we’ve been seeing a large crowd of new, younger people showing up in recent expos.”
Dealers are often the only truly “hardcore” collectors at the show, which addresses a common misconception about the type of music and memorabilia buyers are likely to find. “We have pretty much something for everyone here,” said Ohlen. “Some dealers specialize in posters, some in DVDs, some in CDs and others in general memorabilia.”
Local shops also get involved with the expo, according to Ohlen. “Wax Trax and Angelo’s [CDs] will bring out some of their stock. Some independent pros will take up as many as four or five tables with their collections.”
The Expo isn’t really a swap meet for enthusiasts, though, Ohlen pointed out. “If someone wanted to appraise, sell or trade something from their private collection, he explained, “just bring in a list of what you’ve got, and talk to the dealers, rather than rolling in a carton.” That way enthusiasts can make plans to meet with dealers and buyers at a later date to possibly make a sale or swap.
The Denver Record Collectors Spring Expo happens Sunday, Mar. 6 at the Ramada Plaza in Northglenn from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More info here.
The crowd at the biannual Denver Record Collectors Expo has changed in recent years, according to intrepid vinyl dealer and musician Eric Allen. Read his advice for tackling the event in the Saturday Denver Post’s March 5 features section, Inside & Out.