In the last half decade Glasgow has seen a haemorrhaging in the music retail trade after shop after shop has closed its doors. Some have been missed more than others, but the number of independent traders is now down to single figures in the city. The second-hand sector has been particularly badly hit. One survivor in seemingly rude health is Mixed Up Records.
Situated on Otago Lane by the River Kelvin in the Woodlands area of the West End, Mixed Up is an eclectic shop, particularly strong in dance and jazz but with a healthy selection of rock, soul and classical records too. Twelve inch vinyl is the dominant format, in both single and LP form. The relatively small CD and seven inch sections are, nevertheless, of a high quality. The stock is well laid out and competitively priced. There seems to be a decent turnover of records, so fairly frequent visitors aren’t faced with the same old stuff. It’s worth scrabbling around on the floor looking through the many £1 bargain bins as some interesting things can be found nestling amongst the Genesis and Dire Straits albums.
Probably the best of Glasgow’s remaining used record emporia, Mixed Up is well worth a couple of hours in the busy schedules of hardened vinyl nuts. Next door is the engagingly chaotic but impressively stocked Voltaire and Rousseau secondhand bookshop and the Tchai Ovna Czech tea room is just a few paces away. Mixed Up has a new website, but there is little there bar contact details at present.
Mixed Up Records
18 Otago Lane
0141 357 5737