Redscroll Records Holiday Shopping Guide
We feel it’s important to shop local, independent and small whenever possible. CT has some absolutely great places to shop for your loved ones this holiday season. We figured we’d put out a list to ease you into it.
First off, we’ve invited some local makers and artists to set up in our space during the weekends in December, that way you can browse something beyond records and maybe spark a gift idea.
Sat. Dec 3rd – Peace Flour Confections & Honey Hedge Craft will be here 11-5pm
Sun. Dec 4th StarfirexEarthship will be here 11-5pm
Sun Dec 11th Witter Woods Tie Dye 12-4pm
Sat. Dec 17th Aruna Chocolate 11-7pm
December 10th we will be participating in the Punk Rock Holiday Flea Market at College Street Music Hall in New Haven. Presented by Hardcore Sweet and Manic Presents. Tons of vendors, live music, food trucks, tattooing, etc. It’s going to be a blast. 11-6pm.
December 11th we’ll be set up in Oxford at OEC Brewing as part of the Saturnalia Flea & Arts Market. 11-5pm put on by Smug Pig Vintage.
Locally owned & operated shops around CT we think have some nice gift options:
The Archive – Movies! Yep, they sell music too, but dang, that movie selection is top notch!
The Audio Store – This is your best bet when sourcing new stereo equipment.
Crossroads – Located just a 4 minute drive from Redscroll. This coffee shop is always coming up with wild drink specials. Lots of house made baked goods. Gluten free and vegan options.
Counter Weight Brewing – Old friends & partners in crime when it comes to our record fair. A beautiful space to grab a beer or catch one of their many events.
Front Porch Brewing – Wallingford’s own. We recently set up at their Halloween Flea Market and had a great time. Oh, and they’ve got pinball!
Gray Matter Books – Aside from being host to some really great musical events, this place is stocked with killer titles from the most esoteric tomes to the most exoteric reference material.
Hardcore Sweet Bakery – Nicole & Jeremy never stop hustling their one of a kind baked goods. From food truck to multiple bakery locations. It’s been amazing to watch them explode. (As seen on The Food Network, Netflix, etc.)
Hartford Prints – Whether you just want to stock up on cards for the holiday or stock up on gifts from candles to apparel to puzzles to prints to games and beyond then this unique shop has something for you.
Kouign – Small bakery open just a few days a week. Always sells out. Get the vegan cinnamon rolls or PB&J cookie sandwiches!
Lower Forms – Longtime friends of Redscroll here. Wide selection of vintage clothes.
Martel Music Store – When I’m talking to musicians this is the place that gets brought up the most. No snobbery here. Honest & approachable.
Middletown Framing – Framing photos or art or whatever odd thing you might have. These folks really know their craft and care about the final product. Always excellent results that make great gifts!
Strange Ways – A total hub for cool pins, patches & accessories. They source direct from artists, designers and small companies.
Sweet Cioccolata – Former neighbors of ours who expanded their route 5 location during the pandemic. Everything they come up with makes a great gift. Our favorite are the chocolate covered Oreos.
Three Girls Vegan Creamery – This is THE SPOT if you want Italian vegan comfort food (which I always do). They also have a vegan bakery just down the road. Visit both!
And during our upcoming Black Friday sale we’ll be joined in the lot by Quartertone Coffee Roasters!
When it comes to gift buying for others here at Redscroll, it helps when that person gives you an idea of what they want, but that’s not always the case. It’s easy to be totally stumped when shopping for someone else because taste is so subjective and keeping up with what other people are buying is difficult. One option I like to propose to shoppers is to buy them your favorite record, write a note about what it means to you and include it in the packaging. In the process of buying so many used LPs over the years, we’ve found countless notes like this. I know from personal experience it makes the listener approach the album differently and they’ll think of you when they toss it on.
Record cleaning supplies are also important, but rarely at the top of shoppers lists when they’re buying for themselves. Having a good brush, cleaning solution and replacement sleeves on hand helps to maintain the integrity of a person’s collection.
If you need suggestions or help in any way we’re all available at the shop for that!
We do sell gift certificates in any amount if all else fails!