For sale by owner: Clark County’s last remaining record store.
Reason for listing? After nearly 22 years of buying and selling used vinyl LPs, CDs and cassette tapes, Everybody’s Music store owner Brian Wassman says he wants to do something different.
But Wassman hopes the shop in Vancouver’s Uptown Village will survive. He posted the business for sale in a Craigslist advertisement a few weeks ago. The ad lists the store as extremely busy, with $40,000 worth of inventory and a minimal profit of $1,000 per week. Wassman has only heard from a couple of potential buyers, and they didn’t pan out. But he’s optimistic the business will sell, despite a drab prognosis for record stores in general.
“It just needs to have fresh people in it,” Wassman said Tuesday.
Ideally, the store’s new owners would be as enthusiastic as he was when he launched the store as Recycled Sounds in 1992.
“We had in-store concerts and sold things like incense, posters and buttons,” said Wassman, the sole proprietor of the store at 2312 Main St.
Deciding to get out of the business doesn’t seem all that unusual, given an industry outlook published by California-based research firm IBISWorld in 2013. The analysis cites competing forces, such as big-box store CD sales and online digital music and streaming services, as reasons behind slumping record sales at brick-and-mortar stores. It said independents are closing at an average rate of 6 percent per year. The report projected a continuing downward spiral over the next five years.