Athens, GA is a treasure trove of great places. Athens’ beautiful downtown area is home to some of the most beautiful and humble people I’ve ever met, and chock full of incredible businesses. From dining to shopping, there’s something for everyone. I was walking around today with my good friend Sherree filming an English project, and we made a few pit stops.
The first was Minx Vintage, an adorable, charming, and reasonably priced vintage shop. I, of course, have no money to buy anything, so going into Minx is like a long and painful temptation of the soul. Oh campy t-shirts and plaid wool things why do you do this to me. Regardless, the shop is incredible and every employee I’ve ever met there has been so sweet and helpful. I just snapped a few photos outside because I know some stores are picky about that.
I’m so glad my friend is a vintage geek like I am because we were downtown for business purposes and it turned into a geek out over clothes and records very quickly. Another little gem of Athens is Wuxtry Records. While moderately overpriced for my personal budget but probably logical for the value of music or whatever, the store is just one of my favorite places to go when I’m downtown.
They’ve got a good selection of records there, and while I’m no hipster who just loves how much better things sound on vinyl, I appreciate the history that comes with listening to a record that probably got played in some soulful black woman’s NYC apartment in the 1970s. I rarely buy anything new on vinyl. At the beginning of the year, I must admit, I bought The Shins’ Wincing The Night Away just because it really is one of my favorite albums. My amazing friend Gaby (of Breathing Fashion) also got me Fleet Foxes’ Helplessness Blues on vinyl for my birthday last year (thank youuuu!). Slowly but surely my little collection is coming to fruition, but right now I have like three others of my own (Elvis’ Blue Hawaii, something by Debussey, and a few old Disney scores). My mom has the most amazing collection and I’m probably going to steal a few of hers when I bring my little record player to my apartment next year. Next on my wishlist of newbies is the Jamie xx/Gil Scott-Heron collab pictured down below; it’s perfection. I’ll be stealing a few Sinatras though, mom.
While I was there I beelined for the hip hop section in hopes of finding a Black Star (or maybe even a Madvillainy). While my Mos Def/Talib Kweli search did not go as planned, I did find a The Carter III and Long Live A$AP which made me giggle because who even listens to A$AP Rocky on vinyl? What is that? I don’t know, but they had about eight records by The Sugarhill Gang and one or two Nas albums so I was okay. Nothing was bought, but the world of hip hop vinyl was redeemed a little.