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The Record Pedlar in Bury St Edmunds was exceptional.An unlikely rival to the Andy's Records mother ship on the same street. Mostly vinyl with a smattering of CDs I would pluck up the courage to go in when I was 16 and see if my selections would pass muster with the glitterariti behind the counter. I remember getting approval for Jacobs Mouse, Elvis and The Smiths and properly sneered at when I purchased The Soup Dragons and EMF. These guys were too cool for school and for a while I dreamed of working in such an establishment but knew I could never compete with these purveyors of taste. I took me a long time to get over the notion that social status was determined entirely by obscure music knowledge and appreciation. Comment; Bamber

(Sept 8, 2013) Anonymous said:Where in Bury S.E was The Record Pedlar? I remember the name, but not the location.

The Record Pedlar started in St John's Street and then moved to Risbygate Street.
The photo attached is not related to The Record Pedlar bur a Haverhill shop similarly named after we closed in the 1990s that shop had a different spelling as the photo shows

alison haylett


Dave Harwood
11 Dec 2023 at 01:49
I found this classified advert in the 'Bury Free Press' dated 12th December 1986: “THE Record Pedlar buys your unwanted LP's, tapes, singles and CD's. Tel. Fakenham 32042.”
… also this advert in the 13th November 1987 edition: “The Record Pedlar 35 St John's Street (opposite St. John's Church). Tel. Bury St. Edmunds 60870. 1,000's of second-hand Records and Tapes sold. Items bought and exchanged.”
… and this article in the 14th October 1994 edition: “Record shop is on the move: SPECIALIST music shop Record Pedlar is moving to a Bury St. Edmunds town centre site. The shop has been in St John's Street for eight years but will be moving to Risbygate Street on October 25. Owner Mr. Andy Haylett said: “We've got a lot of loyal customers from miles around, but it's surprising the number of people who don't know we're here.” The Record Pedlar's stock is mainly secondhand but it may expand its scope when it moves, Mr. Haylett said.”
… also this article in the 19th March 1999 edition: “High costs force record shop out: A THIRTEEN-year-old family business has been forced to shut up shop because of high running costs. Although no exact date has been set The Record Pedlar in Risbygate Street, Bury St. Edmunds, will close down in the near future. The Record Pedlar, also known as Andy Haylett, said that he had decided to close down his shop because of high overheads and a downturn in sales. “It has been an extremely difficult decision to make.” The Record Pedlar specialises in second-hand vinyl and compact discs ranging from Elvis to Oasis. It moved to its present Risbygate premises in 1994 after out-growing its first shop in St. John's Street.”



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