Located at 1240 Shreveport-Barksdale Highway in Shreveport, set back from the street in a cluster of shops that almost looks like a storage facility, Rick’s Records is a new shop that carries used CDs, DVDs, Blu-Ray discs, vinyl records, cassette tapes, comic books and more. The shop’s namesake and co-owner, Rick, has a history of selling records in Shreveport that dates back to Stan’s Record Shop, where he was once an employee. Rick also had a stake in Disc Daddy, a beloved used record shop that recently closed its doors. If you’re familiar with Disc Daddy and trying to picture Rick’s Records, imagine a shop with less floor space than Disc Daddy but a larger number of CDs and DVDs – then add in 23,000 comic books and several thousand anime movies. This place is a paradise for music and movie collectors.
Prices are extremely wallet-friendly, with huge sections of CDs and movies priced at $5. At the time of this blog post (July 2014), there’s also a “buy two, get one free” promotion running on the $5 items. The inventory is eclectic, leaning towards bizarre – I spent 10 minutes in the store and left with Cajun, industrial, metal, rap and alt-country releases that I couldn’t pass up. There’s a pretty huge prog section.
The thing that I love about places like this is the unpredictability of it all – the joy of browsing. I lifted up a handful of CD box sets (Paul Simon’s entire collected output for $15!?) and found some stray Dragonball Z action figures beneath them. The place is one big mash-up of pop culture. If you love to browse, you’ll love Rick’s.
Rick’s Records is open 7 days a week. Hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Mondays-Saturdays, and 1-6 p.m. on Sundays.