Tom’s Music Trade

Tom’s Music Trade
57 North Main Street
Red Lion, Pennsylvania
submitted by: “wendyvee”

Tom’s Music Trade in Red Lion, Pennsylvania has been on my “to-do” list for a long time. I decided to make it my first stop on Record Store Day 2012.

A major cigar and handcrafted furniture manufacturing hub during its heyday, Red Lion still has one thing that many small towns no longer possess … a record store … and a very cool one it is!

Hello, Mr. Zappa.

I’m only at the front door and I’m already in love.

It’s a tight squeeze in here. You’ll start off by saying “excuse me” a dozen times until you get to know your fellow shoppers a little bit better. By the end of your visit, you’ll be used to doe-si-doe-ing around one another so often that excusing yourself will be rendered moot.

Mr. Zappa. We meet again.
I have to admit that I’m a Frank Zappa fan more in theory than in practice. I love the “idea” of him … I even own some of his music; but I never roll out of bed in the morning thinking that I really need to hear some Mothers of Invention right this minute. Sadly, I knew who Moon Unit & Dweezil Zappa were before I knew who their father was.

I dig the record boxes below. I never had one as a kid. I had a really ugly avacado green round plastic thing for 45s (handed-down by my older sister), probably a half dozen or more cassette tape briefcases, and a bunch of plastic milk crates for albums. Sadly, I’ve lost them all over the years due to parental cullings and two floods. I miss them.

I purchased a few records and a cassette while I was there but I regret not buying this. I might have to go back and correct my mistake … Amy’s music just begs to be heard on a record player. Yes, I could buy it online but that’s not nearly as much fun.


>   Tom’s Music Trade

>   visit “House of Oldies” in Greenwich Village on Tripping With Marty

>   Vintage Vinyl Sundays at Retro Roadmap

Red Lion is home to Halestorm! Lzzy Hale is one of my favorite female rockers.

11 thoughts on “Tom’s Music Trade

    1. I had about 8 stores mapped-out for the day; but the weather didn’t cooperate with me. I’m going to do my own “Record Store Day” in the next few weeks so that I can snag them all 🙂

  1. Great post and photos! I love record stores and this looks like a great one. You should get that Amy Winehouse record on your next trip to a record store, it’s really good. And thanks for the linkage!

  2. Wendyvee, good article. I travel all of Eastern PA and Tom’s is always one of my stops. I am a Vinyl collector, so I only go where the vinyl is. Tom’s is one of 14 record shops I hit on a consistent basis. Good call. You have to check out the 13 other ones.

    1. Steve –
      I have a little record shop roadtrip planned in the near future.

      Jim Thorpe, Stroudsburg, Allentown, Kutztown, Lancaster, Reading, and Ephrata … Am I hitting any of your favs?

  3. I’m lucky to live less than a block from Tom’s store. It is the brightest jem in our nice lil town.

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