last year’s postbox: mystery retro goody boxes from the retro store;

When I read about vinyl being “collectable”, I always agree. I know this because I bought my first records before I had anything to play them on.

It started out with 7″ singles, back when “singles” were a physical thing that you bought and not something you could add to your phone at the touch of a button. (These days I get to do it with a fingerprint, making it feel even less real.) There was a time when your favourite bands released new songs on different formats with different b-sides, and the only way you could hear them was to buy them all. Now, Spotify is teeming with unreleased tracks and if I see one more mention of an “impact date” on a press release I will scream.

The Retro Store vinyl record retro box giveaway
The Retro Store vinyl record retro box giveaway

It’s now 13 years since I bought my first record (because it was pressed on green glitter). I own two record players, and I probably buy half my music on vinyl. There are a few reasons why it’s my music format of choice. Where streaming and downloading have become the norm, vinyl has become a proper premium package and I love owning something that my favourites have put a lot of thought into the presentation of. I genuinely prefer the way it sounds, unless dust gets in the grooves of course; and I love the ritual that comes with sliding an album from its sleeve, lining up the needle, and listening to its songs in the order that was intended.

The real beauty of vinyl, though, is that it is a format that endures. While countless CD collections have been consigned to the garbage bags of history (or at least the childhood bedrooms we are yet to clear), the sheer size of a record means it’s not so much of a disposable object. And so old pressings end up in record shops and at car boot sales – or being turned into clocks – so it’s not hard to imagine that I will one day own a copy of Tapestry by Carole King; or Joni Mitchell’s Blue; or the complete works of Bruce Springsteen.

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It’s also given my favourite local nostalgists at The Retro Store an intriguing idea for a gift.

The Retro Store vinyl record retro box giveaway
The Retro Store vinyl record retro box giveaway

With their mystery vinyl boxes, The Retro Store aims to offer something a little different for both vinyl enthusiasts and those looking to discover new (old) music. If you don’t have the time – or the inclination – to spend hours rummaging through record bins looking for that elusively intriguing cover, just give Peter and the team an idea of your likes, dislikes and favourite genres and they will hand-pick a mystery selection of vinyl for shipping directly to your door.

Boxes can be ordered individually or as part of a monthly subscription, giving you the chance to really build up a collection. And The Retro Store isn’t limited to vinyl: you can also choose from a mystery box of cassette tapes, comics or their best-selling box of console games. If you need a record player, they also have that covered – along with a regularly revolving selection of other gifts for nostalgic souls.

The Retro Store vinyl record retro box giveaway
The Retro Store vinyl record retro box giveaway

You might remember how I was eyeing up a mystery vinyl box around my birthday, so when Peter offered to send me one for review I had my specifications ready to go. I share it here in the forlorn hope that it will cut the number of irrelevant review pitches I receive on a daily basis:

Springsteen (yes, that’s a genre!) and almost all things by women. Girl-bands, soul, college rock, indie. I don’t really do disco, heavy metal, dance or mournful men from the 70s/80s with bigger ballads and bigger hair…

And how did that translate? Joan Armatrading’s 1976 self-titled album, Elton John’s 1974 Greatest Hits and London Town, the 1978 album by Wings. Which I’d score as two out of three would-definitely-listens, although the Wings album benefits from not actually containing the contemporaneously-recorded “Mull of Kintyre”.

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The Retro Store’s mystery vinyl boxes normally go for £18 with free UK shipping, which is less than I’ve just paid for my pre-order of The National’s new album and I bet that won’t come with a giant fold-out black and white poster of Paul and Linda McCartney. I honestly cannot sing the praises of this as a gift idea enough, which is fine, as I don’t have to: The Retro Store have kindly offered to send a box to a Last Year’s Girl reader, although you’re welcome to opt for a cassette tapes, comics or games box instead.

To enter, just fill out the Rafflecopter widget below. UK entrants only this time, please. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
– UK entrants only
– One winner will be chosen at random via the Rafflecopter widget above
– Entrants under 18 must seek parental permission before entering
– Once drawn, the winner will be contacted via the email provided and have 28 days to respond. We reserve the right to draw another winner if a response is not received within this time period
– All entries will be moderated and duplicate, false or incomplete entries will be deleted
– The giveaway will run from 25.8.17 to 1.9.17

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This post contains PR samples, but all views are my own and unbiased.

  • Dave Mc

    Love the idea of the vinyl and comic subscription – not a fan of the singles subscription boxes that are all over the place at the moment, so would be nice to get some albums to add to the ever expanding collection (I too have pre-ordered The National’s new album – can’t wait to play it!)

  • Love this idea – but also want to mention the Instagram link for the retro store did not work when I clicked on it. Sorry!

  • Mennastocks

    Love the blog, love vinyl, and love this idea! Just to say, your link to the Retro Store’s Instagram page isn’t working

  • Tracy K Nixon

    Love these retro boxes – what a great idea!

  • What a genius idea! We love a bit of vinyl round here. Matthew has a big collection, and I’m getting him a new turntable for Christmas so we can buy even more.

  • I love digital music, don’t get me wrong, but I miss the ritual of sitting down, setting up an album to play, and just sitting there, relaxing, listening to it play through as you chat with your friends. There were no playlists, no shuffle, just listening to music the way the artist wanted it to be listened to.
    That aside, I would love to enter this competition, however I feel that there are people out there that would enjoy it far more than I would, so I wish those people the best of luck!

    xx Bry Jaimea

  • I love this idea! But I’m a little scared to get into vinyl only because I already own over 300 CDs, I don’t think a vinyl collection is something I can afford to get into! But as far as subscription boxes go a vinyl one has to be one of the best I’ve seen

    The Quirky Queer

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  • Lisa-Marie Hughes

    I entered. I know you don’t get to choose, but I should win for these reasons:
    – It has just been my birthday
    -We have the same name
    -we have the same record player
    – your description = pretty much mine.

    • These are all persuasive arguments, but the algorithm gives no fucks. x

  • Solange

    Love this idea.

  • I haven’t heard of this before! I really love that subscription boxes for all sorts of different things have taken off over the last few years. Receiving mail has always been exciting, but this takes it to a whole new level, haha!

  • This is a really great idea. I’m pretty new to vinyl as I only got my record player last year. But I had been quietly obsessing over the idea for years haha. I sometimes think I was born in the wrong decade ???? I really like the idea of a mystery box and discovering new music that way.

  • this is the coolest thing ever

  • GCforever

    Gosh, vinyls takes me back. And so do some of those names. Great post and giveaway.

  • Ruth Harwood

    wow, awesome giveaway!!

  • Graham Ross

    What a fab prize to win

  • Joanne Beale

    Would love to win

  • Allan Fullarton

    Great competition.

  • john p

    great giveaway thank you

  • Vicky Allum

    I have just purchased a record player and am going to be collecting some vinyl myself!

    • Aw, brilliant! This is well-timed, then – crossing my fingers for you! x

  • Jordan

    Great giveaway

  • Geoffroy Thomas

    Would love to win. Great giveaway

  • Stevie


  • Lynn Hughes

    Nice prize

  • Jade Rogers

    Literally freaking out with excitement..,.

  • Sarah-Louise Kelly

    Yes please omg!

  • Rebecca Nisbet

    awesome!! How cool!

  • Adrian Bold

    Thanks for the great prize and competition. Good luck everyone!