Unwanted Vinyl Records Are Finding a New Lease on Life
Those discarded old vinyl LPs are being given a second life away from the turntable. Patrick Chirico, owner of Wrecords by Monkey in Brooklyn, N.Y., has found another use for those platters that are, perhaps, not up to snuff for listening. Taking the old, unwanted albums, he turns them into a variety of other life forms.
In the process, he separates the thicker vinyl from the thin, for practical purposes. “The thick vinyl we use for clocks and wall art and things like that don’t need to be manipulated,” he told the Associated Press. “And the thinner vinyl we use for laser cutting and bracelet making.” Chirico says he uses around 90 percent of every record. In addition, he utilizes the LP sleeve, turning them into smartphone speaker stands. He even recycles the inner sleeves, using them for packing material.
A bracelet will set you back somewhere between $10 and $25, while a nice vinyl LP clock runs between $40 and $100. Chirico says his clientele ranges in age from 20 to 70, but most fall into the nostalgia driven demographic. You can find more information on Wrecords by Monkey here.