Super saver tip: "I rarely pass a record store without popping in to see what they have lying around in the bargain bin."
Best bargain ever: "I was rifling through someone's old vinyl at the Aberfoyle Antique Market (61 Brock South, Guelph, aberfoyle-antiques.com) one year and stumbled upon a few solid old funk records I've always wanted for my collection. I snagged Roy Ayers's Coffy, James Brown's Black Caesar and Prince's Lovesexy, all for $5. I haggled him down from $15."
Plan your purchases: "I love Rotate This (801 Queen West, 416-504-8447, rotate.com) because it's really close to my house, so I can always drop in and start making lists of what I need to get."
Top deal spots
1. Sonic Boom (512 Bloor West, 416-532-0334, sonicboommusic.com): "Their used CD collection is great for finding deals. Check out the front section, where new arrivals are organized by the day they arrive in the store, and you're sure to find discs you may have wanted in the past but never wanted to pay $20 for."
2. Neurotica (642 Queen West, 416-603-7796, neurotica.ca): "There are always piles of used records in front of the store that catch my eye."
3. Slinky Music (442 Queen West, 416-603-2600, slinkymusic.com): "I always get good deals on hard-to-find vinyl. They're great when it comes to hip-hop and funk."