How do you get records for your collection?
Emma loves going to pawn and thrift shops to find new records for a good price.
“A lot of times [the pawn shops] don’t know what their stuff is worth. So I’ll find something really good at it’s like 2 dollars and I’ll be like ‘oh, that’s mine!’ and I'll snatch it. But if I go to Ann Arbor and go to an actual record shop, [the records] are really expensive ‘cause [the shop] knows what they're worth so I like to go to little shops and find the golden [records] in-between.”
What's your favorite item in your collection?
Emma's favorite record is "That's All Right/Baby, Let's Play House" By Elvis Presley which is still in its original casing.
“When you look at records you can see who they are made by [and] if they were the original or if they were copies so [this record] is the real deal… and I just really like Elvis. I read biographies on him when I was little and I did projects on him in school...I’ve always really loved Elvis so to have the original record is cool.”
How did you start collecting records?
When living in an apartment complex, Emma's neighbor was evicted and forced to get rid of everything in the span of one day. The neighbor ended up throwing their record collection away into the dumpster where Emma found it.
“My brother helped me climb into... the dumpster to get all these records out and there was boxes and boxes of them. So we.... were hauling these records to the house... going back and forth and our mom’s like ‘what are you guys doing, where are you getting all these?!’ My brother and I were like ‘we’re gonna become rich! We found all these records...we’re gonna make so much money! And I’m gonna get fifty percent and your gonna get fifty percent or we’ll give some percentage to our mom cause she’s our mom…’[but] we ended up keeping all of them.”