The Searchers

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The Searchers

This small, unassuming Fitzroy gem opened in 2008 as one of the few second-hand bookstores at the city end of Smith Street. Since then, it’s evolved to include a healthy range of used records. Racks stretch from the door to the rear counter; and are helpfully divided into genres such as punk, soul and disco. Most records are in good nick and prices are reasonable. Home grown acts aren’t forgotten either; a large box marked Australia/New Zealand is full of favourites like Split Enz, Hoodoo Gurus and the obligatory selection of AC/DC records.

The store still sells books – music, film and art are well represented – and also offers coffee and small snacks. The communal bench basically invites you to grab a pile of records to flick through as you sip your coffee – and who are we to argue?

Venue name: The Searchers
Address: 93 Smith St
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 11am-5pm
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