US charity shop collapses under weight of vinyl records – watch

Second floor of the Thrift Trader store gave way in San Diego on Monday (June 22)

A shop in San Diego, California has suffered major damage after the weight of vinyl records caused the second floor of the store to collapse.

Thrift Trader is located in the Hillcrest area of the US city, with local outlet ABC 10 News reporting that the incident occurred in the early hours of Monday morning (June 22).

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With the collapse taking place at 4am local time, there were no individuals present in the store and no injuries occurred.

San Diego Fire Rescue told local reporters that the second story of the shop had been filled with vinyl records because the company had recently moved into the location.

A safety engineer also confirmed that the weight of the records were responsible for the collapse.

Watch a local news report in the video below.

Meanwhile, Neil Young recently spoke about the revival of vinyl in recent years, dismissing it as “nothing but a fashion statement”. The singer-songwriter said there was no legitimate reason for music lovers to buy vinyl.

“A lot of people that buy vinyl today don’t realise that they’re listening to CD masters on vinyl and that’s because the record companies have figured out that people want vinyl,” Young said in an interview with Californian radio show Frame.

“And they’re only making CD masters in digital, so all the new products that come out on vinyl are actually CDs on vinyl, which is really nothing but a fashion statement.”

Vinyl sales in the UK passed the one million mark last year for the first time since 1997. In the US, the format saw a 49 per cent year-on-year rise, with almost eight million sales.

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