Record stores are disappearing, but the thirst for vinyl and CDs hasn’t ebbed. Enter Iris Records, thankfully bringing 3,000+ CDs and 2,000+ records to the Grand Bazaar each Sunday.
Whether you’re searching for your own collection, a gift for a friend, or a favorite album for your youth that would be great for the wall, you’ll find an immense but curated library here. The owner has discovered that that people young and old enjoy perusing through stacks of vinyl, boxes of CDs, and crates of DVDs. Warning! You can look up and an hour has passed. Meet music enthusiasts and discover new hits, old classics and rarities.
Q: How and when did you get started with vending?
A: I started selling at markets in New York City in the mid-90s after leaving 10 years of Wall Street life (slightly born of desperation since I had a big record collection!). Back then, NYC was full of markets. I cut my teeth working at a market at the corner of Broadway and Grand in Soho for five years.
Q: What did you do before OR what else do you do, workwise?
A: I run Iris Records full-time, with the help of a few dedicated employees.
Q: Has a celebrity ever bought something from you? (Who, when and what?)
A: I’ve sold music to Patti Smith, Ryan Adams, Thurston Moore, Towa Tei, Gato Barbieri’s wife, Philip Glass’s manager, and countless other music-noteworthy New Yorkers.
Q: What is your favorite market in the world?
A: I love the flea market on the outskirts of Paris & American rural markets as well, places like Saylorsburg, PA and Hartville, O
Q: Why are you so passionate about markets?
A: I have a long-standing love affair with the variety of each day that I sell outdoors. Remember that I’ve had a shop for over 20 years, but selling outdoors is my secret passion. I never know what’s around the next corner and I love that!
Q: When someone comes to your booth what should they ask you?
A: They should ask what kind of music do I like!
Q: What guilty pleasure to you have?
A: I always buy a 6 pack of Perrier after a market for the ride home. Yes, I live dangerously!
Q: What is your favorite (NYC) restaurant?
A: I often enjoy the Grand Central Oyster Bar. I’m quite into history & seafood. How can I lose?