Why I just sold my entire vinyl collection

I recently listed all of my vinyl records for sale. I thought I’d never sell them. I’d promised myself that several times over the past 12 years. During that time I’d built up a collection of nearly 2000 records. However as I write this, my phone is notifying me that the last of them are about to sell on eBay.

What the hell happened?

I decided it was time to sell up for the following reasons:

  • I plan to live a location independent life one day. One where work does not tie me to a particular location. Owning ~2000 records (vinyl is not easy to move about!) isn’t exactly conducive to that plan.
  • I like the concept of Minimalism. I’m not sure I need another label to attach to my identity, but I’m all about the idea of cutting out the unnecessary possessions in my life and creating space for new growth.
  • Possessions often define who we are. They shouldn’t. Amongst my friends I am known for ‘being into’ vinyl. Over the past decade-and-a-bit its become part of my identity. That’s a bit strange if you think about it. What we own should not define who we are.

Letting go wasn’t easy. While boxing everything up I felt physically sick. Like my body was resisting letting go. When I told people that I was selling my collection the reactions we’re all along the lines of, ‘no you cant!’  ‘Put them in storage.’ ‘You’ll regret it.’

It’s time to pack and ship out the last of them and it feels good. Like a weight has been lifted from my shoulders. If anything its been a really healthy experience to let go of something that has been part of my life for so long.