Last Vestige- Saratoga

By Heather Lumb

outside_vestige.jpgIt's a more-hit-than-miss kind of beat-up musical boutique thing that makes Last Vestige in Saratoga an essential weekly stop. Every trip is different because most of the stock is a rotating bundle of used media. So while you might not find the season three DVD of Weeds this week, there's a likely chance you'll stumble on a coveted Black Flag album or even a Tommy James and The Shondells cassette.

Still, in the age of Amazon, why bother with a vintage record shop?

Keep iTunes close to heart (or in your bookmarks) for need-it-this-minute singles. But for a proper browsing and cop-a-media-feel experience, stop in to talk to actual people. Hey, peer-to-peer won't keep your boom box and 45s alive, but Last Vestige just might.

lastvestigeinside.jpgThis is where you go browse until your eyes blur over. A massive collection of vinyl, bundles of CDs, cassettes, VHS, DVDs, and great suggestions make it what it is. Not until you get over the shock of these rare finds do you realize there's a back room full of vintage clothing. Apparently it's donated sporadically by a mysterious woman called Roxanne. Yeah.

The crew that runs the joint will discuss whatever questions, craves, or rants you have (even if they don't concern music) and if you're in there to sell for some cash or credit they'll likely scrutinize the hell out of your collection. But they've got a reputation to uphold, and a stock to keep the eyes interested in, so you never know what they will or won't buy. If you're looking for even more great finds, they've got a shop on Quail Street in Albany too.

Vibe: This is definitely a no-pressure-to-buy haunt that's less "we're here to make money" and all "we're here because we want to be". The guys at the counter were all about friendly conversation and answered every question I could think of. Scrubs was playing on the TV when I walked in and I found a CD of a band I met last year, that opened for one of my favorite shows ever.

Price Point: Cheap! They'll run your credit card but you won't really need it unless you're there to stock up.

Score! Find: Either the leopard print car coat for $65 or the Miles Davis record.

Find It

Last Vestige
437 Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Comments

Pssst....The mysterious Roxanne is Roxanne Storms who previously ran Albany's now-defunct vintage shop, Special FX.

Special FX? Why would a shop with such an illin' name go bye-bye?

I think she just didn't want to deal with the trials of retail anymore. I scored a bunch of great stuff at her closing sale a couple of years ago.

I love Last Vestige, at least the one in Saratoga. We need more record stores in Albany.

If this blog is called All Over ALBANY, why didn't you mention the Last Vestige on Quail Street right IN Albany. Geesh. What are we...chopped liver here. True, Albany isn't as fancy shmancy as Saratoga. And the only horses I've ever seen here are the one belonging to the cops when there's a protest at the state Capitol. But gosh darnit, Albany has its charms!

Miffed in Albany

Psst... I think this is the line you were looking for Miffed: "If you're looking for even more great finds, they've got a shop on Quail Street in Albany too." It's at the end of the 5th paragraph.

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

What's All Over Albany?

All Over Albany is for interested and interesting people in New York's Capital Region. In other words, it's for you. It's kind of like having a smart, savvy friend who can help you find out what's up. Oh, and our friends call us AOA.

Search

Recently on All Over Albany

Here's the proposed design for the Albany Skyway

Over the years thousands of people have driven along the off-ramp leading to Clinton Ave in downtown Albany that's in line to become the Albany... (more)

Wye Oak at Helsinki Hudson

Indie rock duo Wye Oak will be at Helsinki Hudson October 8 for a show. Tickets are on sale now -- they're $25 for general... (more)

Opalka Gallery 2018 fall season

The next season at the Opalka Gallery on the Sage Albany campus starts up at the end of August. And it includes all sorts of... (more)

"It almost felt like liquid hyperbole."

NY Mag's Grub Street has pulled the together the definitive (only?) oral history of the rise and fall of Four Loko in New York. [Grub... (more)

The first Albany Book Festival will be at UAlbany this fall and the lineup is stacked with notable authors

The New York State Writers Institute has the first Albany Book Festival set for September 29 on the UAlbany campus. And holy moly is the... (more)

Recent Comments

... As a resident of Hudson-Park, I can attest that Albany is in need of a multi-function event space that can host galas, weddings and chill live music performances in the vein of Saratoga's Cafe Lena (@Carolee), Revolution Hall at Brown's Brewing in Troy, or The Colony in Woodstock. ...and if another person complains about the lack of free parking in a neighborhood built for walking, I'm going to need to take a Xanax.

The first Albany Book Festival will be at UAlbany this fall and the lineup is stacked with notable authors

...has 2 comments, most recently from Anne

Summertime outdoor theater venues or series?

...has 1 comment, most recently from Jamie

Gawking at another city's elevated linear park

...has 2 comments, most recently from Bob T

Follow up: The Dutch Udder

...has 5 comments, most recently from Peter

Where to donate a virtually new mattress?

...has 15 comments, most recently from ken