In the Eastern portion of the old Briscoe Building in downtown Hartford City, once the home of the town’s first telephone office, a new store is bringing a different kind of sound to the old building. Thrifty Sounds, a thrift and music store, has recently opened at 113 West Washington Street in Hartford City.
Owned and operated by husband and wife team Tim Lee and Shawn Robare, Thrifty Sounds is a different kind of thrift store. In addition to typical thrift store fare, clothing, antiques, glassware, toys, and such; they offer new and used records, cd’s, and lots of hard to find music memorabilia including posters, tour issued band guitar picks and drumsticks, tour programs, t-shirts, and more.
The couple are originally from Indianapolis, but moved to the area a few years ago. Tim knows the music industry well having worked concerts in the area for 32 years. He worked many concerts at the former Deer Creek Music Center, now the Ruoff Music Center in Noblesville for 29 years. He also worked at venues in Chicago and other nearby larger cities. During these shows he met many well known musicians, and acquired much of his vast collection of music memorabilia.
There is something here for any musical taste. Vinyl is the most prevalent format, but the shop also has cd’s, cassettes and eight-tracks. Although he has sold things on E-bay for nearly two decades, this is the first brick and mortar store for the couple. “We have all kinds of things here,” says Lee. “We have nearly 2000 pieces of clothing,” adds Robare. There are posters, books, dvds, action figures, antiques, furniture and more.
The couple are still settling into their new shop and have yet to set regular hours. “If you stop by and the open sign is lit, we are there. We are also posting our hours on our Facebook page each day we are open,” states the couple.
The music available spans all eras and genres. There’s the gospel music of the Gaither Family, country music from the likes of Willie Nelson and the Statler Brothers, thrash metal from the likes of Slayer and Metallica, classic rock from the likes of Fleetwood Mac and Tom Petty. You may even discover an artist or two you’ve never heard of while browsing through the shop.