Franklin native Will Jordan, who also owns Kimbro’s, purchased the building off of Third Avenue after Scarlett Scales Antiques, the business formerly occupying the space, closed.
“When Scarlett, who’s a good friend of mine, alerted me that she’d be leaving, selfishly, I didn’t want anyone else to move in over here, so I turned it into a photography studio and gallery,” Jordan said. “That was pretty much the first existence of Carpe Diem.”
Over time, Jordan, a self-described “picker,”—or antique hunter—began filling the studio with various antiques and records he would purchase while traveling, and it was not long before people wanted to buy them.
“People started buying the antiques, and I thought, ‘Oh, man, I’m making more money off my antiques,’” Jordan said. “And in the midst of picking, I came across a huge score and got an entire trailer filled with thousands of records, so the records started taking over.”
Jordan said Carpe Diem has a total of about 7,000-10,000 records for sale, and the overwhelming majority of them are vintage. The store either acquires them from Jordan’s numerous picking trips or through its buy, sell and trade program.
Jordan said he attributes the renewed interest of music lovers in listening to vinyl to a variety of factors.
“When you purchase a record, it feels like the stories you heard when someone would go in and buy music from a record shop,” Jordan said. “There’s a nostalgia that’s attached to it, and there’s something about holding vinyl ... and I also think that vinyl just sounds better.”
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