Carpe Diem offers thousands of vinyl records and antiques

Will Jordan started Carpe Diem in 2012 as a photography studio, but it eventually evolved into the records-and-antiques store that it is today. (Alex Hosey/Community Impact Newspaper)
Will Jordan started Carpe Diem in 2012 as a photography studio, but it eventually evolved into the records-and-antiques store that it is today. (Alex Hosey/Community Impact Newspaper)

Will Jordan started Carpe Diem in 2012 as a photography studio, but it eventually evolved into the records-and-antiques store that it is today. (Alex Hosey/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Carpe Diem, located off of Third Avenue in Franklin, sits right next to Kimbro's Pickin' Parlor. (Alex Hosey/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Carpe Diem has thousands of vintagee records for sale. Jordan said that the average price of a record is $10. (Alex Hosey/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Along with its antiques and records, Carpe Diem has a variety of new t-shirts available to purchase for $20. (Alex Hosey/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The interior walls of Carpe Diem are filled with a variety of records and antiques from Jordan's picking trips. (Alex Hosey/Community Impact Newspaper)
Within the long, narrow walls of the two-room house next to Kimbro’s Pickin’ Parlor are shelves and display cases filled to the brim with a hodgepodge of collectibles, artifacts, antiques and, most of all, vintage vinyl records.

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.”

Carpe Diem

212 S. Margin St., Franklin

615-429-0157

www.carpediem212.com

Hours: Tue.-Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Mon.-Sun.


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