Saturday, June 22, 2013


Some of the FANTASTIC vintage items on our shelves.
Variety of vintage jewelry we offer in our case. Includes cuff links and lighters for the fellas. Lots of fun necklaces, pins, bracelets and compacts for the ladies! Looking for a unique pin, necklace or bracelet? Rings and Earrings too? We've got a nice selection here! Mostly 1940s - 1970s.

 We've got lots of fun and colorful options to aid in your beverage service for all of your summer cocktail parties, picnics and BBQs!

If you're looking for some new decor, we've got that too!

We've also got a lovely selection of glasswares/vases, pottery and books!

And, finally, we can't forget the little KIDDO'S!


Stop by the shop to take a look at all of these goodies and more! We are always adding new items to our shelves. As things move on to new homes, new things come out of hiding! VAMP loves our records, but we also love the "vintage life"! We pride ourselves in finding unique and fun items to offer to our shoppers and do our best to always keep our prices competitive and affordable! We look forward to your next visit and we hope you will keep our vintage section in mind for your next gift-giving need!

-Tracy & Fernando

Saturday, June 15, 2013


Fernando is holding it down today at the BEAT SWAP! I was there this morning and it was buzzing! Lots of great vendors and 1000's of fantastic records priced from 50cents on up! If you're looking for 45s, check out our friend, Timothy Tucker from OUTSIDE THE BOX RECORDS...he's got 1000s of 45s all priced at 50cents each! Plus another room full of 45s vendors, too! It's crazy! Mean while, I'm holding down the fort over here at VAMP! If you are one of the lucky ones holding a 10% off coupon, don't be shy to make your way over here and check out what else we've got! Shop will be open til about 5pm today. Working on the never-ending piles of NEW ARRIVALS! Come check it out! -T

Thursday, June 13, 2013


VAMP is happy to again be participating in the BAY AREA Beat Swap Meet! This goes down this Saturday at the La Pena Cultural Center on Shattuck. Fernando will be holding down the table over there and Tracy will be keeping the shop open. We'll have plenty of goodies in both places and hope that you will come down to check out what we've got! Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you Saturday!

The return of the long awaited, Beat Swap Meet. It's not your regular record swap meet. 

Saturday June 15th 2013

Join us for an afternoon of diggin in the crates & listening to quality grooves, all with a beer in hand. 

Invited Record Collectors & Dealers from all over California, Buy Sell & Trade Blues, Boogie, Funk, Hip Hop, Jazz, Latin, New Wave, Psych, Punk, Rap, Reggae, Rock, Ska, Soul, and World 12's & 45's on VINYL.

B E A T - S W A P - M E E T
B A Y - A R E A (#3)

DJ's spin rare selections from their record collections:
Antriks, Crimson, Cutfresh, Danny Holloway, Delrockz, Dirty Soap, E Da Boss, Flow, Max Kane, Mr E, Platurn, Smokestack, Sweater Funk DJ's, and many more TBA

Open Cut Session - Hosted by DJ Jawa
Brought to you by Battle Ave & Q-bert Skratch University

Producer Invite - All Hardware, No Laptop's, No CD's


(Fire House Sound Labs, Los Angeles)

(Live at the Dojo, Sacramento)

(Vinyl Villains)

(Student Showcase /

Most Updated Event Info:

Entrance $5 w/ Canned Good
All Ages | Casual Drinking for the 21+
Vendor Questions?

Strongly Supported by

La Pena Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley CA 94705


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Tuesday, June 11, 2013


In the shop now!

*Edmundo Ros    Latin Love-In
*The Soulful Strings    Another Exposure
*The Dells    Freedom Means…
*Fontella Bass    Free
*Ruth Brown    Gospel Time (Sealed 1989 Reissue)
*The Three O'Clock    Baroque Hoedown (Sealed)
*Bibi La Crème    Des Bons Rythmes De Danse Des Melodies Choisies Vous Sont Offerts Par… Vol 1
*Taj Mahal    Music Fuh Ya'
*Betty Wright    Travelin' In The Circle (Sealed)
*Eddie Kendricks    He's A Friend
*The Facts of Life    A Matter of Fact
*Rulli Rendo Orquesta Y Coros    El Toque Criollo
*The Supremes    New Ways But Love Stays

Monday, June 10, 2013



Darren Johnston - trumpet
Michael Coleman - keyboards/rhodes
Sam Ospovat - drums
Jordan Glenn - drums

Learn more about Darren Johnston here

Doors open at 7pm - Show starts at 8pm (three 45min sets)

NO COVER CHARGE + Drink Specials (Happy Hour Deals All Night plus $5 Manhattan)

OAKLAND FREEDOM JAZZ SOCIETY is a weekly Jazz series every Monday from 8pm-11pm at The Layover in Oakland

In addition to live music we offer a Jazz PopUp Record Shop and music share by VAMP - Vintage Music & Art.

For more info and the invite, follow this link:

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Sneak Peek at Friday's Show ~ VAMP!

Please join us Friday night at VAMP! Details here:


Soul Singing Legend Mr. Freddie Hughes performs at VAMP this Friday!!!!!! If you love Sam Cooke and Solomon Burke, then you have got to come on down!!! His group will be performing at 8pm. VAMP will be raffling off two of Freddies 45s including his hit "Send My Baby Back" for details -

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

NEW ARRIVALS for June 4th

Stop by the shop for a chance to pick up one of these goodies! Plus, always lots of great selections and new arrivals going out on the floor daily!

*vintage art & music for the people*

Monday, June 3, 2013


VAMP is closed today, but will be open again Tuesday at noon! This week, we are looking to clear out some bin space in our SOUL & JAZZ sections. Come by to check out our SOUL & JAZZ GIVE-AWAY! Yes, you heard us right! Pull out any VAMP record (look for VAMP or FC on the price tag) that is $5 or less and grab a 2nd record that is priced at $1-$3 for FREE! You will be charged the greater price of the 2. The less expensive record will be on the house. Thank you!


**Also, if you are one of the lucky folks in possession of a discount coupon, we ask that you use those only on full price items. Thank you and we look forward to offering up some deals this week! See ya Tuesday!

Many of the records seen here and in my previous post "MissT's Top 10" will be included in this sale!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Records are my life...

As I spend most of my waking hours running a record shop, DJing or going out to hear friends DJ, I can't help but to draw similarities between records and life. Life is a rhythm and goes in cycles and as far as I am concerned, music is the rhythm of life, personified.

Some records I love and will be with me for the long haul, while others I like for a certain period of my life and over time, as my tastes change, I am no longer interested in them. Some contain songs that have special meaning to a particular part of my life and will always transport me back to that experience. Some records I admire the covers, but don't care for the music on the wax. Some have unassuming covers and contain amazing tunes. Some records I will revisit every so often and will always sound as fresh as the first time I heard them.

All of the traits I've listed above can easily be translated into interpersonal relationships and life in general. Friends come and go, some stay with me for the long haul, while others come into my life during certain eras and through various experiences. Some people grow on me through time, while others start off strong and end up leaving a bad taste in my mouth. Some folks come off with a smooth cover only to end up being disappointing and those who might have been the most unsuspecting of friends, wind up being the best of friends. 

Records go round and round, sounding out the rhythms, cycling with life and the beat of the world. I am thankful for all of the great people who have come through my life and look forward to continuing to enjoy their company and the entertainment of the many records in my life and for those that will be coming into my life as the rhythms roll on!