Flashback opened in 1997 with one shop in Essex Road. Initially we sold retro and vintage clothing in the basement and music on the ground floor. This continued until 2000, when we moved the clothing section to a shop over the road. At this point, we moved the vinyl to the basement and the ground floor sold CDs, Videos and a few books and games. Over time Videos were slowly replaced by DVDs until we stopped selling Videos completely in 2006. This layout continues to the present day. In 1998 we started selling mail order, firstly by sending out catalogues, but as the internet became universal, we transferred to listing our stock on several marketplace sites on the net, as well as our own website. This website started showing signs of age and was completely replaced by a brand new site in June 2010, with added functionality and more contemporary design.
Flashback was founded with a view to changing the record shop experience from an intimidating run-in with surly cooler-than-thou members of staff into an enjoyable way to spend some time, knowing that the staff will be happy to assist you, whether your interest is Frank Sinatra or the Wu-Tang. Our staff are very helpful, friendly and knowledgeable, so there should be someone at Flashback who can assist you with your enquiry, however obscure you may think it is.
In 2006, we took over an ailing record shop in Crouch End, and turned it around to the thriving store it is today. It is a much smaller shop, but has consistently great stock, and is well worth a visit.
Since 2008, Flashback has taken on a new lease of life, with more experienced staff and a far higher quality of stock. Today, it is one of the best known and most respected Second-Hand shops in England. We were voted 17th best shop in the whole of London in a recent Time Out survey (That's all shops in London, not just Music Shops!). We continue to provide a friendly and expert service, and hope to expand our range in the future.
Now in 2014, we are opening our new flagship branch in Shoreditch, the heart of London's vibrant community.
The focus at Flashback is on quality stock at fair prices - our bins are not full of cheap rack-fillers, nor are they full of over-priced rarities. Our aim is to buy items for a reasonable price and then to sell them again quickly for a reasonable price. We reduce the prices of our stock regularly. Our staff have many years of experience with music and everyone has their own specialised area, about which they are enormously enthusiastic.
We want you to be completely happy with your purchase from Flashback. If you are unhappy in any way, we offer a full-money back guarantee. Just return the faulty item to us and we will refund you in full, including return postage.
Both shops have a reputation for amusing and innovative window and wall displays.
We have regular instore gigs, mainly in the Islington Branch - check the news on the home page for details of upcoming events, including the Annual International Record Store Day in late Spring.
Visitors from overseas are most welcome - if you have special requirements, please email us in advance and we'll do our best to help.
Our opening hours are 10am - 7pm, Monday to Saturday and 12noon - 6pm Sundays (11am - 5.30pm in Crouch End on Sunday).