Q: Where can I find y’all online?
Q: Where are you located?
A: Our storefront is at 5505 NE 2nd Ave. Miami, FL 33137 in the Little Haiti area. Come visit!
Q: What are your hours of operation?
A: As of spring 2021 we are open Noon–5pm Sundays through Tuesdays and Noon-7pm Wednesdays through Saturdays. We close on major U.S. holidays and if Björk comes to town.
Q: Can I get your digits?
A: Sure! 786.693.9309
Q: Can I email you?
A: Yep, hit us up at firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: What kind of music do you sell?
A: Our shop is about 90% LP, 5% CD, 5% tape and we stock new and used of all. We have the largest selection of new vinyl in Miami and carry new releases, classic catalog titles, and reissues of almost every genre. We have tons of soul, hip hop, rock, experimental music, metal, folk, punk, jazz, blues, reggae, world music, soundtracks, and beyond.
Q: What else do you sell?
A: Turntables, record sleeves, cleaning kits, and other vinyl accessories; enamel pins, incense, cold beverages, music magazines, a variety of awesome Sweat merch and South Florida-made music, pins, books, and zines. You can browse all our merch and full stock of new LPs on the Sweat web store.
Q: Do you buy records?
A: Yes, and PLEASE CALL FIRST as we buy by appointment and we’re not always buying everything. We generally buy clean collections in the genres of rock, pop, jazz, blues, soul, r&b, disco, hip hop, electronic, dance, alternative, metal and punk. We do not buy big band, easy listening (Perry Como, Barbra Streisand, etc.), Time Life-type collections, classical, show tunes, or 78s.
Q: How much do you pay?
A: An item’s value depends on the artist, title, condition, popularity, and availability. A typical collection of mixed records will be 25 cents to a few dollars store credit per LP. You will always get approximately 25% more value if you opt for store credit over cash. We cannot provide accurate quotes over the phone so please call 786.693.9309 first to make an appointment with one of our vinyl buyers. We can send a Sweat expert to your location if you have an excellent collection over 500 pieces.
Q: What do you NOT buy?
A: We do not buy CDs, DVDs, VHS, 8-tracks, laser discs, or memorabilia-type items. We sometimes buy killer tape collections but that’s it besides vinyl.
Q: What are you listening to?
A: Follow our New Releases & Reissues playlist on Spotify to find out!
Q: How do I book a show / event / meeting at Sweat?
A: [Again: please note that due to COVID-19 we are not currently hosting regular events.] We are an all-ages space and most events here are free. We mainly host release shows for bands making a physical LP or tape. For release parties or one-off screenings, workshops, or meetings please email us all the relevant information (and please never email attachments).
Q: Will you sell my item(s)?
A: Sweat currently sells locally-produced LPs, tapes, zines, and enamel pins on a consignment basis. Please email us first, and acceptance is up to store discretion.
Q: What is the Withfriends page about?
A: Withfriends is essentially a Patreon for community orgs and alternative event spaces, so a perfect fit. It’s a great way to support our work even if you don’t collect records!
Q You guys have a record label?
A: Yes indeed! As of 2018 Sweat Records Records is up and running and our releases by Dracula, Las Nubes, & Richie Hell have already been featured on NPR Music, Remezcla, BBC, Brooklyn Vegan, and tons more. Listen to our whole catalog here. Additionally, Other Electricities is Sweat co-owner Emile’s truly excellent label that puts out interesting sounds from all over the world. For some reason we get asked this a lot but we are not a recording studio or rehearsal space.
Q: Do you do special orders?
A: Absolutely, for no extra charge we can special order any LP, CD, or DVD that is currently in print/available to us and we’ll call you when it comes in. Simply ask whomever is working and they’ll look it up for you. Sorry but we do not take orders over the phone.
Q: Can I have free stuff?
A: Yes! We have a popular Customer Loyalty Card program to reward regular customers. Get 1 punch for any new or used LP over $15 (or CD over $10). 12 punches = $20 voucher good for anything in the shop except gift cards or special order deposits. The cards are good for a year and are stored on file at the store so you don’t have to worry about losing them. Also, any purchases over $100 receive a free Sweat merch gift, and we’ve always got a stack of free promo posters up front.
Q: Can you help me track down something rare I’m looking for?
A: We’ll surely try. Feel free to email us any details about your vinyl holy grail(s).
Q Are you hiring?
A: We are sorry but we currently have no paying positions available. We still love you though.
Q: When are you moving?
A: Thankfully we are staying put. In early 2019 we were (mis)led to believe that we wouldn’t be able to stay in our location. Fortunately we were able to negotiate staying in our beloved spot in Little Haiti for the foreseeable future.
Q: Can I film or take photos at Sweat?
A: Please send an email to email@example.com for info on rates and availability. If it’s just for personal social media use go right ahead and please tag @sweatrecords when you post.
Q: I have a broken turntable / guitar pedal / amp / electronic thingie PLS HALP!?
A: We have worked with SDMachines for years and highly recommend them, and you can use Sweat Records as a drop-off point if necessary. They specialize in all eras of synthesizers and drum machines and also do modifications and customizations, as well as general turntable repairs. Feel free to contact SD via their website and please tell them that Sweat sent you.
Q: Do you sell tickets to events?
A: Not as much anymore but email us if you have a question.
Q: What forms of payment do you accept?
A: In the store we accept most forms of payment except personal checks and we take Apple Pay, too. Orders on our web shop can be paid via credit card or Paypal.
Q: What is your return policy?
A: Full refund on sealed merchandise in re-sellable condition within 14 days WITH receipt. Store/trade credit only for sealed items in re-sellable condition with no receipt. Turntables, headphones, and cartridges are final sale unless factory damaged. All sales final on used, clearance, special orders, and RSD items.
Q: Do you sell gift certificates?
A: We sell gift certificates in-store and online in a variety of denominations. They do not expire and are redeemable only at our physical location.
Q: Will you send an e-blast out for my event?
A: We’ve literally never done a “dedicated e-blast” but we do have a killer newsletter and a promo package available for concerts and events, feel free to email us for details. We also have several free avenues of promotion available to everyone – bring flyers and/or a poster to the shop (people still take them!) and/or post on our community bulletin board Facebook Group.
Q: Who are all the artists in the mural on the outside of your store and who painted it?
A: Sweat’s “Wall of Idolatry” features Daft Punk, Prince, Iggy Pop, Grace Jones, Bjork, Serge Gainsbourg, David Bowie, Noodle and Murdoc of Gorillaz, MF Doom, Billie Holiday, Notorious B.I.G., Aphex Twin and Johnny Cash. Incredible local artist and muralist CP1 (Claudio Picasso) did the entire piece without a single brush – it was all done with spray paint. His website is cp1art.com
Q: How do I stay updated?
A: Sign up for our mailing list (goes out 2-3x/month), be our friend on Facebook, join that Group we mentioned, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, keep your eyes open for our flyers around Miami, and better yet, come by the store on the regular.