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Discover Downtown: Jay Street record store owner sees the future in music’s past

Kurt Hellijas picks up an album outside his store, The Re-Collector, on Jay Street in Schenectady. (Brian McElhiney/Gazette reporter)
Kurt Hellijas picks up an album outside his store, The Re-Collector, on Jay Street in Schenectady. (Brian McElhiney/Gazette reporter)
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For nearly 30 years, Kurt Hellijas has collected and sold records. For most of that time, he was a regular vendor at various outdoor record shows throughout the Northeast.

But for the past four years, his record trading has been done in one place — The Re-Collector at 1671⁄2 Jay St. About five years ago, Hellijas broke his hip and lost his job as a metal fabricator, prompting him to start his own business. ...

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