Local shops celebrate Record Store Day
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) —
For the tenth consecutive year, people around the world flocked to local record stores on Record Store Day.
"I'm here for the release of Pink Floyd's first album, Mike Carnemolla said. "This is actually my first time trying to score some for myself."
Carnemolla is a new collector of vinyl and said records make him feel young.
"It brings me back to my childhood," Carnemolla said.
On Record Store Day, hundreds of special releases are put on the shelves on independent record stores across the country. These special items are only available in stores.
Sullivan's Records owner Sam Lowe said some collectors plan for National Record Store Day days in advance.
"Record collectors are all about finding things that are difficult to find and there is nothing more difficult than trying to find something that is only available for one afternoon," Lowe said.
Collecting records isn't just for those who grew up listening to vinyl, but a trend among many young people.
"There is a whole younger generation coming up that are in their teens and twenties that are looking for the same records," Lowe said.
Lowe said Record Store Day is celebrated around the world and for shops like his, it is an essential day.
"It's really crazy, and more business than you would expect on Black Friday. It is like having months of business in just a few hours," Lowe said.
The first Record Store Day was held in 2008.