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Triangle vinyl lovers celebrate National Record Store Day

Posted April 19

— Although local vinyl record shops can be tough to find, the ones that are still in business are thriving thanks to an uptick an interest from the old and, more often, the young.

On Saturday, the seventh National Record Store Day, hundreds flocked to Raleigh's School Kids Records looking for a chance to buy something special. Some waited in line – outside, in the rain – overnight hoping for a chance to get their hands on limited edition albums for sale.

Parker Millar arrived early, and he said there is something special about listening to good music on vinyl. 

"Records sound better. They sound good. They fill the whole room with sound, and it just makes you feel better," Millar said. 

Stephen Judge, the owner of School Kids Records, said the first people in line arrived on Friday. 

"The first two guys got here at 5:30 in the afternoon," he said. 

Judge said the growth in popularity for vinyl records has taken off in the last three years. His sales have tripled 

"We never lost that 35 and up crowd, they've come back to buying vinyl," he said. "And now, the young kids are buying vinyl. For them, it's a new format."

Mark Jennings came to School Kids Records looking to add to his record collection. He ended up picking up a $99 copy of an exclusive release of REM unplugged. 

A year ago, National Record Store Day was record-breaking for School Kids, which had its best sales day in its 39-year history.

Sales on Saturday were just shy of last year. 

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