Local record stores celebrated Record Store Day on Saturday with exclusive new vinyl releases and musical performances.
Record Store Day is a celebration of the people who make up a record store's unique culture, including staff, consumers and artists.
Cities across the U.S. have also declared Record Store Day as an official holiday.
The annual event was first held in 2008 to celebrate independently-owned record stores and the culture surrounding them. Some stores celebrate the holiday with new vinyl releases, giveaways and sales, while others go all out with musical performances, parades and meet-and-greets.
Schoolkids Records in Chapel Hill and All Day Records in Carrboro both took part in the celebration.
This year, Schoolkids Records sold over 250 new records and reissues that were exclusively released for Record Store Day, including releases by Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, the 1975 and Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires.
According to Gabriel Garrity, an employee at Schoolkids Records since 2019, Saturday may have been the busiest day the store has seen in decades.
“I think it broke every record, at least since the resurgence of vinyl,” he said. “We had the best day business-wise probably that we've had since maybe ever, but at least since the '90s.”
Gabriel also said that the overwhelming best-seller was Taylor Swift’s “Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions,” which was released on vinyl for the first time in honor of the day.