(WBIR - Knoxville) Saturday was a big day for music lovers, especially those who collect records. It was Record Store Day. The holiday started in 2008 and has become one of the biggest earning days for local record stores.
Heather Robinson of Lost & Found Records said, "We do more business on this day than probably any other day of the year."
Tyler King of Knoxville picked up a few vinyl records from Lost & Found Records. He said, "I think it's great because it's giving a younger generation an opportunity to be able to enjoy things that previous generations enjoyed before them."
In addition to offering deals to customers, many of the stores had live bands performing throughout the day to make it a more enjoyable shopping experience for customers while showcasing local and national talent.
The Disc Exchange in South Knoxville began seeing customers line up as early as 4:00 a.m. Most of them were looking to buy exclusive songs recorded by artists for Record Store Day only.
Allan Miller, president of The Disc Exchange, explained, "It's very limited. It's exclusively to Indie record stores. We started with nearly 400 recordings by different national artists for this day."
The record store will continue selling the limited items until they're all gone. Miller said those exclusive items will never be available again.
For some customers, Record Store Day was all about buying music by their favorite singers.
Cole Myers of Knoxville said, "I bought Clutch and Black Dahlia Murder which are two different kinds of music. Clutch is more of a rock band and then Black Dahlia Murder is like death metal. I just like any kind of music."
Some of the record stores took advantage of the heavy customer traffic to help other non-profit organizations. The Disc Exchange, for example, held several raffles and other fundraisers all to raise money for local animal organizations.