Record Store Day spins for fans and owners alike

In one way, Record Store Day is fantastic.

However, it’s my least favorite day of the year.

Let me first say Record Store Day is a great day for vinyl collectors and an even greater day for those who own and operate independent record stores. The day first started in 2007 as a way to garner support for independently run record stores, and the day’s popularity has grown as many big-named bands release Record Store Day exclusives singles, albums, promotions, etc.

This is the first Record Store Day I was able to attend, as I stopped by a few shops before attending a wedding reception in St. Paul.

Here’s my problem, Record Store Day is like a buffet on a dessert island — the shelves are picked clean. It’s worth noting that I’ve been collecting records for more than six years and have amassed a collection of more than 900 records — meaning my want list is quite bit smaller than it used to be.

But on Record Store Day, I can’t find anything I want on shelves where I usually have to keep myself from binge buying.

In all truth, the day is great for the stores and the store owners who love the droves of buyers the day turns up.

For this selfish collector, I’ll reserve my future purchases for the other 364 days of the year (except for the Sunday after).

As an avid collector, it’s a little disappointing to see the droves of people out one day a year, because I know just how dead the stores can be other days of the year when I’m shopping.

Personally, I’ll save my record shopping for the other 364 days of the year.

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