[Customers wait in line April 13 at Kiss The Sky record store in Batavia to purchase special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products made for Record Store Day.]
"My buddies, sometimes they will go to a different location on Record Store Day and pick up some records this store doesn't have, and we just kind of trade vinyl," Mehr said. "We used to trade baseball cards. I like vinyl because I like to hold something in my hand. MP3s are very impersonal. You can hold a record in your hands and read the production notes, and you get more of a connection to the music that way. The sound itself is also of a better quality."
Kiss The Sky owner Steve Warrenfeltz said people started to camp out at his store at 5 p.m. April 12 to ensure they would be at the front of the line.
"There were actually a couple of people that had brought tents out there in the parking lot," Warrenfeltz said.
Per the guidelines of Record Store Day, the store couldn't start selling Record Store Day releases until 7 a.m. The shop handed out numbers to those camping out and arriving early so they could reserve their place in line.
Warrenfeltz said the event has helped to boost the interest in vinyl. He is a fan of vinyl records, as well.
"I grew up on them," he said. "Even when CDs were introduced, vinyl was still there, albeit, they had a very, very small presence. Records are analog and they're warm and soothing. And a CD is digital."
Local musician Noah Gabriel entertained those waiting in line, hitting the stage at 7 a.m. He has enjoyed being part of Record Store Day for the last several years.