I had been waiting months for this day. One of my favorite days of the year. Also, one of the days my bank account seriously hates me for.

I saved a few paychecks specifically for April 21, 2018: record store day. This event is something that I have been a part of for four years now. I collect the tote bags, CDs, t-shirts, and posters. . .basically anything that has the logo on it.

This year was the first year that I decided I would go all out. I woke up before any of the stores opened, made a long alphabetical list of the records I wanted, picked up my partner in crime at the grocery store parking lot and made the hour long drive to Alpharetta.

The first record store we decided to go to was Comeback Vinyl. Once we arrived, we were greeted by a line of delighted people stretched around the building – I’m telling the truth when I say we stood in line for two hours.

It wasn’t too bad due to the lively, entertaining people around us. It was great to meet new people with the same expensive obsession that I have. After two hours of waiting, I was convinced that I was going to find nothing on my beloved list.

Unfortunately for my debit card, I found almost everything I wanted, plus some. I left that record store $243.73 poorer.

We then made our way to CD Warehouse and Mojo Vinyl. Believe it or not, CD Warehouse is actually a decent place to find some exclusives.

In conclusion, I spent roughly $300 total that day, but I went home with records for myself, my father and some of my friends.

Participating in this event is such a joyous experience, I promise you it is nothing like Black Friday, and I believe it is so important for us to participate in it.

Music bring us humans together and it really does help spread the peace.