For the people who love and cherish independent record stores, Saturday was the greatest excuse to shop.

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SCARBOROUGH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- For the people who love and cherish independent record stores, Saturday was the greatest excuse to shop.

People began lining up outside the Bull Moose in Scarborough around 5 o'clock Saturday morning.

For some, the celebration is a tradition. For others, there was concern for exclusive records. Jeremy Sliwoski of Dover, NH traveled to the flagship store for its larger selection.

"We are getting the Death Cab for Cutie album. They did a live album. We didn't think it was coming to America... it is and we're very happy for that," said Sliwoski.

Record Store Day, apply named after the coveted vinyl record, featured some 450 special releases being sold around the country in honor of the day.

The annual event originated in Bull Moose stores before spreading to 1,600 stores worldwide, according to its creator, Chris Brown of Bull Moose.

"Every continent except Antarctica has something going on right now," said Brown.

Locally, there were free live shows and opportunities to meet musicians.

R.E.M Bass Player Mike Mills signed autographs on Saturday afternoon in Scarborough.

Local musicians, such as Amy Allen, Ghost of Paul Revere, and Gunther Brown played free shows in Bull Moose music stores.

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