What's old is new again, judging by the crowds at a massive record sale in Edmonton on Friday.
Tens of thousands of records are up for grabs — and for no more than a couple bucks each — at the three-day sale at the Kenilworth Community Hall. Hosted by the Dead Vinyl Society, the event features more than 50,000 albums, EPs, singles, 45s, 8-tracks, cassettes and CDs.
22-year-old Angela Mackay believes she's part of a growing trend and said she hoped the first day of the sale on Friday would be a good opportunity to add to her modest collection of 15 to 25 albums.
Among her finds? She scored the soundtrack to the movie Grease, which she'll be spinning and dancing to as soon as she gets home.
"I know a lot of people my age are just starting to get into the record scene," she said. "So it's really nice that these prices are so cheap. [I'm] just trying to get a lot of those staples that most of the older generation already have."
That older generation was also out in force, including Paddy MacCrimmon, who already has more that 20,000 records.
MacCrimmon said he doesn't mind the younger competition. But he has a warning for them: record collecting is addictive.
"They're into it, like they're going crazy over records and they're hooked," he said. "They'll be doing it for the rest of their life, like me."
Darlene Maier tagged along with her son to the sale, but couldn't resist a solo album by the Bee Gees' Andy Gibb. She said she believes it's rare but doesn't know if it's worth anything.
"I don't know if I'm a hipster but that's what they say, and I still have a record player, you know," Maier said. "I'm not with this digital downloading, that's beyond me."
Martin Mukliz was also looking for albums, but with a specific focus on those that will get people on the dance floor. He works as a DJ, spinning records at nightclubs and concerts.
"I was looking for rap, R and B, soul music and maybe a little reggae," he said. "It's awesome that there's a lot of people that like music like this."
He was also hoping to find some Tribe Called Quest, following the recent death of member Phife Dawg, but had no luck.
Dead Vinyl Society co-founder Angèle Karosi said the sale began in a garage and had a line-up around the block in its first year. This year is no different.
"We had a line-up again outside and it just seems to be growing exponentially every year," she said.
According to Karosi, the sale attracts a community full of interesting people and there's always the chance of finding something valuable.
"Last year we had someone pull out a $150 record," she said. "It's rare, but the possibility is there."
The sale runs until Sunday at 6 p.m.