New York Public Library puts 22,000 records up for sale

In probably the biggest garage sale ever, NYPL has put 22,000 duplicate vinyl records on sale for three days.


New York Public Library will put 22,000 duplicate records on sale today, as The Vinyl Factory note. The library's Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound will open its doors to the public for the next three days, giving cratediggers the chance to go bananas on records, many of which are still sealed in shrink wraps, unplayed and bearing promotional stickers. The sale takes in decades of records donated, unsolicited, to the library, and will raise money for an ongoing expansion of the NYPL collection.

NYPL issued a statement for vinyl enthusiasts who may bite off more than they can chew: “We will do our best to provide bags. If you think you will need a box – you know who you are – we will have some on hand while they last.”

Vinyl has been doing well recently – this comes following news that Afrika Bambaataa's record collection had been made public in New York (and played by DJs such as Joakim) and a service that allows you to press your ashes to record when you pass on to "side B".

The sale will take place at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center, Donald and Mary Oenslager Gallery, First Floor.

Thursday August 8th: 12–7.45pm
Friday August 9th: 12–5.45pm
Saturday August 10th: 12–5.45pm

For more information, head here.

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