All of you vinyl fans in New York will be getting a treat today. The New York Public Library announced that it is unpacking a load of vinyl albums and will be selling them today and tomorrow, Aug. 9 and Aug. 10, from noon to 5:45 p.m. The sale started Aug. 8, so some of the good ones may have already been taken, but you’ve still got a chance to nab some good finds.
The library’s Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound is selling 22,000 copies of LPs it received over the years. These copies are of LPs the archive collection already has. The recordings vary in style and genre; you can find foreign classical releases, 1970s country music, funk or even Ronald Reagan’s spoken word.
According to the library, they sold over 10,000 records on the first day alone. They said they would “restore another 2,500 or so” before they opened today. The library has also “priced the records to sell,” and the profits will go to the expansion of their collection.
As for the condition of the records, they’re all top-quality. “Many of the recordings have never been played, bear promotional stamps and remain sealed in shrink wrap,” the library announced.
The sale is being held at the Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.