The New York Public Library Is Having a Fire Sale on Duplicate Records


This is your chance to replace your dad’s Scritti Politti 7-inch you broke in 1994 (great album, lousy frisbee). The Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound has been collecting donated LPs for four decades. In that time they were bound to wind up with more than one copy of White Snake’s Come An’ Get It. To get rid of duplicates, and also to make some money, the archive–a part of the New York Public Library–is holding a vinyl sale this weekend. Some 22,000 LPs are up for grabs.

The archive is keeping a Tumblr of some of the records available for purchase. Lots of Menudo and Bonnie Tyler. Also, showtunes. So many showtunes.

But the roster also includes such gems as Duke Ellington and Ray Brown’s This One’s For Blanton and The Cure’s Boys Don’t Cry.

The archive has been letting people call dibs on the LPs using its Facebook page, so who knows what will still be on offer come Thursday. Beware, This Boot Is Made for Fonk-N is mine. Mine.

The sale runs from noon to 7:45 p.m. Thursday and from noon to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and is hosted in the Lincoln Center’s Donald and Mary Oenslager Gallery.