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ARC Sale

For nearly 30 years, NYC's ARChive of Contemporary Music has been collecting, preserving and cataloging "the popular music of all cultures and races throughout the world from 1950 to the present." Lovers of physical media, the ARC, David Bowie, Jerry Leiber, Youssou N'Dour, Keith Richards, Martin Scorsese and Paul Simon are among its board of advisors. The late Lou Reed was also on the board.

The ARC gets around 250,000 recordings every year. After sorting through them, they make sure they have two best copies on a record in their collection, and sell off third copies. Which leads us to its annual Holiday Record & CD sale which will happens at ARC's Tribeca HQ (54 White St.) from Saturday, Dec 7 - Sunday, Dec 15 from 11 am - 6 pm daily. Here's what they've got this year:

25,000+ recordings - all genres and formats - 45s, LPs, CDs, cassettes,
books, posters, DVDs, VHS, magazine and a vintage flea market + yard sale!

specials: This year there is an incredible collection of punk/new wave 45s + LPs, 3 big boxes of Christmas LPs, more CDs than ever before... 100s of modern art, experimental + modern Classical LPs - Glass/Varese/Crumb/Carter/Satie. All recordings never offered before - we start fresh every sale.

Additionally, this year's sale also has a special Lou Reed section. Members of the ARC can attend the pre-sale party on Decmeber 5 with food, drink and early shopping. You can become a member by filling out this form (and giving a minimum $50 donation).

You can also donate materials. Do you have an out-of-control CD collection threatening to take over your apartment? Clean out your pile and give it to the ARC. Your trash could be someone else's treasure. And contributions are tax deductible.

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Since 1985, not-for-profit organization The ARChive of Contemporary Music has been collecting, preserving and providing info on "the popular music of all cultures and races throughout the world from 1950 to the present." In a world that is hurdling towards the cloud, the ARC remains obsessively devoted to physical formats and counts David Bowie, Jerry Leiber, Youssou N'Dour, Lou Reed, Keith Richards, Martin Scorsese and Paul Simon among its board of advisors.

For those of us who have too many CDs and records and are looking to clear out some personal space, the ARC is a great place to donate. As loads of people -- and record companies do just that (BrooklynVegan included) -- the ARC has duplicates and surplus, and for one week every year during the holiday season it becomes the biggest record store in NYC. This year the ARC Holiday Record & CD sale happens Dec 8 - Sunday, Dec 16 from 11 AM - 6 PM at ARC HQ (54 White Street, NY, NY) and will feature over 20,000 items, including:

Good vinyl in good condition at great prices. Remember we clean out everything after each sale, so it may seem familiar, but it's fresh, CDs are NEW donations from record companies, NOT used, returns or defects! Mostly pop and rock recordings. Collectible LPs are priced below book value. Hundreds of CDs are priced at $1 to $5 each. Cassettes + Classical LPs - 2 for $1.00 Just released NEW & HOT CDs are $5 - $10.

PLUS - 7" singles. Old + new music books, books of all kinds actually - African, Reggae & world-music releases - videos.

More details are here. ARC Members will get first dibs at this year's sale at their Holiday Cocktail party which happens on December 6 from 6 - 9 PM. If you're not a member, you can join right now and there are a number of different price levels, starting at $50.