LAWRENCE — If you love music, collect vinyl records or simply need to update your stereo system with quality equipment for a good price, stop by Audio-Reader’s annual benefit sale, For Your Ears Only. The 12th annual event will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at Douglas County Fairgrounds, Building No. 21, 2120 Harper St. Thousands of vinyl records and CDs, along with vintage and modern audio equipment, will be sold for below-market prices.
Friday night’s festivities include free food donated by local businesses, cool prizes and first pick on an amazing array of vinyl, CDs, audio equipment and musical instruments. Advance tickets are available for $7 at Audio-Reader, 1120 W. 11th St. They are $10 the night of the event. Admission is free Saturday with many items reduced to half-price after noon.
This year, Lawrence, Topeka and Kansas City residents donated their beloved instruments, LP collections and gently used audio equipment to the sale.
More than 8,500 CDs and DVDs, 7,500 vinyl albums, and several interesting instruments including a flute, clarinet, didgeridoo, saxophones, banjos, multiple acoustic and electric guitars, as well as a left-handed bass, have been donated. More than 300 pieces of stereo equipment have also been donated including six-channel home theater systems from Yamaha and Denon and amplifiers and tuners from Denon and Sansui. Speakers include a nice pair of Klipsch Forte in oiled oak cabinets and three sets of large Bose 401 and 501s. A record number of turntables and changers as well as a classic Aeolian Vocalion crank-up phonograph help round out the equipment donations this year. Proceeds from the sale benefit Audio-Reader’s listeners, the blind, visually impaired and print-disabled. Funds help provide free reading and information services for those who cannot read for themselves.
The Audio-Reader Network, a public service of the University of Kansas, is a free reading and information service for anyone who cannot read conventional print because of blindness or any other visual, physical or learning disability. More information is available at reader.ku.edu or by calling (800) 772-8898.