Audio-Reader's 'For Your Ears Only' offers all things music Sept. 17, 18

Music for all tastes, rare gems for collectors and a bevy of stereo equipment will be available for bargain prices at the eighth annual “For Your Ears Only” sale, a fundraiser benefiting Audio-Reader.

The sale takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, in Building 21 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2120 Harper St., in Lawrence. Admission for Friday night, which features prize giveaways, free food donated by local restaurants and first pick through an extensive selection, is $10 at the door. Advance tickets are available for $7 at Audio-Reader, 1120 W. 11th St., in Lawrence. Admission is free on Saturday, and prices will be marked down throughout the day.

This year’s inventory features an extensive selection of jazz and big band record collections in pristine condition, donated by collectors in Douglas County. This includes a Smithsonian big band collection, Bluebird label big band collection, jazz heritage collection, King Oliver History of Jazz collection and many more. There are also hundreds of CDs covering the audio spectrum from rock, R&B, pop, opera, country, bluegrass and holiday music. Most records are $1 and CDs are $3.

“We have more CDs this year than we’ve ever had,” said Feloniz Lovato-Winston, event coordinator for the sale. “You can buy some great CDs from us at bargain prices and upload them to your computer or MP3 player.”

Shoppers in the market for audio equipment will have a plethora of goods to choose from, including collectible 45 RPM record players, turntables, DVD players, reel to reel players, disc changers, tuners, amps, receivers and speakers. The inventory includes a pair of Bose 901 speakers and sets from brands such as Philips, Martin, Advent, SPL, Sound Tech and many more.

Bill Anderson, program director for KCUR in Kansas City, which has served as a drop site for “For Your Ears Only” donations, is a big fan of the sale.

“I’ve been to past Audio-Reader sales and have picked up a drum set, LPs and hi-fi equipment,” said Anderson. “This year will be no different. I’ve seen some great audio equipment coming in and plan to take advantage of the blow out sale prices. I have my eyes on a particular pair of speakers.”

Audio-Reader is a free reading and information service for anyone who cannot read conventional print because of blindness or other visual, physical or learning disabilities. More information is available at or by calling (800) 772-8898.

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