Three Friends to hold giant Vinyl Record Sale Saturday, June 3 in Mount Prospect

Thousands of old, new, hard-to-find and collectible vinyl records and CDs in pristine shape will be available at the "Three Friends" Record Sale June 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 306 W. Hiawatha Trail in Mount Prospect, just off Route 83/Elmhurst Road. The sale, held by Mount Prospect friends Bob, Bob and Fred, will feature all genres of music and international pressings.

"About any music one is looking for can be found at our massive sale," Bob Szeliga, one of three record sale hosts, said. "We have music for all ages including rock, jazz, blues and much of it very hard to find. I've been doing this for 16 years and having a blast. Last year when Bob and Fred joined me for the huge vinyl sale, we had a line stretching down the street of folks waiting for the sale to start in the morning. It's great fun and an experience in itself."

"We also enjoy seeing many former customers, now friends, returning year after year to find those special albums or CDs they've been looking for. We see many kids here buying albums and sharing tips on what bands to give a listen to," Szeliga said.

Noting the demand for increasingly popular and hard to find vinyl records, the three friends Bob Szeliga, Bob Hurns, and Fred Prellberg - each with music industry experience and knowledge - have found additional hard-to-find stock for the sale. Each will have tables of records, CDs and music-related DVDs to peruse through.

"Last year was a blast. I sold a spectrum of records featuring rock, instrumental, movie soundtracks, country, big band, female artists, humor and a lot of Beatles," Bob Hurns said. "I have a ton of new stock for customers to check out including English pressings purchased in England, hard to find music including Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Bowie and more. I've added 100s of great CDs and music-related DVDs since the last sale."

According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) vinyl record sales continue to grow, jumping up 20 percent from last year continuing their upward spike for the past 16 years. However, the RIAA said while vinyl sales surpassed CD sales for the first time since 1987 last year, CD sales in the U.S. are ticking upward. RIAA says the worldwide sale of physical music, primarily vinyl and CDs, continues to increase.

"Customers will find a ton of great music Saturday," Fred said. "I'll have a lot of new music, most of it is still sealed." Fred specializes in sealed 180-gram vinyl including exclusive Record Store Day releases.

Bob, Bob and Fred have every type of record you may want, a friend notes, and with their knowledge of music help people find what they're searching for and recommend new music or artists to give a listen to. They will also have a variety of bargain albums priced from $1 to $2.

They also purchase record collections. If you have a record collection of rock jazz blues or reggae that you want to sell and it's less than 50 records bring them to the sale. If it's more than 50 records call Bob at (312) 480-5487 to arrange a time for him to meet you where the records are located.

In the meantime, the friends urge vinyl fans to give the big sale a spin!

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