ARC filled with a load of cheap CD’s

The ARChive of Contemporary Music will hold its Holiday Record and CD Sale at its ground-floor office at 54 White St., from Sat., Dec. 6, to Sun., Dec. 14, every day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Proceeds help the nonprofit ARChive, the world’s largest collection of popular music.

The ARChive collects, preserves and provides information on the popular music from 1950 to the present, keeping two copies of all recordings released in America. Sale items are the third copies. Board members include David Bowie, Nile Rodgers, Lou Reed, Fred Schneider and Jellybean Benitez.

There will be more than 15,000 items at the sale, admission to which is free, with new items daily. Recordings include mostly pop and rock, plus punk singles, but also Broadway, film soundtrack, jazz, African and world music.

CD’s are new donations from record companies, not used, refunds or defects. Collectible LP’s — including new and mint classical — are priced below book value. Hundreds of CD’s are priced at $1 to $5 each; cassettes are $1 each and 12 for $10. Just-released “new and hot” CD’s are $5 to $10, and most LP’s are $1. In a “best deal,” boxes of 125 pop, soundtrack or classical LP’s are $5 a box. Also, an “Astroturf Yard Sale” will feature “’50s kitchen stuff and clothing.”

ARChive members are invited to a cocktail party on Thurs., Dec. 4, and get to shop first, before the general public. To join (starting at $50) or for details, call 212-226-6967.