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Rare Necessities has been providing music fans and collectors with top quality new & used vinyl since 1975. After scouring the usual places --- garage sales, jukebox record dealers, second hand stores, radio stations. --- we placed our first Goldmine (the collectors record marketplace bi-monthly magazine) ad in early 1976.

In 1980, we started making quarterly trips through Europe (England, Holland, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Italy & France) in search of hard-to-find European releases. We also crossed the border into Canada on frequent buying trips. Specializing in 45 rpm singles with picture sleeves at the time, we have also acquired, along the way, the largest inventory of vinyl picture discs in the northeast USA.

We produced catalogs 4 times yearly following our excursions, with a 15,000+ item yearly inventory catalog. We have been constant advertisers in Goldmine (receiving their yearly customer service award every year since its inception in 1987). We have new stock in monthly from the UK, along with domestic releases. Collectibles from Holland, Germany, Australia, Japan and other countries arrive less frequently, but nonetheless make up an important part of our inventory.

Our 40 years experience in the business and thousands of satisfied customers guarantees your satisfaction.

We encourage you to send a list of items you are searching for and we’ll do our best to help out.

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