Tape Swap Radio and the Bethlehem Area Public Library have teamed up to host the Lehigh Valley Punk Rock Flea Market at BAPL on Saturday, February 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The flea market will feature a massive music sale of 21,000 CDs and vinyl records with music sale proceeds supporting the renovation of the library’s new Bob Cohen Room. The event will also have 20 vendors from Lehigh Valley businesses, artists, and crafters as well as music provided by Bethlehem’s DJ REVERBISCAR.
The event will take place in the BAPL room left vacant after the Children’s Room moved to an upstairs level in 2016. BAPL is hoping to transform the currently vacant room into the “Bob Cohen Room,” a redesigned multi-use community space for concerts, educational events, and theater events.
The large CD collection being sold was donated recently to BAPL. CDs will be available for $1 each or attendees can fill crates for $25.
Vendors appearing at the event include Lehigh Valley Apparel Creations, Homebase Skateshop, Lost Soul Skateboards, Sweet Doe Bakery, Steel City Comics, Mama and the Bomb, Night Waltz Vintage, Killer Tofu Records, Ripper Chains, and individual artists from around the Lehigh Valley. Items available include art pieces, vintage clothing, comics, games, local music memorabilia, candles, all-natural soaps, herbal teas, jewelry, and more.
Tape Swap Radio airs every other Friday at 11 p.m. on WDIY 88.1 FM, Lehigh Valley’s community NPR station, with replays on WLVU: The Sound of The Underground every Thursday at 7 p.m. ET. The program is dedicated to independent and DIY music in the Lehigh Valley and hosts events at various Lehigh Valley venues throughout the year. In 2017, Tape Swap Radio first partnered with BAPL to host two ‘Library After Hours’ concerts at the library. This will be Tape Swap Radio’s and BAPL’s first Punk Rock Flea Market event.