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Thursday, December 1, 2022
You have a chance to collect a vinyl piece of Wisconsin history—and have your purchase support high-quality hospice and supportive care from Agrace.
Having received a donation of the personal record collection of Jim Kirchstein, an electric engineer and founder of Cuca Records, Agrace has set up a retail pop-up shop to sell thousands of his albums. The sale will run for just a week, December 4 to December 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.,—or as long as supplies last—at 1922 S. Stoughton Road, Madison.
Cuca Records, an independent record label founded by Jim Kirchstein in 1959, is said to have “captured the sound of Wisconsin in the 1960s.” The small studio located in Sauk City, Wis., recorded thousands of songs and LP records by Wisconsin or Wisconsin-adjacent musicians until the early 1970s.
Not only did Kirchstein record music, but he also collected it. After years of curating a personal collection of more than 45,000 rock, country, jazz, blues and Americana genre albums, Kirchstein chose to donate his own beloved records to Agrace.
“It took three days and many hands to collect the full donation of records and transport them to our store,” said Robert Washburn, Agrace pack up and pick up manager. “We are honored that the Kirchstein family chose to give their treasured collection to Agrace and grateful we can help get their records into the hands of many other music lovers.”
Agrace operates four thrift stores in Madison and Janesville, Wis., that support its nonprofit mission. The Kirchstein collection will be sold for $2 per album; sale proceeds will help fund Agrace’s health care services across southern Wisconsin.
The sale location, 1922 S. Stoughton Road, Madison, was also the site of Agrace’s 2022 Holiday Pop-Up Shop.
For more information about the Agrace Thrift Stores, please visit AgraceThrift.org.