Tuesday, August 17, 2010

VHS Picking

On Saturday, Jason found a post on Craigslist for "300 free VHS tapes". Given the three of us that live in the house, and our already ridiculous VHS collection, we couldn't pass it up. Jason was at work, so that left me and Brian to go find these mysterious tapes.

We got in touch with the people and headed over to a storage unit near downtown. We arrived to find a cool younger dude who bought a packed-full abandoned storage unit at auction. He'd gotten the couple of good things out by the time we got there, and he was left with piles and piles and piles of mostly worthless garbage. And that's where we came in!

Amid the piles, there were probably 500-600 VHS tapes. There was absolutely no rhyme or reason to the collection. Most of the tapes were blank tapes with shows and movies recorded from TV. We're talking everything from the 2004 Presidential debates to basketball games to David Letterman to The Bodyguard. There were original tapes as well, also quite varied, including rock video compilations, I Spit on Your Grave, Fletch Lives, and Smothers Brothers: Yo-Yo Man.

The guy only had 48 hours to move everything out, so we helped by taking all of the VHS without first going through them. We literally got as many of them as would fit in my car - all but one box.

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The real fun began when we got home and started sorting through them.
We have enough left to fit in a large box. We didn't keep anything recorded from TV, and the rest were either broken or otherwise destroyed.

And to think, someone spent $75 a month for over four years to house all the stuff we just threw away.

1 comment:

Hearthandmade said...

lol!!! thats crazy!! Did you find somewhere to recycle them?

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