I have a DVD player. I use it almost daily. I have a huge collection of DVDs, all sorted nicely in their tower shelves. When I watch movies at home I exclusively watch them on my DVD player, or saved on the DVR. I can even watch Netflix movies on my Wii now, by putting in a special DVD. So why in the world am I staring at a giant stack of VHS tapes and wondering what to do with them?
I am currently packing up my house, preparing to move, and in doing so I have unearthed a number of “treasures” that I forgot existed. I hadn’t forgotten about my VCR of course; it’s still there at the bottom of my entertainment center. It’s not plugged in though, and I haven’t used it in years. When I found the boxes of video tapes in the basement, I had two immediate and competing instincts.
1) Look, more crap to throw away. I’m going to need a bigger garbage bag.
2) Wow! Look at all these great videos! I will save them forever because I love them! And they love me!
The first thing I did was to hook up the VCR and start watching the tapes that were not labeled. Mostly old reruns of ‘The Simpsons’ that I’d saved when I decided I wanted to save all of the episodes in the series. These were easy to throw out, as I now have most of them on DVD. Bam! Straight in the trash!
Next were all the musicals I was in from high school, things I had filmed in college, and other personal and unique videos. These were definitely for the save pile. Maybe I could convert them to DVD later and enjoy them in a modern way.
Finally, the actual movies, bought and paid for. Almost all of them I had purchased again on DVD, so I put them to the side, in their own pile. And that should have been that. But here they all are. What should I do with these VHS tapes? They are in fine condition, but who would ever want them? eBay? Craigslist? Yard Sale? Trash Can?
Somehow I can’t bring myself to just toss them out. Maybe Ruby can use them for building blocks. Maybe I can make a cabinet out of them. I don’t know. Why can’t I just throw them away?! I have no idea. If I leave them in the house, will the new owners appreciate them? (No) Does anyone still own and actively use a VCR? (My Mom) Wait, that’s it! I’m sure my Mom would LOVE some episodes of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon that I got as a present when I was in 5th grade! (No)
Ultimately, I will probably throw them out, but I’m going to leave them in their stack for now. They are old friends of mine, so the least I can do for them is stay their execution until we move. And if anyone wants any VHS movies, let me know.