Where I got my tapesOver the past few years my TV recorded collection has grown to over... 50 tapes.
I mean, you were prolly expecting more, but oh well. It already takes up enough room. Doesn't mean I won't get another 50 tapes though.
I don't have like... a shelf, or any room for these tapes, so I keep them in these drawers in this cabinet.
I wouldn't call it perfect, but it works.
I used to have them in my closet (not pictured), but eventually I realised that I had too many tapes for the closet, and also keeping in mind that for some reason, I can't lay tapes flat on their back or else they will fucking explode (jk).
Or um... maybe onto the actual topic...
All of my childhood VHS tapes are in some landfill somewhere. So that's hours of 'priceless' footage gone.... shit.
So i've been looking around for VHS tapes to fufill my interest.
Most of my tapes have been found across eBay. I don't ever buy single tapes on eBay. They always cost too much for me, and there's no guarantee of anything regarding the tape that I just spent 50 bucks on.
My usual search term is "blank vhs tapes used", as most sellers tag tapes as "sold as blank".
As you can see here, there's some tapes. I was initially intruiged by the sprout tape, but as if i'll ever win that.
How I got most of my tapes is from Tape Lots, like you can see in the second listing.
I usually get like 10-15 tapes for $10 from a lot. I mean, i've only bought three lots, but so far, all of them have brought something decent.
Buying these tape lots is really taking a gamble on it's contents, but really, that can be what's fun about them!
If I can remember, here's what I've got so far:
I will have to say, one of my best lots wasn't even from eBay at all. It was from... someone's trash can.
Yes, during spring cleaning, I was scavenging the streets for anything interesting, and I spotted it---
I looked into the box and saw a ton of ol' vhs tapes.
I saw it while walking around outside during school, so I couldn't just take it right there.
I slipped a tape labeled "expo86" into my backpack, and when I got home, I popped it into my VCR.
And what I saw was 6 hours of television from my home town (i'm in Canada) INCLUDING the broadcast of Expo 86 on CBC.
I looked outside and saw the garbage truck roaming the streets... oh shit...
I hopped on my bike and rode to that house as fast as possible.
By the time I got there, the truck was way behind. I dumped the contents of the box into a grocery bag that I brought.
It was too full and heavy, so I unloaded some easy listening tapes and got on my way.
I got home and started playing some tapes.
They were all from 1984 to 1989 and were all recorded from local TV. It's gold to me! 10 tapes of gold!
there was actually like 12, i just couldnt be bothered to find the other 2 for the photo
In closing, single tape listings are too expensive, VHS Tape lots from eBay can be super fun, you might find some gold, and make sure to spend all day outside on spring cleaning...
Also the day after, I found a treasure trove of NES hardware and games, so I guess my neighborhood is pretty epic
also on the same day, i found an entire windows xp desktop computer, I kid you not. I hauled the danG thing home on my bike...
Aw man, I gotta write about THIS some day!
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Thanks for reading!