The more I watch A&E's "Hoarders", the more I realize how perilously close I am to being a hoarder. I've always had collections and have always felt better the more I had of something but it was tape trading/collecting that really got out of control over the last ten years.
For a while it was a point of pride mixed with a bit of a joke. I'd laugh when I talked about the thousands of VHS tapes and DVDs that had taken over my basement. Watching "Hoarders" and hearing the psychologists on the show talk about the gratification of acquisition has really hit home (literally). I've gone from a "cute collection" to a mess of epic proportions.
I'm trying to change my ways.
I gave up tape trading/collecting in 2008. I vowed to not buy any DVDs in 2009 and with the exception of the colorized Forbidden Zone and Stingray Sam, I've held true to that.
I'm not doing so good when it comes to books but seeing the hundreds of unread books in my basement has helped slow me down there.
Now it's time to get rid of the clutter. I've gone through my bookshelves and pulled out nearly 300 books that I will never read or will not read another time. I've started converting VHS tapes to DVDr and throwing away the "home made" ones while setting aside the pre-records. Soon I'll crack open the bins of DVDs.
I'm putting everything up on three sites: Half.com, Amazon.com, and Ebay.com in that order. I'm a big fan of Half as you can combine shipping on orders. Amazon doesn't allow that but they do allow selling to other countries. Ebay is a pain in the ass.
Whatever doesn't sell over these next few months I'm going to gather up and put them on a few tables in my driveway and hold a garage sale. What doesn't sell will be tossed or donated to whoever is willing to take it. I'll definitely announce when that garage sale is happening. Wish me luck on overcoming my addiction!
These are some of the tapes I haven't listed on Half.com or Amazon.com.
|Through the Looking Glass||XXX|
|Fade to Blue||XXX|
|Climax of Blue Power (XXX)||Alpha|
|Darker Than Amber||Bootleg|
|Rumble on the Docks||Bootleg|
|Die Flambierte Frau||Bootleg|
|She & He||Bootleg|
|The Sicilian Clan||Bootleg|
|Hamlet Goes Business / I Married a Contract Killer||Bootleg|
|Le Vice & Le Vertu||Bootleg|
|The Girls of Kamare||Bootleg|
|The Jazz Singer starring Jerry Lewis||Bootleg|
|Tai Chi Master||Bootleg|
|The Wicker Man||Bootleg|
|Abba: The Movie||Bootleg|
|The Colossus of Rhodes||Bootleg|
|When Television Attacks||Homemade|
|The Green Goblin's Last Stand||Homemade|
|Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter||Homemade|
|Andre the Giant has a Posse||Homemade|
|Atomic TV Volume 1||Homemade|
|The Kibbles and Bits of Hellorama||Homemade|
|Ed Wood's The Venus Flytrap||Homemade|
|Memorial Day 2000||Homemade|
|Springtime in Greenland||Homemade|
|Wild Goose Chronicles||Homemade|
|Post No Bills||Homemade|
|Filthy Rich & Catflap||PAL|
|Tout Vie Biem||PAL|
|Trip to Kill||PAL|
|That Night in Varennes||PAL|
|Jak Utopit Dr. Mracka||PAL|
|La Vie de Chateau||PAL|
|Danish Girls Show Everything||PAL|
|Cold Light of Day (1950s)||PAL|
|Espelho De Carne||PAL|
|Divka Na Kosteti||PAL|
|Fists in the pocket||PAL|
|Na Samote U Lesa||PAL|
|Dreams that Money can Buy||PAL|
|Mr. Hulot's Holiday||PAL|
|Der Grit Grad (The Weak Spot)||PAL|
|Man from the First Century||PAL|
|GDR Underground Films||PAL|
|Beat Generation: War||PAL|
|Temmink: The Ultimate Fight||Screener / PAL|
|Pleasures of the Flesh||Secam|
|Fantasy of the Idiots||Secam|
|The Bodyguard (Sonny Chiba)|
|Firecracker (Kung fu)|
|Jaws of the Dragon|
|A Choice of Weapons|
|Small Gauge Shotgun|
|Tennis Ball Killings 3|
|The Thrill Killers|
|City of the Walking Dead|
|The Black House|
|Brigitt Haas Must Be Killed|
|El Hobre Sin Rostro|
|Bombay to Nagoya|
|Alice or la dernier fugue|
|La Commune (2 Tape Set)||PAL|
|The Universal Clock||Screener|