In the age of streaming, a Langford man shows nostalgia as he seeks to sell a VHS collection that has grown so large he has had to rent a locker to store it.
“I have 1,200 VHS tapes in the storage locker, plus I have another 600 at home,” said Terrence Guignard. “Monthly storage fees add up, so I thought I might as well sell.”
Guignard hopes to purge 600 VHS tapes, give or take, all in one sale for one lucky buyer who can sit back, relax and enjoy movie nights – 90s style.
“There’s probably 50 or 60 classics that my grandparents grew up watching, so things with Bruce Lee or Chuck Norris or a young Susan Sarandon and Kirk Douglas,” Guignard said.
While his VHS are opened and used, seals are often a rare commodity – last month in Dallas, Texas, a seal, near mint condition Back to the future video tape sold for $75,000 at auction.
“All the classic westerns, there’s a huge collection of them. Then there’s maybe 40 war movies and tons of horror movies,” Guignard said, noting that films from the 70s, 80s and 90s make up the majority of what’s up for grabs.
“There’s a good variety – it’s a good mix.”
Downsizing his collection wasn’t the original goal, but plans have changed.
“The intention was to create a nostalgic Blockbuster movie theater and have movie shelves with tons of movies,” he said. “We all loved growing up.”
And it was a plan years in the making that took hold after movie rental stores like Blockbuster started closing up shop and selling their product at a bargain price.
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“It all started with a passion for cinema. I just collected them over the years,” Guignard recalls. “I would go online and see someone was selling 30 or 50 tapes, so I would buy them.”
Indeed, even with countless movies at hand, thanks to modern streaming services, his childhood favorites are rarely found.
“There are streaming services that seriously fail to provide a wide range of titles. There are times so often that I’m looking for something and can’t find it, so I go to my collection and it’s there,” he said.
Although owning the physical copy of a film trumps any digital copy in literal terms, for Guignard it also ushers in a flood of nostalgia.
“I would say [going to the video store is] probably my favorite nostalgic memory. In fact, I remember not too long ago, maybe 12 years ago, when there was still an active Blockbuster where I lived,” he added.
“I still have my Blockbuster card.”
Find Guignard’s Facebook advertising online here. He’s asking $500 for the collection or best offer.
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