back a couple years some friends & favorite classic movie bloggers were showing off their collections, it’s funny how collectors love to see what other people have and how they organize, probably because we are all voyeurs and frustrated librarians, so here’s mine, for anyone interested. Laura of Misc Movie/musings fame (link goes to her post about her collection) has encouraged me to share, so here goes.
Whoops, sorry, no that’s not my collection, (i wish! bonus points if you know whose place this really is, though– it’s a famous director) mine is as follows…
As of oct 2013 i have over 5100 movies. I don’t buy many DVDs, and mainly have recordings or trades. I managed over the last few yrs to transfer all my family’s old collection of VHS tapes to DVD-r.
The filing system is so simple and quick it almost isn’t worth talking about, but I will, otherwise, no post:
No database, no computer (no patience!), no list, no problem. it all goes alphabetically in simple white envelopes and when I have to record 2 or 3 movies on one disc, i file it by the first title, then make a 5×5 index card (cut a 5×8), jot whatever the 2nd & 3rd title are, a note re: which main dvd those are found on, and then file the cards alphabetically. Easy fast way to find what i have/need, pull it, and pop it back. So in this pic/example I would have a card filed in C for Captain Blood (good thing I majored in English the alphabet sure comes in handy at times like these), saying “on Little Foxes”.
here’s the collection, just moved and reorganized Oct 2013.
It doesn’t look like much, which is my goal. I have everything in a combo of black wire mesh boxes and plastic mini crates, got from the dollar store, with cards for alphabet dividers. Lots of room for expansion and reorganizing. When I buy something, if it’s in cheap packaging, I just pop the disc in an envelope, sort them in my way and chuck the cases. TV series, serials, documentaries, and biography specials (lots of old A&E movie star bios) in dedicated boxes, music/concerts. The better DVDs are piled up and down the side shelves: universal monster sets, anything that came in pretty boxes, sets of cary grant, marlene dietrich, lombard, vintage disney in tins, and silent comedy and muppets, band of brothers, etc. Everything is organized to save as much space as possible. Those black Pleather decorative longboxes along the bottom is all the stuff I haven’t watched, filed alphabetically. A treasure trove to just randomly pull from, when it’s movie night. All the other shelves above has been watched. That last box on the floor, by the cord, with the stack of envelopes is a “new arrivals” unsorted stuff, just like a record store and yes I’m a geek. :) Another view to show the alphabet cards…
So movie books are shelved wherever they fit in A-Z order, also all across the bottom 2 rows, behind the comfy sofa are all these:
closer look at that skinny little side shelf now, for paperbacks or other smallish books, mostly bios, A-Z :
and here’s the ugly stuff, down in the basement, on industrial quick click-together plastic shelving. …
There are decades of Classic Images and other newsprint type mags in the bankers boxes, filed by issue number. On the other shelf are blue plastic boxes full of various other old movie mags collected over the past few years from friends/neighbors, finds from thrift shops, yard sales, etc. The binders are full of a-z clippings like obits and printouts, plus a lot of Hollywood studio mags. This stuff is all amazingly handy for research.
In recent years I decided to focus on my movie stuff and sold off tons of music rock/metal mags and collectibles, posters, keeping only my Peanuts (big collection) Seuss, Disney, Beatrix Potter, and Mickey Mouse & the odd other fun stuff which I started gathering as a little kid. You can see some of those books in the tall shelf next to the movie collection. Also one longbox of JLA and Superman comics that are probably worth only the sentimental value since I taught myself to draw by tracing over all the panels and left lots of nice deep pressure lines.
Not pictured: a massive music collection that lives in its own place and is amazing … more to come on that soon
Hope you enjoyed this tour of my classic movie hoard/ collection.
update: here’s the rest of Laura’s collection and this link takes you to the other bloggers’ stashes
Raquelle at Out of the Past shared hers, which led to Karen at Shadows & Satin (this space waiting for her collection to be posted so I can link it!) giving me this link to check out Artman’s awe-inspiring setup , all of which further inspired me to add more pix to this page
took some hunting, but I found the movie collection post I remembered seeing at Thrilling Days of Yesteryear! and that post leads to more nice collection posts that will impress you at Out of the Past, Noir Girl, All Talking…