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.
I have about 5000 movies and they only take up a few feet of space. 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 massive old collection of VHS to DVD-r and got rid of those tapes.
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 or recycle whatever card type board is around the house), jot whatever the 2nd & 3rd title are, a note re: which main dvd those are found on, and then file each card 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” go to L and pull that.
all those 1000s of movies are stored in this nice blue chest of drawers, divided by A-Z watched, and A-Z “to watch”.
When I buy something, I just pop the disc in an envelope, sort them in my way and chuck the cases, or store the nicer ones. Takes up very little space as you can see, browsing feels like going through bins of comics or records which I love. You can gather I’m not a snob about highest picture quality or too sentimental about packaging, I really don’t car, just want to see the movie.
other folks stuff:
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…