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 5500+++ 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 tapes 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 away the nicer ones). Takes up very little space as you can see, browsing has the nice feeling going through bins of comics or records. You can gather I’m not a snob about highest picture quality or too sentimental about packaging, I really don’t care since just seeing the movie itself is my primary goal.
what I watch on is a nice 60 inch tv, no surround sound just 2 little bookshelf speakers hooked up to a 1998 Denon reciever. no Blu-ray just a dvd player/recorder and a VCR yes indeed. April 2014 just added a mini 4 inch square Asus chromebox computer to watch youtube and many other streaming sites, and google play movies on the big tv. Like I said just happy to have access to as many options for impulse viewing via new & and old formats.
now a look at the movie books
paperbacks or other smallish books, mostly bios, A-Z :
and down in the basement, on industrial quick click-together plastic shelving. …
Those are many decades of Classic Images and other newsprint type mags in the bankers boxes, stacked by issue number. On the other shelf are blue plastic boxes full of various other old movie mags collected over the past few years. The binders are full of a-z clippings, a lot of Hollywood studio mags. This stuff is all handy for research.
In recent years I decided to focus on my movie stuff and sold off (you wouldn’t believe how many boxes of) music, rock/metal mags and collectibles, modern movie magazines, posters, X-Files memorabilia, keeping only my Peanuts (big collection) Seuss, Disney, Beatrix Potter, and Mickey Mouse & the odd other fun stuff which actually has some meaning to be from childhood. And only one box 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. #facepalm
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…