Bighuey wrote:@ Crusher, you sound like my wife. She was a collector too. We had about 2000 VHS tapes, close to 1000 books, most of hers were cookbooks. She didnt read much else. When she died we had a yard sale and got rid of most of it to pay for the funeral expenses. Im down to about 300 books now. Thats all I got room for in this small house. As for the VHS tapes, I kept about 100 of those. They self-destruct after a few years anyway so I probably wont have them much longer. Oh well, when they are gone that will give me that much more room for more usless junk.
I'm a Taurus; I don't get rid of anything, ever. Good thing I've got a big basement! Did you feel overwhelmed by all that stuff? I'm actually starting to, and I'm the one who's collected it. Not to the point where I'll get rid of anything, of course...I just think about it, occasionally.
And as for the self-destructing tapes...I've been buying 'em up since they're so cheap now, and "Frankenstein-ing" my favorites. It's easier than you'd think. Swearing helps.
What do you mean by Frankenstein-ing tapes? I was going to put some of mine on CD's but found that its more trouble and expense than its worth.
I used to collect junk bigtime. We had a 55 ft. and a 35 ft. trailers packed from one end to the other packed with about everything you could imagine. Plus our cellar was packed. I was the dumpmaster in our town, and I always came home with a truckload. Furniture, appliances, TV's, books, you wouldnt believe how many books people throw away, even cars if they ran. The school got rid of their old computers, there was about 15 or 20 that I took home. They all worked. It was getting out of hand so most of it ended up back at the dump. Im a Virgo, do they collect too?
But back to the subject, we had close to a thousand books but most of them ended up at Deseret Industries. They were big sellers like Boston Subway Railway Lighting in 1910, How to Trap Wild Animals, How To Repair Your 1952 Kaiser, and The Small Appliance Repair Book from 1941. Books everyone needs. I almost forgot, the immensely popular History Of Welding.