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Think before you declutter your life of CDs, videos and other gems

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13.04.2019

Writer and musician Holly Throsby was walking down the street on council clean-up day when she came across two huge boxes of VHS tapes.

“There was season one of Buffy the Vampire Slayer on VHS and so much other incredible stuff, and it really struck me as to how much that was worth not that long ago,” Throsby told me. “For someone who worked in a video store, these cultural objects were so prized.”

Created by Joss Whedon, Buffy the Vampire Slayer featured Sarah Michelle Gellar as the blonde protagonist who fought evil.

Everywhere you look people are junking physical media. Marie Kondo’s popular series on Netflix has had a galvanising effect on many people’s decluttering plans but it’s a long-running trend.

Yet nostalgia for physical media seems more abundant than ever too.

Throsby didn’t just work at any old video store, she worked at Video Shift in Balmain, an arthouse specialist that in its heyday was widely known for its collection of rare movies.

These days arthouse aficionados can get their Robert Altman or John Cassavetes fix online if they’re sufficiently knowledgeable to know what they’re looking for. But in those pre-streaming, pre-DVD days, Video Shift often had the only copy of some films in all of Sydney and even all of Australia. People would drive for........

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