Last Sunday I went to the Doncaster Keepmoat Car Boot Sale with my Brother and his Missus. It's the first boot sale I've been to this year and I enjoyed getting out in the cold May sun. There was a time when I would have bought tons of old toys and come home with two bin liners' full, but these days I prefer to browse and enjoy the bustle. To be honest there just aren't that many vintage toys at car boot sales anymore here [maybe I bought them all!]. There was one decent one on this occasion with an interesting mix of stuff like a loose but excellent Marx Chief Cherokee with accessories for £15 and a boxed Matchbox Stingray Marineville Headquarters [OK, it's not really vintage]. I didn't get the price on that.
What I was actually looking for were old big box VHS or Betamax videos, which I collect. I was amazed how few there were - just a solitary one, amongst countless modern video's, which nobody wants anymore. I love video, it's history and, like Super 8 before it, the impact it had on home 'cinema'. It was revolutionary and now it's all but faded. We are literally witnessing the death of a technology. Big Box and Betamax were it's beginning and they are inevitably the first to disappear, only to exist in the future on collectors' shelves like mine. One day DVD will go the same dusty way, just not sure when.
Anyone else collect films in home formats like 16mm. Super 8, Laserdisc, Video or DVD or the players they're played on?