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Thank goodness for spare VCR’s!

Yes. We had a spare VCR.

Yes. We still use a VCR.

Yes. I know it’s 2012.

So when the VCR that our kids use to watch (mostly Disney) movies died a quick death Saturday I did not fret. I just told my husband to replace it with our spare one. Sounds silly right? Why would we have two VCR’s? Well if I remember correctly, one was mine (from before I started dating my husband) and one was his. We started dating over a decade ago. When we started decluttering we decided to keep a spare.

Yes. VCR technology is dead technology.

But… if the kids have access to a bunch of movies that were mostly hand-me-down’s and if it doesn’t matter whether the tapes break or not – then why not??

So now there is only one VCR in our home. The other one is outside in our recycling box. It will be brought to our local recycling centre which now accepts small appliances as part of the Unplugged program.

I’m not sure what we will decide to do when the last VCR dies. We have many VHS tapes that would need to be donated if we decided to not find a “new” VCR.

I really hope no one that is reading this post is thinking “What is a VCR?”.

When I was around 7 or 8 my dad brought home our first VCR. It was so exciting! We no longer had to go rent one. It was around the same time that we bought a Commodore 64. But I digress…

Can you make me feel better about us hanging onto old technology? Any of you have an 8 track player? Reel to reel? Ghetto Blaster?

What is hiding in your home?


Be content with what you have, rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you. ~Lao Tzu

“Excess and deficiency are equally at fault.” – Confucius




About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.


15 thoughts on “Thank goodness for spare VCR’s!

  1. I tend to hold on to what works too. I am usually the last to get the latest in technology, I just gave my tv with built-in VCR to a friend in December when I decided to eliminate a tV from my home. Sorry to disappoint but no the 8-track player left years ago and no ghetto blaster either. But I will say I still use a desktop computer my son built from parts, and finally upgraded to a smart phone when my son gave his wife a new phone and asked her to donate her old one to me 🙂 I don’t own an ereader, or tablet, etc so I’m probably way behind you in technology if that makes you feel any better.

    Posted by livingsimplyfree | June 3, 2012, 8:58 pm
    • I don’t have a tablet or ereader either! We do have a blu-ray player and a pvr though…

      Posted by stephanieough | June 3, 2012, 9:02 pm
      • You have me there, with no tv I have no reason to have a blue ray player, but this will show how technologically behind I am…what is a pvr?

        Posted by livingsimplyfree | June 3, 2012, 9:13 pm
      • It’s a personal digital video recorder. Like a computer for your tv that can record lots of tv content. It’s the modern vcr. You can set it to save specific series every week or random stuff. It helps me detach from the tv a bit. I don’t have to channel surf anymore and if I want to go to bed but a show looks good I can just press record and go to bed! It’s life-changing, For those people that have tvs of course. You are amazing. I don’t think I could not have a tv. I love movies too much and my husband watches a lot of sports.

        Posted by stephanieough | June 3, 2012, 9:18 pm
  2. That’s really cool. I didn’t say I don’t watch anything! I will watch things on HULU and I can view sports online, I love football, can’t live without it. For me the TV was a way I zoned out. I would procrastinate and sit in front of it never getting anything done, while I channel surfed trying to find something worthwhile to watch, so I got rid of it. Of course growing up TV wasn’t something we sat around watching much so it’s more like I’ve returned to what I knew.

    Posted by livingsimplyfree | June 3, 2012, 9:27 pm
  3. We still have one to play old kid movies too – ours is over 30 or so years old, and belonged to my husband’s parents. They probably paid a fortune for it way back then, and it’s still going strong.

    Posted by lightlycrunchy | June 4, 2012, 3:07 am
  4. Funny how yours and Bill’s lives go in parallel so often Stephanie…(born on same day i guess is why)…none of our many VCR tapes i have used to record shows on over the years sold at our garage sale….so Bill phoned a place in our city’s recycling book and first lady told him to take them to the dump….i looked online and it said they were toxic to the earth so not to do that….second lady he called said hold on for in July of this year they are going to be accepted at the recycling place that takes electronics….we have MANY and now we have a PVR will never use them again for taping…..so if anyone who uses blank VCR tapes to tape shows wants them you can have them….we still have a VCR too Stephanie and thus I can see what is on some of these tapes before i recycle them….will get the important ones like Bill’s Mom and Dad’s anniversary, etc put onto DVD…..the rest we will gladly give away…

    Posted by Adele | June 5, 2012, 3:08 pm
  5. In above comment I should have calle them VHS tapes not VCR tapes…..

    Posted by Adele | June 6, 2012, 12:17 pm
  6. What’s hiding in my home? Ugh. You don’t even want to know.

    Posted by Jennifer | June 7, 2012, 1:51 pm


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