I look at all the blogs I follow, and I feel bad. All of them talk about cards all the time, and I don't know the last time I had a blog specifically for cards. When I say card collecting is on the back burner for now, its for a lot of reasons. I've never been one to follow a hobby too long at once so usually one hobby replaces another. Its not a surprise in the last couple years, VHS and movies in general have taken precedence over cards. Even puzzles have too. That said, I do have cards to show, I just need to gather them and make a nice post on them. I've considered renaming the blog since I show off so much more than cards, but I haven't put much thought into it. Maybe this summer if I redesign my blog I might do it then. All that talk is for another day. I had a few ideas for this blog post, but I made a trip to my local second hand store this week, and I wanted to show my haul from that. I figure the sooner the better I'll have it fresh in my mind. So today I have some movies, some toys, and maybe a surprise or two. The title for this isn't about the basketball tournament going on, which I lost interest in after Mizzou was knocked out. I always say #W4TG, or Watch For The Game on Twitter, where I promote enjoying the games for the love of them, not because how you fill out a bracket. I haven't done a bracket in years, and I think this year the games have been really good. Just after Mizzou lost, I was bummed and skipped the rest of the games. I hope your team is still in and if not, I just hope its not a major school or one who always wins. I'm not sure who's left, but no Arkansas or Kansas makes me happy. Same with UCLA (take that Tyus Edney!). Anyways, the title alludes to a find and I'll show why I'm happy about it in a bit. So, let's dig in with what I found. I've kind of retired the Savvy Loot theme since most of my finds are movies anymore.
This was an exciting find. Now these aren't the battery powered stompers, but these are still a nice find. The amazing part is it was 25 cents for all three. The pricing has really been odd the last couple years. These were a quarter. A Miss Piggy stuffed toy (which I have one of) was marked $5. I know they look up ebay before selling stuff (don't get me started), but I still think donated items should be cheap. They'll make profit either way. They really don't know if they want to be a donation place or sell new Amazon stuff (which seems like they are starting to do away with). Now it seems they want to be an upscale thrift store. Then again that prices people out. So finding these cheap are good.
I remember having a few of these kinds before though a blue one is all I have now. Oddly, I don't think I had any of these specific ones. My favorite is the red truck.
The media section finally had a sign with the prices on stuff, no more guessing. However I think they've changed prices on VHS. Now books are 2/$1, DVD's (and I assume Blu-ray) are $1, Records are $1, VHS is 2/$1 and CD's are 4/$1 (or 25 cents). I think they were doing 50 cents or 4/$1 on VHS before, but that's fine. Might be a bit more selective, but I'll still find stuff. I didn't find any DVD's this time, and didn't really look at records, but don't think anything good was there. I looked at books, but nothing interested me. So let's see the CD's I got first. It is an odd mix.
I can't say I enjoy a lot of ragtime music, but I mostly got this for my mom and the fact that Scott Joplin has some local roots around here and I always wanted some of his music. I listened to some of this and its not bad. I might listen to the rest later, but like I said, its mostly for my mom. Now to complete my ragtime collection, I need to find Michigan J. Frog, but I'm not in a rush to find it.
This might be the most random CD I've gotten in a while. I haven't listened to it yet, but I had reasons to get it. Mainly, I have a nephew in the Marines, so I thought it would be cool to check out. My mom found a Marines coffee mug as well, so it made sense to get this. I like how it mentions its not an official product of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Now to more "normal" CD's.
I like Amy Grant and I don't have much of her early stuff. I haven't listened to this yet, but I have heard of Father's Eyes (its on here Greatest Hits). I'm not saying I'll rock out to this, but it is a nice addition to what I already have. I have a couple others on my wantlist, though this one wasn't on there, its still a nice addition.
I think the newest NOW CD is Volume 84, and in the UK its in like the 200's. I don't plan on owning all of them, but I do like the early ones when I knew (and liked) a lot of the songs. I got this one for the S Club 7 song (don't judge). They are making a comeback this year, and I'll check it out online. If you like 90s pop, B*witched is getting back together this year too so I'm happy about that. Now if Billie Piper makes a new album I'll be in heaven. I also liked City High and Lifehouse, so I got this CD. I forgot they edit the music on here, but the edits are odd. I know its radio edits, but they edit the word "SMOKE", but not what they are smoking. So Nelly is singing about riding with him and "EDIT an L with me". City High is singing about a deadbeat boyfriend "somewhere EDIT rock now, in and out of lockdown". Odd. The only songs I'm skipping is R.Kelly (never liked him), and Evan and Jaron (despite being a fan of their stuff and have an album), that song isn't that good. Glad I have American Hi-Fi also. My logic is if I find one song I like than its worth a quarter. I figure this CD paid for the entire dollar of CD's I got.
So at this point, I'm not Dancing yet. I am about to though when I look at the VHS.
"Hey palie, there's somebody's name on that Death Wish box." Sorry Chuck (we're close I can call him Chuck). I noticed it after I got home. I have to imagine Death Wish 5 got a VHS release, so I want to build the collection. The third is my favorite, and 4 might be my least, but I was still happy to find it. Red Dawn I don't own otherwise, so I wanted a copy, though wish it wasn't a rerelease, but oh well. The same with Demolition Man, I needed a copy of it, so glad to have it. Both I would like on blu-ray one day, but I've held out on Demolition Man for so long, no rush. I only watched Red Dawn in the last few years, so that one I haven't enjoyed as long, so I might get it upgraded sooner or later.
At this point I have 3 movies, I always like getting 4, so that leaves one VHS left, and the reason I WANNA DANCE!
I will let you know I don't watch Bill Dance. In the 90s it was on TNN every weekend, and every weekend I would skip past it. I had no desire. I haven't fished in probably 30 years, and never was that good. However this "caught" my eye *groan*. I had to see if this was a tape I thought didn't exist.
As people on the thrift store finds page on reddit would say "I FOUND MY WHITE WHALE!" The story I first heard about 2-3 years ago, Jerry Reed was fishing with Bill Dance. Bill never keeps the fish, he tosses them back. Well Jerry caught a good fish. He wanted to have it mounted on his wall. Bill said "we toss them back". Jerry said "I'm keeping it". The keep fishing. When Jerry isn't looking Bill released the fish. So they get back to shore, and Jerry's like "where's my fish?" Bill told him he released it, and Jerry chased him off the boat. That is how the story goes. I've seen 2-3 minute clips on Youtube, but always hoped it would be available in longer format, but never expecting to find it. I never knew it was released on VHS, always assumed it was just a TV taping, thus the scarcity. When I grabbed the box, I saw this and almost let out a loud WOO-HOO! I haven't watched it yet, but plan to soon. This was worth the entire trip, and I am so happy I found it. It's little things like this that will keep me searching for VHS. They released anything and everything on VHS, and were much more selective on DVD. So as VHS tapes degrade, a lot of media is getting lost. That is why I like finding the oddball stuff opposed to the blockbuster movies.
After this we made a trip to Dollar Tree, and while they have DVD's, I didn't find much. I bought one movie, and it was only because I was curious.
David A.R. White isn't a bad actor. He's a Christian who makes a lot of Christian movies, but most of them aren't any good. He's done the God's Not Dead movies but also a lot of lesser known ones. I figured for $1.25, its like renting a movie and if its good I can keep it. If it isn't I can always donate or sell it. I hope a few other movies of his show up (especially the Revelation Road trilogy). I have a feeling the Dollar Tree movies are going to thin out soon, but there's always thrifting.
I think I'll wrap it up here for today. I might have to fish and Dance the night away. Maybe not. Before I go I wanted to share a link. The past few weeks I've started making a weekly music playlist on Youtube. This is the first week I made it public. There isn't really a rhyme or reason to it, just search for a song and then either listen to what they suggest or other songs that pop in my head I want to hear. Last week I made a playlist of St. Patrick's Day songs (Dropkick Murphys were featured heavily). This week is mostly 90s rock. Next week I might do a wrestling one with theme songs and songs used for PPVs since Wrestlemania is coming. I like to have a theme when I can, but some weeks is just random. I might have a 60s country song followed by a 2022 rap song. Whatever I want to hear. I figured I'd share the link, and each week I'll share it on my Twitter feed. I still want to build up my subscribers on Youtube, so figured this might help a bit until I start uploading more commercials again. The songs I pick are usually ones you don't hear on radio rotation (I don't do Spotify, so radio and Youtube is how I consume music mostly). I don't get how classic rock plays the same 15 songs when they have 5 decades of stuff to choose from. Anyways, here is the link- https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLWO8LKbggWruz8S5EoBY3bBzN8YCUgzOo
Well, now I'll wrap it up, thanks for reading and hope everyone has a great weekend. I hope to finish another puzzle, and maybe next time show some recent ones I've finished.