Funai Electric manufactured the last brand new VCR machine in June 2016. But even though they pronounced this pioneering home video technology dead, it is still clinging on via life support.
Old machines sell for $20-$30 on eBay, and you no doubt have some old VHS tapes taking up space in your attic. But at some point, you have to realize that old VHS tapes value is likely not as much as you think it is. And that it’s time to create space for items that give you value right now.
So, what to do with old VHS tapes? Read on for some great things to do with old VHS tapes that are creative, useful, and may even make you money.
1. Create Artwork
Are you an artistic person? Do you love making art out of everyday objects or even trash? You could do the same with your old VHS tapes.
Here are some ideas of artistic projects using old tapes:
- Make cheerleading pom poms out of tape ribbon
- Remove the interior and make the tape wheels into clocks
- Create jewelry out of the tape ribbon
- Make gift wrapping ribbon out of the tape ribbon
- Crochet with the tape ribbon
- Make birdhouses out of the tapes
You can likely think of tons more ideas once you start. If you create something eye-catching, you could sell your artwork, too.
2. Turn Them Into Storage
Old VHS tapes themselves might not be great for storing items, but the cases are. You can store things like buttons, sunglasses, and other odds and ends to keep them tidy.
Or, you could build vegetable planters and wall shelving out of the tapes.
3. Make Something Fun
If you are a “go big or go home” kind of person and want to do something crazy with your old VHS tapes, you can! Why not turn your tapes into an end table? Or better yet, make a foosball table.
The spools in tapes are the perfect size and shape to put poles through to spin.
4. Convert Them Into Digital Files or Cash
This is the least exciting option but likely one of the most useful. If you have home videos on VHS, you likely do not want to destroy them and will not be able to sell them. Instead, find the best VHS to digital converter and keep those home videos safe on your laptop.
Most of your VHS tapes will be worthless. But if you have an extensive collection, you could sell old VHS tapes online for a tidy sum. There might be one or two tapes in your possession worth money.
Don’t Let Your Old VHS Tapes Gather Dust
Nothing is stopping you from hiring a dumpster and throwing out all your old VHS tapes. Of course, this might be an appealing notion if you have 1,000+ videos.
But the above suggestions are more environmentally friendly options. Some might even create an excellent side hustle for you.
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