I have always loved video rental stores.
Okay, maybe not always. But ever since my sister, my best friend, and I were old enough to walk from our house to Linden Video, where we rented the same three videos over and over while pretending that all three of us were sisters (“What does our Mom want us to get? Do you think our Mom will like this one?”), I have been a Video Store Fan.
There’s just something satisfying about the physical act of browsing, of walking through the store and seeing which covers catch your eye. There’s something decadent about a place whose sole function is to provide movies that you’ll watch in the comfort of your home, and also the candy to eat while you do it.
Despite my professed video store love, however, I had probably not set foot in one for at least five years. (Even before we had Netflix, we had the public library, which is like a magical free video store that will also order other movies for you, and all you have to do is wait a while for them to come and then return them on time. But anyway.)
What changed? Litchfield Video! The local video store recently moved to within two blocks of our house. They also put a sign out front advertising their weeknight special: every movie is 99 cents after 5 PM.
Well. I love a deal. I love convenience. And, I love an outing. So on Valentine’s Day, Mike, Zoe, and I hit the video store on our way home from preschool. It’s a very small place with a very impressive number of DVDs, plus a great selection of VHS tapes for sale. We chose a movie (okay, I chose a movie–Moneyball at last!), gave the nice people a dollar, and were on our way.
Thank you, Litchfield Video, for bringing me back to the rental experience of my youth.