This post is sponsored by YesVideo.
At this stage, there are a few things that are not a secret:
- I’m pregnant.
- I’m nesting.
- The baby’s room used to be a scary place that we didn’t visit with years worth of ignored stuff.
Part of prepping for the baby meant cleaning that room and finally dealing with the clutter. The painful questions of: do I really need this sticker book from grade school and why did I keep my prom tickets?
I pared everything down to just one giant storage container that is labeled “Danielle’s High School Stuff.” It houses treasures like my yearbooks and some old clothes to remind me that I used to wear skirts the size of dinner napkins.
Within that storage container, there is a problem child: a bunch of VHS tapes. Tapes that contain stuff like:
- Me taking a video camera to school on the last day of senior year and asking people for their wisdom (okay, more like badgering people);
- My senior year All-State Chorus concert; and,
- An amazing Brady Bunch skit performed during some sort of senior dinner or talent show.
I want to watch these videos, if only to cringe for a few minutes. But I can’t. I have no VCR, nor do I plan to purchase a VCR just to relive these memories. Also, remember VHS tapes? They are big. A very large portion of the Danielle’s High School Stuff box is filled with VHS tapes. The part of me that hates clutter and throws everything away had a very hard time hanging onto those.
Clearly, I need some alternatives.
Enter YesVideo. YesVideo offers a service where you 1) place your order and send in your videos and then you get them back in an online format. You can even order DVDs from there. This is a perfect solution to the clutter. Check out this video about their service.
Now, to make life even easier, YesVideo is offering a gift card that you can purchase in-store at Target.
Here’s how it works. Go to Target and get your gift card to put that toward video and film transfers. (These are available in-store, not online.) When you are ready to redeem, you go here and make the magic happen. We never know what to get my FIL for Christmas, so this is a perfect option for us since he always has a video camera in hand. It takes an array of formats – VHS, VHS-C, S-VHS, 8 mm videotape, Hi-8, Digital 8, MiniDV, BetaMax, Super 8 and 16 mm . Dust off that old technology and get a digitized video loaded into a private online account. And, your old formats will be returned, so if BetaMax makes a comeback, you are set. Or, if you hate clutter like me, you can happily toss them and move all of your high school memories to a much smaller container in the garage.
Now, who’s looking forward to seeing me (and a whole lot of other Delaware high school students) sing a song about how a guy can whistle and I’ll be right there. (Or something like that. And I think that is the song. Since I can’t see my video yet, we’re relying on my memory, which is questionable at best.)