Rosebud, We Didn't Deserve You

Rosebud, We Didn't Deserve You

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  • Carolyn Fagan

    Carolyn Fagan is a writer. After spending a life in Rhode...

Everything old is new again. In 2014, a girl told me her prediction that tattoo chokers would (omniously) reappear as a fashion trend. I said “No way, no how.” I’m currently eating my words, while perusing the Internet for a record player.

It’s a confusing time to constantly reconcile between the charm of old-fashioned, tangible items and the efficiency of technologically delivered or rapidly produced—and cheap--goods. All of the things we thought we wanted are now possible—why hunt down a pair of vintage overalls at a thrift shop when you can buy a new “vintage” pair off a handful of sites that pollute the sidebar of your homepage, anyway. What does it mean to buy a CD when you can just download the select songs you want for free? And what even is a “video store”? Is it Netflix? Is it RedBox?

No, you guys, it’s Rosebud. And, like anything good that existed until 2016, it is leaving.

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There’s nothing that we can do now. But, what you can do is go give one last applause and buy some movies or TV shows at its going-out-of-business sale.

They’ll be open 12-5pm this Saturday, the 31st, and reopen one last time at 12 o’clock on New Year’s day. Go grab a movie, say thank you, and dwell in the beauty that was an actual, tangible, thoughtfully curated and expertly stacked, video store.