Nancy's Jars
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A Use for All Those VHS Tapes: Nancy’s Jars Unboxing

I’m old. I’m old enough that I lived before DVDs even existed. Many of you out there are like me and remember the bright and shining VHS tape. You can also recall the devastation you felt when you popped in your movie and realized that it wasn’t rewound. If you had a fancy VCR, you could hit rewind, but if you didn’t, you’d have to put it in the rewinding machine. And it would take fooooreeeeeverrrr. Now, you can only find a VCR at an antique store, but never fear, because there is a use for your VHS tapes yet, thanks to Nancy’s Jars, an Etsy store that makes amazing and creative lamps out of VHS tapes. Take a look at our unboxing video below, and then keep reading for more information.

We want to send a huge thank you to Hayley at Nancy’s Jars for sending us these lamps to unbox for you. She offers movies and art of all kinds to fit your fandom. She has multiple options when it comes to light types. From horror to comedy to fantasy, there are lamps of all kinds.

Nancy's Jars
Photo by Between Two Forks

This was one of my favorite pictures to take. This is a lamp for the 1980 John Carpenter film, The Fog. I just adore this movie, and I love her design. The vengeful dead at the church. The green lighting and the foggy stuffing in front of it. This is my favorite lamp, not only for design but for ease. It has just one light color, but it is battery operated and on with a flick of a switch, which is nice. I just adore this lamp.

Nancy's Jars
Photo by DD Crowley

Here we have my most favorite film of all time. Everyone who knows me knows the importance of David Bowie in my life. Hell, he’s even tattooed on me. Here we have a VHS color variation, which she either painted herself or located one of the rarer colored tapes. I believe this is a colored VHS (although maybe I am wrong) featuring the handsome face of Jareth. The lights are purple, and this one, too, is battery operated, but functions with a different battery pack. This one tends to pop off sometimes, but it sticks back on with ease.

Nancy's Jars
Photo by DD Crowley

Here, we have a treasure. It’s also well known that The Blair Witch Project is my favorite movie of all time. It is the 20th anniversary of the film as I write this. I saw it in theaters in 1999, and I owned the VHS of not only the film but the mockumentary, Curse of the Blair Witch, as well. This VHS tape is decorated with the iconic stick man (designed by Ben Rock). These lights were a bit hard to capture because they blink a rainbow of colors, and I never could catch anything other than the bluish one. This one is USB powered, so it needs to be plugged into a wall or computer to light. It saves on batteries, but I do wish the cord was a lot longer. It’s hard to plug in with a short cord.

Nancy's Jars
Photo by DD Crowley

The last VHS is a special yellow one with artwork by Andrew Dela (@andrewdela1985). This VHS is also USB powered, but has a remote. That means I can let it shine with pretty much whatever color I want, including letting it cycle through the colors. I love the remote capabilities, but again, I wish the cord was longer so I could use it as an actual night light on a night stand. I’ll also kick myself for forgetting to put a line of powdered sugar in the picture because how funny would that have been? Are those crickets I hear?

That’s it for the Nancy’s Jars unboxing! That was a fantastic box full of amazing items. If you like these, you’ll love the designs on her IG page @VHS_brightlights. These are the more simple designs that she does, and her art gets pretty elaborate. Nancy’s Jars lamps range in price from $20-55 depending on how elaborate the tape design is. You can shop here page HERE, and I would definitely recommend it. I am not paid for this article, although the product was sent to me. My review and opinions are my own, and I definitely love these lamps. Thanks for reading and keep an eye on PopHorror for more unboxings coming your way.

About Dev Crowley

D.D. Crowley has been writing since she could scrawl misspelled words on paper to make a story. Thankfully her writing has improved. An avid horror, paranormal, sci-fi and video game lover, she gets to write about all her favorite nerdy fandoms. Some of her favorites are found footage movies, the original 'Halloween' and 'Resident Evil' (the games not the movies, don't ever ask her about the movies... you have been warned).

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