Everything Must Go: Visiting the Last Blockbuster Video Stores

The video rental store of your childhood will soon cease to exist. These are some of the final moments of two of the last Blockbuster Video stores in North America.

The video rental store of your childhood will soon cease to exist. These are some of the final moments of two of the last Blockbuster Video stores in North America.

One of the last Blockbuster video stores in the country isn’t selling movies — it’s selling tackle.

DVDs from the Bemidji, Minnesota Blockbuster were moved to Grand Forks, North Dakota a few weeks back, and the Bemidji store is now being rented by two local flea marketers. A store that was once home to the largest video rental chain on the planet has been replaced by what amounts to a better-than-average garage sale. The movies have all been replaced by a thrift store assembly of randomness, including fishing tackle, records, books, cheap dinnerware and tools. The Blockbuster marquee was still on the outside of the building when I stopped by last week, but it was coming down the next day, said Elsa Znajda, one of the two flea marketers selling their wares in the store. The letters are being sold for $75 apiece.

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