Charlie Joe Henderson believes that everything will have value someday.
That's not a bad way to look at life.
And this is why the 71-year-old Chicago entrepreneur hasn't culled the inventory at Out of the Past Records, 4407-09 W. Madison St. in the rough n' tumble West Garfield Park/Austin neighborhood. The Kurtis Blow LP? It is certain to be back in vogue.
Out of the Past has nearly 1 million pieces of LPs, '45s, 8-tracks, cassettes, CDs and VHS tapes. Charlie Joe hasn't even tossed hundreds of pieces of vinyl that were damaged in a recent basement flood. Wait. There's more:
Whitney Houston commemorative posters. Overalls. Tee-shirts. Costume jewelry.
Please enjoy this brilliant "Out of the Past" short film made by Chicago Sun-Times videographer Jon Sall.
And be on the lookout for Shadow the cross-eyed cat, the store's mascot.
The Out of the Past building is about the size of a city block.
It has a bigger heart......