While technological advances like smart phones laptops, and washer/dryers have certainly made life easier, society still seems to miss the “good old days.” A sense of nostalgia has swept over all areas of culture and brought things Gen-Xers never thought they’d see again back to life for a new generation to experience. The great thing is you most likely have some of these popular things still on hand. It’s time to dig into your storage! Here are 4 things from the past that have become popular once again:
Records & Turntables
Long gone are the days when you had to physically go to the store and purchase an album on vinyl. Now, with the click of a button, you can have an entire music soundtrack downloaded to all tech devices. However, it seems that people still can’t resist the brassy, authentic sound of music heard only on vinyl. According to Forbes, vinyl records sold 40 million units in 2017, with sales hitting the $1 billion benchmark!
With popular shows like “Stranger Things” and “Black Mirror,” it’s no surprise that iconic 80s attire is coming back in style. Just look in a Forever 21 and you’ll be reminded of the days your mom would let you ride your bike to the arcade, wearing high-tops, flannel, and a choker. But who needs to spend money on low-quality knock offs when you’ve got the real thing packed up in storage? Make sure to look for signature pieces like striped shirts, high-waisted jeans, combat boots, and denim jackets.
While art has always been appreciated in culture, people are finding new ways to use it. One of the most popular home trends at the moment is the “gallery wall.” If you don’t have one in your own home, you can probably think of someone who has one. An easy way to fill a blank space in your home, the gallery wall allows you to decorate with a variety of nick nacks that show off your personality or a particular theme. Honestly, anything goes really: plates, black and white prints, embroidery, tapestries, clocks, cameos, vinyl covers, etc. The world (or storage unit) is your oyster!
Polaroid Cameras & Photography
Just like record players, Polaroid cameras are also having their time to shine. While you might have thought selfies were the only photos people cared about these days, that’s not entirely true. We live in a world of “instant gratification” and it should be no surprise that Polaroid pictures have found their way back into popular culture. Since everyone has access to a camera these days via their smartphones, more and more people are taking an interest in photography and history of the camera. There’s no better time than right now for the polaroid.