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20 Retro-Inspired Household Items That Will Take You Back To The Good Old Days

by Olivia Jakiel
Olivia Jakiel is an experienced editor and writer residing in the magical and enchanting land of North Hollywood, CA. She enjoys baking, cooking, and long walks to the wine cellar with her dog, and also consumes rotisserie chicken at an extremely alarming rate. Bylines on HelloGiggles, MSN, Yahoo, Obsev, and more.

Do you ever wish you could just time-travel back to the good old days?

Today, it seems like everything is overly complicated, everyone is reliant on technology, and no one ever looks up from their phones.

Sure, technology has made everything from shopping (hello, how else are you going to order things from this list?) to getting a ride to the airport much easier; however, I can’t help but think how much simpler and easier it must have been decades and decades ago.

And because no one has yet to invent actual time travel (c’mon Tesla, where you at?), there’s not really much we can do, other than look down memory lane with a singular nostalgic tear streaming down our faces.

Right? Right.

Just kidding. Thanks to the beauty that is the internet, you can own all the retro-inspired household items you want! The best part? Most of these items are under $100! Happy shopping!

1. Alarm Clock, $9.95

1. Alarm Clock, $9.95

Waking up to your iPhone’s alarm is so 2018. This retro-inspired alarm clock comes in a bunch of different colors and will wake you up the good, old-fashioned way: in a panic.

Buy it on Amazon for $9.95.

2. Heart Sunglasses, $9.95

2. Heart Sunglasses, $9.95

Don’t these shades just scream “Wendy Peffercorn”?

Buy them on Amazon for $9.95.

3. Bluetooth Speaker, $12.89

3. Bluetooth Speaker, $12.89

This portable speaker is both cute and powerful! It’s perfect to bring along on a trip to the beach or a picnic or to just keep in your kitchen.

Buy it on Amazon for $12.89.

4. Jukebox CD Player, $49.99

4. Jukebox CD Player, $49.99

This jukebox CD player also features an FM radio, Bluetooth technology, and changing LED lights.

Buy it on Amazon for $49.99.

5. Landline Phone, $38.75

5. Landline Phone, $38.75

If you still have a landline, this retro phone is the perfect way to call your neighbor for some hot neighborhood gossip! Or, you know, hang up on telemarketers (because those are basically the only people who call on landlines now, right?).

Buy it Amazon for $38.75.

6. Bread Box, $29.99

6. Bread Box, $29.99

Keep your bread fresh in this old-school bread box instead of letting it sit out on your counter!

Buy it on Amazon for $29.99.

7. Snow Cone Machine, $39.99

7. Snow Cone Machine, $39.99

This fun snow cone machine is a great way to make icy treats on those hot summer days while you reminisce about the time air conditioning wasn’t invented yet.

(Just kidding, of course.)

Buy it on Amazon for $39.99.

8. Breakfast Station, $79.99

8. Breakfast Station, $79.99

Yes, this item is a little pricey. BUT think of everything you get with this all-in-one breakfast station: a coffee maker, toaster oven, and griddle with warming lid.

Buy it on Amazon for $79.99.

9. Vintage Desk Lamp, $36.99

9. Vintage Desk Lamp, $36.99

Channel the spirit of your forefathers with this industrial-looking vintage lamp.

Buy it on Amazon for $36.99.

10. Wall Clock With Thermometer and Timer, $16.95

10. Wall Clock With Thermometer and Timer, $16.95

This wall clock also comes with an old-school thermometer, as well as a timer!

Buy it on Amazon for $16.95.

11. '50s Soda Table, $103.41

11. '50s Soda Table, $103.41

Again, kind of a pricey item. But this ’50s-style soda table will take you back to the good old days of soda and milkshake dates.

Buy it on Amazon for $103.41.

12. Vinyl Record Coasters, $9.99

12. Vinyl Record Coasters, $9.99

Vinyl record coasters will give any room a funky ’70s vibe.

Buy it on Amazon for $9.99.

13. Eat Here Wall Decor, $22.99

13. Eat Here Wall Decor, $22.99

Perfect for the home cook who loves to entertain!

Buy it on Amazon for $22.99.

14. Lava Lamp, $10.70

14. Lava Lamp, $10.70

What retro-inspired list wouldn’t be complete without a lava lamp?

Buy it on Amazon for $10.70.

 

15. Retro Egg Beater, $12.99

15. Retro Egg Beater, $12.99

If you have fond memories of your parents or grandparents using one of these babies to beat some eggs for a big Sunday morning family breakfast, then this retro egg beater is the perfect way to carry on the nostalgic tradition with your own family!

Buy it at Cost Plus World Market for $12.99.

16. '60s Beach Canvas Print, $99.99

16. '60s Beach Canvas Print, $99.99

Fact: California in the ’60s was the coolest. This canvas wall art will transport you back to a simpler time in no time!

Buy it at Cost Plus World Market for $99.99.

17. Orange Beverage Cooler, $59.99

17. Orange Beverage Cooler, $59.99

This retro orange cooler is the perfect way to store all your favorite types of beverages on the go!

Buy it at Cost Plus World Market for $59.99.

18. Bright Patterned Flatware Set, $21.99

18. Bright Patterned Flatware Set, $21.99

Doesn’t this teal flatware set remind you of warm weather and outdoor meals on balmy summer nights? Because SAME!

Buy it on Wayfair for $21.99.

19. Mystic 8 Ball, $6.99

19. Mystic 8 Ball, $6.99

How else are you going to make life’s most important choices if you don’t have a mystic 8 ball on hand at a moment’s notice?

Buy it at Cost Plus World Market for $6.99.

20. Set of 4 Holiday Mugs, $27.99

20. Set of 4 Holiday Mugs, $27.99

These retro holiday mugs are the perfect complement to whatever ugly sweater you decide to wear for three weeks straight during the holidays!

Buy them at Cost Plus World Market for $27.99.

Psst: If you choose to purchase an item on this list, LittleThings may receive a small cut. Each item and price is up to date at the time of publication; however, an item may be sold out or the price may be different at a later date.