These days, it can feel like we’re under constant pressure to continually update our possessions. But the old adage, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” comes to mind. And if that’s the mindset you live with, then chances are your home is full of vintage pieces. And if you can count these nostalgic household items among your own possessions, then you’re probably an old soul at heart.
19. A butter cookies tin
Any actual butter cookies that once resided in this tin are long consigned to the annals of history. Who knows? Maybe there were never any in there at all. It’s been so long that there’s no way to tell for sure. Either way, it’s probably now filled with something totally unrelated, such as sewing supplies, coins or old postcards – much to the disappointment of any visitors.
18. Colorful Tupperware
Sure, Tupperware isn’t in itself indicative of an old soul. But when it’s shaped like this, and comes in these three colors – yellow, green and orange – you know it’s of a certain vintage. Or at least, you do if you’re of an equivalent vintage yourself. We’re not sure why these colors were so popular – especially that murky pea green – but they were everywhere.
17. An old TV set
Remember when TVs were a single piece of standalone furniture, which didn’t require an expensive stand to place them on? Yes, you could just place this opposite your couch and that would be that. Of course, they might not measure up to the screen size or picture quality of modern TVs, but there’s something wonderfully quaint about these enormous boxes.
16. Fruity fridge magnets
What was up with these fridge magnets shaped like fruit? Maybe they were subliminally trying to get kids to eat healthier foods. In fact, maybe that’s why so many people still have them – after all, it can be difficult getting your grandkids to eat their fruit. They may be perfect slices of nostalgia, then, but they’re also wonderfully timeless.
15. Pop-pop boats
Toys were much simpler back in the day, prizing functionality over gaudy colors and hunks of plastic. These pop-pop boats, for instance, were actually tiny steam engines, powered by a vegetable oil burner or even a candle. This, combined with the distinctive “pop-pop” sound it made, was endlessly captivating. Indeed, you probably spent a fair bit of time playing with these boats.
14. Film canisters
Nowadays, smartphones and digital photography have made classic rolls of film all but obsolete. Even if you don’t use the canisters for actual film though, having a bunch of these littered around your house is proof that you’re an old soul at heart. They’re very much a relic of a time gone by – a true shot of nostalgia.
13. White Rabbit candy
If you remember these creamy candies, then you might also remember the scandal that engulfed them in 2008? After a melamine scare in China was blamed for the death of four babies, as well as for the illnesses of thousands more children, White Rabbit candies were one of the many products withdrawn from the market. But they returned soon after, so you still look back on them with fond, untempered nostalgia.
12. An 8-track tape player
There are plenty of hipsters out there who still buy compact cassette tapes, but even they probably don’t know about the 8-track. Indeed, you know you’re really retro if you still have one of these vintage players in your house. It’s seen as obsolete now, but from the mid ‘60s to late ‘80s, the 8-track was all the rage.
11. Macramé décor
It may be making a present-day comeback, but we all know macramé’s real height of popularity was in the ‘60s and ‘70s. After all, the fringed fabric was big among hippie communities. But even if it is being claimed by the youth of today, having it in your house is still proof that you’re an old soul – especially if it’s well-worn.
10. A rotary phone
Chances are you’re packing a smartphone these days, no matter how old you are. But that doesn’t mean you have to get rid of your landline – or even your old rotary phone. Sure, they may take much longer to use, but you can’t argue with the simple, nostalgic pleasure of rotating the dial to call someone.
9. A typewriter
There’s something truly delightful about sitting down in front of an old typewriter. There’s no screen to distract you from what you’re writing, for one. And it just takes you back to an age gone by, even if you never used one back then. While it’s not the most practical way to write, we don’t think it’ll be going anywhere anytime soon.
8. The View-Master
As a means of viewing photographs, the View-Master was revolutionary. Just hold it up to your eyes, peer through the lenses like a pair of binoculars, and you’d see images come to life in stunning 3D. It may have ultimately been a bit of a gimmick, but it was an entertaining one nonetheless. Looking through one nowadays is just a trip down memory lane.
7. Lava lamps
Is there anything more gloriously retro than a lava lamp? They’re basically the epitome of kitsch ‘60s and ‘70s design ethos, fitting right in with the likes of macramé décor. If you still have one lying around, you should totally plug it in, even if only for nostalgic purposes. After all, watching the bubbles inside float around is still mesmerizing.
6. A vintage fan
Desk fans haven’t changed that much over the years, but it’s still easy to spot a vintage one when you see it. The bulky metal frame, giant buttons and off-white base are all trademark ‘70s style. If you have something like this at home, then you know that you’re really an old soul at heart.
5. A ceramic Christmas tree
Christmas trees come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and materials these days. But we reckon very few people will remember when they were ceramic. Yes, back in the ‘70s, ceramic shops took off, and during the holiday season, that meant plenty of ceramic Christmas trees. Their popularity has waned today, so probably only those of a certain vintage will count them among their holiday decorations.
4. Vintage Pyrex
Pyrex is famously indestructible, so it’s probably no surprise you still have some lying around from decades ago. If you like, you could cash in on it, as the market for vintage Pyrex dishes is surprisingly booming. But chances are, you’d much rather keep it – after all, it has sentimental value too. Not to mention it reveals just how wonderfully retro you are.
3. Magic 8-Ball
Back in the day, these curious little balls seemed to have all the knowledge of the universe packed inside them. No matter what you asked it, there was an answer – normally one that gave you some mysterious insight into the future. In reality, the 20 answers it contained – ten positive, five negative and five non-committal – were randomly selected, but it was still a fun gimmick.
2. Glass marbles
While most popular before the Second World War, marbles resurged temporarily in the 1970s. Since then, they’ve fallen by the wayside once again. If you have some of these tiny glass spheres at home, then it suggests you’re of a certain age. But like a lot of things on this list, you don’t need to have grown up in the ‘70s to appreciate the classics.
1. An old vinyl player
Another classic piece of technology that’s been reclaimed by the hipsters of today, the vinyl player is now a staple in many people’s homes once again. But it’s the original players from decades past that truly invoke that wonderful sense of nostalgia, and memories of evenings spent sitting around listening to some of the greatest albums ever recorded.