The 80s was a colorful decade. It was a pivotal moment in history when a new middle-class emerged, innovative technology was developed, and wars were put to an end. This period was also an exciting time, which gave way to the rise of synth music and extreme fashion.
But other things also made a significant influence on people during that time. Check out the best trinkets a kid or adult could ever have in the 80s!
Cabbage Patch Kids
Bettmann/Corbis/Getty Images: The Cabbage Patch Kids dolls
Every little girl wanted their own Cabbage Patch Kids doll when Coleco first manufactured it in 1982. Its creator, Xavier Roberts, was an art student when he came up with the concept of hand-stitched dolls, which was then named The Little People. Some turned to collect this toy as vintage since Cabbage Patch dolls are now worth a lot of money.
poomsak suwannasilp/Shutterstock: Rubik’s cube increases intelligence in the children
Erno Rubik was a professor of arts and design when he created the Rubik’s Cube, a geometric game that one could spend hours playing. It was originally invented in 1974 but wasn’t released officially until 1980. Since then, everyone became hooked to this mind-boggling cube.
Hulk Hogan became a household name after defeating Andre the Giant in the 1987 Wrestlemania III event. Since then, all wrestling merchandise—from toys to t-shirts—became desired items.
All cool kids in school sported a fanny pack. This fashion statement came in all shapes and sizes, but the trendiest ones were usually in the brightest of colors. Surprisingly, this vintage accessory has made its way back in style today!
Walkman Cassette Player
patat/ Shutterstock: Listening to music on Walkman Cassette Player
Sony changed the game when it comes to how people enjoyed music when The Walkman came into the picture. This portable device was on every teenager’s wish list that it sold like hotcakes every Christmas season.
Before camera phones, Polaroid cameras provided consumers a way to snap and print photos in a flash. Today, most people would only purchase one for its nostalgic value, although there are other companies releasing cameras with the same features.
Analog TV Box
Smart TVs are a rage now, but back in the 80s, this boxy TV was a favorite. Most homes would have more than one set, and they even had one in the kitchen. It did not have as many shows as today’s cable networks, but people loved it anyway.
These things may not be of importance now, but they still bring a smile to any 80s kid’s face. There’s one thing we know for sure – nostalgia definitely sells!