Major Throwback: The Best Deals on Nostalgia in 2021 — From Rotary Phones to Jukeboxes and More
Do you ever miss the 80’s, 90’s or early 2000’s? Same here. Whether it’s the 80’s music you used bop to on your way to work with your Walkman, the 90’s candy you loved to treat yourself with or the early 2000’s clothing that you still haven’t donated — sometimes, a piece of nostalgia is exactly what the doctor ordered.
Gadgets like record players have come back into style as of late, both for the quality of their music playing, construction and let’s face it, how cool they look stationed in your living room.
The problem is, many nostalgic gadgets aren’t being mass produced to the same degree they once were, and even if the demand is there, the raw materials may have been phased out by new technology. When something becomes more rare? It usually means the price tag skyrockets.
We’ve gathered a bunch of great deals on a variety of nostalgic gadgets from eras gone by, like rotary phones, jukeboxes, Tomogatchi and more. Any one of the items below would make a perfect Christmas gift for an avid collector, 80’s fanatic or someone who loves a taste of the past.
1. Victrola Vintage 3-Speed Bluetooth Record Player
Bluetooth record players are all the rage these days, as a perfect blending of nostalgic design with modern technology. This one has a 3-speed belt-driven turntable and is housed in a vintage suitcase so you can take it anywhere. It’s got built-in Bluetooth speakers that you can stream audio into, and it also requires no stereo system or extra equipment to get up and running.
2. WOCKODER Store Vinyl Record Turntable
This vinyl record turntable has a super retro design and three speeds which makes it perfect for beginners. It’s got a built-in stereo speaker system and a protective dust cover so the connections and control panel doesn’t get damaged. It’s equipped with a spring for shock absorption and improved sound quality, and comes in three different wood finishes.
3. Victrola Nostalgic 6-in-1 Bluetooth Record Player & Multimedia Center
This vintage-looking entertainment center from Victrola comes with 6-in-1 functionality including the ability to play records, cassettes, and an AM/FM radio. You can also stream in music from your smartphone via Bluetooth or the Aux/headphone jack. There’s no stereo system required on this machine either, however you can easily extend the sound by connecting external speakers or an amplifier easily. It’s got optimal controls and a high-quality design and finish with a wood case, strong hinges and gentle lifting mechanisms for the top.
4. Sangyn 1960’s Rotary Dial Telephone
This is a classic, traditional mechanical ringer designed after the commonplace ones from the 1960’s. It plugs directly into the wall and your wall jack without the need for batteries and would make a great decoration on a shelf, desk, kitchen counter or side table. It’s made from high-quality engineering plastics and is not easily damaged.
5. XICHEN Vintage Style Rotary Telephone
This one takes things way back, to a phone that would’ve felt retro in the 1960’s era of rotary phones. It’s got exquisite craftsmanship, a delicate aesthetic and is super high-quality. It comes with old-fashioned sweet tingling bells as the default ringtone, a strong metal base for sturdy placement and a copper finish that’ll match corresponding decor seamlessly.
6. Roxby Full Size Multicolored Jukebox
Remember jamming out to a jukebox blasting tunes at the sock hop on a Friday night? Yeah, me neither. But owning one would still bring a blast from the past our parents or grandparents knew in a super cool way. This one has multicolor LED lighting and an old fashioned feel reminiscent of days gone by. It features Bluetooth functionality, a CD player, a record player, USB and Aux connections as well.
7. Victrola Nostalgic Wood Countertop Jukebox
This countertop jukebox is not full size, but small standing at just over 12 inches tall. It’s perfect for adding a retro vibe to your kitchen counter, with Bluetooth connectivity, stereo speakers and 5-color LED tubes. It also has a built-in CD player, and AM/FM radio and a headphone jack.
8. Crosley The Diner Jukebox Radio
Another super cute retro jukebox option is this tiny one that fits in the palm of your hand. It’s a scaled down version of the classic diner fixture standing at just 6 inches wide, 6.5 inches tall and 3.5 inches deep. It’s got a built-in Bluetooth receiver for streaming music, and a vintage design with flippable title cards and a red light on top to indicate when the power is on.
9. Tamagotchi Original Candy Swirl
Who else fondly remembers their first taste of parental responsibility? When this tiny, digital, pixelated life was in your hands and you cared for it as best you could. Until, inevitably, you forgot it on a vacation and came back to it begging for its life. Return to these glorious days with the original Tamagotchi! It’s still available in a variety of colors and designs, and comes with a whole bunch of functionality inside including feeding, giving it medicine, flushing the bathroom post-use and using discipline when needed.
10. Tamagotchi Pix Floral
This upgraded version of the Tamagotchi comes with a color screen and includes a camera so you can take photos with your Tamagotchi as you cook, find friends, bathe, pet and interact in a whole new way. You can connect with other friends’ devices to go on playdates and play 17 different games all on one device.
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11. LITE Brite Magic Screen Bonus Set
Remember Lite Brite? The fun neon toy that was designed to help inspire creativity in children and develop fine motor skills. It promotes hand/eye coordination and includes 12 different design templates and 350 colorful pegs in every package.
12. Mattel Games Magic 8 Ball
Who else do you trust to tell your fortune? This Magic 8 Ball definitely has retro vibes and is ready to answer all the “yes” or “no” questions your heart desires. The pre-filled answers range from positive “It is certain” to negative “Don’t count on it” and there’s everyone’s favorite neutral answer: “Ask again later.” If none of your friends are available, it’s one of the fastest ways to get the advice you need.
13. Basic Fun Discovery Reels
This old fashioned viewfinder is another blast from the past, and comes with two reels with 14 beautiful photos of endangered species. See the images in bigger, brighter 3D and learn about all the animals via fun facts on the back. The list includes the golden mantilla frog, blue eyed Lemur, Bald Eagle and many more!