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Vintage chic is more in vogue than ever before. With technology, it seems as if some items barely have time to be unboxed before they’re made obsolete by a newer model – so the window for tech to come back into fashion is getting smaller and smaller.
Then there are books and vinyl records, which have had rumours of their demise greatly exaggerated.
“For us, it’s as much about the process of listening to an album,” says Nate Nott, the owner of Polyester Records in Fitzroy, who thinks that despite the proliferation of singles, people still want to listen to a body of work in its entirety.
Warren Bonnet, from Embiggen Books in the CBD, thinks printed media and e-books can peacefully co-exist. “I don’t think it’s a choice between one or the other, I think they are complimentary,” he says. “Both do things the other can’t do.”
With his wise words in mind, we’re taking a look at some of the coolest examples of the retro revival. Some are back in fashion. Some never left. But they’re all worth your while – and in some cases, a pretty penny.
Some say that vinyl is making a comeback – others say it never left.
What’s not up for debate is that more young people are buying records and players, despite the ease and low cost of streaming music.
Czech company SEV Litovel made 32,000 turntables in 2009, by 2016 this number had increased to 125,000. Last year also saw the revamp of the Technics SL-1200 deck, one of the ’70s most affordable (and popular) turntables.
Record Store Day offers music lovers across Australia and the world a day to show their appreciation for those who keep this industry alive.
The Nokia 3310 was the most reliable of phones. It wasn’t blowing up on planes, running out of battery by 11am or having its screen shattered every second week. No, the Nokia 3310 was functional and nigh-indestructible.
It really should come as no surprise that in this age of bank-account-draining phone plans, many are thrilled to see the return of the Nokia 3310, 17 years after its original release. It’s complete with one of the most loved games of all time, Snake – now in colour!
With a battery standby of a month – yes, a month – this trip down memory lane certainly highlights many people’s dissatisfaction with modern phone technology. It’s not available in Australia yet, but keep your eyes peeled.
Seiko Chariot Watch
You know that iconic image black-and-white Time cover of Steve Jobs, where he’s sitting cross-legged cradling a then-cutting-edge Macintosh?
The watch he’s wearing is the Seiko Chariot, and it’s become an iconic timepiece thanks to the cult of Jobs. Once again, less is more – in an age when a watch can make calls and tell you how many calories you’ve burned, Seiko has gone back to basics with a limited-edition run of the Chariot – just 1,982 copies are available for sale with a white face, in honour of the year it was initially released (there are another 300 released with a black face).
Now dubbed the Seiko Nano Universe, this timepiece is a statement in elegant minimalism. It’s only available in Japan, but expect to see more than a few on eBay.
Nintendo Classic Mini: NES
Back in 1983, a video game console hit the market that quite literally changed the game. The Nintendo Entertainment System isn’t just one of the most beloved systems of all time, it’s also one of the best, so its revival at the end of last year – via the Nintendo Classic Mini, a cute, retro take loaded with some of Nintendo’s most iconic games, including the Mario and Legend of Zelda franchises – was cause for international celebration.
Whether you grew up in a Sega or a Nintendo household, there is something undeniably sentimental about ’90s video games; they’ll always have a place in the hearts of those who played them (and continue to). Which is why there was widespread mourning last week, when Nintendo announced that production of the Nintendo Classic Mini would cease. You can still pick one up on Gumtree or eBay, but expect to shell out upwards of $200. Who says you can’t put a price on nostalgia?
Last but not least, the humble printed tome is a staple on shelves and in hearts. No matter how good e-books get, nothing’s going to beat a printed book. There are many of us who find comfort in the smell of the pages, the sacrilegious among us who dog-ear pages we want to return to and the many who sleep and dine in rooms with walls lined by numerous texts.
In Melbourne, we’re blessed by the presence of institutions such as Hill of Content, Embiggen Books, and The Paperback Bookshop – independent retailers that stock a dizzying range of printed words and volumes.