In the present era of excessiveness, where daily news has been replaced by minute-to-minute hearsay and same day delivery still isn't fast enough, nostalgia seems to be making an ironic comeback. Retro technology is trending; vinyl records, turntables, film cameras, vintage videogame consoles, etc. It appears that when Millennials come up for air from the depths of their phones, they are looking to appreciate the media that came before them - objects with manual interaction and a single function.
Although, major retailers like Urban Outfitters are aiding in the effort to redistribute first generation technology and fashion, auctions remain the best place to find the genuine article. Let's be honest, it feels good to take a step back and simplify every now and then.
Here are 5 things you didn't know you needed, coming up on Bidsquare:
1. Nintendo Entertainment System
Did you accidentally let this baby slip through your hands at your parent's garage sale? On March 3rd, Palm Beach Modern Auctions will give pop culture fanatics a second chance at childhood in their Modern Art & Design, Urban Culture, Jewelry sale. Lot 231, comes with classic games such as Nintendo World Cup, Skate or Die, Sky Shark, Smash TV, Super Mario 3, Tecmo Bowl, The Simpsons: Bart Vs. The World and more.
2. Pair of Sergio Todeschini BOBO Telephones
Opening a new business, perhaps? At this point, there's nothing more charming than hearing a landline ring with a chord attached to it. These colorful devices were first made famous by ABBA for using them on their Ring, Ring album cover - we can't think of anything more appropriate for a front desk..."Ring, ring, why don't you give me a call? Ring, ring, the happiest sound of them all."
3. Original John Lennon/Yoko Ono T-Shirt
Forget those street vendors selling "vintage inspired" threads. This original 1970s shirt proclaiming, "WAR IS OVER, IF YOU WANT IT!" is one of the most iconic t-shirts in the history of rock music and is extremely rare. It was given, as a Christmas gift, by John and Yoko to friends in the radio/music industry and now it can be yours.
4. Gay Monopoly Board Game
Kick game night up a notch with The Parker Sisters version of Monopoly - featuring much more fabulous properties. In Gay Monopoly, you can bounce around the board as a little silver hair dryer and purchase LGBTQ friendly neighborhoods such as Provincetown, Fire Island and Christopher Street! Production of this edition was stopped quickly because of copyright infringement, so snatch it up while you can!
5. Vintage NBC Promotional Chime
Bet you weren't expecting this! The three-note sequence associated with NBC became the first "purely audio" service mark granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in the 1950s and it continues to brand the network for opening and interval purposes. This vintage NBC chime is a great gift for a someone who loves Saturday Night Live, Friends, Will & Grace, Seinfeld or any other cherished knee-slappers!
Keep browsing for more things you didn't know you needed. Click here to browse, Palm Beach Modern Auctions, Modern Art & Design, Urban Culture, Jewelry sale coming up on March 3rd; Click here to browse, Material Culture, Winter Estates sale coming up on February 25th.
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Jessica Helen Weinberg | Senior Content Editor at Bidsquare