The 1990s were a wild time. There was so much flannel, so many pairs of baggy jeans, so much evolving technology, and plenty of items in houses that you no longer find in them today. But, should all quintessential 90s items be forgotten, or do some deserve a second chance? We decided to curate a list of the things from the decade that were found in tons of households that we think could stage a comeback.
Now, this list is for fun but we do encourage you to purchase something if it brings back nostalgia and makes you happy. There’s nothing wrong with revisiting the past and exploring the things that made it so special! Take a look at our list of 90s household items and stroll down memory lane with us.
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$26 at the time of publication.
Mobile, wireless phones really put nails in home phones’ coffins. If you were a 90s kid, you likely remember talking on a cordless phone around the house. You might have even talked for so long that the battery died. If you’d like to get off of your smartphone more, you might consider getting one of these as a way to take calls without endlessly scrolling.
$240 at the time of publication.
Remember VCRs and videotape cassettes? You might have hung onto some of those old tapes. It is really fun to revisit them. While streaming and (DVDs) Blu-ray made VCRs totally obsolete but there’s a growing market for them with many folks renewing and selling them for hundreds of dollars. no 90s house was complete without one of these bad boys in the family room.
$16 at the time of publication.
One of the hottest decor trends found in countless houses in the 90s was sponge-painted walls. It gives the wall texture and offers way more visual interest than a flatly painted wall. Could it be time to bring this trend back? In small doses, totally!
$39 at the time of publication.
Did your house have one or more boomboxes in it when you were growing up? In the 90s, they were hugely popular and usually played both CDs and cassette tapes and of course, gave you access to the radio which you would wait for a certain song to come to record it to your tape. If you’ve got some beloved cassette tapes collecting dust, it’s time to bring them out to play once more. Further, like vinyl records, tapes are becoming more and more popular with artists releasing their new music on them. Will you be bringing back the boombox?
$41 at the time of publication.
Saying that floral prints were a huge trend from the 90s is a massive understatement. Floral prints were THE trend. Curtains to couches to wallpaper to everything else in between. Rolled arm sofas were the vibe as well and this 90s-inspired couch cover can help you make your house look more retro.
$40 at the time of publication.
If you were a 90s kid, chances are you begged for a lava lamp. Originally a hit in the 1970s, lava lamps made a giant comeback in the 90s. Some of us never got the chance to get a lava lamp and now is the time for you to rectify that. Let’s bring these lamps, back!
$40 at the time of publication.
Do you remember these rotating disco balls? They were staples of dance parties and home gatherings that were made to get the party started. A light inside illuminates different color lenses of light that project rainbow colors on the walls and ceiling. It won’t cost you a fortune the light into your house and usher in the nostalgia!
$80 at the time of publication.
Fake plants were everywhere in the 90s. From offices to schools to houses, they could be found looking (often rather sad) the part but not exactly believable. If you’d like to add some green to your space without much commitment, order yourself a fake tree.
$106 at the time of publication.
Now, this is one that really ought to take you back. Inflatable furniture was all the rage for teens and kids in the 90s. Most were transparent but colorful like the above pink one. We’re not sure how these things became popular but they certainly were. Will you be blowing one up in your house?
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$40 at the time of publication.
Was everything from the 1990s made from plastic? We’re going out on a limb to say most stuff was. These rainbow raindrop-beaded curtains took us back. Colorful beaded curtains were found on countless teenagers’ and kids’ doorways through the decade. They become a nuisance after a while but they are fun for a time. Who wants some?
There you go! Which of these 90s household items are you going to get? These nostalgia-inducing items were all the rage and only time will tell if any of them will make a big comeback.
Andrew is an Assistant Editor for Mamas Uncut with over ten years of experience as a writer in the creative, marketing, and blogging spaces. After studying Film and Art History, he developed a passion for telling stories in a variety of mediums. Obsessively making lists, reporting celebrity news, and diving into emerging pop cultural topics are a few of his interests.
- 1 VTech CS6114 DECT 6.0 Cordless Phone
- 2 Sony SLV-N750 Full Chassis 4-Head Hi-Fi VCR
- 3 4 Large Natural Ocean Sea Sponges
- 4 QFX J-220BT ReRun X Cassette Player/Recorder Boombox
- 5 Printed Couch Cover for 3 Cushion Couch
- 6 Lava the Original 16.3-Inch Silver Base Lamp with Yellow Wax in Purple Liquid
- 7 Revolving Disco Ball
- 8 Nearly Natural 6ft. Ficus Artificial Tree
- 9 Inflatable Clear Pink Double Person Sofa
- 10 Beaded, Plastic Curtains
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