We all remember those times when things were easy, worries were absent and times were fun… (Ahhhh…sigh!) The IWOOT team have gone all nostalgic, so join us as we take a trip down memory lane and dust off our Betamax’s and Sinclair C5’s to embrace a retro revival.

 

We love retro

Whether it be by telegram or pigeon post, email or twitter we want to hear from you. Share your favourite childhood memories and post your cringe-worthy retro pictures! Our favourite wins an awesome retro prize (and we don’t mean an old 50p piece)! 

Email: Olivia.Olsson@thehutgroup.com


Remember that time when we had mobile phones bigger than our briefcases?

’80s Retro iPhone Case

'80s Retro iPhone Case

There was no chance of leaving those things in a bar, or losing it in your own handbag.  We thought it was the most extraordinary creation; a phone that you could carry around! Who knew that the mobile phone, born in 1973 weighing two kilos would be the demise of these….

Mayfair Retro Phones 

Mayfair Retro Phones

Remember that time when we played games without the interference of technology?

                                                 Rubix’s Speaker

  Rubik's Speaker

Games and toys were simple and straightforward and would keep us entertained or just perplexed for hours. We didn’t need a friendship with batteries, electricity or power for that matter… Those that did were beyond impressive (or only available to the Royal family!)

 The Rubix cube became one of the most popular games of its time and an icon during the 1980’s.  Luckily, this one comes in the shape of a mug, so you can relax with a biscuit rather than endure the frustration of solving the thing!

Remember that time when our hoovers had names?

Henry the Hoover

Henry the Hoover             

OK, we hear you already. Henry is still alive and well and so is Hetty for that matter, Henrys pink companion.  We thought this delightful duo definitely needed a mention; created in 1981 our lovable bright red dirt demolishing friend has brought a smile to faces around the world.

Remember that time when you got a Big Trak for Christmas and you were the happiest kid alive?

Bigtrak 

Bigtrak

In 1979, children’s faces lit up when the coolest toy in town could remember up to 16 commands whilst firing its photon beam headlamp. Cool or what? Since we got our grubby IWOOT hands on the new one, nothing much has changed since the good ole days. It’s good enough just to relive the fun you had all them years ago with your dearest 80’s companion .

Remember that time we used to use cassettes? Oddly, remember that time we used to use CD’s!

Cassette Notes

Cassette Notes

Rewind for a bit, fast forward a little bit more. Stop. Play. Now rewind for a bit, stop. Play. Fast forward…remember the days? Yes and we don’t miss them one little bit. If we worked out how much time we wasted rewinding, fast forwarding, pausing, playing and stopping, we would be as ancient as these retro replicas. Luckily these notepads don’t play Cliff Richard but will turn a few heads.

Remember that time when we had 1 hour of P.E in school EVERYDAY!

Retro Sweet Chewbz 

Retro Sweet Chewbz

P.E in schools…and lots of it. Probably to burn off all those retro sweets we used to eat. Refreshers, Flumps, Black Jack, Fruit Salad, Sherbet Fountain, WHAM, Candy Sticks, Popping Candy…all the classics from your childhood tuck shop. Mmmm!

Remember that time when our computer games involved Blinky, Pinky, Inky, Clyde and Pacman?

 Pac Man And Ghost Wind Ups 

Pac Man And Ghost Wind Ups

You can’t get any more retro than these little beauties. You must remember them well.  Pacman was released in 1979 as an alternative to Space Invaders and is one of the longest running video game franchises from the era of video arcade games. Instantly recall all the dedicated hours (and not a wasted moment) you spent battling for the top position whilst your thumb and forefingers indented to the shapes of the buttons during lengthy space attacks…

   Retro Arcade Salt and Pepper Shakers

    Retro Arcade Salt and Pepper Shakers


It’s a shame we don’t play the license plate game on long road trips anymore, or pretend we are power rangers in the playground. We don’t want to take over the world like we used to, it’s now almost impossible to become a Princess when we grow up and can’t play out till dark.

Why not take a look at our retro section and with a little help from your friends at IWOOT, we can help relieve your memories and recreate your retro past… 


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