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Gen X Nostalgia

Report after report indicates there is money to be made via Generation X nostalgia. In fact, banking on Gen X nostalgia and sentimentality, Cheap Trick recently released a new album on 8-track tape.
Ms. Pac Man Slippers via emandsprout

Ms. Pac Man Slippers via emandsprout

Consider all your favorite childhood cartoons (Scooby Doo), cereals (Cap’n Crunch), action heroes (Isis) and candy (Pop Rocks) and how these vintage brands can be featured in new products like necklaces, refrigerator magnets, purses, T-shirts, artwork and much more.

If Etsy, the place to buy and sell handmade things, is any indication of how much potential exists in this niche market then all the reports are spot on, and even Cheap Trick will have its run with its 8-track tape. I love brave innovation and product risk-taking! How about you?
Check out the following pieces of Generation X nostalgia I recently discovered via Etsy. There are many more where these came from. Just search for your favorite brands under the handmade or vintage sections.
What brands are you loyal to now, and what brands most readily come to mind when you think of your generation, be Silent or Boomer; X, Y or Z?
Aqua Man Bottle Cap Necklace via Sparkling Water Studio

Aqua Man Bottle Cap Necklace via Sparkling Water Studio

Wonder Woman Earrings via jezebel charms

Wonder Woman Earrings via jezebel charms

Gen X Blog Jennifer Chronicles

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  1. Anonymous

    Many thanks.

  2. TheMuffinMan

    Ok… I will give you that Aunt J… hehe 🙂 But it was only in Russian in 1984.

    But Tetris’ popularity in the U.S. did not skyrocket until the end of the 1980s… well in the time frame when I got my 1st Nintendo. It was one of the best games of all time for the original Nintendo, and I even competed in a couple video game tournaments at Blockbuster playing it!

  3. jenX

    @MUFFIN MAN – These debates are so funny. If the creator of Tetris waited for Gen Y to grow up and play Tetris, he would have been scooped. In 1984, the oldest Xer was 23; the youngest, 3; the middlers, 13. You see where I’m going. You were two, dear one. But, you’re so smart, you were probably playing Tetris before you were talking. Ha! 😉 Just between you and me, what’s Tetris? JUST KIDDING!

  4. jenX

    @LOREN – There’s a Smurf movie coming out!

    @NAOMI – I totally used my Barbies to play the all female hamlet of super power princesses. You?

    @GEORGIE – I really want the waka-waka-waka pac man shoes.

    @ANDI – Cute! Right up there with my dreams of being Wonder Woman for Halloween.

    @TOOTIE – I love Etsy, too. I’ve been lurking on numerous shops for the last two years. I’ve only bought something once, but I look all the time. It’s amazing how many creative people there are in the world.

  5. Yogi♪♪♪

    I think Boomers, I see Dockers.

  6. Tootie

    I LOVE ETSY. I cannot get enough. Great post! 🙂

  7. Andi

    I couple of years ago I ran across some Strawberry Shortcake socks. I bought them and still have them folded neatly in my sock drawer, don’t ask me why!!

  8. ♥georgie♥

    I absolutely love etsy! those pac man shoes are super cute

  9. Loren Christie

    Those were the days when I could stop imaginary bullets with my wrists…and remember the smurfs?

  10. Naomi Munn

    I LOVE this stuff! I’m such a sucker for nostalgia. I’ll have to check out this site. Wonder Twin powers, activate! *lol*

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