Nostalgia is a powerful feeling. It's takes us back. We relive memories, emotions, and experiences that make our life what it is today. Knowing the power of nostalgia, more and more companies are bringing back nostalgic items and making them new and popular again.
In THV11’s series “Cool Again” we look at some of the old school items making a major comeback.
According to Billboard, 2017 marked the 12th straight year of growth in vinyl album sales. They continue to increase in sales as more new and classic albums are issued on vinyl.
As it turns out, vinyl records aren’t the only “old” thing in the music industry that are making a comeback.
Like a headline straight from the past, vinyl records are flying off the shelves. Bill Eginton has owned Arkansas Record and CD Exchange for over 30 years. The store carries over 80,000 vinyl albums and over 120,000 seven inch single records. He said more young people are coming in and spending hours searching for vinyl’s.
“With me being 65, I notice the younger people coming in, I can tell you that,” Eginton said.
He thinks families are the big reason they are becoming popular.
“It’s really a bonding thing with people’s parents handing things down and playing records,” he said. “It’s sweeping the nation, and now, if you don't have a record player you're not cool.”
Store Manager, Reade Mitchell said the demand for vinyl products is so high that they can barely keep newer releases on the shelves.
“A lot of times, the wait for a release can be months after CD and digital release,” said Mitchell.
It’s not just vinyl’s making a comeback, with more big box stores dropping CD's and cassettes, Eginton said they are seeing more people buy those more often too.
“Customers say they can't find them anywhere so we say we're going to keep carrying them,” he said.
Meanwhile, while records are booming again so are boom boxes, in a unique way. Now, things like custom boom books, suitcases, and barrels are also growing in popularity. Many of them are being made in central Arkansas by Jon Hatton with Rock City Thumps.
Hatton takes antique items and turns them into boomboxes.
“Vintage is the hot item; the buzzword.,” said Hatton. “I’m able to take antique, vintage things and give them functionality."
He is able to maintain the vintage look while also incorporating modern, high tech BlueTooth speakers.
“It’s the best of both worlds,” said Hatton.
And people from all over the world are buying them.
"It’s fun, I wish I had a map that I could look at and start putting pins on every state and every country that gets my stuff,” he said.
He has local customers like Tracy Bradford that are buying multiple boomboxes. She said they're even better than the classics.
“These are much better,” she said. “They’re not as heavy and they are just very, very cool.