We know that progress and technology are meant to make things easier, and save us time and generally make life better, but do they? Why do some things never seem to go out of fashion? Why are some old things always in demand?
1. Retro clothing - Fashions and styles come and go, but there's very little new. They all seem to be based on something that's happened before, whether it's the bright colours and flares of the 60s, the over the top shoes and outfits from the 70s, the neon colours and slogan t-shirts of the 80's or the laidback slacker look from the 90, all fashions seem to be borrowing heavily from other decades.
2. Retro trainers - Retro trainers are selling for an absolute fortune, if you've got the right pair, and know where to sell them. Who would have thought that a pair of early 80s trainers would sell for several hundred pounds on online auction sites?
3. Retro cars - Most classic cars look much better than modern cars, and are easily identifiable. Who can forget the classic sports cars of the 60s, or the hot hatches of the 80s? Can you distinguish between the generic European and Japanese cars of today?
4. Retro games - Old games consoles are still popular, especially for those who were too young to enjoy them the first time round. Games from old consoles are being brought up to date so that can be played on modern computers and consoles or even played on mobile phones. Most of them are better then the modern games too!
5. Mobile phones - Some people just want to use their phones to make and receive phone calls. Not everyone wants to be able to text, check the weather or take photos. Surprisingly there is a range of mobile phones available today that do just make and receive phone calls.
6. Songs - Classic songs are always being covered and given a so called dance remix, which although makes the original popular again, it is often ruined.
7. Retro bikes - In the days of carbon fibre and titanium frames, lightweight wheels, and the quest to shave grams off every component, and going ever faster, some people just want a bike they can ride everyday. Sit up and beg style, and single speed bikes are popular with people who just want to ride to where they need to be.
8. Retro sweets - People always mention the sweets and chocolate bars they had in their childhood when the conversation turns to retro.
9. Retro TV programmes - like retro sweets, people have fond memories of the TV programmes from their youth.
10. Retro Kitchens - Not everyone wants a high tech minimalist kitchen where you can't find anything, and can't find where the cupboards are. Not everyone wants white goods, such as a white kettle.
Retro doesn't have to mean old fashioned, behind the times or out of date. It might mean being able to get just what you want!