The phrase "outdated" is in the eye of the beholder. If you live for collecting all things vintage, then it's a word that's not in your vocabulary. (Unless we're talking about bad '80s fake wood furniture. That'll never improve with age.) For the rest of us, there are a few once-common sights that are no longer seen in the average home. Here's a brief list of what we'd like to bring back.
1. Rotary Phones
Sure, it's a pain to dial any 1-800 number, but it's so satisfying to hang up the heavy receiver. And our smartphones just don't jazz up an end table like these pastel beauties.
It's a shame that many neighborhoods , because there truly is nothing like the fresh scent of line-dried laundry.
3. Analog Clocks
Everyone has gone digital (do kids even know how to tell time anymore?). And having a cute alarm clock parked on our nightstands..
Okay, you're going to scoff about hipster nonsense. But let us make the case: Typewriters are the ultimate in distraction-free writing. Plus, coffee shops could once again be places for conversation and relaxation — you'd never be tempted to haul your typewriter there and camp out with work.
5. Personalized Stationery
We mourn the state of our mailbox, which is a wasteland of bills and junk. If there's any virtue to the Wedding Industrial Complex, it's that etiquette still makes brides feel the need to send lovely invitations.
6. Candy Dishes
These gorgeous glass or crystal bowls were a fixture of our grandmother's living room, but have sadly disappeared (along with butterscotch and strawberry hard candies).
7. Tea Pots
These pudgy stove staples aren't totally extinct, but electric kettles have moved in on their territory. They just don't have the charm of an exquisite tea pot, which makes every brew taste better.
8. Treat Tins
Cookies, candies, and teas were were often packaged in darling old-fashioned tins (remember these ?). Plus, they acted as decor even after the sweets were gone.
9. Sewing Kits
Hey, it's not like we no longer wear clothes (which seem to fall into disrepair faster than their vintage predecessors). But no one wields a thimble quite like they did decades ago.