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Nostalgia can be a powerful feeling. “Evidence shows that [nostalgia is] experienced as this overwhelming positive emotion that people have, and a way to make sense of the past, the good times we’ve had, and significant life moments,” Thea Gallagher, PsyD, assistant professor and digital mental health, outcomes, and wellness coordinator at NYU Langone Health told us. “It brings a little bit of joy and brightness to our lives.”
To celebrate that positivity, Pop-up Shop TODAY is highlighting products that connect us to who we were and move us forward. From vintage kitchenware to bold '90s colors, we have 16 options to evoke fond memories of the past and inspire action for the future.

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Caboodles Case

Staying organized in the ‘80s and '90s was easy with the Caboodle case, thanks to its elaborate storage design. Four decades later, we can still rely on the portable pack for keeping our essentials safe and secure, whether it's makeup, art supplies, tools, small toys or anything else you want to take on-the-go. Plus, who can say no to its colorful, vintage style?

Claw Clip Set

Claw clips have made a comeback. Not only are they perfect for creating various hairstyles, but they’re also made with durable interlocking teeth and a strong metal spring to keep your ’do in place all day long. This set of eight comes in various colors as well as matte and shiny acrylic finishes to match any outfit; plus, half are made to look like the traditional clip style while the other half feature a more modern square design.

Birkenstock Arizona Sandals

Birkenstock’s Arizona sandals have been a summer wardrobe staple since they were released in the ‘70s, and there’s a pretty good reason why. Reviewers say that they’re high-quality, supportive and comfortable. And we think they look pretty cute on, too. Plus, they fit right in with that fuss-free, beach-inspired “coastal grandmother” trend.

Candy-Colored Sunglasses

Colorful glasses were big in the ‘60s and ‘70s, and now they’re having a moment again. These affordable glasses from Amazon are non-polarized, so while they won’t block out as much light as other sunglasses, the brand says that they have other benefits, as they’re a form of “color therapy.” For example, the company says that the yellow shade can promote cheerful emotions while Aqua is supposed to have a calming effect.

Pickleball Set

In case you haven’t heard, pickleball is huge right now. In fact, it’s currently the fastest growing sport in the U.S. – but it's actually been around since the '60s. The game is a cross between tennis and table tennis, and if you have yet to get in on the fun, now is the time. This set comes with everything you need to start playing, including two paddles, two pickleballs and a net.

Anyday Medium Shallow Dish

The TV dinner of the ‘50s gets a modern spin with the help of Anyday’s 100 percent plastic-free dishware. Made from frosted borosilicate glass, this dish is designed for making food from scratch in the microwave that can be served directly to the table. Plus, the silicone-rimmed lid traps steam when needed to speed up cook time, (and yes, the metal material its also made from is microwave-safe, according to the brand).

Gibson & Dehn Candle

Nothing triggers a memory quite like a scent. So, whether you’re looking to fondly reminisce, stay focused or enter your happy place, these candles can completely alter your space and experience simply through smell (and a little bit of science), according to the brand. The mood-boosting candles by Gibson & Dehn are part of a collection designed specifically designed to enhance your emotions, and come in a perfectly retro package.

Great Jones Hot Dish

Channel grandma's comforting cooking with this old-school casserole dish. The Great Jones’ cookware is perfect for recreating your favorite meals — from roasts to cobblers to lasagnas and everything in between — but with a little nostalgic flair. According to the brand, the 9-by-13-inch ceramic dish can handle an oven temperature of up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, is broiler-friendly and designed to safely pop into the dishwasher.

Velcro Hair Rollers

Looking for that classic ‘90s volume, but with your mom's hair tools from the past? Drybar is bringing back the classic velcro roller — but with a few special touches to ensure big volume and easy styling. The self-grip curlers are designed to hold hair without pins or clips, which means zero tugging or painful tangles. The six-pack set also comes in two different sizes of rollers to help you customize your curls, control your lift and create a classic bombshell look that's fit for 2022.

New Balance 574 Core Sneaker

You better alert your dad, because those chunky New Balance sneakers that he’s been wearing for years are officially cool. The podiatrist-approved shoes are everywhere right now, and they’ve gotten a lot of love from both TikTokers and celebrities. And recently, the brand released this sustainable version of one of its most iconic styles, the 574 sneaker. Available in five neutral colors, the shoes feature the classic silhouette and comfortable design of the original shoes, and are partially made recycled materials. Talk about bringing the old into the new.

Lisa Frank Blend Jet

If you’re a ‘90s kid, you might want to sit down for this one. The TikTok-viral compact blender, Blendjet, released a brand-new Lisa Frank-themed design — and it’s as vibrant and whimsical as you remember. But don’t let the playful print fool you; it still offers the powerful performance the brand is known for, thanks to its signature TurboJet technology with stainless steel blades and a motor that mixes and emulsifies foods in just 20 seconds, according to the brand.

Morse Code Bracelet

These beaded bracelets are just like the ones you used to make at summer camp — except with one unique detail. Each one features a word or phrase spelled out in Morse code. You can choose from uplifting sayings and words like “never give up,” “love,” “strength” and more. The best part is that no one else will know what it says, so it’s like a private inspirational reminder for yourself.

Tiered Maxi Dress

Do you remember warm summers spent on the beach? Or at least do you remember wishing for them? This breezy, easy-to-style tiered seersucker dress is perfect for summers spent on the surf – or anywhere, really. It comes with side pockets and a bow-detailing in the back that sets it apart from other maxi-dresses. Plus, it styles perfectly with a cozy cardigan and the Birkenstocks above for a complete “coastal grandmother” fit.

Ponds Cold Cream

Pond’s Cold Cold Cream Cleanser has remained a beauty cabinet staple for generations of women. You’ve likely heard about the tried-and-true skin care product from your mom (and her mom before that) — and that’s because the makeup remover and moisturizer has stood the test of time for its hydrating ingredients that help to keep skin smooth, hydrated and squeaky clean. So, when you’re looking to restore your complexion’s radiance, it may be best to go back to the basics. Mother knows best, after all!

Push Pin Map

According to Etsy’s recent decor trends report, travel-inspired motifs are expected to be big in the home space this year. In the last three months, as compared to this time last year, the marketplace has seen a 134 percent increase in searches for push pin maps. You can get in on the trend with this bestselling option. It has a cool vintage vibe and we think it would make the perfect gift for recent grads or travel-lovers who would love a visual reminder of their past getaways and plan future ones.

Weekender Bag

This retro travel bag doesn’t just look stylish, it’s actually really practical, too. The duffel has a special shoe compartment at the bottom, so you won’t have to worry about your sneakers dirtying up the other items in the bag. Plus, it has other handy features, like an internal waterproof wet pocket and a side sleeve that you can use to attach it to a suitcase. According to the brand, it can hold up to four days of essentials, so it’s the perfect option to use as a weekender bag, carry-on or gym bag.