Society. Polly Pocket, Care bears … These toys from the 80s / 90s that are still going strong in 2021

Anaïs Delcroix: “It’s like a trip to the past”

Why are you passionate about this era?

“I was born in 1984, so I grew up in the 90s! Toys from that time remind me of my childhood, those I had, those I never had … When I buy myself a Barbie that I didn’t have at Christmas when I was 8 (for the benefit of an encyclopedia), I’m taking revenge on life (laughs)! It’s like a trip down memory lane. Finally, rethinking those games, toys, clothes, shows of the time, it’s a way of rethinking good times. For example, playing Pogs in the playground with my friends, exchanging perfume miniatures, going to see Titanic at the movies, my first pair of wedge shoes, the McDonald’s after the pool with the cousins ​​… “

How did you create your resale Instagram account?

“I’ve always loved flea markets and garage sales, I’ve been shopping around since I was a teenager (or even before) and I had already started a vintage business with a friend on tumblr in 2009. We then put the project on hiatus. because we found salaried jobs. I continued to sell a little informally, especially at second-hand shops. Almost three years ago, I was still working in a women’s magazine and I started to accumulate lots of objects again (probably because I was unhappy in my work) I ended up opening an Insta profile, simpler for its immediacy and also because I didn’t have time to work on a site! I also discovered a whole world of bargain hunters and bargain hunters on the platform, it reinforced my idea. “

Who are the buyers and for whom?

“My clients are as much people who are in my age group and who are nostalgic as younger people seduced by the imagery / fashion of the 80s / 90s. In addition, I am also passionate about the 19th century. century and kitsch stuff in general, so I can also rally fans of Jane Austen or poorly made Picasso reproductions to my cause. “

How do you explain this passion?

“Nostalgia again and again! Sometimes it can be transmitted by a parent who gives his toys or who plays music. If one day I have children, I will make them listen to Larusso and Ophélie Winter (laughs). And then there is also the fact that fashion, in general (clothing, decoration) is cyclical, the trends of which keep coming back to infinity, sometimes tinged with other shades. For some time now, the 2000s have returned to center stage: crop top, butterflies, flared pants, square toe pumps, Lizzie McGuire merchandising and the Olsen sisters. We’re right on Lindsay Lohan’s style in Lolita in spite of me.”

What do these games have more than today’s?

“Today, we are all” vortexed “by our laptops, and we rarely play board games in the evening. In addition to bringing a touch of nostalgia, Monopoly and La Bonne Paye, it is the assurance of have a good time with friends or family, just like before! Like when we spent the summer holidays at Grandma’s. We had no iPhone, no Instagram, and if there was no Intervilles on TV, we had to distract ourselves! “

What do you think of the quality of the games at the time?

“It was pretty good! I sell a lot of items in their own juice but they traverse time fairly well. “

Interview by CM

Source: A la Une – Le Progrès | Le Progrès by

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