Ardon Armstrong for Southern Living, April 1987

The 1980s were, like, a totally tubular time not so long ago when hair was big, the internet was science fiction, movies had to be watched in theaters, TV was never binged, music was a mixtape, and telephones were neither smart nor mobile. In the 1980s, kids were told to “just say no” while they roamed all over town on bikes with their friends or hung around malls and video arcades. While their kids were out roaming free or watching Saturday morning cartoons, adults learned how to use those new-fangled computers, while dressed like Miami Vice extras, and stood around the watercooler talking about who shot J.R.

Whether you’re up for a trip down memory lane or if you want a conversation starter around the dinner table, here are 39 things every had in their houses in the 1980s:

  • A Walk-Man
  • Tupperware
  • Recipe Cards
  • Aerobics gear
  • Electric Knife
  • A Totally Minnie album

  • Avon Bubble Bath
  • Tinkerbell Make Up
  • An Encyclopedia
  • Banana Clips
  • A Trapper Keeper

  • A dot-matrix computer printer
  • Cabbage Patch Kid Dolls
  • A Caboodle
  • A Rubik’s Cube
  • A microwave

  • Sweet TV-themed Lunchboxes
  • Wallpaper borders (paint on the bottom, paint on top, a strip of wallpaper in the middle, tying it all together)
  • A Nintendo Entertainment System (and you had to blow in the game cartridges to get them to work)
  • A Vuarnet t-shirt
  • Slap bracelets
  • Giant Swatch Watch wall clocks
  • A Hands Across America poster
  • A VHS player (or a Betamax, if you bought that first)

  • Commodore 64 Micro Computer
  • Aqua Velva or Brut cologne
  • A Spuds MacKenzie poster in the basement
  • Smurf Berry Crunch cereal (or Pac-Man Cereal or OJ’s or Strawberry Shortcake or Mr. T)

  • A giant home stereo system with record player, radio, double cassette deck, and enormous speakers
  • A CD rack
  • Miami Vice-inspired pastel home décor, complete with teal, pink, and beige interiors
  • A see-through phone and/or a hamburger phone
  • The Clapper
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