Hey there readers, got the Tuesday Blues?

 

It’s a new thing we’ve discovered.

 

Not to be confused with the more common “Monday Blues,” “Tuesday Blues” is the phenomenon you undergo when you feel that the end of the week is so far away that you feel overwhelmed and just overall Tuesday Blues-y all day long.

 

Never fear! We have the perfect solution for you.  Check out these five vintage trends that will make your life a little bit simpler on days when you’ve just had enough.

 

1. Polaroid Cameras. 

Polaroid cameras (deviantart.com)

Polaroid cameras (deviantart.com)

If you are ever fortunate enough to stumble across one of these vintage memory-makers, we strongly suggest that you buy one. Polaroid cameras are the old-fashioned equivalent of Instagram; you can snap a photo and have it in your hand and developed in seconds. The only difference is that these rare and tangible photographs are one-of-a-kind and hold even more meaning because they are the sole copy and remaining proof of that moment. I think we have all forgotten the times when you took pictures on your one camera, took a trip to the photo-hut and got them developed and printed days later. Now, all of our pictures are snapped unreservedly at every whim, uploaded to the magical “cloud” and uploaded to every social media outlet to be floating in cyberspace forever. In may ways, polaroid cameras are more special; they make us treasure every moment with a single, tangible souvenir.

 

2. Turntables and vinyl.

Retro turntable and vinyl (ehow.com)

Retro turntable and vinyl (ehow.com)

An old-fashioned turntable is another great investment we think you’ll love. An old record player will brighten up your home and open you up to another world of music. Once you buy and salvage a lonely old record player, you can bring it back to life by using it to fill your house with music! Start collecting interesting-looking vintage vinyl and discover artists that you never even knew existed.

 

 

 

3. Typewriters.

Vintage typewriter (stocksy.com)

Vintage typewriter (stocksy.com)

Whether you are a writer by hobby or by profession, a typewriter is a must-have item. Not only are they beautiful pieces of machinery, they bring the simplicity and purity of thoughts to your writing like you’ve never experienced. It might be hard to get used to for a while; we are so accustomed to the security of the bright light from our laptops shining back at us and the ease with which we can switch from work mode to relax-mode (so much so that they blend together sometimes). But a typewriter will keep you disciplined and clear minded as you voice your every thought and see your words spelled out on the paper. It’s a great feeling, and besides that, everyone’s favorite actor, Tom Hanks, collects typewriters! Take that as a sign that you should too.

 

4. Clothes Lines.

Backyard with clothes lines (commons.wikimedia.org)

Backyard with clothes lines (commons.wikimedia.org)

This is a more practical and less fun throwback trend we think you should follow. Hanging your clothes to dry on a clothes line, Westside story-style, is an energy-saver and an efficient way to dry clothes that you don’t want to shrink in the dryer. It is also just another way to make your life more simple, and less complicated and stressful (midnight trips to the laundromat… we’ve all been there at some point in our lives). People have been doing it for hundreds of years, and people still do it now in less developed parts of the globe; maybe we should trust the wisdom of our ancestors and give it a try!

 

 

 

5. Tea Kettles.

Old-fashioned tea kettle (kitchenisms.com)

Old-fashioned tea kettle (kitchenisms.com)

If you really want to live your life like an English poet, with your typewriter and clothes line, buy a vintage tea kettle that whistles! Save money on an expensive new teapot from Williams and Sonoma and buy an old retired one from a secondhand store. Keurigs are definitely time-savers but once and a while it’s nice to sit down and relax with a nice warm pot of tea.

 

 

 

 

What are the ways you make your life simple? Leave a response in the comments below or shoot me a tweet @JenksUohMeASoda