Hot Trends in Retro 2020

Updated: Aug 4, 2020

Can you believe this year is half over? Two quarters in the books. And what a surreal, bizarre, and perhaps terrifying, 2 quarters they have been. I can not recall a time in my 49 years of such uncertainty but that is just me. We all have such different life experiences and perspectives. You may be able to look back and assess some time, personal to you, that was “worse” or “scarier.” I will not speak for you; I just get that it is all where you, as an individual, are coming from. Let us embrace all our differences and individualism. It is what makes us unique and so damned interesting. Its why we can make a reality show out of anything or anyone. Seriously.

So, what am I going to do with today’s post? Not talk about anything political, sociologically charged, or divisive at all. I am going to talk about The Hot Retro Trends of 2020 to date. After all, when you think, of today’s fashion Icons and those “in the know” with their fingers on the pulse of style trends and fashion, you think of me, right? The Josh-o-nista of Fashion & Culture.


Okay, of course you do not, but you do know I love following resale and auction trends. What is happening there is my thing. So that is what I have for you today. A softball, guilty pleasure of a list, with a few tips & trends for the reseller and the downsizer. I know, I know…. some of you just went boring, boring…. but I do try to make it interesting for everyone. So, if you are not busy, read on.


You may think with all the economic turmoil and quarantining going on, there’s no buying trends to follow but au contraire mon frère, or just the opposite. We are shopping online with reckless abandon. Look at Amazon and eBay Stock. Got to fill the void in our life somehow. Better than booze and in some cases, decorating your life, home and getting projects done around the house is not a bad way to pass the time. After all, you have seen everything on Netflix & Hulu.

So, three paragraphs in and finally. Let’s go there. What are you buying in this Retro Vintage & Resale World? You are into a lot. Ready for a list? Of course, you are.


Industrial Style Lighting

You are seeing it everywhere and from what I hear, it’s expected to be around for a while. I love the look, but again, my taste has never started a trend. Other wise Iron Maiden would be playing the Super Bowl halftime show. But seriously, you see it everywhere. The Edison Style Lights, hanging chords, pulleys, brushed metals….it is all so very Steampunk. Either the real deal, repurposed or DIY “made safe” stuff, your buying options are unlimited now. Especially with all the reproductions. Think Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn and West Elm. Many of which are actual works of fantasy based on the old stuff, but never really existed originally.


It is just cool to see for me because it makes people think about repurposed & recycle and truly hunger for the real deal. But there are options for those that cannot afford that with the reproductions too.


Vintage Barware