What’s In The Box?: 1980s

Self Storage

July 13th, 2021

One of the best things about self-storage is the ability to preserve gadgets and mementos of the past in a safe place. Each box in your storage unit tells a part of your story and gives a little glimpse into who you are. Similarly, a storage unit can also serve as a time capsule showcasing popular trends through the decades.With a plethora of new technology, groundbreaking music, and bold fashion, the 1980s is one of the most easily recognized and beloved decades in history. It paved the way for many cultural trends that are still popular today including rock/pop music, denim everything, the science fiction genre, and so on.📷If you’re a Gen Xer, we’re willing to bet you still own at least one of the items in each category. Take a journey down memory lane as we explore the best of each decade, starting with the 1980s!


  • Walk-man
  • Cassette/mix tapes
  • Long Cord Phones
  • Atari video game console
  • Boombox


  • Shoulder pads
  • Acid washed jeans
  • Members Only jackets
  • Parachute pants
  • Velvet dresses


  • Lace gloves
  • Ray Bans
  • Fanny packs
  • Scrunchies
  • Leg warmers

Movies on VHS:

  • “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back”
  • “The Breakfast Club”
  • “E.T.”
  • “Back to the Future”
  • “The Goonies”

Music Albums:

  • “Thriller,” Michael Jackson
  • “Back in Black,” AC/DC
  • “Like A Virgin,” Madonna
  • “Synchronicity,” The Police
  • “Born in the U.S.A.,” Bruce Springsteen
Did we miss anything? How many of these items do you own? Let us know your favorite 80s trends below!

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