Happy 20th birthday Argos: These were the best-selling items in 1996
Let's take a trip down memory lane.
Everyone was doing the Macarena; Independence Day was the biggest movie of the year; Tupac Shakur was murdered in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles; the Spice Girls and Backstreet Boys released their debut albums; Dolly, the world's first ever cloned mammal, was born; Ireland won the Eurovision for the seventh time and we also got our first ever Argos store.
The store opening was a very big deal at the time. It meant that we no longer had to drive up to Newry to get the ultimate Christmas bible: the Argos catalogue. The festive season was revolutionalised.
To get an idea of what Ireland was really like back then, we asked Argos to send us their most popular products at the time (We were simple people with simple needs - except for the electronic organiser Flash Harry's).
Elizabeth Duke Gold Claddagh Ring
If you were a teenage girl in 1996, chances are you had one of these. Bonus points if you had a sovereign ring on your other hand. Even if you'd never even kissed a boy, you'd wear it upside down so that people would know your heart was taken by that "boy you kissed" (spoof!) in Courrtown during the summer.
Still unrivaled by modern technology.
£399! Would you be able... (but also, yes, these were amazing and so flashy).
When 'viral' was only associated with sickness.
Alba Karaoke Machine
20 years later we still want this to belt out our favourite pop tunes.
"So tell me what you want, what you really, really want. I wanna, (ha) I wanna, (ha) I wanna, (ha) I wanna, (ha). I wanna really, really, really wanna zigazig ah!"
Forever Friends Duvet set
You probably also had the teddy bears, mugs, keyrings, notepads, pencils, colouring books, crayons... etc. Sweet dreams.
Panasonic Compact Camera with Kodak films
Where's the 'send' button?*
*Cheap joke, we know.
Singer Sewing Machine
Still so relevant.