Monday 24 October 2016

Happy 20th birthday Argos: These were the best-selling items in 1996

Sasha Brady

Published 07/07/2016 | 14:43

Scalextric Grand Prix set
Scalextric Grand Prix set
Dolly the first genetically cloned sheep
Elizabeth Duke Gold Claddagh Ring / Argos
Forever Friends Duvet set
Argos is 20 years in Ireland. The first store opened in Nutgrove Shopping Centre, Rathfarnham. Pics: Popular products sold by Argos in 1996
Canon Camcorder / Argos catalogue 1996
Electronic Organiser. Argos 1996 catalogue
Panasonic Compact Camera with Kodak films. Photo: Argos
Karaoke machine. Argos 1996 catalogue
Singer Sewing Machine. Argos 1996 catalogue.

Let's take a trip down memory lane.

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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.

Electronic Organiser


£399! Would you be able... (but also, yes, these were amazing and so flashy).

Canon Camcorder


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.

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