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

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Scalextric Grand Prix set

Scalextric Grand Prix set

Dolly the first genetically cloned sheep

Dolly the first genetically cloned sheep

Elizabeth Duke Gold Claddagh Ring / Argos

Elizabeth Duke Gold Claddagh Ring / Argos

Forever Friends Duvet set

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

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

Canon Camcorder / Argos catalogue 1996

Electronic Organiser. Argos 1996 catalogue

Electronic Organiser. Argos 1996 catalogue

Panasonic Compact Camera with Kodak films. Photo: Argos

Panasonic Compact Camera with Kodak films. Photo: Argos

Karaoke machine. Argos 1996 catalogue

Karaoke machine. Argos 1996 catalogue

Singer Sewing Machine. Argos 1996 catalogue.

Singer Sewing Machine. Argos 1996 catalogue.

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Scalextric Grand Prix set

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.

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Dolly the first genetically cloned sheep

Dolly the first genetically cloned sheep

Dolly the first genetically cloned sheep

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

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Elizabeth Duke Gold Claddagh Ring / Argos

Elizabeth Duke Gold Claddagh Ring / Argos

Elizabeth Duke Gold Claddagh Ring / Argos

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.

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Argos is 20 years in Ireland. The first store opened in Nutgrove Shopping Centre, Rathfarnham. 
Pics: Popular products sold by Argos in 1996

Argos is 20 years in Ireland. The first store opened in Nutgrove Shopping Centre, Rathfarnham. Pics: Popular products sold by Argos in 1996

Argos is 20 years in Ireland. The first store opened in Nutgrove Shopping Centre, Rathfarnham. Pics: Popular products sold by Argos in 1996

Still unrivaled by modern technology.

Electronic Organiser

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Electronic Organiser. Argos 1996 catalogue

Electronic Organiser. Argos 1996 catalogue

Electronic Organiser. Argos 1996 catalogue

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

Canon Camcorder

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Canon Camcorder / Argos catalogue 1996

Canon Camcorder / Argos catalogue 1996

Canon Camcorder / Argos catalogue 1996

When 'viral' was only associated with sickness.

Alba Karaoke Machine

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Karaoke machine. Argos 1996 catalogue

Karaoke machine. Argos 1996 catalogue

Karaoke machine. Argos 1996 catalogue

20 years later we still want this to belt out our favourite pop tunes.

Video of the Day

"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

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Forever Friends Duvet set

Forever Friends Duvet set

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

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Panasonic Compact Camera with Kodak films. Photo: Argos

Panasonic Compact Camera with Kodak films. Photo: Argos

Panasonic Compact Camera with Kodak films. Photo: Argos

Where's the 'send' button?*

*Cheap joke, we know.

Singer Sewing Machine

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Singer Sewing Machine. Argos 1996 catalogue.

Singer Sewing Machine. Argos 1996 catalogue.

Singer Sewing Machine. Argos 1996 catalogue.

Still so relevant.


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