While looking for cool retro toys and collectibles online, I can across a nice store named Betty’s Attic. What struck me as interesting was their website wasn’t so much “old” or “outdated” as it was delightfully old school and retro. The art and design were definitely a throw back to the by-gone eras of the 50’s and 60’s, and the web site construction itself was reminiscent of the types of sites I built in the late 1990’s. As a web developer for the past 20 years, I’ve witnessed the entire evolution of website construction and design through the lens of a programmer, so I can instantly date a website based solely on the look and feel.
But this website isn’t so much outdated but rather, celebrating the idea of being “fashionably retro” all the way down to how the website is programmed. Since the World Wide Web has only been commercially available to the public at large since the late 1990’s, that would be the era the art direction of the site would need to go back too. Its almost a very “meta” choice that only certain people would understand, namely, old web developers who sneer at web pages that are old enough to be a parent.
Anyway, go check them out. They sell some goofy stuff and lots of it is awesome and nostalgic.