Merchandise that’s keeping nostalgia alive

Some of the mugs on sale at GB Antiques.
Some of the mugs on sale at GB Antiques.

Antiques dealer Allan Blackburn talks about a resurgence in TV characters from years gone by.

There’s been a resurgence recently of characters from our childhoods that are making a come back.

Owner of GB Antiques Allan Blackburn with some Pendlefin figures.

Owner of GB Antiques Allan Blackburn with some Pendlefin figures.

In recent years old favourites like The Smurfs, Postman Pat, and even Basil Brush have had a facelift and featured in major block buster movies grossing millions of dollars worldwide.

Products and memorabilia of these characters or the programmes and films they starred in, are popular with different generations.

Parents or grandparents, like me, who saw them first time around like to collect things, as it’s a nod to happy times in their childhoods, whilst their children also like these old faithful characters, thinking they are “new”!

There’s something about the memory of sitting with your mum and watching your favourite programme. It conjures up an image of safety, innocence and home.

Maybe that’s why over the last few years, nostalgia of children’s television programmes has soared with people reliving their memories of 1970s and 1980s TV favourites.

Thousands of pounds have already been spent by the 30 and 40 somethings, who’ve bought new merchandise from hit shows such as Bagpuss, The Clangers and the Mr Men.

Now digitally enhanced and restored, episodes are available to buy on DVD and keep the nostalgia alive.

Nowadays with such disposable TV programmes being made, we want to hang on to our memories of “the good old days” and buying ornaments, tee shirts, cuddly toys and even ringtones, keeps us close to our heroes from Camberwick Green, Tracey Island and Toytown!

The Muppets were created in 1955 by Jim Henson.

Henson’s Muppets began appearing on Sesame Street and because this show was aimed at us as pre-school viewers, as grown-ups we seem to have held a special place in our hearts for Kermit, Fonzie and Oscar. In the 1980s Disney acquired the brand, and toys, posters, and hundreds of different pieces of merchandise became available.

It was when the Muppets were given a make over and a multi-million dollar movie in 2008, that the Muppets were accepted by the next generation.

The latest film was released last year made 78 million dollars!

Slightly cheaper is this Muppets mug (pictured) on sale along with Toy Story at GB Antiques for £3.75.

Allan Blackburn is owner of GB Antiques Centre at Lancaster Leisure Park.

An antiques enthusiast for more than 20 years, his indoor centre now houses 100 dealers over 40,000 square feet, making it one of the biggest antiques centres in the country.