Teasmade and Trolley Sales up as Money-Saving Brits Seek Luxury at Home

By Gary Cutlack on at

Why blow £55 on a round of drinks in some depressing chain pub, when you can invest the same amount of money in a Swan STM100 Teasmade and enjoy the thrill of having a dumb robot make you cups of tea all year round?

That appears to be the conclusion reached by many cash-challenged UK consumers this year, with department chain John Lewis claiming sales of "retro" luxury gadgets like teasmades, hostess trollies and soda streams are all growing, as we try to make our poor home lives a bit more interesting now we have no money to spend on going out.

In fact, sales of all things retro appear to be on the up, boosted by a new generation of parents who remember this sort of stuff from the 70s and 80s, and are looking to generate the same sort of happy memories they have of necking endless soda streams with their kids. [Sunday Times]