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The Only Retro Box + LP Of The Month Subscription Box Review – May 2016


The Only Retro Box is a subscription that sends collectibles and antiques from previous decades, usually with a focus on pop culture. In addition to their collectibles subscription, they also have a subscription for a Surprise LP of the Month, and another subscription that combines the two. This review is of the combination subscription.

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The Subscription Box: The Only Retro Box + LP of the Month Club

The Cost: $45 + $20 shipping = $65 per month for the combo subscription; $30 + $15 shipping = $45 per month for the collectibles only; $12 + $8.99 shipping for the LP only

The Products: A box filled with various pop culture collectibles and antiques from previous decades, plus a surprise LP

Ships to: Everywhere, but please see their site for international shipping rates

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This is the information sheet that was included with my box of vintage goodies. Interestingly, not everything is listed.

In order to get some idea of the value of the items sent to me, I am using eBay values wherever possible.



M&M Mug, Circa 1990 – Currently listed on eBay for $14.99

This was the first thing I pulled out of the box. It’s in decent condition, but I don’t really have any affinity to vintage advertising. I know a lot of people do, but this is a bit of a miss for me.


The Beverly Hillbillies: The Saga of Wildcat Creek – Currently listed (and not selling) on eBay for $0.01

The Beverly Hillbillies DVD – Not listed, value estimated at $1.50 based on similar items

The Beverly Hillbillies were a little before my time, but I definitely watched them in syndication when I was a kid. What a silly show! I had some neighbors who were kind of like them in the 1980’s. I can’t imagine reading this book.


Michael For Ever Tee – Not listed, value $5?

This tee is a women’s size M, and it almost looks homemade. It’s in good condition, so I can’t really tell what era it’s from. Based on the fact that it’s a women’s cut, I am guessing it’s from this millenia. My ten-year-old son is a huge Michael Jackson fan, so I gave it to him to sleep in. Please don’t tell him it’s a women’s shirt!


1996 Atlanta Olympics Texaco Sponsor Pins – Currently listed for about $4 each

Oh fun! These are cool, to me at least. I was at the 1996 Olympics when they were held here in my home town! I managed to get tickets to a women’s handball match. Getting tickets was not easy! I’m glad to have these two little pins.


Statue of Liberty Centennial Ornament – Not listed, value $2?

I was still a youngster, but I remember the statue turning 100! I think this ornament is made of cardboard or fiberboard, though, and it’s pretty beat up.


Realtone Solid State AM/FM Radio, Model 2208 – Currently listed at $9.07

This is cool! It’s an actual transistor radio from the 1970’s! With the original hand strap! It works, too.


My LP came in a separate package, but they both came at the same time via UPS.


Oh. No.


Aerobic Dancing! – Currently listed at $5.97 on eBay, in much better condition than mine, and still not selling

Oh no! This is my album of the month. I can’t even…


This is the record itself, which is only in fair (and pretty dirty) condition.


These are the instructions on how to do aerobics, which are actually pretty hilarious. My Mom was big into aerobics back in the day. The funny thing is that you can’t actually do aerobics to a record, because you will make the record skip like mad. Fortunately, this was around the same time as the advent of cassette tapes.

Verdict: As I was preparing for and writing this review, I had the realization that for people like myself, and maybe most people, vintage shopping (or “junking” as we call it) is actually a pretty personal thing and shouldn’t really be randomly undertaken by strangers. I really only liked two of the items I received (the pins and the radio). The current estimated value of everything I received totals about $47, which falls short of the $65 box + shipping cost. It’s a little better than the cost of the box alone, but I would never have spent that much for these items, personally. I keep trying to envision what kind of person might benefit from this subscription, and all I can come up with is, “If you like all collectibles from any era, no matter what condition they are in, and you don’t mind paying top dollar for them plus a kind of high shipping cost, then this box is for you.” But I don’t know if that person exists.

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Written by Anna Rodriguez

Anna Rodriguez

Anna has been a fan of subscription boxes since joining Birchbox in 2013, but didn’t become a true addict until discovering subscriptions she could share with her children. Her favorites include Kiwi Crate and Fab Kids.

Posted in Subscription Box Reviews, The Only Retro Box Reviews| Tags: the only retro box | 19 comments

Comments (19)

  1. “The Only Retro Box is a subscription that sends collectibles and antiques from previous decades”
    I am expecting at least one collectible and/or an antique. Though a bit of a stretch, the Transistor Radio may be a collectible and a type of antique but what else? Many of these mass produced items, as soon as it is scratched and marred the value is 0.01 which is why it lists on Ebay. I would love for the curator to explain themselves in this forum. Sending second rate damaged records and clearly used thrift shop items for a premium price is three clicks past ridiculous!

  2. This is so bad, I couldn’t help but laugh! It’s up there with the statement necklace from Dazzley Box that Jessica posted last week. I would love to see other reviews of this to find out what other rare treasures they sent out.

  3. Wow…that just made me sad for any poor sucker that subscribed. I got more value out of my Ipsy bag…that’s a shame and scam! SMH

  4. Thanks for making sure none of us even consider this box, that’s the silver lining I guess. I’m confused when you said that every box is a bit different, it sounds like they are hiding that this is crap in their attic that they are trying to scam people with.

    That being said, subscription boxes in general are hard, you really need a theme and the theme better not be JUNK

  5. I think it’s safe to say that person doesn’t exist. I would have been very disappointed to receive this. (And I love thrifting and old stuff.) That was a very charitable review.

  6. I’m going to go see what my grandmother left in the attic. Pretty sure I could put together something better from Nana’s castoffs….

  7. I like the radio. I had one of those. Other than that, yuck. It looks like a box of stuff that didn’t sell at a garage sale.

  8. OMG. I totally had a Barbie aerobics cassette tape set! It came with instructions and little pink and blue wrist weights. I completely forgot about it until this very minute! My how times have changed. I can only imagine the pushback that a product like that marketed at little girls would get now!

    • I had something like that too!!! It was called “Get in Shape Girl!” and it came with a fold out poster showing different exercises. Ahhhh good times……

      • I had that too.

  9. Agree with the others, you were too kind in this review. This is a box of junk you could’ve gotten at any thrift store for less than $5 total. It’s not at all a box of vintage, collectibles or antiques. PS antiques have to be over 100 years old to qualify as an antique. I’d rather go to any antique mall, or thrift store and pick out things I love for less than $65.

    • Actually the industry standard has changed and I have no idea why, only a theory. It’s now bizarre: 50 years antique, 20 years vintage. When I started selling back in the late 70s early 80s through to around maybe 5-8 years (definitely less than 10 years as I was still selling) ago the industry standard was antique 100 years old, vintage around 40-50 years old. The stuff I wore as a kid is now considered antique? Stuff I have from my 30s is vintage? Insane, I prefer what was always the standard, makes much more sense. ⚡️Jet

  10. Thanks for the kind words and validation, y’all. 🙂

    • I agree with the others, you were far too kind. My review would’ve been much more blunt. As others said, you got a bunch of garage sale junk and personally I would demand a refund. But that’s me! ⚡️Jet

  11. The idea sounded fun, but… As a former flea market vendor and B&M shop owner selling antique and vintage, I can see right away what a mess this is. People who like vintage (true vintage) are quite particular. This “retro” thing is a bunch of garbage as it just means things made today in the style of another era. Mass produced, no value at all. Too bad it’s not more value, could’ve been a fun subscription. ⚡️Jet

  12. You did a great review anna, but this box is pretty bad ! For me, this box is a huge rip off. Many of the items, like the record album and ornament , look like 10 cent garage sale specials. Perhaps if this box was at a lower price point, way way lower, it wouldn’t feel like such a rip off. Would anyone happily pay $65 for this stuff? Probably not. To each there own though ! Thanks fot the positive review though.

    • Thanks Sarah!

  13. This box confuses me. It’s like someone with a bad eBay or junk shop threw together a box. No themes? No coherent presentation? I was excited when I saw this box, but I am with you, Anna.

  14. Just want to say that that was a very kind review for a really odd pile of junk. I think if I had any of that stuff lying around I would probably pitch it, not sell it as a sub box.

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