2012 marks the 25th anniversary of the original Caboodles box — something that many female children of the ’80s remember with fondness. The iconic box was a childhood status symbol, good for toting everything from Barbie accessories to craft supplies. The trend started when, in 1986, Vanna White was shown in People magazine hauling her makeup in a tackle box; Caboodles made its debut the following year.
Not content to fade into nostalgia, this year the company is releasing a variety of new patterns and styles for its smart train cases, valet cases and “It” bags — which double as oversized purses with organizers inside, making them perfect for travelers. “It’s fun to see how Caboodles has evolved from a piece of pop culture to a staple in women’s lives,” says Kathy Hurt, director of marketing and product development. From $5 to $40, www.caboodles.com