2010 Comebacks: 10 trends so good they get another go-around

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From time to time, WalletPop compiles a list of the hottest comeback people, products and cultural trends. In 2008, the list included single-sex schools, streetcars and macaroni and cheese. In 2009, the list included classic cocktails, home hair coloring, and Lance Armstrong. In 2010 we see a return to old frugal practices, the rebirth of some business icons, and the reincarnation of one old-time politician. Enjoy.

Canning
canning comebackPreserving fresh food is not only a money-saving trend, it also reflects the increasing interest in eating what's raised locally. Jarden Corp., which owns the canning classic, Ball jars, reported in October 2008 that its sales of canning jars had risen 92% over the previous year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has established a Know Your Farmer -- Know Your Food project that not only offers lots of practical advice for buying local, but also tells how to apply for government grants to pay for running farmers markets and other things that facilitate local purchases. Anyone looking for instruction or recipes should check out It's So Easy to Preserve at the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service. -- Jennie Phipps




Revamped movies
ghostbusters comebackDid you enjoy movie hits from the 1980s such as "RoboCop", "Ghostbusters", "Footloose", "Police Academy" and "The Karate Kid"? Then you might enjoy the upcoming remakes. You'd better, because Hollywood is all about remakes this year. Why? Familiarity means less advertising is necessary, and high-priced stars aren't quite so crucial when the plots are familiar (think "Spider-Man"and Toby Maguire). Today's computer graphic imaging will give movies like "Poltergeist" a whole new believability. And rebooting some classic films will put the studios on-track for more of their favorite kind of movie, the sequel. Originality, apparently, is so twentieth century. -- Tom Barlow


Flipping houses

house flipping comebackHome flippers are back juggling properties and hoping for the big payoff, says Business Week. This time around, the amateurs have left the hall, leaving the business to the pros who are savvy enough to buy the right properties and turn them over quickly. Nationally, the number of flipped homes rose 19 % to 197,784 in 2009, according to RealtyTrac. Flipping has gotten the green light from the Federal Housing Authority with a one-year rule change, which allows FHA borrowers to buy foreclosed homes from owners who have held title for less than 90 days. Many of the flippers hail from abroad and buy sight unseen. -- Jennie Phipps


Jerry Brown
jerry broan comebackHe's baaack! But did he ever leave? Jerry Brown, California's once-and-maybe-future governor, is the Democratic front-runner for the office he held from 1975 to 1983. Then-bachelor "Governor Moonbeam" famously said "No thanks" to gubernatorial perks and parked his powder-blue Plymouth Satellite outside his modest apartment in Sacramento. He also got media flak when he went on an African safari with his girlfriend, singer Linda Ronstadt. The brainy chief exec made good headlines too: under his leadership, the Golden State led the nation in its economy and environmental astuteness. Nonetheless, his three bids for U.S. president and one for the U.S. Senate were unsuccessful. Did that deter him? No. He went on to serve two terms as popular mayor of Oakland, Calif. Today -- 72, bald, married and boasting a $12.1-million campaign war chest – he serves as the state's attorney general. Never underestimate Jerry Brown. -- Diane Wedner

Ballroom dancing

ballroom dancing comebackWith reality television as brutal and addicting as a Roman gladiator arena, it's no surprise that ballroom dancing has reality fiends drooling for the foxtrot. Americans are hooked and love the bloody, sequined, ballroom battles featuring Pamela Anderson, Buzz Aldrin and Kate Gosselin. Shows such as ABC's "Dancing With the Stars", Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance"and PBS' "America's Ballroom Challenge", have hit high ratings and launched a comeback for the walking step and quick step. In March,"Dancing With the Stars"hit its highest rating record, 23.9 million viewers. Each morning, daytime television such as "The View" and "Live with Regis and Kelly" review "Dancing With the Stars" and host guests from the show. Even the "Real Housewives of New Jersey" took a tango and salsa class with the "Dancing with the Stars" inspiration. -- Nicole Charky

Ford cars and trucks
ford comebackAn Associated Press poll announced that Americans have more confidence in American cars (perhaps because of Toyota's recent recalls) and coming out on top is Ford. With its forward-thinking Ford Focus hybrid and fleet of trucks, Americans are apparently looking at the U.S. manufacturer with new eyes -- with more than 90% of Ford owners saying they are satisfied with their choice -- and Ford was the only American manufacturer who didn't take a federal bailout. Sales jumped 37% in the first three months of 2010 and Ford has even got the approval of Consumer Reports -- making it the only American car to compete head-to-head with imports in quality and design. -- Barbara Hernandez



Oxfords

oxfords comebackThey've been spotted on the trendiest celebrities -- as well as harried businesswomen on the street -- finishing off skirts, leggings and skinny jeans alike. Oxfords are officially back. And they are not your father's wingtips. A variety of designers embraced the straight-laced fashion throwback for winter and spring, with oxfords appearing in a variety of materials, styles, and price points. There are brogues designed for hiking, white-lace-covered models, as well as high-heeled peep toes. They may be ugly, but on one thing everyone can agree; they are much more comfortable than the sky-high stilettos gracing runways the last few years. First adopted en masse by American women after Diane Keaton famously wore them in the late 1970s to cap off her trademark menswear style in "Annie Hall," oxfords originated in Scotland and Ireland. Considered a must-have that never went out of style for nattily-turned out men, they're now a welcome alternative for fashionistas as well. -- Jennifer Oldham

Street food

street food comebackOne of the more pleasant side effects to the economic recession is the many ways celebrated chefs are finding to be relevant, notably by taking to the streets. In Chicago, entrees at Rick Bayless'Topolobombo kiss the $40 mark, but versions of his authentic and inventive Mexican cuisine can be had for closer to $10 at his low key XOCO. Paul Kahan built his reputation on highfalutin places like Blackbird, Avec and the Publican, and is still packing them in. Foodies in the know are flocking to his Big Star for $2 tacos so good, the wait is two hours and they're huddled outside in frigid temps for the pleasure of chowing down. And it's not just in Chicago: cooking street food was a challenge on Bravo TV's "Top Chef Masters" last season (which Bayless won) and mobile food trucks are trendy in Los Angeles, Portland and Austin, Texas, where locals hunt down favorites in a sort of movable feast treasure hunt. Street food makes good. -- Laura Heller

Bangs
bangs comebackPerhaps it was Angelina Jolie who started the trend, but as soon as Lea Michele from Glee was spotted in April with a new 'do, it's been the comeback of bangs. Other celebs like Heidi Klum, Leann Rimes, Reese Witherspoon and even tween dream Justin Bieber are all sporting them and the trend only seems to be growing. Perhaps it's because cutting a few pieces of hair can change an entire look -- and makes a person appear just a little younger. -- Barbara Hernandez




Riding Amtrak
amtrak train comebackFort the past three years, Amtrak ridership has been setting records and this year is likely to be the highest. According to the first few months of 2010, 13.6 million passengers, about 100,000 higher than record-setting 2008, boarded its trains. While Amtrak runs a number of commuter routes on both the East and West Coasts, perhaps its commercials which poke fun at airline fees and security lines may also be the reason for its rise. Amtrak is relatively easy to board, cheaper than a short-haul flight, and definitely more roomy. There's also no $7 charge for a pillow or fee for carry-on luggage. -- Barbara Hernandez
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