The Top '90s Toy in Each State

All Home Connections
All Home Connections

Late '80s and '90s babies can probably recall a few of their favorite childhood toys in vivid detail, whether it’s the Easy-Bake Oven, Tamagotchi, Polly Pocket, Socker Boppers, Lite Brite, or Betty Spaghetty (toys that rhymed were apparently a hot commodity back then).

If you just felt a wave of nostalgia crash over you, there’s more in store. A team of analysts from All Home Connections figured out the most currently popular '90s toy in each state by looking at Google Shopping trends over the past year. They also checked out the average cost of each toy on eBay and were shocked to see that Floam (a type of moldable slime) can go for over $100—likely due to the resurgence in slime toys.

Their analysts started with a list of 50 popular toys and whittled it down to just 33 all-star games, dolls, action figures, and miscellaneous playthings. If you were ever the proud doll mom or dad of Felicity, Addy, or Josefina, you’re in good company: American Girl Dolls are the most popular toy in 10 states. The company was an instant success when it launched in 1986, and over 32 million of the history-inspired dolls have been sold since then.

Power Wheels are the most popular toy in five states (Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, South Carolina, and Tennessee), while LEGOs are kind of a big deal in three states (California, Montana, and New Mexico). From there, it gets a little more individualized, with a few lesser-known toys making the final cut.

What toy does your state love most? Keeping scrolling to see the full map, and check out the All Home Connections website to see a breakdown of average eBay prices.

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Wayfair’s Fourth of July Clearance Sale Takes Up to 60 Percent Off Grills and Outdoor Furniture

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Wayfair/Weber

This Fourth of July, Wayfair is making sure you can turn your backyard into an oasis while keeping your bank account intact with a clearance sale that features savings of up to 60 percent on essentials like chairs, hammocks, games, and grills. Take a look at some of the highlights below.

Outdoor Furniture

Brisbane bench from Wayfair
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- Jericho 9-Foot Market Umbrella $92 (Save 15 percent)
- Woodstock Patio Chairs (Set of Two) $310 (Save 54 percent)
- Brisbane Wooden Storage Bench $243 (Save 62 percent)
- Kordell Nine-Piece Rattan Sectional Seating Group with Cushions $1800 (Save 27 percent)
- Nelsonville 12-Piece Multiple Chairs Seating Group $1860 (Save 56 percent)
- Collingswood Three-Piece Seating Group with Cushions $410 (Save 33 percent)

Grills and Accessories

Dyna-Glo electric smoker.
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- Spirit® II E-310 Gas Grill $479 (Save 17 percent)
- Portable Three-Burner Propane Gas Grill $104 (Save 20 percent)
- Digital Bluetooth Electric Smoker $224 (Save 25 percent)
- Cuisinart Grilling Tool Set $38 (Save 5 percent)

Outdoor games

American flag cornhole game.
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- American Flag Cornhole Board $57 (Save 19 percent)
- Giant Four in a Row Game $30 (Save 6 percent)
- Giant Jenga Game $119 (Save 30 percent)

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The Motto of Each U.S. State, Mapped

Each state has its own motto.
Each state has its own motto.
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Unless you pay a lot of attention to license plates, you’re probably not able to easily recall your state’s motto. Texas, California, New York, and other states sport distinctive phrases that help characterize their territory. All 50 U.S. states have one, spread across multiple languages including English, Latin, Spanish, and more.

Financial services resource CashNetUSA recently assembled a map featuring all of America's state mottos, and it makes for some intriguing exploration.

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Many of these states have compelling stories behind their choice of a motto. In California, “Eureka!” (Greek for “I’ve found it!”) stems from the story of Archimedes realizing he could determine the purity of gold. He ran through the streets—naked—shouting “Eureka!” The phrase was later used in the original design of the state seal in 1849 at the height of the Gold Rush.

In Wyoming, “Equal Rights” refers to the state’s progressive attitude toward women's rights, having guaranteed them the right to vote, serve on juries, and hold public office beginning in 1869.

The most metal of these phrases, New Hampshire’s “Live Free or Die,” came from General John Stark in 1809. He wrote a toast for a military event he couldn’t attend that read in part: “Live free or die; death is not the worst of evils.”