As practitioners of consumption, Americans lead poorly edited lives. We end up with basements and attics full of items that looked amazing in the store or online, but that lost their sparkle once they left the Bubble Wrap. “Cool Tools” fits into a growing wave of the so-called maker culture, a movement toward building real, actual things with our own two hands.
There's scarcity and nostalgia in hard goods and therefore demand. It's the reason Vinyl sales are up and it'll be the same reason books live on.