This may be a bit of a strange request, but I have seen this board find stranger things, so I thought I might as well ask.
So, I'm currently cooking up a writing project that begins in the mid-late 1990s. I'd like to get a lot of period details right for thematic reasons - stuff like people's clothes/haircuts, the stuff they have in their houses and the way those houses are decorated, all that sort of stuff. This is the time period I myself grew up, but it's been 15-20+ years, and I don't really trust my memory for specific details.
Searching for this sort of thing on Google seems rather fruitless. Usually what you end up finding are buzzfeed-esque articles which show the most cartoonish incarnations of those styles and fads, usually from celebrity media and what have you (stuff like all the members of N'Sync wearing matching overalls... not what I remember people wearing on a daily basis!), and all the other stuff I'd like to look into basically aren't there at all.
I actually thought about ordering some old catalogs to look through. Sears and JC Penney were the ones that sprung immediately to my mind, since those were fairly "average" companies (ie, not cutting-edge fashion) and they also sold a lot of home appliances, electronics, furniture, etc. But getting on ebay and looking through those things, a lot of those catalogs sell for between 60-70 dollars apiece(!). Why the sellers think a catalog that's been obsolete since the spring of 1998 is worth that much money I have no idea, but that seems to be the going rate. I guess they assume the only people who would want them are aspiring fashion designers. I have no desire to spend that kind of money on a personal project that I'm just doing for my own enjoyment, and I'd also like to have a wider range of "data" than a single catalog to show change over time, etc., so that is not really practical.
Photos seems like the only other available option, but 1) I don't have access to my own family's photos at the moment, since I'm living in another state 2) Most of the photos you can find online from that time period are stuff that people post for humor, and aren't really what I'm looking for (stuff like awkward family photos...), and 3) This was all of course up to ten years before social media became a thing, so as far as the Internet is concerned it's sort of from a "dark age".
So, does anybody know where you can find this sort of thing without paying through the nose for it? Any other kind of 1990s general reference would also be appreciated (stuff like wayback-ed news articles, contemporary culture and opinion pieces, retrospectives/autobiographies, all that kind of stuff).