20 Products That Will Last a Lifetime

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There are many ways to make your shopping eco-friendly. You can ditch plastics, use your own food containers instead of disposable ones, and give second-hand stores a try. But perhaps the easiest and most environmentally friendly way to shop is to breathe new life into products that you bought a long time ago. Luckily, some of these vintage objects seem as if they were built to last forever. And we applaud these 20 creative people who kept their old products for a lifetime and gave them a second chance.

1. “1911 Ingersoll Yankee that belonged to my great (times a few) uncle. The original ’dollar watch’ still keeping time 110 years later.”

2. “1974 calculator from Kmart ($14 then)”

3. “Me in my Snoopy sweater in 1981, my son in the same sweater in 2017, and my daughter in the same sweater in 2020”

4. “My old car toy survived 7 kids and is still rolling after 35 years...”

5. “An adidas bag from the ’70s I got from my father”

6. “A Lionel train my grandpa bought in 1952. I’m the third generation to run it during the Christmas season.”

7. “A waffle-maker I bought at Disney World in 1995 — built like a tank and working great after 24 years of pretty regular use!”

8. “My father-in-law and my husband playing ColecoVision circa 1984, and my husband and our daughter playing the same ColecoVision in 2018”

9. “Lundhags Park boots that have served both my dad and me for over 40 years, ready for another fall and winter!”

“And I got recommended by the brand itself to look for used pairs when I was going to buy a pair for a friend. They still repair the older models for a very small fee and encourage getting used models repaired at their factory so they last longer.”

10. “Bought it in ’88 with money my grandmother left me. I’ve ridden thousands of miles on it, and now it’s my townie bike for shopping and errands.”

11. “My Super Nintendo is still going strong 27 years later.”

12. “My Legos are being played with again 40 years later...”

13. “My grandmother received this Aerolux bulb as a baby gift in 1948. It still lights up.”

14. “An Oxford bookbag from 1880 or so — my grandpa got it used when he started high school in 1951. It has since been used by my mom, uncle, aunt, and myself.”

15. “My Pioneer receiver from 1974, freshly serviced and ready for another 50 years.”

16. “My 30-year-old kitchen stove that is still used daily”

17. “50 years apart to the day, same kids... same car”

18. “I just got my great grandmother’s glasses fixed up and fitted with my own prescription! Not sure how old they are, but they’re probably from the 1960s. Thrilled to be able to keep her style in the family.”

19. “Newly acquired: my parents’ first TV from 1983 and my dad’s cabinet from when he was a teen in 1968. My future child will watch cartoons on it just like I did.”

20. “I scored a 1970s Gunne Sax wedding dress and a whole set of Homer Laughlin mid-century Skytone Stardust dinnerware. Never stop thrifting!”

“I’ve been wishing for a Gunne Sax dress for a long time and could not find myself to purchase one online as you know they are quite pricey. I was jumping for joy when i found this one for $10 in the Halloween section at a thrift store. I can’t imagine giving something this gorgeous away! I absolutely love her Prairie, Calico, and Victorian styles.”

Have you passed something of yours down to your children? What products do you own that feel like they’ve lasted a lifetime? Share your pictures in the comments.

Preview photo credit momerathsoutgrabe / Reddit


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