17 People Who Proved Things Can Last a Lifetime if You Take Good Care of Them
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 things that you bought years ago.
Here at Now I’ve Seen Everything we believe we should be more conscious about the waste we produce. And we applaud these 17 creative people who gave their old items 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!”
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”
Have you passed something of yours down to your children? Share your pictures in the comments.