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post #81 of 91
I have-- well, DS has it now-- a little toy plastic car that came with a Happy Meal in 1984. Apparently they used to be better-made.
post #82 of 91

Still going strong.

1980 fisher price cow and sheep from my set.
1996 Vasque boots.
1997 Daniel & Green boiled wool slippers.
1996 ski jacket (my raincoat and fleece and ski jacket all rolled into one!)
My mom's wedding gift Revere pots.
1986 MR2, new engine body fine.

Liz
post #83 of 91
This has been a fun thread to read!

I have another indestructible Jansport backpack! I bought it when I first started university over 10 years ago and it was used and abused during my 4 yrs of uni. It's been used as an overnight bag and diaper bag since then and it still looks like new!

We have a funky chair in our living room that belonged to my grandmother. It has to be at least 40yrs old as I've seen it in a picture where my oldest sister was a baby. It's still in great shape, even the upholstery, in spite of my 3 monkeys climbing and bouncing on it almost daily for the last 5 years.

I have a casserole dish of my great-grandmother's that is from the 70s, if not earlier. One of my favorite dishes to use when making a casserole.

My Columbia parka is another item I bought my first year of university. It's a 3-in-1, designed for our harsh winters. It's over 10 years old and it still looks like new! The outer windproof shell isn't showing ANY signs of wear and I have not been easy on this parka. Well worth the $250 it was priced at.

My mom's old sewing machine that I now use. I'm guessing it's close to 40 years old, if not older. Sews like a dream and I will be so, so sad if I ever have to replace it.
post #84 of 91
The things that have lasted for me are items that my first husband and I received when we got married 20 years ago in Nov. 1988.
*The Sunbeam Oskar food processor. The slicing/shredding attachment and blade disappeared about 8 years ago (such a bummer!) but the blade and bowl serve me quite well. I don't know what I'll do when it dies because I have fibromyalgia and rely on it.
*2 CorningWare French White baking dishes, one with the lid. These have been moved no fewer than 15 times over the years and have held up amazingly well.
*A couple hand towels that came with a set

Also, an hot air popcorn popper that a friend handed down to me, it's pushing 20 years old. I use it about once a week.

Yay for things having good, long lives!
post #85 of 91
It's funny this thread got bumped in my subscribed threads, because my kids just found 2 pair of novelty slippers I've had since I was in jr high and high school, soooooooo....20 and 23 years! I got such a kick out of seeing my son kicking around in my trusty old koala bear slippers, and my daughter in a pair of "bear feet" with the long toenails.

And after a friend's good-natured ribbing about the above making me OLD, I realized that my slippers are as old as, or older than, probably half the membership here.
post #86 of 91
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Originally Posted by The4OfUs View Post
It's funny this thread got bumped in my subscribed threads, because my kids just found 2 pair of novelty slippers I've had since I was in jr high and high school, soooooooo....20 and 23 years! I got such a kick out of seeing my son kicking around in my trusty old koala bear slippers, and my daughter in a pair of "bear feet" with the long toenails.
Cute!
post #87 of 91
We are using a washer that was given to my dh's exwife by her parents when they bought a new one. It's still working great, and has got to be at least 15 years old, probably well over that. Of course, I want to kick it so I can buy an awesome front-loader, but for now I'm enjoying it's simplicity and longevity.
post #88 of 91
I'm NOT surprised about the longevity, but I have a hand grinder of my Grandma's that I use from time to time.

I am surprised that the flannel shirt I stole from my Dad in 1994 is still around. It is ~30 years old and threadbare, but I love it. It is longsleeved, but so light and worn I can wear it in the summer!
post #89 of 91
My mom has had an Oster blender for over twenty years so when I bought a blender in 1996, I bought an Oster, too and it is still going strong.

My mom kept all the Fisher Price toys of ours and now the grandchildren are playing with them. They are the classics from the late 1960s -- phone, popper, little people farm, schoolhouse, and bus. Plus, the metal play kitchen of mine from 1978.
post #90 of 91
I have a lot of old stuff that are well made. Although my current vote goes to DH's lunch box. It's gray plastic with nylon handles and a zipper. I bought it for him as a dating anniversary gift for $4 (poor college student then). We're been together for 14 years now and that lunch box is still used everyday. No rip or tears, the zipper is still perfect and no visible stains either. I think that's amazing for a plastic lunch box. I keep joking if one day he becomes a millionaire this lunch box will be a large contributing factor. I mean not only it's durable, it also encourage home packed lunch, thus saving money, and it keeps things cold so good for his health.
post #91 of 91
Socks last me forever. I'm really not sure why. I only seem to ever get rid of them when I lose one of a pair. I recently realized that the pair I was looking at had been purchased when I was pregnant with my now-12-year-old!

I have a ton of cookware and kitchen gadgets that were in my mother's home the whole time I was growing up. I still make cream of wheat for dd in the same pot in which my mother made cream of wheat for me! (I never remember to add the raisins with the water, so they get nice and plump, like she did, though.)
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