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Old stuff you still use

66Mustang66Mustang Member Posts: 4,621 Disability Gamechanger
Nicked this thread idea from another forum I’m on.

What is the oldest thing that you own that you still use? I reckon some people here will have some great examples!

I don’t mean stuff like artwork or antiques that sit on a shelf I mean stuff that is still in regular use and is used for what it was designed for. 

I have a watch that was bought during the year I was born, so 27 years old. I still wear it though am worried about its waterproofness, should get it tested really.

We also have a kitchen knife that is at least 50 years old. Used daily. Also other kitchen utensils that go back a few generations of family.

Finally lots of tools that also come from old family generations including a saw that is I’d estimate at 80 years old. Still in regular use.

I’m sure someone can beat me! Looking forward to reading your answers.

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  • woodbinewoodbine Member Posts: 3,707 Disability Gamechanger
    We have a potato masher bought from the first ever UK Ikea in Warrington about 30 years ago, really brilliant as it mashes the spuds but they don't stick to it.
    my advice is given freely and is correct to the best of my knowledge.
  • Sandy_123Sandy_123 Member Posts: 1,040 Pioneering
    We have a huge pan in the family that was given to me by my family, that had been used for years before, I then gave it my daughter in law, who uses it daily. This pan is in good condition and has been around for 50 years I know of.  I guess they don't make them to last today like they did before. I'm sure it will he around and used for many more years.
  • 66Mustang66Mustang Member Posts: 4,621 Disability Gamechanger
    @woodbine very cool...they don’t stick to it, that must be some kind of witchcraft!
  • 66Mustang66Mustang Member Posts: 4,621 Disability Gamechanger
    @Sandy_123 very nice

    I agree most products today seem to be disposable. Even larger appliances like washing machines and dare I say it some cars. I think, though, things were more expensive (inflation taken into account) back in the day. A family member I believe spent a months wages on their washing machine in the 60s! So I guess it balances out a little bit.
  • Sandy_123Sandy_123 Member Posts: 1,040 Pioneering
    @66Mustang nothing lasts today, Hoover's and appliances. When we were kids our parents only bought something once. I don't recall any thing being replaced or breaking down. Even beds lasted for ever, the big metal ones. I fear I am showing my age lol. I'm more of a fix it person but the kids are it's broke need a new one.
  • woodbinewoodbine Member Posts: 3,707 Disability Gamechanger
    edited February 2
    66Mustang said:
    @Sandy_123 very nice

    I agree most products today seem to be disposable. Even larger appliances like washing machines and dare I say it some cars. I think, though, things were more expensive (inflation taken into account) back in the day. A family member I believe spent a months wages on their washing machine in the 60s! So I guess it balances out a little bit.
    we were only talking the other day the first auto-matic washing machine we brought cost over £400 the last one two years ago was £170.
    my advice is given freely and is correct to the best of my knowledge.
  • leeCalleeCal Member Posts: 3,352 Disability Gamechanger
    edited February 2
    I’ve got a lovely jumper which is over forty years old and which I still use. It only has a couple of holes in it where I caught it in a belt sander which is also around forty years old and a great little machine it is too. Especially for making holes in jumpers!

    Then theres me broom, had that for over forty years, it’s had seven heads and three new handles. They said look after yer broom... (only fools and horses) 🤣
  • lisathomas50lisathomas50 Member Posts: 3,785 Disability Gamechanger
    @66Mustang one of my cars is from the 40s and still gets used in the summer in car showd 
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 1,651 Listener
    I still use my base Xbox One at my Parents, until I can get a new Series X, Game are getting stock next week apparently so we're going to get up early and go to the Town one (Dad won't go to Meadowhall despite the ample parking compared to Town)

  • gillian72gillian72 Member Posts: 292 Pioneering
    @66Mustang hiya hope ur well an safe 😜 My heads going slow mo atm I think I managed to take photos off my old stuff I still use lol I've been trying to show @OverlyAnxious for weeks now lol was gonna show them on my profile pic lol so far all I've managed is to remove my pic lol il let u know if I get there lol might not be 2nite lol I've overdone it reading message I send lol 😜😜
  • woodbinewoodbine Member Posts: 3,707 Disability Gamechanger
    Am I living in a pararell world? I thought ALL non-essential retailers were closed for the duration? 
    my advice is given freely and is correct to the best of my knowledge.
  • lisathomas50lisathomas50 Member Posts: 3,785 Disability Gamechanger
    @woodbine you can still buy on line I did laugh my brother did facetime to buy his new car he paid on line and the car arrived on a lorry sll the inside coverd in plastic  with a spray that you spray inside the car to get rid of sny germs lol 😆  
  • OverlyAnxiousOverlyAnxious Member Posts: 1,254 Disability Gamechanger
    woodbine said:
    Am I living in a pararell world? I thought ALL non-essential retailers were closed for the duration? 
    Stores are closed, but you can still click & collect.
  • OverlyAnxiousOverlyAnxious Member Posts: 1,254 Disability Gamechanger
    edited February 3
    Think my body is the oldest thing I still use on a regular basis, if only they could be upgraded over time!  :D

    I don't have anything really old here.  I reckon the oldest things are probably one or two Umbro T-Shirts, think they cost £2 or so from JJB in the early 2000s but they're a much better fit and quality than any I get today!!  I get new ones pretty much every year as gifts but they never last long before the neck gapes, the material bobbles and the colour fades.

    My recliner chair is approx 15 years old, was already 3rd hand when I got it and pretty grim (despite cleaning attempts)...will be glad to replace that when I move!  And up until last month I was using a Henry Hoover that's approx 15 years old too, it's had many hoses and heads, and the power cable has been arcing internally for about 3 years, but it did still work lol.  The most surprising thing is a Karcher pressure washer that I inherited about 10 years ago...obviously not used that often but does still work when needed.

    I had to retire my wristwatch in 2018 as it was eating batteries due to internal wear.  I had worn it pretty much every day from 2003!

    As others have said, I don't expect anything I buy today to last very long.  My TV is coming up to 10 years old and still works fine but is only 23".  These days you can get a 43" for the same price lol!  But from what I've read, they don't last long.
  • DragonslayerDragonslayer Member Posts: 888 Pioneering
    We still use some of my Mothers old Yorkshire pudding tins we got around 16yrs ago when she died at 96 and I remember Mum using them every Sunday since I was a lad. I believe she got them from her mother but I'm not too sure. So they must be 60yrs old at least. They were blackened when we got them and I still think the puddings taste better from old tins like this.  
  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 9,077 Disability Gamechanger
    I dont really have anything old 

    I moved house 2 years ago and have practically had everything new 

    I wanted a fresh start and no reminders of my ex husband 

    Fortunately with bit of profit from house sale and back pay from my tribunal win I managed to replace all furniture 

    Only thing I saved was my 6ft bronze dolphin lamp which is about 18 years old and will stay with me forever 
  • 66Mustang66Mustang Member Posts: 4,621 Disability Gamechanger
    Think my body is the oldest thing I still use on a regular basis, if only they could be upgraded over time!

    According to QI the body refreshes all the cells that make it up and no part of you is more than 10 years old.

    Bones take I think 10 years
    Liver takes I think they said 4 years (hope mine gets a move on)

    Sadly we don’t get replaced with body parts that were the original age and we get aged ones instead :D
  • CressCress Member Posts: 498 Pioneering
    @66Mustang
    With all the same faults as well, which I think is very bad workmanship of our cells... :(
  • coylygirlcoylygirl Member Posts: 238 Pioneering
    I have a mixer that was a wedding present 34 years ago.  Husband is long gone but the mixer remains  :)
  • 66Mustang66Mustang Member Posts: 4,621 Disability Gamechanger
    edited February 5
    @coylygirl is it a KitchenAid? :) Those last ages I heard.
  • coylygirlcoylygirl Member Posts: 238 Pioneering
    Nope, just a generic brand electric whisk.  :)
  • 66Mustang66Mustang Member Posts: 4,621 Disability Gamechanger
  • coylygirlcoylygirl Member Posts: 238 Pioneering
    hahaha, hindsight is a wonderful thing  :)
  • chiariedschiarieds Member Posts: 7,891 Disability Gamechanger
    I'm not sure I can follow after the 'mixer' post :D
    I've still got my Mum's trowel, which must be 60+ years old, I haven't dug a large hole with it(!), just use it for a little light gardening. I've also got her cheese grater, & use this very often. It's round in shape, which I find better than the modern, shorter, rectangular ones we had when on a couple of holidays with my son & his wife.
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  • SeanchaiSeanchai Member Posts: 411 Pioneering
    • We have engagement presents from our marriage ( Poole pottery --dolphins 3 different sizes risding on the Crest of a wave . (48 years married)1111
    • I have a glass and a corrugated zinc washing board ( used as a washing board ten years ago , my wife used to take the washing basket along to the Steamie at the Rumford burn . Women have an easy time of it these days🙂
  • leeCalleeCal Member Posts: 3,352 Disability Gamechanger
    Can you play the washing board @Seanchai? 🙂
  • SeanchaiSeanchai Member Posts: 411 Pioneering
    Sure LeeCal....I can keep a beat going , especially using my banjo finger picks  ....although 8 don,t play the banjo and washingboard at the same time .😂
    I hope my wife does not see that bit about women having an easy time of it these days 🤔😮   Sorry ladies 😟😣🙄
  • 66Mustang66Mustang Member Posts: 4,621 Disability Gamechanger
    I think everyone has an easy time these days compared to olden times...I was listening to a file with some old soldiers from WW1 reminiscing...what they went through is unspeakable. I feel bad for thinking I have issues when I’m living in paradise compared to the trenches!
  • Drumbrick_1Drumbrick_1 Member Posts: 6 Listener
    My item is a BOXTY grater made by my grandmother, I am 61. It still gets regular use, and is just as sharp as new. 
    Don't worry if you don't know what it is, it's an old Irish thing.
  • norahmaynorahmay Member Posts: 8 Connected
    Still use my Mothers potato knife that she had when she married in 1932. Also we are still using my Husbands Grandmothers Banjo Baromiter that is Victorian.  
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  • 66Mustang66Mustang Member Posts: 4,621 Disability Gamechanger
    It makes me feel old myself if a smartphone is considered an old item!!!!!
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