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What's the oldest thing

... you keep using?

Female
Judance  Female  Berkshire 28-Nov-2018 14:05 Message #4729654
I realised a couple of days ago that I have a number of items in my kitchen and wardrobe that I have had for quite a number of years.

My stick blender that I regularly use for soups etc was bought in the mid nineties and is still going strong. My hairdryer is still going after 15 years or so and I have some clothes in my wardrobe that I bought before I moved here 12 years ago.

Taking it further, I realised that I still had knives in the drawer that I got around the time I got married .. late 60s .. and a cheese board from about the same time.

I guess I don't like throwing things away!

What items have you got tucked away that you can't bear to part with?
Female
BunnyGirl  Female  Buckinghamshire 28-Nov-2018 14:23 Message #4729655
I use my bread knife and that is at least 50yrs old. Still a good bread knife so why get a new one.

Got knifes and forks that are still prefectly good. And they are over 30yrs old.
Female
Drusilla  Female  Bedfordshire 28-Nov-2018 17:03 Message #4729662
I still have and use regularly an ancient Tower compact slow cooker, which was given as a wedding present way back in 1981 and I got to keep after the divorce.

I've also got a pair of slim fit blue Next denim jeans bought in 1995, which I can still get into - without having to lie on the floor!
Female
eurostar  Female  Merseyside 28-Nov-2018 17:09 Message #4729663
I have a casserole dish from 1980,
I have a hoover from 1980
both used often...lol
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PrincessFruitBat  Female  Essex 28-Nov-2018 17:16 Message #4729664
I have an electric can opener that has been in regular use since 1974. I have some of my mum's cutlery that was very modern when she bought it during our visit to Malmo, Sweden in 1964. My dad's pliers and hammer are still in use. I’m guessing that they are around ninety years old.

On the subject of old stuff, I’ve just thrown out various jars of sauce. The oldest expired in 2004!
Female
Clocky  Female  the West Midlands 28-Nov-2018 17:35 Message #4729667
I have a cutlery set that was a wedding present to my parents in 1963 and an old wooden ironing board that has a chain and hook to keep it up. Ive no idea how old the ironing board is, i use it when im quilting.
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tumbleweed  Male  Gloucestershire 28-Nov-2018 18:11 Message #4729668
My Mum, who sadly passed away 2 years ago aged 86, used to be able to keep things in good condition for years and years, even with lots of use.

Back in the 70's when I was in the Merchant Navy, I bought her a drinks tray back from Melbourne Australia. Just a normal drinks tray, with a picture of Melbourne across it. It cost only the equivalent of a couple of quid. It got constant use all through the years, right up to the end.

Myself, not so good. Kitchen knives that 'never need sharpening', don't seem to work like that in my hands.

Although, I have various tin openers, and one of them is from the 70's. It doesn't get much use now, but has a 'can puncture' bit on it, then you put the blade bit in the puncture hole and make kind of 'opening type metal slicing actions' all the way around, and somehow, a while later, you have a sort of 'health and safety nightmare' tin more or less opened.
Female
wonderoushen  Female  Gwynedd 28-Nov-2018 18:44 Message #4729674
Nearly all our cutlery is the old bone handled round bladed stuff most I think from my grandparents, theres a clothes peg that possibly oder than me, I certainly remember it from when I was small, its the only one of a set left now. Theres all sorts of bits and pieces, an egg pricker that must be over 40 as I remember my Nan giving it to my mum, a pillow case I remember from childhood.
Female
Aely  Female  Hampshire 28-Nov-2018 19:39 Message #4729679
My oldest bit of clothing is a winter jumper (pure, genuine acrylic!) that I bought with my first pay cheque in 1966. I still wear it occasionally, traditionally on Christmas day. A couple of dresses date from the late 1980s.

Some of my kitchen equipment is of elderly vintage but unknown age having been bought 2nd hand when I became independent at the age of 21 but I also still use my Kenwood blender/coffee grinder I bought in the mid 1970s. One of my sewing machines dates from the early 1950s, the other is older but I rarely use either these days. The older, Jones, machine has a long shuttle instead of the more moder, round thread dispenser. A couple of my cotton bed sheets were my Grandmother's and still bear her laundry mark. My piano was made in about 1908 and my record deck was passed on to us by my father-in-law when he upgraded in the mid 1970s. I have bought a new amplifier for it though.
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Hierophant  Male  East Anglia 28-Nov-2018 22:14 Message #4729681
Myself...
Female
twinkle2  Female  Hertfordshire 28-Nov-2018 23:06 Message #4729683
My rolling pin is one I had as a child. It has lost a handle but still rolls out.
Male
Colonel_Blink  Male  Buckinghamshire 29-Nov-2018 08:18 Message #4729696
I still use my calculator which is at least 30 years old.
Male
OnlineMSE  Male  Essex 29-Nov-2018 08:32 Message #4729697
I've had the same broom for 20 years. It's only had 17 new heads and 14 new handles !!
lol
Male
fosy  Male  Leicestershire 29-Nov-2018 11:11 Message #4729705
ah, trigger, bless him !

Male
vanman  Male  Cambridgeshire 29-Nov-2018 11:14 Message #4729706
OnlineMSE ...
Did 'Trigger' leave you that broom in his will! ? lol ;-}
Female
BlinkinLights  Female  South Yorkshire 30-Nov-2018 23:08 Message #4729854
Yes, I agree - ME !!!

My oldest possession is probably my Rosary - bought by my sister in Lourdes, it has a tiny bottle inside which has Lourdes water in it. I dont remember when she gave it to me as a present, but I do know I already had it at my secondary school aged 11 years.
Female
BlinkinLights  Female  South Yorkshire 30-Nov-2018 23:11 Message #4729855
No, just remembered I have a tiny glass Unicorn which was given to me when I was six by a friend of my mums.

I hardly EVER get it out since being glass it could break so easily.
Female
BlinkinLights  Female  South Yorkshire 30-Nov-2018 23:12 Message #4729856
But I suppose, I dont actually 'use' the Unicorn! So perhaps doesnt qualify.
Female
Aely  Female  Hampshire 1-Dec-2018 15:51 Message #4729911
Can I count the William 2nd chest of drawers in my hallway? If not, there is the 1880s dressing table and washstand in the bedroom. I could only afford second hand furniture in the 1970s.


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