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Keeping the old

Furniture, utensil, instrument?

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CircusMaximus  Male  North Yorkshire
7-Jan-2021 08:38 Message #4802650
Most of us probably have some of these.
Male
Pboro Trevor  Male  Cambridgeshire
7-Jan-2021 09:07 Message #4802652
Yes. I have a scraper that I have had for years, and a kitchen knife that is just as old and still as sharp as it ever was.

Trevor
Female
NoSaint  Female  Devon
7-Jan-2021 09:32 Message #4802656
I have a carved bread board which was made by my great grandfather and it's still regularly used.
Female
wonderoushen  Female  Gwynedd
7-Jan-2021 10:26 Message #4802662
I've still got some sheets that belonged to my great grandparents, they're used as undersheets.

We have some xmas decorations of the same vintage.

Our food processor is about 30 and still going strong

We've a few bits and pieces that belonged to my grandparents that are still in use.
Female
JustLyn  Female  Cheshire
7-Jan-2021 10:30 Message #4802663
Isn't it usual to keep the old if practical and working?

Gosh, everything around me is mostly old.

When my ex and I divorced (His ashes arrived this morning) in 2007-8 we each kept things from our old home and I had to buy some new furniture then, and since bought one new sofa (£699) and a second one from a charity shop for £95. I bought a lovely walnut and oak chest of drawers for £130 for my bedroom, but this is in my living room as I inherited my mother's bedroom suite I had helped her to choose 20 or so years ago.

This thread is making me look around.
I seem to like old good quality mixed with modern technology.
Female
leogirl  Female  Essex
7-Jan-2021 17:56 Message #4802697
I have a wardrobe full of embroidered sheets and pillowcases that are stil in cellophane . They are top quality Irish linnen but the size of continental single beds. I have no use for them at all. same with tablecloths. linnen napkins the size big enough to cover the whole body .
All this lovely, but unused stuff, will probably end up in a skip when I have to downsize my home.


Leogirl.
Female
Aely  Female  Hampshire
7-Jan-2021 18:12 Message #4802701
I am using my Grandmother's linen sheets, a chest of drawers, a bit battered but still good, that was made in the 1750s, a dressing table from the late 1800s, beautiful rosewood, kitchen bowls and storage containers from the 1950s. They are still good for purpose. Why would I dump them and buy probably inferior modern stuff?
Female
wonderoushen  Female  Gwynedd
7-Jan-2021 18:52 Message #4802710
Theres quite a market for vintage linens, why not try and sell them? What size are continental single beds?

I prefer older furniture too, I like "brown" furniture and I love utility furniture, for stuff that was supposedly cheap and cheerful its lasted a long time.
Female
JustLyn  Female  Cheshire
7-Jan-2021 20:43 Message #4802722
I'm grinning,

I still buy linen bed erm... stuff.
It's wonderful, kind of soft, yet a greasy feel (flax?) which actually feels lovely on the skin.

I recently complained to two bedding companies because they now insist in calling all bed stuff...linen, which is very misleading. The last lot I bought, which isn't often, was described as linen when the colour was described as linen, which was daft because it was multi-coloured. So I sent it back.

Noooo, don't skip your old linen sheets. I bet many people, now handicrafts are being rediscovered, would adapt them for something. Haven't you noticed lot's of clothes now are linen?
Male
fosy  Male  Leicestershire
7-Jan-2021 22:53 Message #4802730
leogirl,

before you visit a skip try selling the items on sites like ebay, gumtree or marketplace on facebook, the latter two being free.

failing that, freecycle... someone, somewhere, will have a use for them.
Female
leogirl  Female  Essex
8-Jan-2021 00:19 Message #4802743
anyone interested in having the sheets free? size 250 cm. by 125 cm I must make space ….

Contact me privately per e=mail.

leogirl.
Female
NoSaint  Female  Devon
8-Jan-2021 07:33 Message #4802754
Packing away my. Christmas tree I realised that my tree ornaments which have been in the family for years might be my oldest possessions.
Male
persona_non_grata  Male  North London
8-Jan-2021 10:32 Message #4802764
I've got lots of things that are old and still used. I have a grandfather clock and a wall clock which are both antiques. I wind them up every week and timekeeping is good on both. I like clocks and they were both bought me as presents.
Male
The_38th_Parallel  Male  Essex
8-Jan-2021 11:50 Message #4802768
I've still got my Hitachi digital Microwave oven from 1987 that I still use pretty much on daily basis.

Male
HotOrWot  Male  Lancashire
8-Jan-2021 13:19 Message #4802779
I have a Grundig reel to reel tape recorder which was modern in its day but must be 50 years old now.
Female
Madness102  Female  South Yorkshire
9-Jan-2021 01:29 Message #4802839
I still have my hair - its about as old as I am !!
Male
HotOrWot  Male  Lancashire
9-Jan-2021 07:52 Message #4802848
Madness102 Sex icon 9-Jan-2021 01:29
I still have my hair - its about as old as I am !!


Not so old then. Wink. Wink.
Female
Madness102  Female  South Yorkshire
9-Jan-2021 17:09 Message #4802918
Sex Icon ?? Me ?? Oh no, you must have the wrong person - or you need glasses !!

Been called many things in my time. Very flattering anyway. Thanks !!
Male
HotOrWot  Male  Lancashire
9-Jan-2021 17:25 Message #4802923
The computer said you was a sex icon and I had no reason to dispute it :)
Female
wonderoushen  Female  Gwynedd
11-Jan-2021 11:07 Message #4803000
I found a treasure yesterday when looking through the ancestral sewing kit, a brass needle threader complete with the instruction card, I've not tried it out yet, but I think it still works, it dates from the 1930's.
Female
Aely  Female  Hampshire
11-Jan-2021 20:21 Message #4803080
I inherited one of those WH but never figured out how to use it. No instruction card. I did manage to work out how to use my Dad's old circular slide rule eventually though.
Male
MrQuiet  Male  Northamptonshire
11-Jan-2021 23:06 Message #4803128
I have an old wind up alarm clock which still keeps good time at 50 years of age.
Female
wonderoushen  Female  Gwynedd
12-Jan-2021 10:52 Message #4803151
If you like I can try and scan the instruction card and email to you?
Female
NoSaint  Female  Devon
13-Jan-2021 08:34 Message #4803229
I miss the old instruction cards. It's not the same logging on to read the instructions online.
Female
Sea  Female  Essex
13-Jan-2021 08:56 Message #4803238
I have a Fisher Hi-Fi system from about the 1980's that I still use. It has a record deck on top. Most times I just use the radio every day when at home but I still have quite a record collection, so do play some of them now and again.

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