30 Times People Ended Up Buying Things That Lasted Them A Lifetime

Published 3 years ago

With more and more companies lowering the quality of their products in order to maximize their profits, finding things that are actually built to last can be a challenge. Thankfully, there are still companies out there who haven’t succumbed to corporate greed – and the users of the r/BuyItForLife subreddit would like to introduce you to some of them.

The users of said subreddit are sharing pictures of the high-quality things they bought that lasted them a lifetime, proving that sometimes investing an extra dollar can really pay off. Coolers, watches, sewing machines, and much more – check out a collection of people’s most prized possessions below!

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#1 Colman Snow-Lite Low Boy Cooler From The 60s. Gifted To Me From My Grandparents Who Picked It Up From A Thrift Store Nearly 20 Years Ago. Still Holds Ice For Nearly A Week!

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#2 Bought It In ’88 With Money My Grandmother Left Me. My Mother Was Upset That I Spent My Inheritance On Something As Ephemeral As A Bicycle. I’ve Ridden Thousands Of Miles On It, Including A Double Century In 2000. Now It’s My Townie Bike, For Shopping, Commuting, And Errands

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#3 Graphgear 500 Mechanical Pencil. The One On Top I’ve Used For 20 Years, The Other Is Brand New

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#4 My Great Uncle’s Watch That Lived Through Combat In Ww2. Wound It Up And It Still Works Perfectly

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#5 Buy It For Multiple Lives! 1916 Singer 66, My Main Sewing Machine

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#6 Was Told To Post My Grandparents Desk Here (228 Years Old)

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#7 Rolleicord 6×6 Film Camera From The 60’s Still Going Strong And Some Examples Of The Pictures It Makes

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#8 Here’s The Before And After Finished Product On My $5 Allen Edmond’s. These Bifl Shoes Were Destined For The Dumpster But I Was Able To Bring Them Back To Life. The Dye Color Is Uneven Between The Left And Right, But I’m Just Gonna Let It Bug Me For A While Until I Get Around To Fixing It

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#9 Oregano – Mom Got A Piece Of An Oregano Plant From Her Aunt When I Was A Kid. She Transplanted Some To One House, Then Another And Another, Then To My Place, And Again When I Moved. We Have Never Purchased Oregano In My Entire Life. It Even Pops Up In The Lawn, Makes Grass Cutting Smell Nice

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#10 Finally, All The Thrifting Has Paid Off

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#11 Lunch Box From ‘89. Thermos From ‘97. New Old Stock. I’m So Excited

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#12 My Grandmothers Wedgewood Oven. At Least 70 Yrs Old

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#13 My Girlfriend Uses This Sewing Machine To Make Masks. Her Great-Grandmother Bought It New Back In 1925. It Still Works Perfectly

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#14 Dr Martens 1460 (UK) Purchased 1992

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#15 I Bought This Palette Knife Over 30 Years Ago And Have Created Countless Paintings With It

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#16 Staplers?? Huh. Here’s My Tried, Trusted, And Tantalizing Cadet Model 302. Ain’t She Pretty?

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#17 Bifg (Buy It For Generations): My Viking Husqvarna 21a, From Early 1960’s. Belonged To My Grandma. My Son Is The 4th Generation To Use This Machine… Spending Quality Father-Son Time Teaching Him How To Sew Useful And Beautiful Things That Will Also Last A Long Time

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#18 My Dads Levis Jacket From 1980! I’ve Been Wearing It For About A Year Now

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#19 It’s Time To Switch My Ipod Classic (2006) For Spotify. Have Been Using It Daily For 15 Years But Spotify Is Just Too Convenient. Rest In Peace Little One

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#20 These Russian Valenki Felted Wool Boots, Made Entirely Out Of Hardened Wool That Served Me So Well Here In Texas In Ver The Past Couple Days. No Soles, No Form, Basically Like Wearing Snow Proof 2 Inch Thick Hard Wool Socks. Had Them For 5 Years, No Sign Of Wear

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#21 A Customer Of Mine Finally Decided To Upgrade… Motorola Razr, Purchased November 2006

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#22 My Grandma Gave Me Her Gingher Scissors Today (In The Original Box!), She Used Them For Ages Before She Taught Me To Sew With Them About 15 Years Ago. Beautifully Sharp Now, Just As I Remember Them Being Years Ago

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#23 I Restored A Neglected Old Wrench. It Wasn’t Ready To Retire

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#24 Bought A Set Of Silicone Resealable Bags 4 Years Ago And They’re Used Every Day And Still In Perfect Condition. Haven’t Thrown A Single Zip-Loc Away In All That Time!

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#25 GF Gave Me This For My Birthday. I Expect To Be Using It For The Rest Of My Days. French Made, Le Creuset, Enameled Cast Iron Sauce Pan

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#26 Arkansas Traveler Tomatoes. Originally Purchased In 1970… 51 Years Ago. Buy Heirloom, Buy It Once

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#27 Restoring The Wooden Beams Of My House And Found This. (More Like “Buy It For The Next 6 Generations”)

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#28 Just Got Done Detailing My Grandpa’s 1971 Schwinn Racer! These Bikes Were Built For Life That’s For Sure!

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#29 These Cross Pens Were My Grandfathers From The 1960s. He Worked As A Test Fail Analysis Engineer For General Dynamics. These Pens Were Used To Try To Win The Space Race, And Now I Use Them Every Day As I Work To Follow In His Footsteps

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#30 Proudly Bought It With My Paper Route Money 50 Years Ago Because It Was The Heaviest One :) Good Choice – Still Works Perfectly. Audition, Made In Hong Kong

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One day, this guy just kind of figured - "I spend most of my time on the internet anyway, why not turn it into a profession?" - and he did! Now he not only gets to browse the latest cat videos and fresh memes every day but also shares them with people all over the world, making sure they stay up to date with everything that's trending on the web. Some things that always pique his interest are old technologies, literature and all sorts of odd vintage goodness. So if you find something that's too bizarre not to share, make sure to hit him up!

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