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What ancient things to you still use even though you could buy new-but it wouldn't be the same?

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Sparklingbrook Sat 16-Aug-14 10:07:58

Just had a shower and used my towel, that I have had for years. It's starting to fray and look a bit old. I may be wrong but I think I bought it to take to hospital when I had DS2 who is 12. blush
I bought myself a new ££ one but it just wasn't the same, so went back to using manky towel.

Please say it's not just me. DH says he is going to bin it. grin

Mandy2003 Sun 17-Aug-14 15:30:15

My sewing machine (inherited from DMum) is a Jones too. I am afraid to try and lift it onto the table as it weighs a ton... I used to alter leathers with it so boy is it strong!!

alemci Sun 17-Aug-14 15:57:00

Ercol table and chairs from the 50s/60s from my ils.

dd going off to university - things from my sm dd. nice to have continuity.

alemci Sun 17-Aug-14 16:00:03

also sewing and knitting equipment from mum and dg, borrowed my dg pearl headed pins from mum.

gobbin Sun 17-Aug-14 16:10:48

I worked as a catering assistant at Wimbledon in 1987 and bought a souvenir towel for (what then was) an eye-watering £15. Fair play, it's still going strong nearly 30 years later and it's not frayed or gone thin!

I also have a potato peeler from a set given to us when we got married 23 years ago (the jar opener has also survived).

Voodoobooboo Sun 17-Aug-14 17:22:55

I have a blanket that was knitted by Mrs Jones down the road for my Granny when my Dad was born. It is unbelievably heavy welsh wool in a sort of waffle stitch. My Dad is in his late 70s now and when DS was sick recently and snuggled under it we realised that it has seen 4 generations through illness. It's part of the family.

JellySnakesLadderedTights Thu 11-Sep-14 21:32:54

We have an old camp bed that used to belong to dh's nan.
We also had a wooden clothes horse that was hers, but I broke it (accidentally) sad
I have problems with my balance, I felt myself fall, grabbed the clothes horse to steady myself but ended up bringing it down with me, and it snapped. Still curse myself for that one, clothes horses we've had since haven't lasted 5 minutes.
I have a clock that my mum and dad had it their house for about 25 years.
My fil has a tartan suitcase which he used when he went into hospital a while back. He has had it for 25ish years. It made me feel all nostalgic when I saw it because my mum and dad had the same suitcases when I was little. They won theirs at Bingo smile

lljkk Thu 11-Sep-14 22:19:46

Not much Aside from a few genuine heirlooms, because I've moved continents, but... I have a touring bicycle with frame made in about 1976, resprayed in about 1994 and it needs respray again (getting rust). It's classic tough steel with 27" wheels, not like modern aluminium frames which will warp or snap (I reckon). Modern bikes also a lot lighter but the Motobecane is a great workhorse. It has some classic sculpting and a beautiful original period badge.

MyBaby1day Fri 12-Sep-14 07:28:26

My old puppet, I just adore him!!. Another one would NEVER ever be the same!.

Eastpoint Fri 12-Sep-14 07:32:52

I still have a green & white stripey dressing gown from Miss Selfridge
I was given for Christmas when I was 16. To give you a clue that was the first year Band Aid 'Do they know it's Christmas?' was number 1 at Christmas.

I have a duvet cover that was my mum's when she was a teenager in the 70's grin I use it as my summer cover, it is heavy but light at the same time and so soft from being washed so many times smile

AugustRose Fri 12-Sep-14 11:13:50

I am sitting typing this in my lovely cardigan that has frayed cuffs and pockets but I love it. I bought it when I was pregnant with my first DC - he was 18 last week!

I have looked and am looking for another one but nothing is the same as this one smile

My DH still has a Rupert the Bear from being a toddler - although it is now safely wrapped up as his stuffing is coming out.

Theas18 Fri 12-Sep-14 11:24:50

Gosh loads of old stuff still used here.

Nothing like my grannies old stripy towels ( nearly bald now) for when you dye hair. Gran died more than 30yrs ago. Actually I have several very old towels and they are soft and lovely. New ones aren't.

I have a new metal ironing board, but it's not a patch on the wooden one my dad made that I now have. That was made around 1950 and I suspect has the original string stopping the legs splaying apart!

I have told mum I want grandmas knife. That's a table knife that in the mists of time got sharpened. It has a broken handle but a sharp blade with just the right amount if flex for most small cutting work! I will be so upset if someone throws it out.

Dd is continuing the tradition having raided mums cupboards at the weekend for pretty china, as it's in fashion - and taken grannies tea set and various old odd bits, also loads of ancient Pyrex including a 1960s dinner party type item - a divided dish on a stand in peach, with white stars. It even has little nightlight holders underneath.

I expressed wanties for the block colour espresso set but didn't get it!

glidingpig Fri 12-Sep-14 11:31:57

I'm 30 and have been changing size and shape fairly constantly throughout my adult life, so clothes only tend to last a few years. sad I have hung onto a couple of things I wore as a teenager and loved, on the basis that one day I might be a size 12 again. Ha.

But I am using a few bits of kitchen/household kit that my mum had when I was little. A plastic laundry basket, a stepstool, her old set of measuring spoons. I nicked her jam pan recently, too. And I have the teddy that she was given when she was born, and then gave to me when I was born. Sadly I think he's too fragile to survive another child, so DD and I just look at him sometimes.

I also still own, and play, a lot of tapes from the 80s and 90s that were in turn recorded off my dad's 70s/80s LP collection. I'm sure I could find half of the stuff on iTunes but I don't wanna.

YellowYoYoYam Fri 12-Sep-14 11:34:43

My grandmas tea caddy. It's not even a proper tea caddy, it's just a tin that probably had little biscuits in, she gave it to me with some of her other old things when I was kitting out my first flat.

It's fairly pretty but not beautiful, but I was just thinking the other day I could never buy another tin for my tea. It's still got a handwritten sticker on the bottom with grandma's name on from when she used it to donate cakes to the church bake sale. Bless you grandma.

dawndonnaagain Fri 12-Sep-14 12:01:07

Welsh dresser that my grandparents bought from an auction in 1937. It's beautiful. One of those blackbird pie crust holders, but this is an original not a copy, again, grandmothers. Gran's breadknife, and like others, lots of kitchen bits.

Stirrup Fri 12-Sep-14 12:48:16

SO much stuff. Both parents were hoarders and kitted all of us kids out with furniture odds and ends when they split up and we got our first homes.

All houses we've lived in, we've been left presents by the previous owners - tools, ladders, lawnmower...

We've got a massive le creuset (nearly 30 years old!).

A bedspread on DC's bed knitted by my nan...

My in laws think I am completely barking. They have even offered to pay for a trip to a department store to replace it all! Not a chance!

I have found my home on this thread grin

Sparklingbrook Fri 12-Sep-14 13:04:20

grin Stirrup

Stratter5 Fri 12-Sep-14 13:14:00

A hairbrush that I used to use getting ready for school, so has to be 35 years old.
A black satiny coat I bought with my first wage packet when I was working part time during A levels, so 28 years old.

And my XMIL has been a great source of kitchen antiques items; I have her Le Creuset saucepans, kitchen scales, and a bread board and knife that was her mother's. XMIL is late 70's now, I'd rather not work out how old. Also some gorgeous pure linen bed sheets and pillow cases, I will use those until they fall apart, they are divine to sleep in.

starfishmummy Fri 12-Sep-14 13:19:30

Everything! Well not quite but why replace if the old thing does the same?

IScreamForIceCream Fri 12-Sep-14 13:20:29

This is a lovely lovely thread. New is overrated.

One of my most precious items is my late grandad's old sanding block. It's just a chunk of wood with some remnants of leather, around which you wrap your sandpaper, but I love the idea that it took on the shape of his hand through hours and years of of use. He made loads of amazing stuff, and I make a very few shoddy things, but I love the continuity and which that he had been here longer to pass on some skills.

Sparklingbrook Fri 12-Sep-14 13:22:09

Sometimes progress is pants too.

I had to replace my old phone as my contract ended and rubbish T Mobile did not have what i wanted. So I had a new phone. a touch screen one. I hate it. sad

hiddenhome Fri 12-Sep-14 13:26:29

Towels - mine seem to be indestructible and they weren't even expensive confused
Kitchen spoons
Oil Lamps

DownByTheRiverside Fri 12-Sep-14 13:32:05

The emergency towel in my car is one I had in boarding school, and has my nametape sewn into it. So that makes it 43 years old.
It's the one you use for unexpected paddling opportunities, cloudbursts and soggy people who want to get in your car. Stil perfectly fit for use.
We don't buy new things if the old one still works, not got the cash or the mindset that could cope with that attitude.

DogsinBoots Fri 12-Sep-14 13:33:07

I have my GGFs Cornish blue milk jug, which was a wedding present in the 1920s.
My GMs very old singer sewing machine.
My SMs cookbook, and one of her forks which I can't make decent mash without.
I also much prefer old towels, I have some my GM passed on to me which I love.

Lally112 Fri 12-Sep-14 13:37:28

my truck. got more hanging off it than on it but I hate new ones

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