"Buy It For Life": People Are Sharing Things They Bought Years And Years Ago That Have Really Stood Up To The Test Of Time

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The Buy it For Life subreddit is dedicated to helping people find high quality items that will last...well, for life.


#greenscreen Deinfluence yourself by buying things for life! This subreddit is a really helpful resource for finding quality, sustainable items that last. #sustainability #sustainableliving #buyitforlife #sustainablehacks #financialfreedom

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And I love it. As a personal finance nerd and someone who lives frugally, this sub has been super helpful in researching things I want to buy.

Here are 20 items that have stood the test of time:

1.A wedding gift from 1961 that still makes delicious waffles.

old waffle maker with made waffles
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2.This North Face jacket has been going strong as a work jacket for the last decade.

man in a gray North Face jacket takes selfie in mirror

Reddit user u/MrR-YGuy shared that he bought this men’s insulated mountain parka in 2013 and that he can wear it in -23°C weather (that's -9.5°F for us Americans) with only a long sleeve underneath.

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3.This 1920's toaster is still toasting!

old toaster toasting a piece of bread
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4.Can't you taste the Kool-Aid in this pitcher?

vintage plastic pitcher

Reddit users unlocked a core memory en masse when u/surfguitarboy shared this Rubbermaid pitcher.

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5.This gas range is from 1949 and is used every day.

gas range with pots on top

Redditor u/industrialdweeb bought this for $20 and has definitely gotten their money's worth.

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6.A 99 year old fridge just celebrated its birthday.

vintage fridge
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7.Spending $10 on a pencil is expensive, but if it lasts 22 years it's worth it.

mechanic pencil on a desk

User u/faith5 bought this pencil 22 years ago while abroad, and it's become their go-to for over two decades now.

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8.Though expensive, Herman Miller chairs go the distance. This one from 1999 is in great condition.

office chair with wheels

24 years old and looking good as new!

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9.Classic fashion never goes out of style, as this 1944 pea coat shows.

person wearing a peacoat

This US Navy coat turns 80 years old next year!

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10.All Clad pans that are used four times a week and look great doing it.

four pans on a countertop

All Clad is recommended again and again, and Reddit user u/Sliceman21 has had this set for the last three years.

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11.This Le Creuset set from 1977 gets high praise.

set of pots hanging on a rack
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12.How does a 115-year lifespan hit you?

cast iron pan

U/AwkwardGrimace inherited this from their grandfather and it's still cooking things after 115 years.

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13.Used daily from 1970–2018? Eat your heart out, Nalgene.

old and new stanley thermos side by side
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14.This Kitchenaid mixer from the 1970s can still help you bake a cake today.

vintage mixer
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15.When aliens finally land, this 97-year-old pen is probably what someone will use to document the landing.

pen on top of a notebook
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16.This 1969 Kenworth W900 has over three million miles on it and is still used every day.

closeup of a large delivery truck
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17.A 60-year-old backpack that, frankly, looks like it was just made.

backpack with leather straps
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18.Redditor TestFire10's parents bought matching NorthFace jackets when they got married 40 years ago. They're still in incredible shape!

jacket laid out on a chair
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19.This 30-year-old rice maker is still in use two to three days a week.

ricemaker on a counter
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20.And finally, Willie Nelson putting us all to shame by cranking out the hits on a guitar with a literal hole in it (besides the one that's supposed to be there).

Willie Nelson playing his guitar Trigger
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Do you have anything that you consider a buy-it-for-life item? Drop it in the comments to help us all save some money!