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17 Things That'll Make You Say, "They Just Don't Make 'Em Like They Used To"

I really hope my waffle iron is still working in 90 years. H/T /r/BuyItForLife/

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The Buy it for Life subreddit is a great place for finding high-quality products that can basically last you a lifetime. Here are some things that have literally lasted a lifetime (and then some):

1. This refrigerator that's been keeping food cold since the 1940s.

"Grandmother still has her WWII Frigidaire Refridgerator, still works without a hitch!" —youOWEme
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"Grandmother still has her WWII Frigidaire Refridgerator, still works without a hitch!" —youOWEme

2. This freakin' gorgeous vintage Singer sewing machine that still works like a charm.

"Our Singer sewing machine, 100 years old and works perfectly." —SGT-smash
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"Our Singer sewing machine, 100 years old and works perfectly." —SGT-smash

3. This nearly century-old waffle iron that Leslie Knope would kill to get her hands on.

"Waffle iron from the 1920s still working flawlessly." —Roninizer
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"Waffle iron from the 1920s still working flawlessly." —Roninizer

4. This fountain pen that's definitely been around for longer than you've been alive.

"My 97-year-old Waterman 52." —Jiggles42
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"My 97-year-old Waterman 52." —Jiggles42

5. This backpack that's only just hitting its prime after 60 years.

"My 'new' 60-year-old Swiss Army salt and pepper backpack." —JimNixon
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"My 'new' 60-year-old Swiss Army salt and pepper backpack." —JimNixon

6. This tough-as-nails suitcase that's been carrying clothes for generations.

"Just got back from a trip to Lake Michigan with my grandma's 50+ year old suitcase." —LizzyJayne
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"Just got back from a trip to Lake Michigan with my grandma's 50+ year old suitcase." —LizzyJayne

7. This gorgeous 60-year-old camera that puts your iPhone portrait mode to shame.

"Here is my 1958 Rolleiflex camera that was passed down to me. It still works perfectly and takes beautiful images." —RolleiPollei
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"Here is my 1958 Rolleiflex camera that was passed down to me. It still works perfectly and takes beautiful images." —RolleiPollei

8. This coffee grinder that's been making mornings better since the turn of the century — the 20th century, that is.

"This 117+ year old coffee grinder from Peugeot (yes, the car maker)." —gnaark
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"This 117+ year old coffee grinder from Peugeot (yes, the car maker)." —gnaark

9. This KitchenAid mixer that's still stirring and whipping away after 70+ years.

"1940s KitchenAid Mixer (3B) I bought for $5 at a resale shop. I've used it 3-4 times a week for seven years. I've also dropped the bowl twice from counter height and it has never even chipped." —imixrumandgin
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"1940s KitchenAid Mixer (3B) I bought for $5 at a resale shop. I've used it 3-4 times a week for seven years. I've also dropped the bowl twice from counter height and it has never even chipped." —imixrumandgin

10. This amazing old-school stove that's only 90 years young.

"Use it every day, works better than any stove I have ever owned. Only 90 years old — I guess the company was well-named: Reliable." —sonic_tower
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"Use it every day, works better than any stove I have ever owned. Only 90 years old — I guess the company was well-named: Reliable." —sonic_tower

11. This microwave that's been making popcorn — and much more — for more than 30 years.

"The only microwave my mother has ever had. I've had a dozen. The Panasonic Genius (1984)." —gilwendeg
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"The only microwave my mother has ever had. I've had a dozen. The Panasonic Genius (1984)." —gilwendeg

12. This percolator coffee pot set that's been brewing away since the 1940s.

"1940s percolator coffee pot still used for camping & home" —DenWaz
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"1940s percolator coffee pot still used for camping & home" —DenWaz

13. This throwback vacuum that can clean a carpet even better than a new one, thank you very much.

"I regularly visit my grandmother-in-law to help with cleaning. Each time I do, I have the pleasure of using this beast. According to grandma, this thing has been kicking for around 50 years and it's one of the best vacuum cleaners I've ever used." —JmzCltn
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"I regularly visit my grandmother-in-law to help with cleaning. Each time I do, I have the pleasure of using this beast. According to grandma, this thing has been kicking for around 50 years and it's one of the best vacuum cleaners I've ever used." —JmzCltn

14. This sleek toaster from the 1950s that looks totally at home in a modern kitchen.

"Toastmaster 1B14 from 1951." —Dorfli
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"Toastmaster 1B14 from 1951." —Dorfli

15. This fan that's blown away several generations of owners with its durability.

"Hunter Century fan my grandfather bought in the '40s. Seventy years old and still the quietest and best fan I have ever had." —BlackKat75
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"Hunter Century fan my grandfather bought in the '40s. Seventy years old and still the quietest and best fan I have ever had." —BlackKat75

16. This delightfully retro stove that's been in continuous use since 1955.

"My completely functional Moffat stove, in use since it was installed in 1955." —Red_fife
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"My completely functional Moffat stove, in use since it was installed in 1955." —Red_fife

17. And this perfectly pink scale that's been around since Mamie Eisenhower made the color popular.

"Still using this 1950s Borg bathroom scale; it's still (sadly) quite accurate!" —lookiedat
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"Still using this 1950s Borg bathroom scale; it's still (sadly) quite accurate!" —lookiedat

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