We used to be people of repair and resourcefulness, taking pride in our ability to tinker with the longevity of our things. But nowadays? Not so much. We may try to recycle, but as soon as something breaks we're looking for a replacement. Luckily, our ingenuity can match our laziness.

The subreddit r/BuyItForLife has 973k members and it's dedicated to practical quality products that were made to last. Like a phone from 2006. Or a sewing machine from the early 20th century!

The person who founded this online community, u/Petrarch1603, got the inspiration for it from r/ShutUpandTakeMyMoney. "I noticed that sometimes [it featured] useful products that I was interested in buying. Unfortunately, I also noticed a lot of gimmicks and cheaply made products too," they explained.

Now, r/BuyItForLife is twice the size of its predecessor. I guess people really appreciate pristine craftsmanship!

#1

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

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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Otter
Community Member
1 month ago

I have an expensive bike, too. I figure it's paid for itself in health, fun, and gas saved when I use it to run errands.

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#2

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

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

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Vicky Z
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

A great brand! they never die!! And their designs are very beautiful

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Our loyal readers might remember our first piece on r/BuyItForLife. However, people have made plenty of cool posts on the subreddit since then so we felt like a follow-up was necessary too.

Plus, this time we reached out to the people running the sub and one of the moderators was kind enough to have a little chat with us. "The most popular items I see based on what's posted are: Stanley Thermos, Darn Tough Socks, Kitchen Aid mixers, Red Wing boots, and pots and pans, particularly cast iron," they told Bored Panda.

#3

Rolleicord 6x6 Film Camera From The 60's Still Going Strong And Some Examples Of The Pictures It Makes

Rolleicord 6x6 Film Camera From The 60's Still Going Strong And Some Examples Of The Pictures It Makes

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Amina Hays
Community Member
1 month ago

This is so ace, I've really wanted a Bolex for about 20 years :-)

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#4

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!

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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Poultry Geist
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1 month ago

This is beautiful

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We also asked the moderator what they think allows some of these items to persevere for as long as they do. "I'm not an expert by any means but I think there are a few factors," they said.

"Most products are built to be as cheap as possible .... and poorly assembled (maybe partly due to planned obsolescence but mostly just due to the fact that people in general like spending less). The products that you see lasting longer are often made of higher quality material and care when built. But they're also priced accordingly."

#5

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

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

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Sue Lynn Chan
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1 month ago

Now that’s a real vintage treasure ..

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#6

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

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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Vicky Z
Community Member
1 month ago

Actually it's very practical to have some basic herbs available all the time! Unfortunately I'm useless in trying to keep any plant alive!

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#7

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

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

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Bacony Cakes
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1 month ago

There are many countries younger than that desk.

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But choosing longer-lasting products can be tricky. The price doesn't always tell the full story. A few years ago, The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) published an interesting study, carried out by the University of Southern Brittany, the Sircome agency, and the University of Southern Bohemia.

Its main goal was to see whether displaying a product's lifespan would influence a consumer's decision to purchase. In other words, would we choose the same products if we had this information?

#8

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

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

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Vic
Community Member
1 month ago

The mug it brilliant!!

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#9

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

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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Az
Community Member
1 month ago

I have one of these!! A girlfriend I mean. Actually she's my wife. Thank goodness she's not a bored panda!

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#10

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

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

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Londo Cotto
Community Member
1 month ago

Aussie icon, mark of a REAL tradie 😁

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#11

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

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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Eva the Egg
Community Member
1 month ago

Dude those are ✨slick✨!!!

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The experiment involved 2,917 participants from 5 European countries (Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Spain and the Netherlands).

"We designed a fake shopping website, which consumers could use just as if it were Amazon or ASOS," the researchers wrote. The participants, however, did not know the site was fake. "Once they had checked out their shopping basket, participants were directed to a questionnaire which gauged various socio-economic and psycho-social indicators."

#12

My Grandmothers Wedgewood Oven. At Least 70 Yrs Old

My Grandmothers Wedgewood Oven. At Least 70 Yrs Old

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Angela B
Community Member
1 month ago

Soooooooo envious!

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#13

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

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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Vicky Z
Community Member
1 month ago

It's great to teach your kids useful staff no matter the gender! Not many fathers would do that with their sons! Great job

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#14

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

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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Samantha Lomb
Community Member
1 month ago

Yeah valenki are great, but they don't do well right around freezing because they do suck up slush. The Germans sure wished they had valenki in WWII. Their stupid alternative looked like giant Herman Munster boots. There are some great pics of the Soviet soldiers trying them on and laughing at how horrible they were ERpmmBrWoA...c5f84e.jpg ERpmmBrWoAcsysA-613b186c5f84e.jpg

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#15

Finally, All The Thrifting Has Paid Off

Finally, All The Thrifting Has Paid Off

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Caro Caro
Community Member
1 month ago

Now I'm jealous

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The results showed that if shoppers had information on product lifespan, they would choose to buy longer-lasting items: on average, a product's sales increased by 56% if its lifetime was longer than that of its competitors.

Of the products tested, purchases of suitcases (+128%) and printers (+70%) were influenced the most by this change.

#16

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

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

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KJ
Community Member
1 month ago

It is art itself.

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#17

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

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

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Ivo Setyadi
Community Member
1 month ago

Punching this must be having a great satisfaction

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#18

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

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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Ray Martin
Community Member
1 month ago

I still use mine every day, and it has my entire music collection, audiobooks, and podcasts all in one place and available at all times. In my opinion, the finest piece of hardware Apple ever produced - so naturally they pulled the plug on it. To this day, no-one has produced its equal, because everyone has been suckered into believing streaming that you pay for but never own is somehow better.

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#19

Dr Martens 1460 (UK) Purchased 1992

Dr Martens 1460 (UK) Purchased 1992

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Karl Baxter
Community Member
1 month ago

Docs are fine for fashion but they’re rubbish for work boots. I wore out a pair in an industrial kitchen in 4 months. After that I bought a pair of German Para boots from the Army Surplus shop. That was 30 years ago and after various dirty jobs and some very messy festivals they’re still waterproof 😎

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"Suitcases are the quintessential roaming product, giving them two characteristics which makes the consumer rank lifetime as a priority: the trials of transport make resilience a key factor, and any item used solely for travel will be brought out only occasionally. If it is used rarely, the consumer has every reason to hope it will last a long time," the researchers explained.

"As for printers, they have one of the shortest lifetimes of all household electronic goods, and people buy them because they need them, not for pleasure – two more good reasons why we would want them to last."

Sales of smartphones were among the least affected by displaying their lifetime (+41%).

#20

I Restored A Neglected Old Wrench. It Wasn't Ready To Retire

I Restored A Neglected Old Wrench. It Wasn't Ready To Retire

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beastmachine.
Community Member
1 month ago

Now that's one hell of a restoration!

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#21

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

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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Amina Hays
Community Member
1 month ago

My mum has an entire Le Creuset set that are 45 years old and she still uses them; they show absolutely no sign of needing to be replaced. I've asked her to leave them to me in her will :-D

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#22

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

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

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LivingTheDream
Community Member
1 month ago

My daughter found my old jean jacket from the 80's with the huge Motorhead back patch. It took years before she finally brought that back 🤣 A few years later, my middle son found my old leather metalhead jacket and wore it to school. Apparently his classmates thought it was awesome. Maybe I'll let him use my old Doc Martins or checkered vans next?

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#23

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

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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FunOldGuy
Community Member
1 month ago

Having the original box is remarkable.

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80% of participants felt that the manufacturers were very to extremely responsible with regard to providing information about a product's lifetime.

"All these findings argue for legislation on product lifetime," the research team said. "There is no doubt that the reliability of the products purchased is important to consumers. The study showed that regulatory information would steer customers when purchasing products."

#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!

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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KJ
Community Member
1 month ago

I need to get me some of these.

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#25

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

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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Eva the Egg
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Wow, this is absolutely amazing and beautiful!

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#26

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

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

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Pearl
Community Member
1 month ago

this is awesome! Why has no one commented?

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#27

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

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

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Tamra Stiffler
Community Member
1 month ago

That's a beautiful bike!

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Such policy changes might reflect in r/BuyItForLife's number of posts. I'm half-joking, of course, but the members of the subreddit can definitely give you valuable insight when choosing your next purchase.

"I think our community is great!" the representative of the mod team said. "Maybe I'm a little biased, I only moderate a few subs but frequent many more as a regular user and from my anecdotal experience, the BIFL community is among the nicest and most welcoming people I have interacted with on the internet."

#28

A Customer Of Mine Finally Decided To Upgrade... Motorola Razr, Purchased November 2006

A Customer Of Mine Finally Decided To Upgrade... Motorola Razr, Purchased November 2006

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Vicky Z
Community Member
1 month ago

I miss the flip phones!

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#29

Barber Chair, 100 Years Old And Reconditioned!

Barber Chair, 100 Years Old And Reconditioned!

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Nicola Roberts
Community Member
1 month ago

There's an awful lot going on in that room.

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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

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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Vicky Z
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Actually vintage alarms and radios and other devices are quite trendy again! I see them very often in shops! Of course this one would last a lot more

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#31

This Camping Table Set Bought By My Grandparents In The -60s Just Saw Its Fourth Generation Of Users. The Tent Is On Generation Two

This Camping Table Set Bought By My Grandparents In The -60s Just Saw Its Fourth Generation Of Users. The Tent Is On Generation Two

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Vicky Z
Community Member
1 month ago

I have a very similar photo from the 80's!!! These sets don't die!!

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#32

Frye “Fulton” Leather Boots. Bought In 2010 For $350.00, Worn On Every Date, Family Holiday, And Special Occasion Since. Now, Luck Enough To Wear Them To Work

Frye “Fulton” Leather Boots. Bought In 2010 For $350.00, Worn On Every Date, Family Holiday, And Special Occasion Since. Now, Luck Enough To Wear Them To Work

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AnnaBanana
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh, I LOVE those!

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#33

40 Years Of Laundry. My Parents Bought This In 1980 When They First Got Married. It's Also Live A Life As A Pretend Boat And Turtle Shell When I Was Little. It's In Great Condition And I'm So Happy To Be Giving It More Life

40 Years Of Laundry. My Parents Bought This In 1980 When They First Got Married. It's Also Live A Life As A Pretend Boat And Turtle Shell When I Was Little. It's In Great Condition And I'm So Happy To Be Giving It More Life

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KJ
Community Member
1 month ago

Sure, was a turtle shell when you were little, you totally don't still use it for that now and again as an adult.

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#34

My 1965 Gillette Slim Adjustable - Built Like A Tank!

My 1965 Gillette Slim Adjustable - Built Like A Tank!

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Bobby
Community Member
1 month ago

I love a safety razor, takes some practice but less blades works better for me. You can also get about a bajillion replacement blades for the cost of 3 replacement cartridges

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#35

Thrifted From Bulgaria Around 2 Decades Ago. Rail Road Worker Steel Toe Boots. Haven't Moved An Inch Since The Day I Got Them

Thrifted From Bulgaria Around 2 Decades Ago. Rail Road Worker Steel Toe Boots. Haven't Moved An Inch Since The Day I Got Them

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Dead Panda
Community Member
1 month ago

Haven't Moved An Inch !?

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#36

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

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

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Kevin Camp
Community Member
1 month ago

About a decade before my family moved to the colony. Fantastic find.

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#37

My Dad Bought A New Knife After 50 Years

My Dad Bought A New Knife After 50 Years

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Luther von Wolfen
Community Member
1 month ago

JA Henckel is a dang fine knife.

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#38

Any Love For Purdy Paint Brushes? Wash Them Out Well And They'll Last Decades. I've Had This One For 15 Years. It's Painted Three Apartments

Any Love For Purdy Paint Brushes? Wash Them Out Well And They'll Last Decades. I've Had This One For 15 Years. It's Painted Three Apartments

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Angela B
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

My Dad was a house painter. I put his favourite paint brush with him for his burial. He is painting the Pearly Gates. Undercoat and two coats. Full gloss. Miss you my "Tata"

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#39

The Legendary 90’s Toyota Land Cruiser. 24 Years Old And Only Needs Routine Maintenance

The Legendary 90’s Toyota Land Cruiser. 24 Years Old And Only Needs Routine Maintenance

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James016
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1 month ago

These things will still be around when the sun finally dies

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#40

Vorwerk Tiger 251. Built In 1982 And Still Sucks Harder Than Your Mother's

Vorwerk Tiger 251. Built In 1982 And Still Sucks Harder Than Your Mother's

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Von Klaus
Community Member
1 month ago

Heyooooooooo!

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