Many people have at least a few old gadgets lying around in their homes but the thought of throwing it away sometimes is just too emotionally heavy. Even though modern technology is rapidly evolving and can offer us things that a few decades ago were simply unimaginable, sometimes you just can't resist the good old nostalgia. Even when those damn gadgets have gone out of order ages ago. And we still don't seem to be able to let go of them.

But let's get real for a sec—if you've got some old tech that no longer works piling up in your home, you should definitely get rid of it. Seriously, recycle it. It's not that hard—just go to your nearest electronics recycling point (and don't forget to bring your goods along with you). You're gonna declutter your home while at the same time helping the environment—two birds with one stone!

And now let's take a moment to talk about those old gadgets that STILL WORK and don't seem to stop anytime soon, even after all these years. Yes, the true MVPs. Twitter user Zoe Kleinman recently asked her followers to tell her about their oldest functioning gadgets and got some pretty interesting answers. We invite you to have a look through some of these old devices people are still using today. Spoiler alert—some of these gadgets are more than 50 years old!

More info: twitter.com

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MsM
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3 months ago

That's really cool looking

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Rose the Cook
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3 months ago

Now that is a treasure.

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Daria B
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3 months ago

Bring on the downvotes, but I'm not sure how great of an idea this is. Modern technology was built in accordance to regulations regarding environment protection and overall consumer safety. But, then again, our parents and grandparents survived, so I guess it isn't that bad. Just be cautious.

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Peter Bear
Community Member
3 months ago

Oh jeez, we had that exact microwave when I was growing up! I'd completely forgotten about it until I saw that pic, and bam! Instant flashbacks!

Michelle Line
Community Member
3 months ago

We had the same microwave, too.

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kasa alex
Community Member
3 months ago

Looks like microwaves haven't changed that much!

Liam Walsh
Community Member
3 months ago

The one thing most of them have done is shrunk. I had to replace mine last year and found it impossible to get one the same size.

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Rebekah
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3 months ago

Every year, my grandma would get one of her 6 kids The Big Present. Every year a different kid. And everyone had to be there when The Big Present was opened. This microwave was The Big Present that my mom got in the 70's. No one else had one. It was a big deal. And this sucker was HUGE.

deb geist
Community Member
3 months ago

We have the same exact one also for over 40 years never had to replace anything yet works just as well as the first day we got it. Also big enough to roast a turkey perfectly.

ForkNBeans
Community Member
3 months ago

We had the exact same first microwave....with the ceramic hamburger cooker and the funnel popcorn popper...

Ms Phit
Community Member
3 months ago

We had one just like that...the little thing you have to press down to make the door open and close gives me a specific tactile memory....I can even smell the gross smell it had after it was used to heat up 1980's lean cuisines

Gillian Black
Community Member
3 months ago

they were the best wish I still had mine

Eve
Community Member
3 months ago

My microwave is 35 years old.

Sue Knerl
Community Member
3 months ago

We had that one too. Only changed it out because we got a smaller one.

Bill Honnen
Community Member
3 months ago

My Sharps Microwave/Convection Oven died last year, it was the same model. Built to last, it's replacement didn't go a year before it stopped working .

Spring Fisk
Community Member
3 months ago

YES!! my mom still uses her microwave she bought in 1983 when my brother was born. He is all grown up now, married, and has 2 kids.

Emily Barnes
Community Member
3 months ago

Wow

Ann Abdelzaher
Community Member
2 days ago

We had that exact microwave, got it in the early 80's and my parents gave it to me when I got married.. used it until it died in 2004.

Randy Klefbeck
Community Member
3 months ago

That thing (we had one too growing up) was still going strong in 1996. I think we got it a couple years before this guy's.

Dorothy Cloud
Community Member
3 months ago

They made things to last back then. Now they make them to fail.....

Paul Davies
Community Member
3 months ago

I still have mine which I bought in Moree NSW in 1982 but it stopped working about 10 years ago so it's stored in my garage because I can't bear the idea of throwing it away!

Teresa Groth
Community Member
3 months ago

My daughter has one!

Emma M
Community Member
3 months ago

Aw. What a keeper!

Dorothy Parker
Community Member
3 months ago

Have you tested it for leaks? Very important. Test material available at hardware store. Super easy.

Curious Cat
Community Member
3 months ago

looks like a TV..

Ellen M Akerlund-Gonella
Community Member
3 months ago

The first microwave I had (I was an early adopter) had dials, not digital, to set the timer!

Downunderdude
Community Member
3 months ago

So the second bulb lasted 12 years? Pah. Built in obsolescence.

Ashlie Williams
Community Member
3 months ago

This should be no. 1. Things were built to last back in the day!

Bob Belcher
Community Member
3 months ago

Have you checked your radiation levels lol

Kanga9ine
Community Member
3 months ago

My mom never appeared to get too caught up with the first wave of people who couldn't wait to get one of these bad boys in their kitchen. It was more gradual. A flirtation game. The attraction felt that begins the dance bursts into passion and desire and lust. One day she informed me we were on our way to go get her a microwave. And I was going with her. The heaviest, clunkiest, convenience item I had ever lugged from the car to the house. The only thing ever came close was the damn tv with a backside the Kardashian Klan could only be had in their dreams. Calculators, phones we could use in our car. Huge, cumbersome, heavy....three million year evolutionary trail of the dinosaur.

Lululoohoo
Community Member
3 months ago

They certainly Don't make appliances like they used to! Now they break on schedule every 2-3 years so you have to keep buying

Craig Silberman
Community Member
3 months ago

those old ones are dangerous, aren't they?

deb geist
Community Member
3 months ago

Not at all, I have a radiation monitor you use to detect leaks and nothing leaking.

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Brandy Grote
Community Member
3 months ago

omg, I remember that beast! They do last forever!

Candace Fitzpatrick
Community Member
3 months ago

A friend commented that my microwave was cool... it’s completely blue (LG brand). I said ya it’s really old, but I couldn’t really remember how long ago I bought it brand new from Walmart. So I checked the back, and it’s from 2000.

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Becklass
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3 months ago

Awe, the phones lasted as long as the relationship...sweet

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Aubrey
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3 months ago

never even knew this existed till now

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#7

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ForkNBeans
Community Member
3 months ago

AGA.....my dream stove

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#8

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MsM
Community Member
3 months ago

Those were awesome. Had a couple myself back in the day.

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Roald VandeMunt
Community Member
3 months ago

That display is geekworthy!

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Roald VandeMunt
Community Member
3 months ago

The heaterwire is wrapped around asbestos most likely.

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Dalek Bunny
Community Member
3 months ago

Gosh wow, and it's still working

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MsM
Community Member
3 months ago

I had one similar to the one on the right in the late 80's.

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Liam Walsh
Community Member
3 months ago

I remember playing Fireman, Fireman in English lessons! The teacher was slightly deaf - she knew something was making a noise but not who or where it was coming from.

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Steve
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3 months ago

I'll take your Atari 2600 and raise you my Sears Pong (1975)

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Lindy Mac
Community Member
3 months ago

I think it's tubes not valves... but you say tomayto...I say tomahto....whatever,eh?

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veronica bingham
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3 months ago

Had one of these but it was stolen when l was sleeping...don't ask lol

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#17

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Jane Alexander
Community Member
3 months ago

It counts way better than '80 s games.

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Amsterdude
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3 months ago

But can you install Pokémon?

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Rose the Cook
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3 months ago

These were built to last. My 1972 model is still going strong despite very heavy use.

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MsM
Community Member
3 months ago

YES! Hours of fun on those bad boys!

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#21

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AzKhaleesi
Community Member
3 months ago

I had that same one but mine was brown wow

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#22

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Peter Bear
Community Member
3 months ago

I think my dad has this exact same radio, or one very similar at least. Lighter wood finish at any rate. And it still works too!

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M O'Connell
Community Member
3 months ago

I hate to break it to ya... that handle medallion style (with the Disston crest within a circle of stars accompanied by the full text "H. DISSTON & SONS PHILADA") didn't come into use until 1896, and the text was abbreviated further in 1917, so that dates this saw to that particular period.

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Lindy Mac
Community Member
3 months ago

Third class 32 oz of white flour....First class 6 oz of cocoa!

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#25

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MsM
Community Member
3 months ago

I remember those!

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#26

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JessG
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3 months ago

Never heard of this one

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Collin Edward
Community Member
3 months ago

So cool!

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Dave Chapman
Community Member
3 months ago

Did you own an electronics sales or repair business at one time?

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Dave Chapman
Community Member
3 months ago

Does the Nuclear Power Plant required to run it come with...

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Roald VandeMunt
Community Member
3 months ago

I have the exact same one. I cleaned the insides and it runs like new

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