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15+ Things From the Past That Were Made to Last for Ages

Vintage things fascinate many of us, and it’s twice as enjoyable when they can still be used to the fullest. As the people featured in our article prove, those of us who are good at thrift-hunting or curious enough to learn what’s stored in their own attics can wear a 6-decade-old dress, watch a show on a TV from the 1980s, or wake up to the ring of an alarm clock from the first half of the twentieth century.

We at Bright Side were truly impressed when we saw these 17 things from the past that are still in good condition, and we’re curious to know if you have similar long-lasting items in your households too.

1. “A waffle iron bought used at a garage sale in 1958 for 25 cents — and it still works!”

2. “This is the dress my grandmother designed in 1959 for her twentieth wedding anniversary. I wore it yesterday on her one-hundredth birthday!”

3. “My mom’s 82-year-old, still sharp, child-safe scissors”

4. “My old 1940s traveling alarm clock — it still rings pretty loud too.”

5. “I scored a 1970s Gunne Sax wedding dress and a whole set of Homer Laughlin mid-century Skytone Stardust dinnerware. Never stop thrifting!”

6. “I’ve just found my great-grandmother’s handbag! It’s still in good condition.”

7. “I found this old light bulb in my grandparents’ house, which was built in 1902, and it still works.”

8. “My grandparents’ vintage Kirby vacuum cleaner in pristine condition”

9. “My mom made this coat for herself in 1973. Now her 22-year-old granddaughter is rocking it!”

10. “Newly acquired: my parents’ first TV from 1983 and my dad’s cabinet from when he was a teen in 1968. My future child will watch cartoons on it just like I did.”

11. “I found this 1970s Panasonic alarm clock/radio in my dad’s old stuff, and it still works like new!”

12. “It was made in the 1940s and belonged to my great-great-grandma — still in use today!”

13. “This pocket watch from 1892 — it keeps decent time considering its age.”

14. “This is my favorite vintage blazer I’ve ever bought — 1940s wool with silk inner lining.”

15. “My mother’s YSL bracelet from the ’80s”

16. “A 1920s tuxedo that I have”

17. “I just got my great grandmother’s glasses fixed up and fitted with my own prescription! Not sure how old they are, but they’re probably from the 1960s. Thrilled to be able to keep her style in the family.”

Do you have any cool items from the past that are still in good condition? Share the pictures of your vintage gems in the comments!

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