In our consumerist society, our minds are always looking for something to spend our money on.

Whether we need it or not, it’s here, it’s half-price, it’s the last one available. We make a purchase and get a quick dopamine release only to realize whatever we just bought is a questionable, often poorly made, and short-lived deal we won’t get far with. A couple of months, at best.

But the corner of Reddit known as “Buy It For Life” shows that not everything is meant to stack up in the landfills that are already polluting our planet. On the contrary, some things, like that baby crib in which you spend your first years in this world, or your dad’s belt you’ll never remember him without, are meant to last what seems like forever.

Below we wrapped up some of the most interesting examples of things people bought for life, so scroll down. And after you’re done, be sure to check out our previous features (here, here, and here) with more posts from “Buy It For Life.”

#1 Old Wooden Furniture Lasts Many Lifetimes

This Cradle was used by my grandfather and his 5 siblings 115 years ago. Then my father and his 5 siblings. Then me, my two brothers and 13 of my cousins. And lastly many of my cousins children and here, my third child

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#2 My Wife Isn’t A Jewelry Person But Loves To Cook. I Wanted A Forever Gift For Our Engagement So I Got Her These. I Get Them Sharpened For Our Anniversaries. Today Makes Ten Years

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#3 Authentic 1910 Singer Sewing Machine Inherited From My Great Grandmother. Still Works

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Bored Panda reached out to the moderator of the Buy It For Life subreddit, who goes as Robot_ninja_pirate on Reddit, to talk about their awesome community that unites 1.4M people who share practical, durable and quality-made products made to last. Created back in 2011, the group is more than a decade old, but has managed to stay as relevant as ever.

With the world turning towards a more sustainable way of living, and people rethinking their values about consumerism and spending, Buy It For Life (BIFL) stands as a strong community with an important mission.

#4 I Have Bought So Many Beanies In My Life That All Eventually Rip But This Pokémon Beanie Has Been A Regular Wear Since I Was 3

 It has no rips or discoloration. They don’t make them like they used to.

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#5 Bought Those Haglöfs Boots On My 18th Birthday. This Week I Celebrated My 50th Birthday

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#6 Vitantonio Pizzelle Iron (Italian Cookie Maker) From The 70s Or 80s

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The moderator Robot_ninja_pirate believes that the BIFL community sits at an odd crossroads for these [sustainability] trends. “On one hand, we want to promote sustainability and buying higher-quality products, which means buying things less often.”

“But since we have 1.4 million subscribers, it means new people are sharing new products every day. The products that many people never knew existed and might then want to go out and buy. It can almost conflict with the point,” the moderator explained.

#7 Since I Saw The Other Old Stove, Thought I’d Post Mine

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#8 World’s First Automatic Coffee Machine. 1952. Been In The Family For 70 Years. Still Works Perfectly

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#9 1956 Frigidaire Range

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Moreover, the moderator explained that they “have to be quite vigilant to promote grassroots efforts from the real users sharing items with real-world use. But advertisers see this as an easy place to advertise their products and pretend to be real users.”

When asked whether the moderator sees any signs of the cost of living crisis in the community, the Redditor said that “it has certainly made people become aware of their purchasing habits and what is and isn’t frivolous spending as budgets get tighter.”

#10 I Brought A 1920s Perfection Heater Back To Life. Now It’s Ready To Last Another Few Lifetimes. It Will Be Mostly A Display Piece Now, But It Does Still Work And Will Be Handy As An Emergency Heat Source

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#11 1934 Chicago Mansion Still Has Its Original Jewett Custom Built-In Refrigerator

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#12 Does My 1993 Volvo 240 Count? Odometer Broke A Few Years Ago At 346k. Runs Like A Champ Still

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“However, it might also cause people to have to skimp on things and really evaluate what truly is BIFL and what they are just overspending on. Channels like Project Farm, for example, do an excellent job showing where spending more money does not always mean a better product,” the moderator said.

He added that he worries “about BIFL becoming trendy and that people will hop on the bandwagon and then jump off when it’s not as current anymore rather than committing to the ideology (an extreme example, but think like the miniature pig trend for a few years).”

#13 My Wife’s Whirley-Pop That Her Grandmother Used. Still Makes Perfect Popcorn Every Time

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#14 Since We Are Doing Clocks. Here Is Mine From The 90s

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#15 My Grandfather’s Laundry Bag From Ww2. I’ve Been Using It For The Last 15 Years Or So And I Used It Through My Military Career Too

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BIFL had a large influx of new users at the start of this year (throughout Jan and Feb) but the moderator said that it has normalized to its regular growth rate again this month. “We let our community sort of dictate the flow of the subreddit rather than us, however, we are always looking for feedback and how we can improve the subreddit if your readers think we could be doing something better,” Robot_ninja_pirate concluded.

#16 I Heard We Were Posting Vintage Cast Iron

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#17 Greek Tortoise. A Little Pricey At ~200-500$ But Will Last You Around 125 Years If Well Cared For

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#18 I Refurbished A Henry! These Things Are Indestructible

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#19 This Camera Has Been Going Strong Since The 1960s – Everything Still Works Flawlessly

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#20 Bolesławiec Pottery/ Polish Pottery. The Left One Is 50+ Years From My Grandma. The Right One I Got For Christmas. Still The Same Design! Even Found A Replacement Lid For My Teapot That Was Broken 20 Years Ago

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#21 44 Years Old And Still Going Strong

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#22 1936 Ge Quiet Blade Fan

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#23 L.l. Bean Duck Boots From 1939

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#24 Just Picked This Baby Up. With A Little Work This Thing Will Outlast Me. 185j 1954

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#25 My Bike Just Turned 28 Years Young. I Still Ride It To Work Every Day, Rain Or Shine

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#26 My Mom’s 1982 Ge Toaster. Same Age As Me. Used Every Day

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#27 My Dad Wore This Watch Daily For 44 Years

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#28 Fellow Teachers Need A New Stapler Every Couple Of Years, But My Ace Pilot 404 Endureth Forever!

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#29 This 1985 Spirit Of St Louis Field Radio That I Got From My Grandpa

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#30 I Inherited This Blender From My Grandmother. I Have No Idea How Old It Is. Still Runs Like A Top Though

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#31 Was Handed Down My Late Uncle’s 80s Stand Mixer, Still Works Like A Dream

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#32 My 2001 First Gen Ipod, Still Going Strong

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#33 This Scissors, Over 50 Years, Belonged To My Grandmother. No Idea The Brand Tho

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#34 My Dad Was Gifted This Radio When He Was 13, Still Uses It During His Morning Shower Every Day

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#35 Finally Did Some Retail Therapy. $80 At Walmart. Told My Mom That These Would Outlast Her, And Me, And Anyone Else Who’s Going To Get These

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#36 My Mom’s Tupperware Brand Pickling Container Used Continuously Since 1979. This Thing Is A Beast

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#37 Fender Stratocaster – A True Buy It For Life

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#38 18 Years Later, Thinking This Catfish Will Out Live Me

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#39 My Mom Gave Me This Mini Oven 30 Years Ago. It’s From The 60s. I Can’t Count How Many Times I’ve Used It. It Now Lives In My Rv, And Is Definitely My Favorite Appliance!

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#40 Japanese Scissors. Daily Use For 7 Years. Inherited From My Late Grandpa. Carbon Steel – Bluish Tint

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#41 Solar Calculator Bought Circa 1985. Needs Brighter Light Now, Otherwise Works Perfectly, Even In Hexadecimal

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#42 My Son’s Towel Is An Heirloom

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#43 My Dad Is So Excited About Having His Carhartt For More Than 20 Years Now!

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#44 My Rival Crock Pot 3150. 50-Ish Years Old And Still Cooking Family Dinners Without A Hitch

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#45 Ray-O-Vac Sportsman Red Flasher Lantern Circa ’72

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#46 My Old Sony Mp3 Walkman From 2008 Still Works And Is Filled To The Brim With 00s Greatest Hits

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#47 I’ve Had This Texas Instruments Scientific Calculator Since 6th Grade, It’s Now Getting Me Through Finals In My First Semester Of College

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#48 Hand Me Down Name Tag Trail On This Child’s Jacket

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#49 Got This Backpack When I Started High School In 1997

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#50 “The Longest-Lived Micrometer Than Can Be Bought.” J.t. Slocomb Micrometers And Stand, All Fully Restored By Myself. Each Mic Is Between 70-120 Years Old, And They’re All Still Accurate

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