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TFP 2016 Updated!

Things that do not wear out

Discussion in 'Tilted Gear' started by genuinemommy, Sep 7, 2016.

  1. genuinemommy

    genuinemommy Moderator Staff Member

    When I purchase something, I want it to last a decade or more.

    Please list products, brands, and materials that you have found to be incredibly reliable and sturdy.

    Appliances
    Tools
    Linens
    Clothing
    Shoes
    Eyewear
    Jewelry
    Electronics
    ....and so forth. What products do you own, or wish you could purchase because of their strength, durability, and classic style?

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    Oh, and if you're wondering if diamonds are a girl's best friend, yes, they are... I drool over Diatome.
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    When it comes to makeup, a friend convinced me to purchase some MAC products about a decade ago. They're still going strong.
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  2. rogue49

    rogue49 Tech Kung Fu Artist Staff Member Donor

    Location:
    Baltimore/DC
    uhh...safes ;)

    Seriously, I'm surprised that some of my coats are still usable and quite fashionable (as long as they fit)
    The key is to keep them clean and non-smelly.

    On an opposition note, it's fascinating how fast baseball caps get funky. :confused:
     
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  3. genuinemommy

    genuinemommy Moderator Staff Member

    I toss mine in the washing machine. I've had the same one for... crap... 19 years. My friend's dad gave it to me. He bought it at the gift shop for a state beach.
     
  4. Japchae

    Japchae Very Tilted

    My Henckel knives. Which I'm probably spelling wrong.

    LL Bean 200 thread count percale sheets.... Best sheets I have EVER owned, and I'm a sheet snob.

    Betabrand dress yoga pants
    Born shoes
    GAP jeans
    Simple Human trash cans... Seriously.
    The Body Shop body butters
     
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  5. Lindy

    Lindy Very Tilted Donor

    Location:
    Nebraska
    Makeup lasts me forever, because, except for lipstick, I hardly ever wear makeup.
    I still wear some jeans, shorts, and tees that I wore in high school.
    A pair of Lucchese riding boots that should last forever, since I hardly ever get on a horse anymore.
    I play a Juzek string bass made in the 1960s.
    My copper bottom pots and pans are Revere Ware, made in the late 1940s.
    My 2002 SAAB sedan has nearly 260,ooo miles, still going strong.
    Starts off a ten year old Optima RedTop battery.
     
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  6. Fangirl

    Fangirl Very Tilted Donor

    Location:
    Arizona
    Great question!

    I am in the process of replacing my entire wardrobe due to resizing and my skincare products too, due to both aging and a drastic change in climate.
    I try to get the biggest bang for my buck and so have tried to revisit brands that that I favour.

    Starting underneath: Hanes and Jockey briefs. I switched from Bali to Glamorise bras for better fit and value.
    Fruit of the Loom tank tops are great for hot-weather, casual layering. Jockey Elance Supersoft camisoles for dressier layering.
    Gildan tee shirts--dozens of colours--great basic.
    I like the fit of Lee jeans but so far, have only newly purchased Lee shorts and capris for me (bought jeans for the Mr.). I shop on the Lee site and then actually buy on Am*zon.
    I'm still searching for cooler-weather layering tops. I hadn't shopped at Target for a while and sort of impulse-bought several Merona shirts--two pullover long-sleeve t's and two button-down collared shirts off their website. I'll have a verdict soon.

    I shop Shoebuy for shoes as I have since I started using the Internet. I can order as many pairs of shoes as I wish and never pay to return them. My shoes size changed last year and it was such a relief to be able to find new styles that fit right and not mess around with return hassles.

    I still rely on Clinique for many skin-care items. Their 3-step skin care regimen is hard to beat. I'm currently trying their Smart Night moisturizer. Their samples are huge and despite being me very cynical about skin creams, this one may be a winner. I've tried plenty of pricey skin cleansers over the years but alway come back to my 40-year drug-store favourite: Noxzema Original Deep Cleaning Cream.
    Another stalwart skincare product that my entire family uses: Lubriderm Daily Moisture (body) Lotion.
     
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  7. Baraka_Guru

    Baraka_Guru Möderätor Staff Member

    Location:
    Toronto
    Every kitchen needs a 9" or 10" cast iron skillet.

    Properly seasoned and maintained, it will be reliable (and non-stick) literally for generations.

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  8. Fangirl

    Fangirl Very Tilted Donor

    Location:
    Arizona
    Wanted to vouch for a number of items other folks mentioned. We made a cross-country move 11 months ago and so, many items that one would not include in a $5000 move were replaced, like most of our trash cans.

    Simple Human trash cans are the best. They do everything but take out the trash for you. They have clean lines, are smart and keep my dog from making mischief when he is bored.
    Revere Ware cooking pans. Spouse moved here first so we had duplicate pots n' pans. My mom gifted me my Revere Ware when I moved out at age 18. They last forever so I packed my set up to be taken to the cottage.
    We still need to get a cast-iron skillet. Great investment.

    My clothing style is unfussy casuals. I've always gravitated to cotton and cotton blends and so most of the replacement clothing that I purchased was after trial and error, as cotton has been replaced by synthetics. The budget-price synthetics including Forever 21 stuff, was an unmitigated disaster. They pilled up and fell apart.

    I noticed you mentioned comfy, stylish shoes.

    The only shoes I was able to keep after the shoe size change were my Birkenstocks and Easy Spirits, both of which go back more than a decade. I bought more Easy Spirit shoes as well as Propet, both have plenty of comfort and style. Also found some booties with super-comfortable, easy to walk in heels (I never wear heels but they dress up nicely) Aerosoles (Shoebuy for everything).
     
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  9. fflowley

    fflowley Don't just do something, stand there! Donor

    Merrell boots used to be long term keepers but IMO they have declined in quality.
    My back country ski boots lasted over 20 years of regular, heavy use. They don't make anything comparable now.
    I got a pair of their water sandals this spring, they look like they will be lucky to make it another year.

    I would say All Clad and Le Crueset cookware are good bets for longevity. I expect to pass ours to the kids.
     
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  10. ASU2003

    ASU2003 Slightly Tilted

    Location:
    Where ever I roam
    I have been very impressed with my MacBook Pro. It has been in use almost everyday for 6.5 years. And it will get another new operating system next month.

    I also use Pelican cases for a lot of electronics and things. They hold up very well.

    It requires it be properly seasoned and maintained though. I had one that didn't last a week. My kitchen is a bio-hazard area since I leave pans sitting in the sink for weeks however. I am a big fan of the ceramic pans, and have had good luck with those.
     
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  11. Lindy

    Lindy Very Tilted Donor

    Location:
    Nebraska
    I have an old Lodge brand iron skillet. The cast iron I use most is a comal, a flat Mexican cast iron griddle with just a little bit of an edge. The short little lip makes it easier to get a spatula under the food.
    My Mac Mini from early 2009 still works great and runs the latest Mac OS10.11.6
     
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  12. Chris Noyb

    Chris Noyb Get in, buckle up, hang on, & don't criticize.

    Location:
    Large City, TX
    Off the top of head, i.e. a partial list:

    West Bend electric wok. It lasted for around 25 years. It was working when we retired it, but the heating element was very near to burning through the bottom.

    Elgin quartz battery powered clock. Still working fine after 25+ years.

    Magnalite pan. Around 30 years old. Other than the screw that holds the handle on the lid breaking about ten years ago (they should've used a much larger & sturdier screw given the weight of the lid), it's held up very well.

    Magnavox analog TV. It still works fine after 15 years, but we replaced it with a digital widescreen TV.

    Sony stereo system bought in '79. Probably due to the MIJ quality at the time.
     
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  13. Japchae

    Japchae Very Tilted

    Oh yeah, I had a MacBook from 2008 that was running El Capitan and had only needed a battery replacement and an SSD as an upgrade and that thing rocked. Still does, even after 8 years, but I got the hubs' 2015 Pro with retina display as a hand-me-down. The new OSX in the fall was going to be incompatible with the 2008's hardware and setup, so I took the upgrade. Retina display is ridiculous... I don't even need my glasses!
     
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  14. Chris Noyb

    Chris Noyb Get in, buckle up, hang on, & don't criticize.

    Location:
    Large City, TX
    SAS (San Antonio Shoes) shoes. Yes, they will wear out, but it takes a lot of hard walking for quite a few years.

    Note--I'm speaking of their early 'sturdy' designs, which are still offered. Over the years SAS has introduced new styles that are more fashionable and less sturdy. No doubt this was done to appeal to a larger customer base, most likely necessary to stay in business.
     
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  15. cynthetiq

    cynthetiq Administrator Staff Member Donor

    Location:
    New York City
    I don't know.

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    I have tshirts that are close to 30 years old. I have shoes that are close to 20 years old.

    Things that you can care for, will last longer if you put in the care.
     
  16. genuinemommy

    genuinemommy Moderator Staff Member

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    My husband is addicted to SAS. He has had the same pair for over a decade. He got a new cushion insert for them about 5 years ago (their insert, fitted at the store, which was pricey in itself). They're decidedly "old man" shoes. I was present when he purchased them. The retailer advised me not to let him try them on because I wouldn't ever be able to convince him to wear anything else. They were right. Those shoes are starting to wear a bit thin on the soles. I keep trying to convince him to just go out and get another pair already. Instead he randomly visits shoe stores and tries on everything, hoping to find something that looks more professional with the same amount of comfort. He has been looking for 3 years...
     
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  17. cynthetiq

    cynthetiq Administrator Staff Member Donor

    Location:
    New York City
    just get them resoled.

    these shoes look amazing.
    Mens Dress Shoes & Casual Shoes - Allen Edmonds - Recrafting
     
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  18. genuinemommy

    genuinemommy Moderator Staff Member

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  19. Chris Noyb

    Chris Noyb Get in, buckle up, hang on, & don't criticize.

    Location:
    Large City, TX
    Resoling might be OK, but the prices I saw in the link are very close to what a new pair of SAS shoes would cost. When I was a kid boot stores that did resoling were (sort of) common, but not these days. The style of SAS shoe in the image runs about $180.00, maybe $190.00 a pair. SAS has sales, but the discount isn't huge, and it's usually selected styles, rarely all styles. He could buy two pair, and alternate them. That's what I did when I worked as a field rep picking-up records while in college. I put a lot of walking miles on shoes, and SAS were hands down the most comfortable and durable.
     
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  20. Borla

    Borla Moderator Staff Member Donor

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