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Old 06-30-2019, 06:54 AM   #41
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I have a Patagonia rain jacket that I purchased thirty five years ago. It was an expensive purchase at the time but I still use it today so I think that I got my money's worth from it.
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Old 06-30-2019, 07:50 AM   #42
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I forgot to include in my previous post, I still have my gymnastics team jacket and team uniform (leotard) from the early 1970's. YES, they still fit!
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Old 06-30-2019, 07:52 AM   #43
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I still have a drawstring bag made from a pair of jeans from the 70's...darn thing refuses to wear out. To make the bag, I opened up and re-sewed the flat felled seams that give jeans their sturdiness.

I used it for 20+ years to carry shoes to and from work; was one of the early adopters of changing from athletic shoes (in the parking lot) to pumps (in the office), and took plenty of ribbing for it too, as I recall. "Gee, those sneakers look great with that suit," etc. Yes, I knew women in NYC had been doing it for years, but where I worked was kind of a backwater.
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The oldest thing I have is a suit from the early 1980s, yes it fits. This thread reminded me of an afghan my DM started making for me 50 years ago, I was probably 12. She asked what colors I wanted and I told her , "all of them mom". Today I still have what looks like a Pride afghan!
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I don't think I have anything older than my Birkenstocks, that I bought from Zappo's in 2001.

But then there is my "little black dress" that I kept after I retired, for funerals. I think I bought it from Dress Barn somewhere between 2000-2002, although I'm not sure exactly when.
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I have a 3 or 4 OP (Ocean Pacific) brightly colored cotton hawaiian look shirts from early 80's. I was l leading fall hikes with the Audubon Society and wore them instead of hunters orange.
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Old 06-30-2019, 11:24 AM   #47
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I still have a Spec. 4 (Specialist 4th class) insignia fatigue jacket (ca. 1955 to 1959) which I purchased in 1960 at the army surplus store. Best buddy and I used to play "war" in my big back yard (ages about 13 through 15) wearing our authentic jackets. Full disclosure: It no longer fits, heh, heh. It's one of my "toys" I never had the heart to get rid of.
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Old 06-30-2019, 03:21 PM   #48
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Does anyone still have one of those Members Only jackets? I never bought one, because, as Groucho Marx once said, " I don’t care to belong to any club that will have me as a member."
Gave mine to the kids for "80s day" at school...my favorite was sort of a cornflower blue color.

For "70s day" they also took some of my dad's old Sansabelt polyester pants.
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Old 06-30-2019, 03:39 PM   #49
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I still have a drawstring bag made from a pair of jeans from the 70's...darn thing refuses to wear out. To make the bag, I opened up and re-sewed the flat felled seams that give jeans their sturdiness.

I used it for 20+ years to carry shoes to and from work; was one of the early adopters of changing from athletic shoes (in the parking lot) to pumps (in the office), and took plenty of ribbing for it too, as I recall. "Gee, those sneakers look great with that suit," etc. Yes, I knew women in NYC had been doing it for years, but where I worked was kind of a backwater.
I think this still must have its uses! A bathing suit and towel? Supplies for the pet? I am impressed at your imagination in turning it to new uses.

Pumps? PUMPS? Maybe you could pass it on to some unfortunate still wearing them. Do you still own any?
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1977 High school basketball jacket as captain of the team.
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Old 06-30-2019, 03:47 PM   #51
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I probably have older stuff packed somewhere, but the oldest thing I own that I still wear, on occasion, is a pair of dark blue denim Guess shorts I bought back in the summer of 1992. I used to wear them fairly regularly, but eventually they started getting a bit ratty, so then I relegated them to chore duty (cutting the grass, yardwork, and so on).

They're mostly starting to come apart at the lower part of the leg opening, but the upper part...button, zipper, anything that hides the "Netherlands", is still fine. So, I can see them lasting awhile longer.

Oh, wait...D'oh, it just hit me! I have a leather biker jacket that I bought in the fall of 1988, that I still wear fairly regularly, in colder weather. I had just started college, and my Mom said I should go get a nice leather jacket. I bought this thing at Wilson's Leather, for something like $179.00. I don't think it's what Mom had in mind, for a "nice" leather jacket, though
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1978 Down ski jacket with zipper sleeves that are removable, allowing me to wear as a vest. Still fits, albeit snug, I'll wear it to shovel snow in driveway.
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It's for carrying DIY supplies now.

What is wrong with pumps? I like mine. At least they are not stilettos, lol

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I think this still must have its uses! A bathing suit and towel? Supplies for the pet? I am impressed at your imagination in turning it to new uses.

Pumps? PUMPS? Maybe you could pass it on to some unfortunate still wearing them. Do you still own any?
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Old 07-01-2019, 12:22 PM   #54
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Still have my moms wedding dress, which I also wore. It is 71 years old!
Have my Dads old Army jacket, it is about the same age.
They have both been preserved, but none of our kids or the nieces/ nephews want them, or would even use them for a Halloween costume! Still sentimental about them, and not ready to donate yet.
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A T-shirt for my alma mater's football team from the "glory days", in this case 1990, when we beat our arch rivals 42-7, won 9 games and won a bowl game.
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And is there a story behind it? And do you ever still wear it?

I'm counting accessories like hats, scarves and ties, but not shoes, and not children's clothes. These are something hanging in your closets.

My oldest item is a wrap cotton skirt sewed by my mother, a gifted seamstress, in 1968. It was from a print line marketed then as "caviar prints," that were popular in 1968 during a craze (maybe too strong a word) for things Russian that year, which was the year of the Soyuz - Apollo mission, and, I think "Dr. Zhivago" was still rattling around in music and on television at that time.

I was a teenager then , and have and can still wear the skirt, since it's a wrap, lol! I have a number of other items made by my mother, but none that old.
This reminds me of a hand-me-down short-sleeve shirt from my father. I started to wear it in the 70s, when we wore the same size, but my father bought it around 1968 easily. It's made of synthetic material, and is meant to be worn not tucked in the pants, like a button-down Guyabera shirt but with no pockets.

I did not throw it away, and now wonder what happened to it. Maybe still hanging in a closet in the house, unless my wife threw it away. It was till in good shape, as I remember.
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Man (rummaging through closet): "Look at this, after 25 years it still fits!"

Wife: "It's a scarf."
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A goose down vest from 30 years ago, still wear it in the fall/winter.
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I have all my Navy uniforms up in the attic. Most of them were made for me in 1977. Haven't worn them in 33 years and couldn't fit in them if I wanted. My Bean boots were given to me at Christmas 1982 by the future in laws. I still wear them today. My Vasque hiking boots purchased in 1986 still see regular use. I have a long wool overcoat and a raincoat that I bought in 1992, when I became a lawyer. I wore both this past winter but likely never will again. My newest business suit was custom made for me in 1998. I wore it last this Spring.
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My mother was an excellent seamstress. She learned from my grandmother. I grew up with a sewing machine and learned to sew at a young age. I even took fashion studies in highschool and tailored my own coat in grade 12. But I did not have the fine touch my mother had.

When I was in university I found a beautiful Vogue pattern for a formal gown. My mother made it in black satin with beautiful yellow and blue hand embroidery around the wrist and back bow. It really was an elegant gown and I wore it to a few formal occasions. I remember wearing it to a Christmas party the first year I taught. There were so many compliments because the dress was elegant and beautifully made. I always felt like Audrey Hepburn in that dress...the Audrey Hepburn from Breakfast at Tiffany's.

I still have that dress at the back of my closet. I don't think I will ever let it go....it is a wonderful reminder of the life I lived as a young woman and the love my mother had for her daughter.
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