They say good things never last, but we have four items that shatter that saying to pieces.
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“Aged like a fine wine” is a well-known quote for a reason, but there’s a catch with holding on to wine or bubbles long enough to last until retirement – you can’t drink it along the way!
This 1,650-year-old Roman ‘wine’ is thought to be the oldest in the world, but you don’t need to take it that far. Simply look out for a few key features for a long-lasting wine: Acidity, low alcohol, tannins and sweetness. High acidity means it probably won’t taste its best now, but after a few decades has time to even out. Aim for something with a lower alcohol level (less than about 13.5%), as anything higher can have a negative affect on the wine. Tannins are just for the reds – whites are fine without them but if you prefer a Pinot Noir to a Pinot Gris you’ll need to keep an eye out for one with plenty of structurally sustaining tannins. And anything with a little extra sugar is more likely to last longer, so don’t shy away from wines with a hint of sweetness.
Remember also to keep that well-chosen wine out of the light and in cool temperatures (maybe it’s time to invest in a cellar, too?)
A painting, a sculpture or even an abstract lamp – these are lasting items that don’t usually wear out and will last a lifetime.
Yes, we hear you scoff. Yes, your tastes may change as you age (remember that Hanson phase from your early teens?). But that’s not to say you shouldn’t invest in something you love now. It’s unlikely you will simply wake up one day and hate the art you once enjoyed so much. Rather, you will be able to see how your tastes have matured over time in an ageless physical reminder as your art collection grows.
Opt for something easy to move (a 2-tonne stone lion may not be ideal), somewhat classic and true to yourself. It doesn’t have to be expensive or ‘that’s-so-2014-on-trend’, and remember, you can easily move it to the spare room if you can’t bear the sight of it in 20 years.
A hardwood dining table
A lifetime of dinner parties, spilt cereal and brunch buffets is no place for plastic.
You can’t beat a well-made classic hardwood for extensive wear. Hardwoods have longer staying power than plastics or softwoods, so aim for Red Gum, Victorian Ash or Jarrah (all Australian-made, too) should be top of your list. There are plenty of imported woods you can try as well, such as Mango, Acacia or Sheesham for an exotic touch.
Also look for a quality finish with multiple layers of laquer. Over a lifetime of use, you will still need to have this reapplied, but it will help improve the integrity and look of the wood below, ensuring it lasts as long as you do!
We all know the real reason Beauty (a la Beauty and the Beast) stayed in that castle was for the books.
Skip all the magic-flower-returns-beast-to-handsome-prince drama, and start working on a library of your own. Keep an eye out for second-hand book fairs and shops, ask your friends, look for deals online or buy straight from the shops.
Find out what all the fuss is about with Jane Austen, impress your friends with Charles Dickens and relive your high school days with the complete works of Shakespeare. Then mix it up with the full sets of Harry potters and Dr. Seuss collections.
The covers may crease and the pages may pale, but the stories are eternal.
What are you going to buy to last until your retirement years?