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From cell phones to clothing, even home d├ęcor, we all love the latest and greatest, right? But when it comes to some products, newer isn’t always better. When it comes to something old, Bill McConnell is an expert.

The owner of 23rd Street Antique Mall has spent his life with items that have stood the test of time.

One of his favorites is furniture.

McConnell says, “One of the things I love about old furniture is it was made to last.”

Many of the pieces in his store are over 100 years old and in great condition.

Not only do they look great but these pieces often cost less than new pieces that are of similar quality.

McConnell says, “If you are a careful shopper, you can find good quality antiques for less than new things. They’ve already lasted for years; they’ll last many more years.”

Matt McNeil is also an antique expert.

One product he says used to be made to last, phones.

Today’s phones are not cheap to replace and generally wear out within a couple of years.

But old phones, while not the coolest, still work decades after they were introduced and usually sell for pretty cheap.

McNeil says, “These never wore out. They were virtually indestructible.”

If you’re looking for a great pan to do some cooking, experts say an old cast iron skillet is better than a new one.

All you do is sand it down, oil it and put it in the oven for an hour and you have a pan that’s better than a new one.

And when it comes to appliances, old is new again.

Refrigerators with freezers on the bottom are not new, but these days, newer refrigerators are copying that vintage style.

McNeil says, “One has to ask why after World War II did they go to putting it on top? And now you pay for it as a premium feature.”

While you may not be able to find an old one that still works, McNeil says it’s more efficient than having the freezer on top.

Aome experts say certain audio equipment is also better and cheaper if you can find it used, mainly record players and even CD players.

Those items are often sold at garage sales for a lot less than you can find them for in the store.