Going, Going, Gone: 30+ Items That Are Disappearing from Our Homes

Going, Going, Gone: 30+ Items That Are Disappearing from Our Homes

Carrie McBride
May 14, 2016

Look around your home and prepare to say goodbye to some things in the next few years. I'm not talking about decluttering (although you should do that too), I'm referring to the inevitable obsolescence of certain home goods. It happens to every generation as technology, lifestyles and habits change. Take a look at our list of items in the home that are (nearly) extinct, those that are endangered or vulnerable and those that are hanging on against the odds!

(Nearly) Extinct

  • tube televisions
  • pianos
  • fax machines
  • answering machines
  • phone books
  • address books
  • calculators
  • VCRs + VHS players
  • printed maps


  • alarm clocks
  • desktop computers
  • incandescent light bulbs
  • landline phones
  • cable boxes
  • checkbooks
  • printers
  • stamps
  • cds/dvds + players
  • stereos
  • photo albums
  • memo pads
  • bar soap
  • sewing machines


  • corkscrews
  • takeout menus
  • mailboxes
  • cash + coins
  • piggy banks
  • dining room tables
  • wall calendars
  • books
  • newspapers
  • magazines

Defying the Odds

  • vinyl records + players
  • board games
  • playing cards
  • brooms
  • cast iron skillets
  • french press + pour over coffee makers

Anything you would add (or remove) from these lists? Which ones are you ready to say good riddance to and which are you already feeling a twinge of nostalgia for?

Re-edited from a post originally published 5.18.15-NT

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