New does not always necessarily mean better; there are plenty of things that are more valuable because of their old age and possessions that simply get better with age. Here is a short list of some of the things people keep because they either increase in value with the passage of time or they simply cannot bring themselves to part with these items.
Vintage cars are a positive mania with car enthusiasts. Hard core car enthusiasts tend to appreciate old cars over new ones. For example, some men may keep muscle cars, which refer to American sports cars made between the 1940s-1980s that boast very powerful engines. Such enthusiasts would rather hold onto these cars than buy new ones. Due to the old age of such cars, they may have to employ the services of businesses that specialize in classic car restoration in order to keep in working order.
Antique furniture is of course both precious and valuable. Such antique furniture may have been passed down through the ages within the family or it may have been recently acquired. Especially if the antiques are family heirlooms, they will hold nostalgic and emotional value, making them even more precious. Antique furniture have classic and timeless designs and some people may prefer them to the furniture available today. They also tend to be sturdier, made of better material and with more precise craftsmanship than the modern cookie-cutter furniture you find everywhere.
Vintage Wines and Liqueurs
Another class of items that only get better with age are wines and liqueurs. The collection of vintage wines and liqueurs is a costly exercise and is usually regarded as a privilege of the rich. Wine buffs will have wine cellars in their homes to house their prized collection.
Old and Ancestral Houses
Old homes have their own charm and beauty; ancestral homes, in particular, would hold emotional value for the family it belongs to (much like antique furniture and other family heirlooms). Large old homes built of sturdy wood or brick especially give a warm and homely feeling that people might consider to be lacking in the modern houses that are built these days.
Old homes also come with their share of problems such as when it comes to fixing modern conveniences into them such as air conditioners. An old house also means old plumbing, which can give a lot of trouble and be difficult to repair.
Jewellery and Precious Stones
Jewellery, of course, increase in value with time as most people invest in jewellery made of precious stones and metals for this purpose. However, some might not like to keep old jewellery as the designs might be old-fashioned and out of style.