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If you receive a hand me down, you say "Aww, gee!"
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hand me downs are not old enough to be considered classic or antique... just old junk you big brother out grew and has been waiting for you...
and is terribly out of fashion when you get it...
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A hand-me-down becomes an heirloom after it has been passed down 2 generations.
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It depends on the person receiving it. It can be either on this alone.
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I had two (2) older sisters and we were so poor I had to wear their hand me down clothes.

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hand me downs are not old enough to be considered classic or antique... just old junk you big brother out grew and has been waiting for you...
and is terribly out of fashion when you get it...
I was the oldest child in my immediate family. I got at least one shirt handed down from an uncle who was only 7 years older than me. To me it was the coolest thing that I had one of my uncle's shirts. The hand me downs from him were out of the question when he grew to 6' 4" and I made it to 5' 10".

I'm now wearing some of my late dad's clothes and I inherited a number of his guns.
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A hand-me-down is when your mom gives you your older brotherís well worn, but still servicable pants.

An heirloom is when your rich uncle passes, and it turns out heís left you a Purdey shotgun.

(So far, Iíve had more experience with hand-me-downs than heirlooms... But, hey! Iím only 68....)

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Today a matching 98k or Luger qualifies as a great heirloom.
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Itís entirely up to you!
I have my Grandfathers Knife.
Heirloom to me.
Marginal item if you see one like it at a Flea Market.
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A hand-me-down is just about anything
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This thread made me think of one of my favorite episodes of Frasier, where they go on the Antiques Roadshow program. "Veneer!"
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I have my Grandfathers Knife.

Heirloom to me.

Marginal item if you see one like it at a Flea Market.
Same thing for me but my grandfather's knife is a rare Case XX three blade pocket knife made from 1951-1954 (I could be wrong on exact years) and I lost it and tried to buy one and found that it has quite a monetary value to it so I quit carrying every day and it will be given to my son and hopefully will passed down a couple more generations. This will be one of the last things I have that can be considered a family heirloom.

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To take the question seriously ...

Iíve always understood the term ďheirloomĒ to have an emotional component of family tradition or unique connection to previous and now dead owners/ancestors. It should be something particular to them, not just stuff they owned. Itís also not tied to monetary value.

And on a side note, hand-me-downs donít have to come from dead people. Although when I was a kid we were so frugal, not to say poor, that I distinctly remember wearing my departed grandpaís flannel shirts. Definitely NOT heirlooms.
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Although when I was a kid we were so frugal, not to say poor, that I distinctly remember wearing my departed grandpaís flannel shirts. Definitely NOT heirlooms.
Does that bring back memories. My maternal grandfather died in 1970, and I got his blue and white plaid flannel shirt. I still have it. It has a big hole at the one elbox and a bunch of other little holes in the sleeve. Fast forward to 2000, and I was in the Fredericktowne Players production of "To Kill a Mockingbird." During rehearsals I was talking with the fellow who played the part of "Tom Robinson", the defendant, and somehow we must have got on the subject of our costumes and I had a flash of inspiration that PawPaw's old flannel shirt would look perfect on "Tom Robinson." And it did! Thirty years after PawPaw passed on, his shirt got a new life as part of a costume in a classic stage play.

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My wife was/is the oldest girl in a 3 household generation. There is a home movie of her 12th birthday party of receiving a dress. Her younger sister says, "I got so tired of see you in that dress, Then I had to wear it for two or three years!" The a younger cousin spoke up and said the exact same thing! My mother in law ask what happened to it? Rebekah (my daughter) was too short for it, so it went to Mandy & Kim! Mandy outgrew it and Kim refused to ever try it on! So it's in a closet at Mandy's waiting to be loved again!

OTOH: My best friend inherited, a brand new pair late 1950's pair of Levi's bib overalls in 1973. He started wearing them in the late 70's and still wears them. There must be 2 pounds of rivets in those old overalls!

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Iíve always understood the term ďheirloomĒ to have an emotional component of family tradition or unique connection to previous and now dead owners/ancestors. It should be something particular to them, not just stuff they owned. Itís also not tied to monetary value.

And on a side note, hand-me-downs donít have to come from dead people. Although when I was a kid we were so frugal, not to say poor, that I distinctly remember wearing my departed grandpaís flannel shirts. Definitely NOT heirlooms.
I for one , will never ask where did you dig up that shirt!
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A heirloom is something you hope you get and a hand-me-down is something you hope you don't. *s*
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A hand me down is something that a family member gives you because it has no use or value to them any longer.

An heirloom is what the state considers those above items to be if the family member dies before giving them to you and expects you to pay tax!
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A hand me down you don't.
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This brings to mind a sign on a business an old teacher told us he once saw.

"We buy junk."

"We sell antiques."
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My brother gave me his old Rolex, when he bought a new one. I deal blackjack and when a guest says something about my watch, I reply with it was a hand me down from my brother. Over the years Iíve had 3 watch collectors at my table, and they all made me an offer. Nope I will never sell it, too much sentimental value. I guess they only made this model for less than a year. Itís around 25 years old, he gave it too me on my 20th Bday....
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Hand me downs were the clothes that my older brother wore until he out grew them, and were very possibly handed down to him by a cousin or uncle. I wore them until they were threadbare or I out grew them. I was a little kid, so I probably wore them until they were no longer even good for rags. I still wear old, threadbare shirts and pants around the house because they are comfortable. I don't wear them when company is expected or when we go out.

A heirloom is my Dad's old vise that my Mother gave me after he passed away. It is mounted to my reloading table and I think of my Dad when I use it. He died at the young age of 49, way back in 1953. I was almost 10 years old, I am now almost 77 now, (September), and I still miss him.

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