Friday, April 8, 2011

Hanging around....

Though I really don't see a lot of people hanging out clothes these days, other than the Amish, most times if I see clothespins on a line, they are like the single one above...that one that is pinched on the clothesline....not the ones hanging upside down. Then, this morning I was blog hopping...actually looking at quilting blogs for a few minutes....just trying to get a little inspiration and one of the girls had a picture of clothespins on the line, and they were hanging upside down...like mine below.
I have just spent 30 minutes trying to find that blog again, and cannot for the life of me find where I seen it. But I had been meaning to do a post about clothespins for a while now, and being that Roger re-set my clotheslines posts this week, I thought now would be a good time to do it.

Anyway, there is a method to my madness....I always keep mine hanging upside down, their 'jaws' around the line for the simple reason they are easy to slide along as I need them. You know how sometimes you hang out socks and need one every 3 or 4 inches, then other times it is towels and you need one every couple of feet....if the clothespins are just hanging there like above, it is a simple matter to just slide them along in front of the towels. Or if you need a lot and they are more scattered....you can just walk along sliding them back to where you need them.

Now my mom, nor my BFF's mom never, ever left their clothespins on the line....I don't know why. I think because of how weathered they become...they wear out quicker. Back then, they did not have money just to throw away...they took care of what they had. A few cents here and a few cents there really adds up.

I went to plastic for outside because of the organic nature of wood...if I leave them out, they get really, really nasty. I think because of all the traffic, being that we are in a small town...it stirs up more dust that settles on the clothespins and they get just black and gritty. But even the plastic ones wear out quicker being in all the extreme temps....I will go to hang something up one side of the pin will simply break.

And notice the size of the clothespins above...I needed some new plastic ones, so one day Roger was headed to the store. I told him to pick me up a new bag of plastic clothespins...those huge ones are what he came home with! Our local Wal-mart does not carry the small ones any more. The big ones do not have as strong of a spring and are not as good. No matter how I pinch them over the clothes on the line...if it is windy, it seems like they slide together.

So, I was looking at Wal-mart at the wooden ones....all they had were the ones made in China. I have been that route before, and if things have not changed, they are not worth carrying home. They come apart at the spring at the least little thing. Several years ago, I either read it in Heloise's hints or heard Martha Stewart tell to make sure to get the ones Made In MAINE...mind you not the Main Stay brand that Walmart carries. So, that was what I done several years ago, and I am still using those down in the basement.

When we went over to Arthur, Illinois at the beginning of the week, we went to this Miller's Dry Goods that is out in the country...I found two packages of the wooden ones made in Maine and I grabbed them up too quick to talk about.

There now...isn't that the longest thing you have ever read on clothespins????

12 comments:

texwisgirl said...

ha ha! my mother used clothes lines and we made a clothes line pin keeper out of a bleach jug - cut a notch out of the handle so you can hang it on the line and cut a big circle area in the front of the jug to toss the clothes pins into / reach in to grab them when needed. that way they weren't out in the weather on the line themselves - just inside a hanging jug... :)

Lois Evensen said...

I love it! Great post on clothespins. ;) I wish I had a place to hang clothes outside. Too many trees here with squirrels and birds overhead doing things that mess up clean clothes. At the last house (32 years ago!) I always hung clothes outside. Just nothing like that smell....

Montanagirl said...

Terrific post on the clothes pins. Longest one I ever did read. LOL

EG Wow said...

Actually, I thought that was an interesting post, Pose. I didn't know the clothespins made in Maine are the ones to buy. :)

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Rose, Interesting post about clothes pins. I never thought about hanging them on the line one way or the other.... That's fascinating....

My mother had a clothes pin bag (made of cloth)... Wonder what ever happened to that thing. She had it for many years... I don't think she ever left the pins on the line.

Thanks for sharing.

Have a wonderful weekend.
Hugs,
Betsy

Carletta said...

Neither my Mom nor my Grandma left the pins on the line. I think Mom had a bag to put them in but I don't remember about Grandma.
I'm thinking she didn't because they would have been wooden.
Maybe the bigger ones Roger got are supposed to be easier to grasp.
Cute post!

Jacob and Lois Anne said...

Another wonderful ramble...put it in your book.

Don't see many clotheslines around here. I used one back about 20 years ago when I was developing my own film and printing my own pictures - to hang pictures up to dry in the darkroom!

don said...

I learned more about clothespins than I've ever known!
I always like the smell of clothes dried outside. Very interesting discussion and good picture too.

Jacob and Lois Anne said...

No, I'm not quitting, Rose. Still have four photo blogs! Hope you're having a great day!

Nancy said...

Rose, I love to hang clothes too! I can just picture you in your back yard hanging the girls' clothes while we played in the yard...seems like yesterday. I have to tell you that when my grandmother passed away last summer I asked to keep her wooden clothes pins. She loved to hang clothes too and so they were special to me. I use them too! I have one in particular that I saved. It is an old style clothes pin that is smooth now from years of use. I cherish it :)

Mary said...

I always took my clothespins off the line. If you leave them on they will get dirty and them make your clean clothes dirty where you put them. Don't have a clothesline where we live now.

ramblingwoods.com said...

I came from Caron's blog...this is a wonderful post and your whole style of writing.,,,,Michelle

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