or antiquated item?
Do you have one, or more, of them? Maybe their original use is coming back into fashion with the green movement. Growing up, we had a clothesline and of course, clothespins . . . and a clothespin bag. My mom made the bag. In fact, I think we wore one out and she made another. The one I remember was made of durable denim and she had appliquéd the word “Clothespins” on it along with laundry hanging on a clothesline.
The kind of clothespins we used were the wooden kind with a spring in the middle. She would wash a load of laundry and then we were sent to hang it on the line. Sometimes we had just a small amount that would only take up one of our three lines. Other times we could spend a good bit of time filling up all three lines with sheets and pillowcases and wondering if we would have enough clothespins to do the job.
It’s funny what you remember. I remember handing clothespins to my mother or sister when I was too little to hang the clothes myself. When I got old enough to hang out the laundry myself, I remember being taught that you could overlap one item with another and they could share a clothespin. That way you wouldn’t need as many. Sh-h-h-h. I’ll tell you another clothesline secret. You hang bed sheets on those outer lines and then your unmentionables on the middle one and the neighbors cannot see your rose-printed, lace-adorned cotton you-know-whats.
Nowadays, some suburban neighborhoods have rules limiting clotheslines but the clothespin still gets around . . . on chip bags, bread bags, and in the closet. Probably a few other places as well. Back then I wasn’t a big fan of hanging laundry out to dry, but I do remember days when we had some out there and it would begin to threaten rain. My mom would call out, “Get the clothes in! It’s going to rain!” And my sister and I would dash outside jerking the clothes off the line as the summer rain started to fall. We would be laughing all the time trying to beat the rain. Sometimes we made it and sometimes we didn’t.