Thursday, October 24, 2013

VINTAGE CLOTHESLINE POLES, INSPIRATION THURSDAY


OK, so this might be an odd inspiration, but it reminds me of my Grandparents.  My Grandmothers (both) had the T-shaped galvanized metal poles for their clothesline.  I remember one of my Grandmothers wondering why they couldn't be painted?  She wanted either a green one or a red one.  Well flash forward to when I saw this and I was reminded of that time long ago.

Sure, we don't have a washer at the farm.  But we do have one in town, and we have a car, and we're out there almost every weekend...so why couldn't we take a load of wet clothes to the farm when we head out in the morning, and hang them up to dry?

I found the perfect spot at the farm for a pair of poles.  Then I remembered this picture I saved a couple of years ago and so I did some Googling.  While I couldn't find a red one, I did find a green one!  And they are regular galvanized metal poles.  A modern take on the old style poles of my youth.

Shhh, don't tell 2nd Man but I'm going to see about ordering two of them next month.  Can't wait to get them in the ground.

Have a great day!

Be inspired...

20 comments:

  1. i love these! i wish i had made room for some when i did my garden. i dry mine on vintage wood drying racks.

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    1. We have plenty of room, I just need to figure out the best spot.

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  2. I love the old style clotheslines. I have the umbrella type, and it's practically impossible to hang king sized sheets and blankets on it. On the good side, I do get my exercise while hanging out clothes and chasing the clothesline in circles during windstorms ;-)

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    1. I saw those umbrella type. I wondered how much they held. I never thought about it spinning around. Poor Granny, I bet you are a sight to see. Send Mr. Granny next time. :-)

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  3. 1st Man,

    Clothes lines are a so much fun, especially when you don't have to pay for using a dryer.
    The one thing I have to be careful with is when the allergens are moving around outside. My husband is allergic to a few things, when we have a high allergen count I don't hang my laundry outside. I will then use our gas dryer.

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    1. Oooh, good idea. And the nice thing is that they often now have allergy warnings on the weather (and I'm sure there is even an 'app for that', ha). Thanks for the tip.

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  4. Good news on future clothes lines. Just be aware of the prevailing wind, need to blow across the lines or
    your clothes will be wrapped around the wire most of the time. I have had
    t-poles for many years and moved them with me everywhere I was transferred. Love your blog, guess I am a lurker as this is first time making a comment. MaryK

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    1. Well, first of all, welcome. I lurk many a blog and don't always get to comment so I understand. I appreciate you coming out of lurk mode though with great advice. I will take that into account. And glad to know that you like them so much you move them with you. :-)

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  5. Love the idea of a clothesline. The wash is nice and crisp after drying. In the city, however, there are just too many things in the air that I would not want on my clothes. My grandparents just had a couple of posts and ran a line from one end of the yard to the other end and that was the clothesline. One could also make it out of wood T-posts and you could paint them any color you wanted. Have fun and thanks for sharing. It's almost the weekend!

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    1. I can honestly say that never in my 'adult' life have I experienced it. As a child though, Grandparent's did it when I stayed with them during the summers. I just remember them smelling so fresh and just having a whole different feel to them. Yeah, I can imagine in the city they could be gunky. Hey, a line anywhere from one spot to another would work wouldn't it? Thanks!!

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  6. Make sure the sun rises on one side of the line and moves across the line and sets on the other side. I would love to have poles like that.

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    1. I love getting all this advice for future 'newbie' clothesline dryers, ha. Thanks!!

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  7. I have the galvanized and NEVER thought to paint them---what a great idea. It really gives them a "pop" of color. I couldn't imagine life without my lines. I always pity those that live in HOA's that can't line dry.

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    1. Isn't the paint AWESOME? I love it. I like the red but I found some green ones (already painted) that I like too. We'll see what I end up getting. Shhh, don't tell second man, I'll make the 'executive decision', LOL!

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  8. Still have those in my back yard.

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    1. Awesome! Seems like once up, they are there for a life time. And so do you still use yours or are they just up? :-)

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  9. You can make your own using pipe from the hardware store...

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  10. We just planted vintage clothesline posts over the long weekend. We sanded off all the old paint and primed them with white rust o leum. I have 12 colors and I'm excited to figure out designs for a fun touch!

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    1. Hi! That's so cool! We still don't have ours up yet, trying to decide what's the best location. And I lean toward this style and 2nd Man likes the kind that are round(ish) and spin. Not sure what we'll decide on. I'm jealous that you have 12 colors and get to do something fun. Keep us posted!!! Maybe I can live vicariously through yours, ha.

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