Coat hangers were a big part of my life. Early on, mama had a rough time keeping enough for her ironing and dad’s shirts because Little Jackie could find so many uses for these wonderful things.
The made great brake arm supports for the old bikes with New Departure Rear ends. They made great fish stringers. Big hooks to hang stuff. Any time I needed some stiff wire, there went another coat hanger. They always made good “reachers” for a little guy. The plastic hanger “weren’t worth nothing.”
Remember when the Dry cleaners placed the heavy stiff paper with non-skid strip for pants? They were really good to keep pants from getting that hanger crease but were very good about keeping them from sliding off to the floor of the closet. They were ok, I had to leave the paper strip behind when I took one, they could be used on another hanger.
BUT some smart aleck come up with that paper tube across the bottom to hang the pants on, they were of little use to a handy-boy. The first one I took to use, I was disappointed that the wire did not go thru the little tube. (They were okay for this cat to sleep on thought) The didn’t last as long as pants hangers either, especially for a kid who grabbed the pants and drug them off the hanger, they broke down in the middle. As I grew older more and more were made like that. At sometime in my life they quit doing that, probably because little boys fussed so much.
(Wooden coat hangers and cheaters with no pants rack were only good to hang clothes on, mama said that was what they were for!)
I once made us a little decorative fence around our ‘small’ flower garden. I would hold it in the center of the flat part and the hanger and pull it into a diamond. Straighten the hook and stick it in the ground then over lap them making smaller diamonds all around the little garden.
No matter the object, an artist can make something useful, beautiful or unique from it.
To display a decorative plate OR
make a Gorilla!
Other than hang clothes, how do you use the all important coat hanger?
Thanks for stopping by,
The common coat hanger has Hung mufflers and tailpipes several times they have also cleaned a few stopped drains.…
the 1939 Delage sent to me by Sonya. You know, Sonya is so neat, I bet Sonya’s coat hangers all match!