I have been entranced with the idea of putting up a clothesline for about a year now. This week, my excitement peaked when I discovered a whole market for vintage clothesline paraphrenalia and bought this cool Cordomatic Clothesline Reel, unused in the original box, on eBay.
In addition to being very interesting graphically and functionally, the clothes reel is a reminder of yet another reason to consider a retro renovation — it’s green. “Reduce, reuse, recycle” — was the original environmental rallying cry; now it seems, the mantra is to demand more e-friendliness in our products…but to keep using more more more, always new.
Regardless of the politics: Hanging your clothes out to dry not only saves energy — it saves money — it’s exercise — it reduces stress — and presuming you live somewhere with cleanish air, it gives your clothes an oh so nice smell and feel.
Much the same can be said about any number of retro renovation projects – they’re positive on so many fundamental levels. Salvaging my aquamarine kitchen cabinets saved them from going to the landfill — where I’m sure they were destined — and made for a much more interesting kitchen. Putting up pinch pleats from an estate sale saves from heat and air conditioning loss through our windows, repurposes existing resources, and saves tons of money vs. buying new. Vintage sofas, chairs, tables, dressers — are usually better made and save money, too. On and on it goes.
In such a “disposable” world — it’s nice to be on the re-using end. And having fun with it all, too!