Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Safety Pins

On this day in 1849, the safety pin was patented by Walter Hunt.  If Walter could have seen into the future, he would not have sold his invention for a mere $100, although he might have thought that was big bucks in 1849.

How many times has one safety pin saved us from complete disaster?  For example...

popping a button on your skirt or pants while you were at school;
temporarily fixing a raveled hem until you could get home;
closing drapes together at hotels;
closing pillow cases;
using a safety pin as a hook to hang something with;
saving the day when a bra strap pops at the most inconvenient time.

These are just a few things that I have used them for.  Of course, we can't forget the diaper pins (blue or pink heads) that we used back in the day when our babies wore cloth diapers.  

I always carry at least one in my purse.  People often come to me in emergencies because that fact is well-known.  It is a small thing, but think of the difference old Walter  made.

What is the weirdest way you have ever used a safety pin?