New Uses: The Bobby Pin

ecolassieEco-Lassie has a ton of bobby pins floating around her vanity drawer.

She uses them when she tries to coax her decidedly straight hair to have some semblance of waviness.8147bobby_pins

They are supposed to remain contained in a little zippered purse, but she still finds them on shelves and under tables.

It was when she was sweeping an errant pin from under her sofa that she wondered what else these little grippers could do, and a bit of research gave her these ideas:

Lose that dangling bit off a zipper, called its fob? In a pinch, a bobby pin will do the trick. Eco-Lassie tried it, and it works, although she couldn’t find a photo, but you get the idea.

k-bigpicAnother purpose is to hold a small nail in place for hammering. This is great for those too-tiny-to-grip nails. Just slide the nail through the groove of a bobby and hold the end of the pin. You’ll escape hammering your finger.

k-bigpicThen there’s your toothpaste tube. Bobby pins make great squeezers to get every last bit of paste from your tube.

284680-Toothpaste_tubeWant to mark your place in a book? That stray bobby pin to the rescue. You can even mark the exact line where you got sleepy.


In a pinch, this little guy has tons of uses. Readers, any neat suggestions you’ve found?

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About auntiemwrites

I'm a retired RN, full-time writer who lives in a very rural area in coastal NC. I live here with Doc and our 7 yr old Spinone, Radar. We have 3 grown married sons. On a daily basis we see deer, tons of birds including blue birds and woodpeckers, shore birds and the occasional black bear, and love living on the Pungo River, perfect for a writer. My award-wininng mystery, THE BLUE VIRGIN, is set in Oxford, UK, and is the first of a series featuring American Nora Tierney. Book 2, THE GREEN REMAINS, follows Nora's move to Cumbria. Book 3, THE SCARLET WENCH, has her getting mixed up in murder yet again!

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