Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Manual Dryer

$2.00 price, marked on a collapsible dryer
May 2017
The smell of clothes dried in the sunshine just can not be duplicated by a fabric softener sheet tossed in the clothes dryer. Not having a clothesline, I opt for the next best thing, a wooden collapsible dryer.

A couple of weeks ago, I found a sturdy wooden dryer at at Casper thrift shop at bargain price of $2.00. The dryer is sturdy and well made, and I couldn't pass up the deal.

sturdy construction
I have another collapsible dryer, but it is not nearly as nice or well made as this one. "Manual" dryers come in handy year round. In the summer, I place it on the deck and allow the breezes and sunshine to dry my clothes. In other seasons, the dryer is set up in the kitchen or family room.

collapsible dryer in use
Wrinkle-free T-shirts (if I use the automatic dryer, I often forget to remove items before they are fully dry and end up with a mass of wrinkled laundry) are a snap with the wooden dryer.

The mesh bags hanging on the ends of the dryer are used to "corral" socks and underwear in the washing machine. Once out of the wash, those items are also draped over the rungs of the wooden dryer.

I love my "manual" clothes dryer(s) because I use less electricity, have wrinkle-free clothes, and can capture the wonderful smell of sun-dried laundry without a clothesline.

Do you have a clothesline?


  1. I do have a clothesline which I use almost year-round (I won't trudge out to it in the snow or on a rainy day). I also have a wooden rack in the downstairs bathroom - it is small and when closed flat. Fletch mounted it on the wall and there are 6 "arms" that swing out. It's perfect for drying wool socks in the winter when the heat is on. I do dry towels in the dryer - they just come out softer. Pretty much everything else on the line.

  2. I do not have a clothesline outside, but boy I remember I sure did at home, as a child! I love your clothes dryer...we had that too. Wonder where that went to?

  3. I no longer have a clothesline either, but I do have a great hanging rack in my laundry room. I had a similar wooden one like yours but gave it to one of my daughters when she was in college - and never got around to buying a new one.

  4. No, not anymore and sometimes I miss it.....

  5. What a great find--the quality of this one is exceptional!

  6. I've been meaning to get one of those! I doubt that I'll find such a good deal. Our clothesline collapsed a few years ago, and I miss sun-dried clothing. I do air dry most of my clothes in the house, but it's not the same!

  7. I do have an antique clothesline in our backyard and I love it. I feel the same as you. Nothing can beat the smell of line dried clothes. I have a collapsible rack very similar to yours that I use at the lake.
    Blessings, Betsy

  8. No, no clothesline for me. In fact, I can't remember the last time I did have a clothesline.

  9. I have a "manual" clothes dryer too, but it's not nearly so nice as the wooden one you found. Mine is a metal version from the Bed, Bath and Beyond. But, it works just fine. Hopefully, when we get into a house, I'll be able to find an affordable vintage one.

  10. Clothes dried outside in the sunshine - just divine! Yes, here in New Zealand, most homes have an outside clothesline.

  11. What a great buy. Yes, sure do have a clothes line. It's a Kiwi thing. We also have an inside clothes line in our garage which gets used in the winter. We don't have a clothes drier but get along just fine without.

  12. I wish I had a clothes line...too many birds :(

  13. Great find! My mom has one like yours for drying things she doesn't put in the dryer. We have a clothesline - I love it. With our desert climate, a load of laundry will be dry in 15 minutes.


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