Metal clothes hangers=scrap metal?

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  1. lvshrs

    lvshrs Well-Known Member

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    Hi all!
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    I am being swamped by metal clothes hangers! DH gets them every week with his work uniforms and the uniform company does not recycle them (what a waste :shrug: ) I have replaced all the old/weak/cheap hangers that I have and will keep some on hand....never know when a good hanger might come in handy but I'm getting 10 each week....sooo what can I do?

    Can I get something for them at the scrap yard?

    Package the darn things and sell on Ebay? Garage sale?

    They won't take them at the recycle place...They only take soda cans and food cans.

    I hate to just throw them away. Any ideas would be helpful! Thanks!
     
  2. Windy in Kansas

    Windy in Kansas In Remembrance

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    I also am getting 10 per week. I'm replacing all of my old hangers and them will recycle back to the uniform service---thankfully.

    If my uniform service company didn't recycle them I would ask Goodwill, the Salvation Army Thrift Store, churches, etc. if they could use them. I would also offer them on Party Line on the radio for people to use for garage sales.

    I would give notice to people that the hangers for jeans are smaller in width and would be great for kids clothing or perhaps skirts would fit onto them.

    Perhaps dry cleaning shops would accept them.
     

  3. GoatsRus

    GoatsRus TMESIS

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    Most Dry Cleaners will take them.
     
  4. vicker

    vicker Well-Known Member

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    I take my uniforms and leave the hangers. Let them worry about them.
     
  5. SmartAZ

    SmartAZ Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, when they talk about recycling iron, they mean engine blocks.
     
  6. roadless

    roadless Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Girl scouts use to make wreaths out of them.
     
  7. Yvonne

    Yvonne Well-Known Member

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    I posted mine on Freecycle. About 100 o f them. They were gone in a day. Craft people making Christmas trees, wreaths, etc.
     
  8. The Paw

    The Paw Well-Known Member

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    send them to all the people posting on self-reliance...

    they make great antennas for tin-foil hats... :TFH: :TFH: :)
     
  9. bugstabber

    bugstabber Chief cook & weed puller Supporter

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    We used to get them every week too. I would make bundles and donate to a thrift store. Can you crochet? I was in a church where a woman put two wire hangers together and crocheted a cover over them. Maybe a retirement home could use them for that purpose.
     
  10. Dink

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    hubby says they can go as scrap at 3cent a pound. :shrug:
     
  11. MoonShine

    MoonShine Fire On The Mountain

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    Man,I have a ton of those things...I've given them away at yard sales before,will probably do that again.
     
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    Got any muffler shops nearby?
     
  13. michiganfarmer

    michiganfarmer Max Supporter

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    Ive never understood why no one wants them. They are very good steel. Try to bend them. They are very tough. They do make good welding rod for welding with an ox/acetelyn torch.
     
  14. sue currin

    sue currin Well-Known Member

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    You can patch a muffler with them, use them as tie downs on fences like a stake where a dog gets out,hang insulstion in the basement or crawel space, douse for water, and there is awlays the handy antiner, Great to scrach inside of a cast on your leg, use for a hose clamp when in a pinch, hang your lights over your seedlings in the last days of winter, tie up your pipes under the truck, and even hold the lights on your tractor while you plow that last row in the dark. I am running out of the darn hangers here as everything keeps getting older.
     
  15. Ramblin Wreck

    Ramblin Wreck Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I recycle mine back to the cleaners.
     
  16. sisterpine

    sisterpine Goshen Farm Supporter

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    i dont know what you all are doing with them but i sure could use some if you want to sell me some?
     
  17. Madame

    Madame Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Give them to the dry-cleaners.
     
  18. lvshrs

    lvshrs Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for all the ideas everyone! :) I've got a stockpile of about 200 for future use in the garden, misc. repair, crafts etc...and I've given a bunch to drycleaners, girl scouts, and thrift stores. The senior center has a closet full so they didn't want any and MIL's church wasn't interested so I still have about 100 left and counting :rolleyes: As for freecycle I am so disgusted with the freecycle group here I refuse to have anything to do with them. :flame:

    Sisterpine if you want some you can have them for whatever it costs to ship them to you from Abilene, Texas! :D They will probably run about 5 pounds...they are the good heavy duty kind. :)