I bought my Sears Kenmore washer and dryer a few months before my son – now 24 years old! – was born. (I was one of those who did cloth diapers. Seriously.)
The washer died about 12 years ago, but the dryer has held on all this time. A couple of weeks ago, I put in a load of wet clothes, pressed the button . . . and nothing. Uh-oh.
I have my heart set on a Made-in-Ripon, WI Speed Queen dryer, but since it’s summer, I bought a clothes drying rack from Pennsylvania Woodworks.
The drying rack is amazing. Literally, all you have to do is pull it out of the box, raise it up, and click the fixed shelf in place. That’s it. You can tell immediately it’s very high quality.
I placed it in front of the open slider and put my wet clothes on it. They dried in a few hours and smelled nice, too.
The owner of the company, Casey Cowan, emailed me before the rack arrived to thank me for the purchase and to say that if it arrived with any dings or things due to shipping, to let him know and he’d send a new one. (It arrived in perfect condition.)
It’s a beautiful rack made of Pennsylvania hardwood maple. Even if you have a working dryer — ha! — I highly recommend purchasing one for when you want to dry a few items. It easily folds up and is stashed away in a closet.
You can view the selection of folding racks, as well as Pennsylvania Woodworks’ other items at the company website: pennsylvania-woodworks.com
Update – January 2022: I’ve been using this clothes rack for months now and LOVE it. In fact, I love it so much, I’ve held off buying a new dryer. Now that it’s winter, and super dry in the house (vs. humid from summer), my clothes dry in a couple of hours. The nice benefit of using this rack is that it’s quite soothing to “hang” my clothes. The only drawback: my towels aren’t nice and fluffy, as they would be from the dryer, but they soften up once I use them.
I’m not paid nor asked to write about Made in the USA products. I buy a product and use it. If I like it, I write about it and tell everyone I know about it.
I do it because my mission is to keep manufacturing jobs stateside. This mission is my way of giving back. We like to think our “small” choices won’t make a difference. They do.