Price tag fastening gun: Clutter or clutter buster?

Right around this time last year, we ran the post Sock Purge: Getting rid of mismatched socks. In the comments section of this post, reader Winston wrote:

Tried sock sorters but they were unreliable and took too long to thread socks through them, plus they bunched up and sometimes looked weird. Clips and pins took too long.

So, I bought a tagging gun (uses plastic barbs to attach price tags to clothes, etc) off ebay for $7 and I attach my socks together before I throw them in the hamper. Only takes a sec. Saves me hours of matching. Everyone thinks Iโ€™m crazy but it was totally worth it.

When I first read this, I must admit that I thought it was crazy. Then, I met someone else who does the same thing, and she also uses hers for matching all paired items. My mind started mulling over the benefits of the price tag fastening gun.

Now I’m obsessed with thinking about all of the benefits of owning one of these bad boys. Do any other readers have and use a price tag fastening gun in your homes? What do you use it for other than matching socks? Could it help me to curb clutter in my home, or would it become clutter? Help me talk through this decision.

80 Comments for “Price tag fastening gun: Clutter or clutter buster?”

  1. posted by Jason on

    Just get all the same type of socks, and then you don’t have to worry about it.

    I have three styles of socks that use on a regular basis; about five black pairs, five brown pairs, and twenty plus white pairs. I bought them all in the same style (usually in bulk) and so there’s never any real need to search out a specific pair. All the whites match, all the brown match, all the white match.

    On the rare occasion that I’m short a white sock, I put the straggler in the bottom of my sock drawer. The next time I’m short a sock for that color, I pair the new straggler with old one. Therefore, whether I’m misplacing socks or they are disappearing into the ether, I always know I can find the odd sock.

    Unless you can think of another use for the gun, don’t get it. As you know, unitasker’s are the very definition of clutter. (Also, repeatedly tagging your socks is going to cut the fibers and destroy the sock. Then you’ll be buying socks more often. Ugh!)

  2. posted by Karen in Wichita on

    I have one, though in my case it’s a quilt basting gun. I use it to attach ID tags to my fabric inventory, which includes a lot of faux furs and mohairs and such (too thick to pin tags to easily). It’s not particularly clutter, since it just lives in the bottom of my sewing toolbox.

    Hadn’t ever considered using it to match socks, though. I’ve moved to the method of buying everybody Hanes socks, since they’ve made the brilliant move of color-coding the logo in the toes, so we all have large quantities of identical socks; odd ones go in the sock box and get matched up with the odd ones that turn up in the next load. But really, that’s just a variant on its intended purpose: “pin together things that aren’t suited to conventional pinning.”

    The quilt version, I think, uses shorter connectors than the pricing gun, for what that’s worth. They may be interchangeable, though. Dirt cheap at JoAnn’s with a coupon (which you can get by email), and I picked up a big ol’ bag of the connectors on clearance one day.

  3. posted by Jennifer on

    I have to agree with Jason. I buy bunches of the same socks and then do not match them – even dumped in the drawer, it’s a matter of a moment to grab two socks and they already match.

    The only thing I do is make certain that each family member has different styles of socks, to make the laundry basket sorting quicker.

  4. posted by Michelle Wagner on

    The tag gun would never help me because the mis-matched socks are my 2 year old’s. She takes off her socks in the car, at the store, in her bed at nap and just drops them where she is – or gets creative and hides them! I also have the “orphan sock pile” and if something sits for long enough I toss it.

  5. posted by half-baked on

    I think it depends on how organized you are. For me, it would be clutter, because I don’t seem to lose that many socks (I live alone, no kids at home). I can see how it would be useful for a large family, or a person who is disorganized. Or someone who has to use a laundromat instead of having an in-house laundry.

  6. posted by folder on

    A gadget to pair up socks? Complete nonsense. What’s the problem with just folding?

    Here is a howto:
    http://www.associatedcontent.c.....socks.html

  7. posted by Cherry on

    I vote it’s more clutter.

    Am I the only person in the world who doesn’t have a lost/mismatched sock problem?

  8. posted by tabatha on

    if you fold your socks like that it will ruin the elastic faster, i think the fastener would mess up the elastic faster too. i like the idea of having bunches of the same socks, thats what i have or pretty close to it. i have like two or three kinds that are so close in the way they look i don’t even care if i have matching socks on. you could always reuse it though if you have garage sales every year and buy price tags to go along with the tagger tails(used to work at a thrift store and we used one of those)

  9. posted by ScottMGS on

    No one’s pointed out that you’d be using small bits of petroleum-based plastic for a short amount of time then throwing it into the trash. Bad stewardship for a small gain.

  10. posted by Sarah on

    well, I have exactly 2 types of socks–1 athletic, 1 dress (and if I mix up white cotton ankle socks with black nylon knee highs, I’ve got bigger problems). But if I did have more than 2 types of socks, and didn’t want to take the 3 seconds to fold them or were concerned about the elastic stretching, why not just safety pin them together? Safety pins are multitaskers as well as reusable, and putting a box in a drawer by your dirty clothes hamper and/or washing machine is a lot less clutter than finding a home for a awkwardly shaped plastic gun.

    Just my two bits…

  11. posted by [email protected] on

    Well we have 5 people wearing socks, I would absolutely love this! My problem doesn’t start when I am folding, I lose them before I wash, during the wash, the dryer. I don’t know where they gravitate to, I only know I have an orphan pile that gets higher and higher with each load. No matter what I do with 5 people that orphan pile never gets empty. I think the kids would love to do this, so for me it is a win/win. The enviromental issue is not a concern when you are looking at all the waste of socks I lose.

    Notice I am not blaming the kids, when have that 4th invisible kid that seems to be very guilty most of the time!

  12. posted by Erin Doland on

    You all are helping to talk me back into the sanity realm … THANK YOU!!!

  13. posted by Susan Hurrell on

    I’d like to echo the post about environmental stewardship. We need to put less bits of plastic in the landfill, not more – and small bits also become a hazard to wildlife who eat them and die from ingesting non-organic items that they mistake for food. http://www.treehugger.com/file.....s_meal.php

  14. posted by Tanna on

    For me it would be adding an unnecessary step to the laundry process and would take much longer in the grand scheme of things. I have a family of 5 and sock matching is no issue here. I do laundry twice a week and socks are matched up as soon as they come out.

    I have 4 unmatched sitting in the laundry room that will get thrown out today. I give them two laundry rotations and if a match is not found I toss them. Usually they belong to a holey counterpart I previously tossed, but I wait to make sure.

  15. posted by Jordan on

    I will echo those who have mentioned the issue of environmental responsibility. The tag fastening gun from a functional point-of-view seems like a good idea. But all those little bits of plastic for, as someone said, such a small gain? I think there’s got to be a better answer for this particular problem. Safety pins, maybe?

  16. posted by Dream Mom DBA www.dreamorganizers.com on

    I keep thing simple. I am with Jason. No matching socks for me. The whole price gun thing would take way too long. I also save time with color coded laundry baskets so everything gets sorted into the right color basket as the clothing is removed.

    I say, do what works for you and your family. If keeping things simpler and buying just two sock types doesn’t work, then use your price tagging gun. There isn’t any one “right” solution for organizing.

  17. posted by 40tude on

    Please step away from the price gun!

  18. posted by Jen on

    Make your kids match up their own socks. My parents were pretty particular about not letting us kids do the laundry process (they thought we’d screw it up or something, I don’t know), but not a load went by that we weren’t the ones in charge of our own “unmentionables”. Underwear, socks of all shapes and sizes, etc, got thrown into a large bin, and it was up to my brother and me (from a really early age) to locate and be responsible for our own stuff.

  19. posted by Jen on

    p.s. That’s not to Erin so much as the others who have mentioned having kids.

  20. posted by lesliet on

    Too much of a pain. Not only do you have to find and use the gun whenever you toss something into the wash, but then you’ve got to cut the plastic when you want to actually wear the socks. And there’s the environmental problem, too. I use Tanna’s technique – I set mismatched socks aside and if they don’t find a mate within a few cycles, I toss them. I also do try to buy larger quantities of a particular type of sock so they’re easier to match up and if I lose one, there are still potential mates in the pile.

    The important thing is to match them up when you take them out of the dryer, rather than throwing them into the sock drawer loose. Because trying to match them when you need socks to wear is an incredible pain.

  21. posted by Briana on

    I agree with lesliet about the environmental factor. And just imagine all the plastic thingies falling into your carpet all the time. Eeek.

    Also, I’m another person who just doesn’t have a sock losing issue. There’s only a certain number of places they could be– forgotten at the bottom of the hamper, stuck to the side of the washing machine, perhaps accidentally thrown to the back of the closet or under the bed. It doesn’t take Sherlock to figure it out.

  22. posted by here it comes again on

    It would be hard to come up with a worse example of plastic waste. We should be cutting down our use of plastics, not expanding it! Agree with others who say ONE style of sock.

    Only place I would use the gun is for keeping donated items together where separated items lose their value. One can make a marginal argument they are preserving value so something bigger can be kept out of the landfill and that’s an environmental plus.

    Use for mere convenience not excusable, IMHO.

  23. posted by One Bag Nation on

    All I can think about is those little plastic tags filling up the landfill – along with daily disposable contact lenses and other unnecessary bits of plastic.

  24. posted by Mags on

    Agree with the others about the environmental impact of the plastic. Also, if you’re using the tagger before washing, you will destroy the fabric more quickly. And if one comes loose mid-wash and goes into your machine? Could be expensive…just sort the socks whilst watching TV.

    On a different point, Kathy said her kids would love using this. The business end of a tagger is very sharp and hard needle, roughly an inch long. Having worked with them for years whilst working in shops, these are not toys. I managed to stab myself in the finger a few times as a fully grown teenager so I would not let a child under 13 use it.

  25. posted by KateNonymous on

    I’d like to chime in on both the environmental issue and the time-management issues as well. I just set mismatched socks (and most of ours are the same type–but every now and then there’s an odd one for whatever reason) aside until the match appears, usually in the next load. I’m not creating a demand for more plastic, I don’t have to separate my socks before wearing them, and I don’t have to hunt down the errant snip of plastic after separation.

    Also, it seems to me that the agitation process in most washers would result in additional strain on the “connected” points on each sock. If it didn’t result in an outright hole, it might strain the elastic more quickly.

  26. posted by homejewel on

    I don’t know where I heard this, but it works for us as long as everybody follows the rules. I bought 2 lingerie bags for each family member: one for clean socks, the other for dirty socks. Their socks must be in only one of 3 places: on their feet, in the dirty sock bag or the clean sock bag. Once the socks get dirty, they are thrown into the dirty sock bag. When the bag gets full, the entire bag is thrown into the laundry and it now becomes the clean sock bag. If there were any remaining clean socks, they are now combined in one bag so that there is always one bag of clean socks and one bag designated for dirty socks.

  27. posted by Minnie on

    @homejewel:
    that is the most awesome idea EVER! I can’t imagine what a timesaver that would be for a large family!!!

  28. posted by Brooke on

    We use the 2 lingerie bags for my son’s baby socks he’s 8 months old and we have yet to miss place one. I would imagine a larger sweater bag would be great for older kids and adults.
    I always place “extra” socks in the drawer with the others, as long as all you have another pair that are the same, when one gets a hole you can toss it and still have a pair. No reason to throw out a good sock.
    I’ve never done it, but I understand socks make great dusters, I’m sure they could be used for lots of things rather than being tossed.

  29. posted by auntiemichal on

    A tagging gun lives at my house and I’m glad to have it. I’ve tried it for quilting (though I prefer pins) and for tagging things for sale (craft items, garage sale items). Safety pins or a needle and thread/string are slow equivalents, and a stapler is a faster equivalent. We could argue the temporary nature of staples; they’re recycleable, but how many people actually recycle them?

    Would I use the tagger to keep socks together in the wash? Definitely not. I’ve found the best way to not loose socks is to always wash them with similarly-size items (e.g. underwear load) and NEVER with sheets (they cling and get folded away into the linen closet).

    I do use a lingerie bag for collecting and washing my handknit socks and hats. I wash them by soaking (zero agitation) and spinning them in the washing machine, and the bag makes them easier/faster to lift out before the rinse water pours in.

  30. posted by Jeff on

    seriously?!?! they are socks โ€” how are can it be? then again… I live alone…

    it sounds like a uni-tasker to me, QED no go.

  31. posted by Gillian on

    Many years ago, there was a gadget called a Buttoneer. It was the same principle as the price tag gun, and extremely useful if you had lots of jackets with metal buttons. Now I can’t get the shafts for it. In a household where uniforms had specific, required buttons, it was great. I’d never bother for socks. If you could use the price tag gun for buttons, perfect.

  32. posted by Marsha on

    Oh, what a horrible idea. As several other commenters have pointed out, there are other time-saving techniques that don’t require having a gadget (likely a unitasker, even!) around. Plus there’s the monetary and environmental cost of all of those disposable plastic bits. And don’t forget about the added time at the end when you must either find and use scissors to snip the plastic or, if you’re a rip-’em-apart-type, hunt down the tiny stray pieces of plastic that go flying into the air.

  33. posted by Lizard on

    I don’t like the idea of the little plastic bits used once and in the trash.
    If you want to keep your socks together in the wash and safety pins seem too fussy, maybe clothespins would be quicker?

  34. posted by Tarsila Kruse on

    I have to agree, it would be more of a clutter – not only having to “un-tie” them afterwards, disposing of time and plastic, which usually gets lost on the floor, causing more mess. Besides, the shape of a Price Tag Gun is quite weird for storage, of course, it wouldn’t take much space, but then again, every little inch can be precious, either in a drawer or on a box… I use to have them at work, and they were just a nightmare in our way, only functional if you need tags – seriously

  35. posted by Mary on

    @homejewel – thanks for sharing such a great idea!!

  36. posted by Faculties on

    I don’t see what’s wrong with “sock sorters” — little plastic grabbers that you thread the socks through. It takes about 2 seconds and the socks dry thoroughly with them on. Then you just leave them on till you’re ready to wear the socks. You can get them in a variety of colors so everybody in the family can have their own color of sorter. It sure makes life easier around here. The problem I have with buying a bunch of socks that are all the same is that eventually some of them wear out. And then I can never find that exact kind again. So after a while I have three pairs of short black socks and then I buy three more pairs, but even though they looked black in the store, they obviously don’t match, and they’re longer… And it seems wasteful to throw the old pairs away. Sock sorters is easier.

  37. posted by Kris on

    I don’t wear socks. My two sons wear the same size/type white athletic socks so they get put in a pile, tossed in a drawer and we grab two when needed. My husband has black dress socks and white athletic socks …. again they get piled up, tossed in his sock drawer and he just has to grab.

    On the RARE occasions, I want to wear socks, I wear a pair of the boys. Works fine.

  38. posted by Sarah on

    I bought my husband a sock organizer and matching socks, as suggested on this site. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done for my morning peace of mind.
    I can’t think of a way the tagger would make the sock process better. It sounds like adding a step to an otherwise simple laundry experience.
    Do you have something against safety pins?
    You should get the Bedazzler instead. You could make millions.

  39. posted by Larisa on

    When I was at summer camp as a kid, our laundry would get done in huge machines with the whole bunks’ mixed together, so each of use would have a few huge safety pins, and we’d each use one pin to pin together all our socks, and another pin to pin together all our underwear. That way, when we were sorting out the clothes (which was basically a huge pile of clothes in the middle of the floor and 15 girls digging through to find their own stuff), we’d each just have one big bunch of socks and one big bunch of underwear, instead of little pieces floating all over.

  40. posted by Rebecca on

    I’m with the people who don’t like the environmental burden and the annoyance of all the little plastic tags (those annoy me even just when I have to take them off newly purchased clothing). My husband and I do tend to buy 2-3 pairs of the same socks at a time, so as to have some hope of eventually losing an even number of socks – although most of the time they wear out first – and we each keep a pile of unmatched socks around for a week or two at a time. Mainly, though, I wanted to say that there are a ton of things to do with the leftover ones: shoeshine rags, dust rags, emergency wash cloths for spot cleaning in the laundry room, etc.

  41. posted by Lia on

    I used to have the problem of mismatched socks – but not anymore. Now I use a hair elastic to keep the pair together. A package of 200 covered elastics is only $1 at the store and they last a LOOOOOOOOOOOOONG time. Reusable and can be color coordinated!

  42. posted by The Chatty Housewife on

    I think it’s a better candidate for Unitasker Wednesday! If you are truly organized, you won’t lost socks. I think it is also wasteful to be throwing out that much plastic and having to buy refills. I have never lost a sock since I started doing laundry for my husband and I, 6 years ago. I am not a freak or obsessive about it either. We just put our laundry in the basket and from there to the washer, dryer, then paired and then in the drawer.

  43. posted by BigNerd on

    Well,well. We certainly beat the living hell out this idea didn’t we? Apparently there’s too many people with too many socks out there.

  44. posted by Nat on

    When I was a costumer, we used to use safety pins to keep socks together b/c we used to wash everyone’s laundry together. However, safety pins can snag socks an start up holes, making the life of the sock a lot shorter. Also, you end up spending a lot of time working with icky, stinky socks. Life’s too short for that.

    In my own home, hubby does his own laundry and uses the 2 kinds of socks method. Being a cheapskate, he loves big bags of tube socks. I have 3 or 4 kinds and limit myself to maybe 9 pairs total, but I figure I do my laundry often enough (just once a week) that I never have huge piles of sock dropping orphans all over the house. I have never truly lost a sock. The orphan usually shows up in the next load.

    However, for the baby’s socks, we’re definitely going to use the lingerie bag method. Those socks are so tiny, they’d probably clog our washer anyway. If anything, the baby’s socks will be lost while he/she is wearing them.

  45. posted by weelittleme on

    I have to agree with all the people that boo’d this one. The first thought that popped into my mind was what a ridiculously irresponsible waste of unnecessary plastic. I mean, really, in this day and age we just cannot afford to get behind that kind of waste.

    I’m with all the people that buy batches of similar socks. The other advantage is that if they wear unevenly for some reason don’t have to toss a whole pair because one sock has a hole. I just keep it in the back of the drawer until the next one wears out and then I have a matched pair again.

    Misplaced socks for me end up stuck under sofa cushions or under the bed until I come across them again so I doubt this would even help. Chalk this one up to a moment of insanity. It is definitely clutter unless you need it as a tool for crafting etc as some have mentioned.

  46. posted by MRW on

    A Chinese doctor told me this: NEVER EVER EVER wash your socks with anything else. Socks catch toxins. If you are sick and wash in cold water with the pillowcases and sheets, you’ll transmit the illness to others in your family.

    Store your dirty in a bucket, add some water and Clorox, soak for a few hours or overnight, and wash separately.

    The gun idea above is perfect for this.

  47. posted by Kelli on

    I actually hate those little plastic things. When I buy socks at the store, there seems to be 5 of those unnecessarily stuck throughout the sock. Then I’ve got to find scissors to gingerly take them all out without cutting the socks/clothing. So, my first thought after reading this post was, “so what happens when you’re running late and you need to throw some socks and shoes on – BUT WAIT! I’ve first got to find some scissors to cut the plastic tag out before I can put my socks on.” It would be hugely frustrating to me.

  48. posted by Saderchick on

    YES for the gun, but definitely NOT for socks! I agree with those who opined that piercing the socks over & over will cause them to break down more quickly. As for those who only buy one type of sock, great if it works for you but WAY TOO BORING for me! Can I assuage the environmentalists by using my gun to pair children’s clothing items being donated or consigned? Two-piece outfits, dresses with matching bloomers, etc. I’ve got 2-year-old b/g twins, so I buy used often and donate/consign when they’re outgrown. And all the kiddos’ socks go in a mesh bag to be washed (required if you have a front-loader — they’ll wreak havoc otherwise).

  49. posted by Tracy on

    We don’t have a lost sock problem here, but I want to reiterate Saderchick’s last comment:

    If you have a front-loading washer, PLEASE put very small items like baby socks in a lingerie bag. I didn’t… until an array of cute baby socks got sucked up into the motor of my new front-loader, requiring a 15-minute, $175 repair. Lesson learned!

    (I had just switched from a top loader where this wasn’t an issue.)

  50. posted by Susan on

    Score me as another vote for “No way!”
    @homejewel has the right idea as does the “same color same lot” gang.
    Wasn’t it Douglas Adams that wrote about a planet inhabited entirely by living mattresses, all of whom were named “Zed” so they wouldn’t notice and be sad if one of them was taken by mattress hunters?
    I go by the “Zed” theory of socks.
    I buy white or black (really, who checks to see if your socks are black or just really dark navy??) socks, same texture, same knit, and go from there. Buy me colored socks and they go to the Goodwill. Therefore I never notice when the Sock Gnomes claim tribute of the odd occasional sock (as they do) and thus, I don’t care.
    New Hubby, however, is a runner, with the accompanying fetish for special patent running socks AND a variety of preciously matched designer socks. I have been known to accuse Hubby of not only CARING FAR too much about his socks, but of naming them as well, so fussy is he about having ME painstakingly finding/folding/stowing each matching pair like they were all made out of finest cashmere by La Perla. (If one sock comes up missing and he points it out (usually at midnight, after I’m in my jammies) I immediately ask him the first and last name of said sock and offer to post a photo and “Reward if Found” flyers in the laundry room of our apartment building. For some reason he doesn’t find this funny.)
    We are in the process of training him to use a lingerie bag, because MY life is too short to spend hunting for lone, expensive lost sock for heathens who anger the Sock Gnomes by denying them fair tribute. Dammit- piss those little guys off enough and they’ll send their goombas: The CAR KEY GNOMES to REALLY mess you over!!

  51. posted by Celeste on

    I also do what Jason mentioned and buy all the same kind of socks, so I don’t even bother folding mine, I just pull them out of the drawer and they’re matched.

    If you have multiple family members with similar socks, you can mark them in other permanent ways. Use a laundry marker in an unobtrusive spot on the sock, stitch an “x” with different colored thread on the heel, etc. No reason to waste plastic every time you do laundry!

    Saderchick: even for giving stuff away, you could be using safety pins to attach stuff together, which the new owner can then reuse.

  52. posted by Me! on

    I have never encountered a serious missing sock problem although my husband doesn’t care if he wears socks that aren’t a pair as long as they are both black (which his socks all are). I can’t really understand why missing socks are such a problem for some people although a friend told me that a mutual friend (whose house I have never visited) has a washing basked of odd socks in her lounge room permanently and when she watches TV she sometimes goes through looking for pairs. Hmmmm. Now THAT would drive me insane, a big basket of socks in my lounge room!

    Oh and I totally agree about the financial and environmental wastefulness of the pricing tag thingies being used once and tossed. Not to mention the PITA it would be having to get the scissors out each time you wanted to wear socks.

  53. posted by Lazy_linchen on

    For the people who are annoyed if they buy socks in bulk and can’t find the same after a while, there’s the sock subscription site blacksocks.com. They send you socks in varying cycles, or you can buy socks when needed.
    Laughed at the idea at first, but for people encountering sock gnomes this might be a solution…

  54. posted by Lynoure Braakman on

    What can you do with this device that you cannot do with a needle and a bit of thread? Doubled thread, one well-placed stich and you have same result with tools that take a fraction of the volume, cost fraction of the price, leave no plastic waste and best yet, can be used for many other tasks too.

  55. posted by KJ on

    Am I the only one here who has no problem wearing mismatched socks?

  56. posted by Stephanie on

    I guess I don’t have this problem because all my socks are different. I admit that I have a thing for argyle socks in all different colors. So it isn’t hard for me to always find their mate. But if I did have a family with an out of control sock problem, I would probably use garment bags instead of a price gun.

    I honestly can’t think of any other use for one except for tagging at a garage sale. Maybe making a garland out of old dishtowels and socks!?! Tagging kids mittens to their jackets!?! Tagging the remote to the armchair!?!

    I’m so trying to think outside of the box on this one…

  57. posted by Mike on

    Had a similar idea, but used Safety Pins. Safety Pins are small, versatile, and can be kept in decorative containers next to your hamper and sock drawer (for when they go on and off). Thoughts?

  58. posted by Rod on

    I used large safety pins for years- kept it on one sock of the pair even when I wore it. Made for interesting conversation when I sat with legs crossed and my pant leg hiked up. Easy, efficient, no waste, environmentally friendly. Learned it from a Marine.

  59. posted by Mary on

    My dry cleaners has started using a plastic fastening gun to affix their tags and it IS a total PITA!

  60. posted by Cynthia Friedlob, The Thoughtful Consumer on

    Isn’t it funny that a post about socks would get so many comments?! Well, here’s mine — an amusing alternative approach to socks:

    http://www.littlemissmatched.com/

    I have no financial connection to the site — I just like it!

  61. posted by Angel on

    I wouldn’t bother with this either, for the practical reasons already mentioned.

    However, I have had the thought occasionally that one of these guns might be useful for those times that you over-confidently remove the tags before trying on a new purchase…only to find that it doesn’t fit and you’d like to take it back to the shop. Alternatively, it would help when a child won’t try on items with tags.

    Most places will only take returns if the original tags are still attached, so this could sure come in handy.

  62. posted by allen on

    Is it really that important to match your socks?

    Simpler solution: Only own socks that match. ๐Ÿ˜€

  63. posted by dizzylizzy on

    I find that little tiny clips (like the very small alligator hair clips) work just as well and are re-uesable. Also, putting your socks in a mesh laundry bag so they are all together.

  64. posted by Jay on

    Socks are small and take up little room. As long as they are not worn out, keep them. Unmatched socks are great for wearing around the house, for yard work, for playing sports, for a second layer in the winter, etc.

    When they are almost ready to be thrown out, keep them for one final use: wearing through airport security. Wear them while walking on the nasty airport floor, and then throw them away once you emerge from the security area.

  65. posted by James on

    When you take off dirty socks, fold them before putting in hamper. Unfold when they go into washer. Don’t miss any when transferring to dryer. They should all be there after drying. Match them up again and put in drawer.

    I like this idea of not even matching too – I think I’ll give it a try….

  66. posted by marilyn on

    No, don’t buy it! You don’t need it. Check under the agitator for the missing socks. I found this article explaining how http://www.associatedcontent.c.....#038;cat=6

  67. posted by Matthew on

    I’m another lingerie-bag-for-socks person. I started doing this a couple of years ago and it’s a perfect system for me. The bags are dirt-cheap, so I have a bunch of them hanging on a hook in my closet right next to the hamper. Socks come out of the sock drawer, onto feet. Off feet, into the bag. When the bag is loosely filled (about ten to fourteen socks), it gets zipped and dropped into the hamper. After washing, it’s a cinch to match the socks from the bag.

    I don’t much care if you like sock bags or tag guns or whatever, but I do think it’s good to have a system in place.

    And I think the bit about the Chinese doctor and sock-toxins is bull. What are these toxins? Bacteria? Viruses? Heavy metals? Trans-fats? Are the toxins produced by feet or by shoes? How can I test my socks for toxins?

  68. posted by blue on

    About folding clean pair of socks. Personally I don’t do it, just toss all white socks in a drawer, for those that require matching, I stack the pairs. But my mom does fold hers, she stack 2 matching socks, then only fold the top of one sock over the other sock by about 1 or 2 inches, so its not stretching the elastic as much as if you fold it up like a ball.

  69. posted by Sha on

    I’ve never actually owned enough pairs of socks nor pieces of clothing to be in a situation where I would need to spend hours matching my socks and other clothing items if I did not have a price tag fastening gun… Whenever I get to a point where I am overwhelmed with laundry or overwhelmed with clothing sorting, that’s usually a pretty loud and clear signal to me that I have too much stuff.

    I am a mom with a young child and know the clutter phenomenon all too well, but when I get to a point where my or my child’s stuff is so plentiful that I need a price tag gun to sort, then I usually pull out a garbage bag and put together a load of stuff to donate to a thrift store.

    That being said, to each their own. If a price tag gun works for you, I think it’s a cool idea for you! I have a feeling though that if I had a price tag gun lying around my house my daughter would quickly figure out she could play pranks on me and attach random things together. =)

  70. posted by Jacque on

    My vote on this one is “unitasker.”

  71. posted by Rachel on

    How cool is THAT??????

    I too have mismatched socks two years old. But I would need a gun thingy for all the members of the household!

  72. posted by Charity on

    As a teen I was notorious for losing or “breaking” one sock. The missing sock never came back so I would put the stray in my gerbils cage. Fun for them and made great bedding that halved the amount of cedar shred I was using. For my special socks, the extra cute or comfy ones, I would put them in the pocket of my jeans then pat down all pockets as they went into the wash. Saved many a bus pass that way as well.

  73. posted by J on

    My girlfriend has one of these & she loves it… She uses hers to put the tags back on clothes & return them to the store!!!

  74. posted by Janice Yori on

    I’m sold on pairing socks. I bought a tagging gun and tags and now cannot figure out how to load the gun! Can someone please help? Email is [email protected]. Thanks a bunch!

    PS A visual would be helpful!

  75. posted by Sheri on

    Great idea but as pointed out the plastic is not environmentally friendly and being green is in. I use safety pins to put together my families socks. It is a habit I started when I was younger and had to go to the laundromat. People always lose socks there because of not checking the washer under the rim or agitator. The safety pins are recycleable!! Just my two cents worth. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  76. posted by mom of three on

    Wow. The thought of those plastic tabs all over the house drives me crazy. I have a family of 5. Imagine, 10 tab halves on the carpet per day. If matching socks is hard, imagine this mess!

    I buy 3 packages of socks at a time per person. This makes matching easier. Also, I wash the kids socks in a different load from the adult socks, so that makes it easier.

  77. posted by de on

    Re: environmental cost of tagger. What about the cost of replacing pairs of socks and tossing the odd ones? I also buy multiple pairs of identical socks, and everyone uses the hamper, but they still disappear between the hamper and the dryer somehow. I like the safety pin idea, but…

    Taggers can also be used to attach notes to absentminded husband’s and children’s book bags, jackets, lunch bags, etc. Such reminders can save much time, gas, etc. Also the craft or tag sale thing, or loan it to a nonprofit for their sale.

  78. posted by de on

    Odd socks can be freecycled to crafters, pet owners and compulsive dusters.

  79. posted by Carol on

    All this fuss about plastic tags in the landfill… OMG that is just silly: Those little things are SO tiny, it would take hundreds, if not thousands of them to equal ONE plastic milk jug! So if the tagging system works for someone, I say give it a try! However… after reading all the comments here… I’m going to try the lingerie bag method, myself ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks, everyone, for your replies!!!

  80. posted by charmed2482 on

    you could just make little sock creatures out of the mismatched socks

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