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Wrought Iron Haven Holiday Shopping

by Jamie Sanford on December 2, 2011

I was introduced to Wrought Iron Haven a few years ago when I was searching for a basic coat rack for the wall in my new apartment. I was annoyed with how much Pottery Barn wanted, and eventually found a perfect option from Wrought Iron Haven.

It’s just what I wanted! Black, basic, holds coats. This coat rack is available from Wrought Iron Haven for $39.95.

I got an email from WIH today about holiday specials, so I decided to shop around some more.  There are lots of things available that I love, and some that are random.

Bathroom decor realness. The Wrought Iron Ribbon Tissue Holder is available for $19.95.

You knew I’d find the deer items. This Wrought Iron Deer Key Rack, which I would totally use to hang necklaces, is available for $15.95.

I have a frog keychain that my parents gave me YEARS ago. I think that a cool keychain is something you might actually have for a lifetime.  Based on how solid and amazing my coat rack is, I have a feeling that this maple leaf keychain has some heft and would be a great gift for someone. The Wrought Iron Maple Leaf key ring is available for $5.95.

This is supposed to be a cat. Doesn’t it look like a primate though? The Wrought Iron Cat outlet cover is available for $10.95.

That’s more like it. Totally deer-a-rific. The Wrought Iron Deer outlet cover is available for $10.95.

Then before you leave the site, you should buy this adorable squirrel magnet. The Wrought Iron Squirrel magnet is available for $6.95.

There are lots of other fun things available from Wrought Iron Haven, and I suggest you check them out, pronto. Plus, if you sign up for their mailing list, you get $10 off of your next order!

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Coat Rack Housewarming Gift – Mess of Hangers Coat Rack

by Jamie Sanford on December 3, 2010

I am really excited about today’s option.  Coat racks are a necessary evil, and while I love the one I have from Wrought Iron Haven, this one is so much cooler.  It doubles as art!

This coat rack is a mess of hangers all together. I love it.

Description:

Finding an impenetrable tangle of wire coat hangers on the closet floor can be frustrating. But a tangle of wire coat hangers up on the wall? That’s functional fine art! This playful and practical, sculptural creation by designer Jade Barnes-Richardson plays with the geometric form of the coat hanger–letting you appreciate what you once struggled to undo–while offering a convenient spot to store your jackets, coats and scarves. Sure to be a hit whenever you have guests.

I love it.  Also interesting? The history of clothing hangers, which I naturally checked out on Wikipedia.

Some historians believe President Thomas Jefferson invented a forerunner of the wooden clothes hanger. However, today’s most used hanger, the shoulder-shaped wire hanger, was inspired by a coat hook that was invented in 1869 by O. A. North of New Britain, Connecticut. An employee of the Timberlake Wire and Novelty Company, Albert J. Parkhouse of Jackson, Michigan has also been credited with the invention.

In 1906 Meyer May, a men’s clothier of Grand Rapids, Michigan, became the first retailer to display his wares on his wishbone-inspired hangers. Some of these original hangers can be seen at the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Meyer May House in Grand Rapids.

In 1932 Schuyler C. Hulett patented an improved design, which used cardboard tubes mounted on the upper and lower parts of the wire to prevent wrinkles, and in 1935 Elmer D. Rogers added a tube on the lower bar, which is still used.

I am really enjoying writing posts about items I think are cool and coming away with completely random historical knowledge. I hope my readers enjoy that too!

The Coat Hanger Coat Rack is available from Uncommon Goods for $76.

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