“ For securing bandages and other household items. „
It always seems to be the case that whenever I need a safety pin I can never find one. Usually the matter is pressing, and all the cubbies that may potentially yield one - my computer desk, kitchen draw, tool box, art box, etc - are vacant of sharp silver things. I do believe this is the only occasion in my life when I have ever purchased a box of safety pins, and I can't imagine many people do fork out for a box on a regular basis.
Boots is known for being slightly more expensive than some other chemists for most products, but what you can always rely on our favourite high street store for is quality. For this reason I did not mind paying a little extra for this product. Another reason why I selected this box was because it contained a range of sizes of safety pins. There are occasions when you require a large, thick safety pin (for securing bandages, for example) and others when you may need a very small, discreet pin (when you lose a button from your pants, perhaps), and this box offers a multitude of them.
The pins may differ in size, but in structure they are identical. They all have a long, smooth pin that tucks neatly and safely into its allocated slot. The safety pins were mostly very simple to work with - not too stiff or offering too much resistance when forced into place. However, the odd one or two did require a little extra work to force the bar into the slot (on both occasions this occurred with the larger sizes). Similarly, I have never experienced any problems with them falling apart or pinging off once secured into position.
This is a great all round product. Safety pins are reliable and versatile, and having an array of sizes to choose from is always handy. I do think that the box is a little on the expensive side, but seeing as most safety pins can be reused, I can't see I will have to purchase another box any time soon.
Boots the chemists is not always my first port of call but I do pop in periodically to check for out for any good offers or promotions. I do have a Boots Advantage card and I always remember to collect my points if I purchase something.
You can visit the shops with a few simple items on your shopping list and come home minus one of the most essential things listed because you cannot find it on the shelves. Smaller items like safety pins are a classic example, when you don't need one you have hundreds but the moment that you need one you turn to the drawer and find that there is not a safety pin in sight !( I have much the same problem with rubber bands)
Boots the chemists do a decent sized box of safety pins - £2.49p for 50 pins and the safety pins come in assorted shapes and sizes.
One box of 50 safety pins will last you for months if not years, I have wondered why Boots do not produce a smaller box of assorted safety pins but I can only think that it would not be viable.
Only last month I needed to hunt in my box of Boots safety pins, I had bought a couple of Remembrance Day poppies but I had forgotten to take the pins to secure them with.
A safety pin is a far better bet for holding a poppy securely in place anyway, the plain pins always seem to either fall off or stab your skin.
I have just been having a look at a website that claims to have 101 uses for a safety pin, the uses include cleaning out unwanted ear wax ! ( No thanks!) and securing newly washed socks together into pairs so that you don't lose them ( Lol how time consuming !)
Safety pins come in useful for many things but my needs always seem to be a little less risky, maybe pinning a buttonhole into place or fastening the hem of a dress up in case of an emergency.
Safety pins can be used to hold bandages in place too though I seem to think that sticky tape has superseded the safety pin.
It seems that the historians of this world are at odds with each other when it comes down to deciding the origin of the humble safety pin but they agree that the safety pin was used centuries ago, our forefathers called it a fibula and as early as the eleventh century they were using the fibula's to pin on their brooches.
Today we buy the stainless steel safety pin but way back centuries ago the pins were decorative items that were modelled in gold.
The safety pin as we know it today was invented by an American gentleman called Walter Hunt (1796-1859), interestingly enough Walter also invented the fountain pen and the sewing machine.
The first safety pins were handmade , imagine sitting there twisting the wire and moulding the pins, it must have taken hours !
I am sure that the safety pin will always have a place in our homes, the pins are invaluable. The boxes of assorted safety pins that we can buy from Boots are ideal, in that box there is a safety pin that is suited to every job. ( barring nappy pinning ).
Safety pins can be a danger if they fall into little hands so make sure that you store the box of Boots safety pins way out of harms way.
For securing bandages and other household items.