Reusing Knee Highs?

 

I only wear L’eggs Everyday Knee Highs RT 10 Pair, Nude to church on Sundays, so I don’t use them very often.  I got some on sale from Walgreens for $0.39 each (regularly 2 for $1.00) and thought that was a good deal compared with the cost for the name brands.

Unfortunately, they were of such poor quality that I was only able to wear them once or twice before they started looking very worn – not just runs, but they looked as if I had worn them ten or more times, instead of once or twice.

Normally I would buy my own knee highs, but Mr. A was in town so I asked him to pick some up for me.   He was at a grocery store, and they were $2.69 for two pair, so I asked him to see if there was a 10 pack.  He located one for $5.49, so about $0.55 for a pair.  That was pretty good, so I had him get me a box.

The quality of these knee highs is much higher than the store brand. I typically use a pair for a few hours, then once I get home I wash them and hang them up to wear again.  This definitely gets a lot more usage.

Do you reuse your knee highs?

 

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9 comments to Reusing Knee Highs?

  • I didn’t know people didn’t reuse them! I use them until they’re too beat up to wear anymore.

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    Mrs. Accountability Reply:

    LOL, Megan, I know I have always used mine over and over and over. So this 10 pack I got should last for a couple years. 🙂 Thanks for visiting and commenting!

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  • I’ve never been a fan of knee-highs. But I used to reuse my stockings all the time. Nowadays, I just don’t use stockings. I save time, money and general hassle. I could rarely get more than two uses out of a pair of stockings without having a run. Drove me nuts. Plus I just think nylons are uncomfortable!

    Still, given that you are wearing them to church, that may not be an option for you. I know some people feel more formal about such things.

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    Mrs. Accountability Reply:

    Hi Abigail, yeah, I don’t wear them any other time, except for church. Or unless I’m dressing up for work. I used to dress business dress at work, but over the years I just got tired of it and it’s not absolutely required, so now I’m just in jeans every day. Thanks for visiting and commenting!

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  • I agree! I didn’t know people didn’t reuse their stockings, hosiery, or knee highs. I can’t wear knee highs (the universe didn’t bless me with calves) but I love weirding out the family with my hosiery hanging next to the bathroom shower curtain. Love the new look!

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  • When you say knee highs I presume you mean the ones that are more like nylons, only knee high. I don’t wear them or regular pantyhose. I wear opaque tights every day instead and I’ve found a tremendous variability in quality, both how well they fit and hold their shape as well as how long they last.

    I’ve lost some pairs after one or two wearings (usually pricey department store ones). Some last for months of wear but always pull or bag at the ankles. The best ones I used to buy were actually from Avon! I bought a large number of pairs back in the mid 80s, 3 or 4 pairs of teal, some navy, some brown, a burgundy, 5 or 6 pairs of black. I think most of them cost 2/$14.95 although a couple of the teal ones were $3.99 each on sale. I kid you not, I was still wearing some of them past the turn of the millenium! I think the last of the black ones has finally bit the dust and I’ve been having a hard time finding replacements of equal quality.

    I have to buy school uniforms next year when Dear Child goes into Grade 1 and I think I’ll pick up some school tights in my size (I’m only 5’4″, so I fit into the same size as most high school students). They’re usually really good too.

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  • I seem to be in the minority here LOL! I wear pantyhose or kneehighs daily – mostly because I like the control top keeps everything where it used to be! Kneehighs I use during the summer.
    However, I have found quite a few uses for both when they become to tatty to wear:-
    They work well in the garden to gently but firmly hold tall plants against the trellis; since they’re nylon, they work to tie up practically anything!
    Fill one with lavender or old potpouri and leave it in your kitchen trashbin, under the bag, to keep the smell at bay. Also can be used in petbeds for the same reason.
    My kids used to put a tennis ball in a pantyhose leg and trail it round for the cat to play with.
    My very frugal father has one with a tennis ball, strategically hanging from his garage roof, so that when he hits it with his car’s back window, he knows to stop!
    Since nylon never disintegrates in the landfills, it makes sense to reuse them if you can.
    Thanks for a great blog and resource – I’m glad I found you.

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    Mrs. Accountability Reply:

    Jacqui, great ideas on using kneehighs or pantyhose! I will definitely be able to use the garden idea. I’m glad you found my blog and thank you for visiting and commenting! 🙂

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  • Hmm….I didn’t think the things were supposed to be disposable. I’ve always re-used mine until they run. But have to agree with other readers that in recent years I’ve escaped wearing hose (ugh!!!) and kneehighs pretty well. When forced to go someplace where I need to wear a skirt, I wear longer skirts and can get away with the less uncomfortable kneehighs.

    The L’Eggs that come in a box of 10 pair seem to hold up fairly well.

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