We are having a garage sale this weekend, and I have been busy all week washing items to make them look like new. I had a real conundrum when it came to displaying my expensive items of clothing that I was trying to sell, how could I show them off and not have them take up a lot of room in my garage?
I happened to be at another garage sale last weekend and she had three garment racks for her clothes, and boy did it make a big difference! I asked her where she purchased them and she said she got them at Fred Meyer. I visited my Fred Meyer store and sure enough, they had three more in stock.
The Whitmor Deluxe Adjustable Garment Rack comes in a tall narrow box. It is made with plastic and a type of silver metal, and the hang bar can be as low as 41.25 inches in height, or you can raise it to the maximum height of 70 inches. No tools are needed to assemble the Whitmor Deluxe Adjustable Garment Rack.
Directions consist of a one page black and white illustration, there are very little written directions, but the diagram is easy to follow. There are four bars that connect across the bottom, these are for storing shoes. The slip into four holes on the end base pieces, then you can connect the wheels to the base. Next are the two main vertical poles, which can be raised or lowered by pushing in a spring adjustment and letting it slide into the hole of your choice. Just be sure both sides are the same height. A tube connector slides over the metal poles, connecting the bottom plastic pole with the top metal pole.
Next there are a right and left end connectors, again made of plastic, which are formed in a 90 degree angle, and these connect the metal top crossbar with the vertical bars on the sides. At the end of these two end connectors you will find a clip that opens up, you can add extra length to your hanging area by placing the two chrome extension tubes inside the main hanging tube, then clamp the clips down tight to lock them in place. The ends of these extension tubes have black plastic plugs that keeps you from scratching yourself on the chrome.
I was able to put the Whitmor Deluxe Adjustable Garment Rack together in about 10 minutes. I found the bottom bars were difficult to get pushed securely into the base connectors. I ended up taking a hammer and hitting them to force them completely inside the base, and that worked well. I protected the rack with a dish towel while I did this.
I don’t like the design of the foot rack at all. The two center poles are close together, but the other two are spaced too far apart for my size shoes (woman’s 7), and they fall through the holes. Four evenly spaced bars would have worked better, in my view.
I made the mistake of putting all of the clothes I wanted to sell on this Whitmor Deluxe Adjustable Garment Rack, then attempted to move it. After all, it does have wheels on it. Well, that turned out to be a bad idea. The “deluxe” rack is not so sturdy, and it promptly fell over, cracking one of the end connectors. I glued it with Krazy Glue and taped the area tight with black electricians tape (hardly noticeable since the connector is also black), and that held quite nicely. Still, this rack is quite wobbly and rickety, and I personally would not call it a “Deluxe” model.
The Whitmor Deluxe Adjustable Garment Rack retailed for only $22.99, and Fred Meyer had a 10% off sale on home items, so it only cost me $20.69, not a bad price. It certainly solved my problem of how to display clothing items that I wanted to sell at my garage sale, and it did not take up a lot of room. Mixed feelings on this one, it certainly is not a garment rack that I would want to use every day.