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Finally. Clothes pegs that won’t budge in a cyclone!

STRONG: Fern and Don Adams, of South Grafton, with their pegs. Photo: Adam Hourigan
STRONG: Fern and Don Adams, of South Grafton, with their pegs. Photo: Adam Hourigan

FED up with flimsy clothes pegs, Fern Adams asked her husband to design something stronger.

Fast forward 54 years and the Adams' unique "cyclone-proof" clothes pegs have been sold across Australia, with potential for an international market on the horizon.

Don Adams recalls the invention's humble beginnings well.

"You wouldn't have thought it would grow into anything at all, but the simplest things are the best things in life," Mr Adams said

"My wife said to me one day, 'Why have we got to put up with these plastic things? I think we can design a peg that will last.'

"So we used wire from the farm fence to design one - people made all sorts of things out of wire years ago.

"Once we got the shape, we went from there."

After using their unique clothes pegs at home for years, the South Grafton couple decided to try their luck on the sellers' market.

They adjusted their design to include a plastic coating, applied for a patent and went on the hunt for a manufacturer.

During the research phase they had the durability of the product tested at the University of New England in Armidale.

"We were told it had a very high UV rating and they also tested it for very strong winds," Mr Adams said.

"It'll hold clothes on the line in cyclone conditions."

They now sell the pegs at markets and fairs, and have secured distributors in Queensland and Western Australia.

Mr Adams said the response to their invention had been great.

"People on boats in the north have bought them and written to us to tell us how wonderful they are," he said.

"They're great for arthritic people too, because you don't have to squeeze to get it on the line."

The couple plan to show their patented creation at a product convention in the US later this year and said IGA supermarkets had expressed an interest.

"I think this peg will go a long way, and when it goes to America in June people will realise what sort of an article it is," he said.

"We couldn't even use a computer when we first started. We had to go and learn how to send emails.

"I think we've done well for two old people to try and get it up and running in the first place."

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