Here are the two clothespins I found, use, love and would hate to give up: Kevin's Quality Clothespins and Grandma's Pegs Clothespins plus a clothes line we bought at Home Depot, although you can get yours from any hardware store.
I found Grandma's Pegs Clothespins at Lehman's and couldn't decide whether to buy them or not. I own three sets of Kevin's Quality Clothespins and love them but they are expensive and I need more clothespins since we do a lot of little clothes i.e. kids clothes and small cloth wipes that we use for everything (like these ones Reusable Organic Cotton Wipes). We don't need the heavy duty clothespins but I do need clothespins that will stay together i.e. no fall apart after one or two or even on the first use. I almost didn't buy Grandma's Pegs Clothespins because they are plastic and if possible, I try to never buy plastic, however they are recycled plastic so I decided to give them a try.
Guess what? They rock! I am so glad I decided to splurge when I ordered the kids plates and cups from Lehman's and order these as well. I use them all the time and haven't yet had one come loose without me removing it. They clip right onto the line and keep the laundry in place. I have used them on heavier items such as blankets but I try to use these for everything else and use Kevin's on my big and bulky items.
They are simple to use, just slide them on until the clip into place. When you want to remove them, turn them sideways i.e. turn them from being perpendicular to the ground until they are parallel. So easy. Plus they are very thick and durable. I do not see any where on them where they can get worn and eventually break. According to Lehman's website, they shouldn't get damaged from the sun either. Although, same as Kevin's clothespins, I doubt they are 100% pet and/or kid proof.
They can even hold up L2's teddy bear which is pretty heavy. It stayed attached to the clothesline with strong winds and was dry a couple of hours later.
During the winter I don't use clothespins. I use the Badoogi Foldable Drying Rack that my dad got me for Christmas, although the original one he got me broke when my husband tripped and landed on top of it (better the clothes rack than the wood stove!) so we ordered a new one. Not realizing that we bought a new one, my dad got me another one this past Christmas so now I have two. I am sure by this winter I will do more than 2 loads (which is about what one rack holds, unless they are big items like blankets) at once and the second one will be extremely handy, not to mention the endless amount of wet mittens and gloves we have that need drying in the winter.
So there you have it, two great clothespins that will last. What quality items do you use for laundry?