What is the worst looking item in your barn…that you still use?

Worn out barn gloves.My husband says I need new gloves. He isn’t alone either. Pretty much everyone who sees them says they should go.

I say that they still work…which means they have some life left in them, lol, and they are my ‘old’ barn gloves…I have a good pair that I use if I think I might scare anyone by wearing these ones or for times that I leave my barn.

So now it is confession time. What item do you still use that looks terrible but still works? Photos please!


  1. jstemmler on January 12, 2014 at 10:45 am

    The “Grey Sweaters”! My mom had 3 grey sweaters in college that my sister and I now still use 35 years later. Lets just say that mine in particular are very well ventilated. 😉 My mom has been threatening to throw them out for about 10 years but we keep saving them, sort of mending them. She’s bought me a new one every year for a while, but I still can’t find anything warmer than the old greys ones even despite the holes. Still wear them almost every cold day!

  2. Kirsten on January 8, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Yep, winter riding gloves. Mine are cross country ski gloves re-purposed. They have holes in the first layer of the fingertips but the inside layer is still intact. Why give them up now?

  3. J. on January 6, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    Definitely my gloves! 🙂 They look just as bad as the ones you have photographed, if not worse, and I do have a brand new pair but I don’t want to wreck them yet 🙂

  4. Lorri Rothert on January 5, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    I’m just so impressed that you’ve had them long enough for them to be so worn out. Shows great organization! You should be proud. My barn eats gloves…& anything that cuts hay string.

  5. JennC on January 5, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Hahaha…love all the replys! here on my farm it has to be my barn coat and carhartt overalls. Barn coat is just one of those insulated shirts with the collar torn and the pockets and stuffing flying everywhere. Overalls are holey and threadbare but broken in soft and still warm (duct tape works here too!). not ready to break in the new ones yet!

  6. Barbara Nault on January 5, 2014 at 6:12 am

    The replies sound like my barn fare from the gloves to the sewn over and over again jacket-my chores do really eat up the gloves. I probably look like a bag lady but everything feels comfy.

  7. Page on January 5, 2014 at 12:38 am

    My boyfriend

  8. Dana Bone on January 5, 2014 at 12:29 am

    my barn coat is nothing short of embarrassing…I have mended it so many times, it looks like a puzzle…it’s got snags, paint, patches, and the pockets have been re-sewn several times, the original pocket hangs only by its wrapped mending, the zipper still sorta works, but it’s my favorite and it’s warm, all the way down to my boots, so that’s what matters to me.

  9. Lisa Docter on January 4, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    ME !

  10. Madeline C. on January 4, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    My Levi jeans. No matter how many holes are in them, I can wear leggings underneath. The trainer at my old barn called them my “sexy cowgirl up jeans”.

  11. Laura on January 4, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    My Walls insulated pants. They are disgusting, I have cut a few inches off the ends where they got so balled up with burrs that there was no saving them. I can’t find insulated pants around here anymore and I hate coveralls so they will be worn until they are nothing but a waistband and zippers. If anyone knows where I can find insulated pants with full side zippers, please let me know!

    • Jodi on January 4, 2014 at 9:00 pm

      Laura, not sure what you mean by insulated pants, but I have fleece lined jeans and cargos – my fave are from Duluth Trading. Very warm and comfortable!

  12. Susan Mayo on January 4, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    A pitiful looking halter held together in one spot with twine, but I love it and it works. I have 4 more but just love this one. My vet even suggested that maybe it was time to retire it and use one of the others. Nope, still works just fine!!

  13. PaintedSkyRanch on January 4, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    I don’t have a photo either, but I have this 10 year old disgusting pair of leather barn clogs that used to be red and I don’t know what color to call them now, but I wore them to work on “ugly shoe day” and I won first prize.

  14. Jane on January 4, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    Can’t take the Maine out of you Stacy 🙂

  15. Flo on January 4, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    A pair of winter overalls that were custom made for winter racing. Funny thing is, they belonged to my father who was 6 foot 200 lbs. I’m 5’4, 130. But they are the warmest things I’ve ever worn, and when it’s below 20 degrees I stop caring how I look as long as I’m warm!

  16. Starr on January 4, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Duct tape is your friend to prolong the life of gloves! I just keep adding duct tape to the fingers once the leather has worn through!

  17. Lydia on January 4, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    No picture, but you know how those plastic manure forks get after a while? After there are 4 or more of the fingers/teeth missing they really just drop more than they pick up. That’s what I used all last summer to clean the barn and outdoor pens until we finally got a new head in the late fall. Frustration was really kicking in every time I cleaned. LOL!

  18. Becky Elliott on January 4, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    I have a pair very similar to yours except mine has duct tape around two of the fingers! lol

  19. GimmeADream on January 4, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Don’t see anyway to add a photo but mine is an old jacket with the stuffing coming out of it.

  20. Chris on January 4, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    My barn jacket…..I don’t wash it when it gets dirty or I’d be washing it every day!!!

  21. Angela McConnell on January 4, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    I would say my Carhart coveralls!!! No pic as it would probably break the camera. LOL They are very worn out but they still keep me warm so why buy new ones? Plus they are broke in and comfy when I do have to wear them, so again why buy new ones??? 🙂

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