When I found these cool vintage numbered tacks in their original packaging during my last trip to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore — I wasn’t sure what I would use them for, but I thought they were so neat that I brought them home anyway — thinking they might be useful somewhere around the house.
The tacks can be pounded into wooden screens and window trim to make sure that each screen can be easily matched to the proper sized window without any guesswork…
The tacks I bought only go up to 25, but apparently they were made to go all the way to number 99 — that’s a lot of screens!
It wasn’t until this year (the third time that we put up the porch screens) that I noticed we have the exact same Acro Hold-Tite tacks on our screened porch screens and frame. Up until this point, we had been using the letters that the second owners of the house wrote on the edges of the screens in Sharpie marker to make sure we were putting each screen in the in the correct location. The second owners must not have realized these numbered tacks were here either.
I’m going to have to repaint the porch screens and do some general repairs next year — with the looming start of the master bath remodel and the number of yard related issues that need to be taken care of this summer — I won’t have time or energy for that type of project until then. When I do get around to tackling it — I can replace the original tacks with brand new old stock, courtesy of the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.