A bit of the past

Paticia G
by Paticia G
Does anyone else remember plastic curtains? My mother bought them in Woolworth's when she couldn't afford cloth curtains and yes, they were curtains in those days, not window treatments.
  26 answers
  • Wilma Fendrick Wilma Fendrick on Jul 11, 2015
    Yes I do! My mom had them in the kitchen and living room. They are somewhat collectible now. I see them once in awhile at flea markets and antique stores. I also collect vintage aprons. The plastic aprons can get very pricey!
  • BJ Ward BJ Ward on Jul 11, 2015
    YES!! We moved around a lot since my dad was in the Navy. So my mom bought those curtains. They were always such pretty patterns. I always wondered what happened to those, why you can't find them anymore. I also thought it might be a regional thing, since we moved from the east coast of Virginia to Chicago and then Texas.
  • Janet Janet on Jul 11, 2015
    I, too, remember the plastic curtains and they even had a bit of flounce at the top in what we would call the valance. Mom also had plastic bamboo type kitchen curtains in orange! Do we say the good ole days?
  • Brenda Brenda on Jul 11, 2015
    Yes I remember them I even had them in the early 70s then I discovered making curtains with sheets
  • Wanda sinnema Wanda sinnema on Jul 11, 2015
    Yes, My mom had them in the laundry room.. when we had the old wringer washer and 2 tubs..... we had an old sink- shallow with wooden draining board covered with one also,, .. it was used to clean fish, repot houseplants, shine shoes... anything messy we didn't want to take outside..... never had to worry about the water getting everywhere..the floor was so sloped it automatically drained back into the sink.. like it or not!
  • Osewcute2004 Osewcute2004 on Jul 11, 2015
    yes my grandma had new curtains every month I think.......lol
  • B. Enne B. Enne on Jul 11, 2015
    Were they like a laminated chintz?
  • Sharon Russell Sharon Russell on Jul 12, 2015
    My Mom had them in the bathroom window. In Woolworth's you could buy them separately to match your shower curtain. We were pretty "uptown" then, lol!!!
    • B. Enne B. Enne on Jul 12, 2015
      @Sharon Russell Ok, now I can place them. I think we had some in the bathroom. They were short and matched our shower curtain too.
  • Bea Bea on Jul 12, 2015
    Talk about your blast from the past...LOL. Wow, do those bring back childhood memories.
  • Jenny Begluitti Jenny Begluitti on Jul 12, 2015
    Yes, I remember plastic curtains. We had them in several rooms of our house. Plastic so thin that it draped like thin fabric and ours was printed with flowers.
  • Workerbee Workerbee on Jul 12, 2015
    We had them also, in the 60's. Wow I almost forgot. We had them in the living room and bedrooms. The ones in the bathroom were thicker if I remember right..
  • Linda Ingram Schuster Linda Ingram Schuster on Jul 12, 2015
    Yes, we had them all thru the house. When my husband and I first married he was still in college and we had no... as in NO... money. So I bought the curtains for $0.65 a set for each window....lol Loved them...
  • Mychol Scully Mychol Scully on Jul 12, 2015
    Here's a photo of me from approximately 50 years ago, with those plastic curtains in the background...
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  • Ann Ann on Jul 12, 2015
    My mom purchased two matching plastic shower curtains, they looked like lace. She cut one down and made curtains for the window. So yes i have heard of them, just didn't know you could buy them already made!
  • Debra Slagle Debra Slagle on Jul 12, 2015
    I sure do. I believe I saw some on ebay awhile back.
  • Bill Croley Bill Croley on Jul 12, 2015
    My mom got them for our picture window in the living room in the early 50s and we thught we were "uptown". lol They were really easy to clean.....and durable with 7 kids in an 1100 square foot home.
  • Daphene Daphene on Jul 12, 2015
    Oh my gosh, yes! What memories they bring back! My dad was in the military, and back then a military family moved much more frequently than they do now. Anyway, the inexpensive plastic curtains served to make each new house a home for my family.
  • Gng482 Gng482 on Jul 12, 2015
    Oh Yes, They were cheap and a lot of big families used them in the 50`s and early 60`s. I had some in my first apartment many years ago.
  • Rickie Rickie on Jul 12, 2015
    yes, my husband was in the Army. We moved into a trailer, needed new curtains. My Mother sent them to me. I had new curtains all the way thru the trailer by cutting them down and sewing
  • Mary  Heery Mary Heery on Jul 26, 2015
    Yes, I remember them. My grandmother had them in a bungalow, their summer home.
  • Joan Powers Joan Powers on Nov 04, 2017

    Do they still make an sale them

  • Angela Babb Bennett Angela Babb Bennett on Sep 12, 2019

    Yes I remember my mom had some with flowers on them and when she threw them away my brothers got them to make them a hammock up ☝ in their tree house...yes they did. My no. Looked out the window just as my brother was fixing I lay on his hammock.....down he went as the limbs broke his fall somewhat on the way down. Lol He lived, no broken bones but with a little more wisdom. 😄

  • Paticia G Paticia G on Sep 12, 2019

    thanks for sharing

  • Jeanne Pelletier Jeanne Pelletier on Nov 28, 2020

    My mom used to take our curtains down every summer and put plastic ones up. I wish now I had asked her why she did that.

  • Deb K Deb K on Mar 03, 2021

    Yes!! My Mom had them i the kitchen, we never thought anything of them back then, it was the "in thing" when I was young!

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Mar 03, 2021

    No I don't but need to check this out with an image search .