Sock Exchange: Sorting solo socks

Published: 29th May 2008

Sock Exchange: Sorting solo socks
In a world where socks frequently vanish, leaving their lonely partners to a lifetime of being abandoned at the back of the sock drawer, one man has made matching legwear his career.

Bill Bobsley runs the world's only Sock Exchange, explaining to the Independent that he was driven to it after the inexplicable disappearance of socks.

He told the newspaper that sometimes it seems that a pair goes into the washing machine, only to emerge as two different socks – often of widely different lengths and even patterns.

In fact, Mr Bobsley added, sometimes socks will appear which bear someone else's name completely.

Cue the Sock Exchange, where pairs are matched up and rehomed.

"People bring us their socks, factories send us their unwanted socks, jumble sales send us their leftovers ... We have brought a lot of people a lot of happiness," the sock sorter boasted.

Earlier this month, the sock-loving world recognised Lost Sock Memorial Day, a time to remember departed legwear and perhaps even make an effort at matching up a few sole socks.

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