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With regard to wooden clothes pins, I have found that they will leave brownish stains on white clothing sometimes. The stains can be really hard to remove - I all but ruined one of DH's shirts on a wooden drying rack.
I think it depends on your climate and your care of the pins - if you're careful and never leave the pins out in the rain, and get them dry, I'd contemplate wooden ones IF you live in a drier climate.
If you live in a Seattle-type rainy climate or a humid one, I'd get plastic to avoid problems with the pins getting mildew.
DH's relatives in Europe, where line drying is the norm, use plastic pins and a folding Brabantia clothesline.....but it is humid/rainy there.
I may try plastic when I buy pins this time - not sure how they'll hold up, as sun does degrade plastic over time.