When I ordered these streamer rods, I didn't see that they were retractable, so that was a little surprise. Also, with the other 13 streamer rods that I have, you are able to leave the ribbon on the rod and roll the ribbon around the rod for storage. However, you could not do that with these rods. My husband ended up putting a drop of glue on each one of them in order to allow me to roll them up. They still twirl as they should. I also pulled them out to put the streamers on, and one of them came completely out of the rod into two pieces. I'll probably have my husband glue that one, as well. My dance recital is in a couple of weeks, so hopefully, they will be ok to use. However, I will not be purchasing them again.