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john safron
(johnq62) - F
$ store finds on 06/28/2009 13:47:28 MDT Print View

9" Aluminum pie pans = pot covers, plates....panning for gold?

Tuna & chicken foil packs.
soap,lipton soup,plastic bondo(body filler for cars) scrapers~for pot cleaning.

Tom Caldwell
(Coldspring) - F

Locale: Ozarks
$ store finds on 06/28/2009 14:50:11 MDT Print View

i bought a few laundry bags at a dollar store for next to nothing. they are just fine for storing my cheaper spare sleeping bags.

Edited by Coldspring on 06/28/2009 14:51:15 MDT.

Joey Prescott
(Paintball2404) - F
Re: $ store finds on 06/28/2009 20:13:18 MDT Print View

Theres more useful stuff at the dollar store than you would think.

I found some very sick food grade plastic containers that hold different amounts at the dollar stoe. I have also found biodegradable soap, mouthwash, toothpaste (travel size ofc) Wet ones wipes, bandannas, aluminum trowel. Lots of useful stuff to be found cheaply at the dollar stores, just gotta keep a eye out for complete junk lol.

Jesse H.
(tacedeous) - MLife

Locale: East Bay, CA
ss cooling rack on 07/06/2009 15:26:31 MDT Print View

I recently got a colling rack for backing, it stainless steel, and im thinking would make an awesome grill, but im too much of a gram weenie to bring a steak for more than the first night, let alone a grill, but its an idea, they are very light :)

bj bretzke
(lilorphanbilly) - F

Locale: Montana, MT (Stealth Mode)
RE: $ store finds on 07/13/2009 17:54:21 MDT Print View

Reflective auto shades for sleeping pads. Sweet:]

Troy Ammons
(tammons) - F - MLife
Re: $ store finds on 07/13/2009 18:57:56 MDT Print View

Ball of hemp cord if you are a fire person.

Dipped in wax it makes a great fire starter.
Not so great for a cord, but it would do in an emergency for something light. I unrolled 24' and ran it through some hot wax. Weighs 2 oz if I remember right.

Cut it up into 1" pieces for a fire starter.

Edited by tammons on 07/13/2009 18:58:29 MDT.

David Wills
(willspower3) - F
Re: $ store finds on 07/27/2009 14:41:34 MDT Print View

Umbrellas! When I picked one up around the NY/CT border on the AT it lasted until Manchester Center VT where i picked up another one that was beefier and $1 as well. It still had some life in it, but not enough to get to the next $1 store. It was described by a guy on NYC streets as being 'the weakest umbrella he had ever seen'. It rained everyday from NY/CT to Manchester Center so it got plenty of use. Pretty light too, but i havent weight it.
Spatula- handle removed, silicon trimmed down to clean pots for every last calorie

Pocket knife (junk)
1200ci backpack, 1" webbing for straps (ouch).
Cheesy looking trucker hats
flip flops for camp shoes up to size 9, girl colors
nylon dress socks
emergency ponchos
vinyl table clothes- junk ground sheet
duct tape
medical supplies
junk flashlights
dry foods (mac&cheese, single pop tarts, junk food)
sport drinks for water bottles

if you throw dollar general into the equation you open yourself up to $5 poly tarps, $10 fleece sleeping bags, $5 croc knockoffs, and a much better selection of trucker hats

Edited by willspower3 on 07/27/2009 14:55:16 MDT.

john safron
(johnq62) - F
LMAO on 07/28/2009 09:06:59 MDT Print View

"much better selection of trucker hats"
Thanks for the laugh :)

Lucas Boyer
(jhawkwx) - MLife

Locale: 38.97˚N, 95.26˚W
Don't forget.... on 07/29/2009 07:34:24 MDT Print View

Don't forget those potato sticks that look like mini french fries. Came off the trail a few months ago and grabbed a bag on a whim. A couple of ales later and they were gone....salty, fried, potato goodness.

Joseph Morrison
(sjdm4211) - F

Locale: Smokies
Re: RE: $ store finds on 11/24/2009 18:11:45 MST Print View

Reflective auto shades can also be used to make a great pot cozy. Thats what I do, mine weighs .6 oz. Pretty much the same thing as the AGG pot cozy material.