There was another REI garage sale on Saturday, so we had to go, we just had to. Even though it was 27 degrees when we got on line at 7:30 in the morning (we were number 20 or so), it was worth it as usual. I went in with a budget in mind and only exceeded it by $20. J, on the other had no budget, and exceeded it. I'm glad we decided to go because there were a lot of "photo shoot" items, which means they were unused, but still 75% off.
The things I got that I "needed" were for my new biking hobby. Every time we biked, my buns were in pain, but good bike shorts with padding usually run in the $65-$95 range. I got mine for $9.83. I also got a new bike helmet. The one I had been using was falling to pieces. It's seen me through many miles and many crashes, but it was time to update. I also picked up snowshoes. Yeah, definitely didn't need those, but it was too sweet of a deal to pass up. Regularly price $180 ... I paid $40. I fully admit I am a gear junkie.
J got a lot of things for our future AT thru hike. It seems like everything he picks up these days, he says, "this is totally going on the trail with me." I can't wait to see him pack his bag and keep it under 35 lbs. His best buy was probably his AT trail backpack, which was about 70% off. He's been trying out different packs and this seems like it will be "the one." It was rated backpack of the year and has all the bells and whistles--hydration compatable, sleeping bag compartment, carbon fiber frame and tons of pockets. For any fellow gear junkies out there, it's the Gregory Baltoro 70.
J and I decided that for the next REI garage sale (in January), we are just going to stay at home because we clearly have an addiction problem!
Labels: AT, Outdoor Recreation