Goodies from the Dollar Store

There’s a Greenback Dollar Store here in Ann Arbor that I visit from time to time. The reason I like this store is that, in addition to the usual cheap cookies and toiletries with odd labels, this store often has things that are useful in the ham shack.

Yesterday, for example, I picked up the following:

  • 50-ft. spool of speaker wire. This wire even came with instructions!
  • 100 cable ties. These are nice. There are a variety of colors, including black, blue, red, yellow, and green, in addition to white.
  • 25W compact fluorescent light bulb. This wasn’t the best buy of the bunch. Rated at 25W, it’s supposed to put out as much light as a 125W bulb. I just tried it down in the shack, though, and it doesn’t look like it’s even putting out as much light as the 15W bulb I had in there before. Even so, I can put it in my closet, and at a buck, it costs a bunch less than other bulbs.


  1. Ned Davis says:

    I suppose the flourescent lamp gave you a dim view of life in the shack. At least if you need a few extra components to compliment your junk box, you could remove the lamp’s base and acquire a few resistors, capacitors and a transformer out of the deal.

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