I took a trip to BarterTown. A nearby meca for us devotes of RRR (Reduce Reuse Recycle). It always Exciting to visit BarterTown otherwise known to the uninvited as Builders Surplus. The piles of treasurers are always changing. In these times of economic apocalypse. I don't subscribe to the gloom and doom vision of our world. I practice the Universal laws - Especially the Law of attraction.
The usual cast of characters run this place. Some family some maybe not. There is the very "large Marge" chain smoking behind the waist high counter. She is the Martiach who runs the place. No Aunty Entity but a trip non the less. Then there is the crew. Sons, Nephews, evil spawn who knows. The Collector and the Blaster as I remember them from BarterTown. They know where everything is but you have to ask for it in code. Like what is this long and that size in any material. They only speak salvage and surplus dialects, so it makes them have to think and I can see that this is painful from the expressions on their faces. I have spent a small fortune at BarterTown. They see me as just a small fry in the scheme of things. I have gotten all of the windows I used to build the Greenhouse and a myriad of other things like very cheap like 3" PVC elbows and U fittings.
Today I was on a quest to see if I could find some solutions for the things that I had planed for this weekends big build agenda. I need to build two 16ft by 40" wide float beds for under the 4 rows of six stacks of Vertigros. I also want to build a 16ft gravel bed for filtration. So maybe a good find could solve some of the materials need instead of LUMBER.
Bartertown is about 10 Acres of treasures disguised as "Builders Surplus" material. So what a find. 16ft Long Fiberglass columns. 12" x 12" perfect to make the gravel beds. So I bartered to $25 each. Less than half of what it would have cost for the wood. Next I found 11 ft Stainless pipes for hanging the vertigro stacks from. Lets see at Lowes 10 ft Galvanized fence top rail for $12 or 11Ft Stainless ones from BarterTown for $6. Plus the good Karma of RRR. No brainer.
Next I needed to make the sides of the 2 16ft DWC float beds. I had considered Plywood, not good for ground contact in florida. PT wood. Expensive and not good for GAIA.
Ahh there it was a stack of 16" wide 16ft long 3/4" thick hardiboard, so I haggled the price to $6 each (they never reduce the price but I keep trying). A real steal. Each DWC float bed will cost me only $15 plus some scrap pressure treat 2x4s for posts and a billboard liner. Can't beat that.
So here are few pics of the place - I could have taken dozens. And of course I had to haul it back in my my proud 51 Willys wagon a real RRR vehicle.
Oh yeah I threw in the Rainbow pic from yesterday to remind those folks that live in Hawaii that those of us on Mainland have glimpse of natural beauty in our lives.