Thrift Stores, Blog Updated

Ok, so I changed the sidebar a bit on this blog.  You can now see recent comments and I updated the Burning Blog RSS feed to be the current one.

Today, I scored a deal at Yesterday’s Rose, where there was a 1/2 off linens sale.  Got two sheets for $1, which Herb and I will be using to cover the mesh in our tent.  Our rainfly keeps rain out but allows ventilation through the screen mesh on the roof and two sides of the tent, which I’m sure would be swell in the rain, but seems a rather horrid idea for the playa.  Details and photos of the fix to come.   Oh yeah, this thrift store had bikes too.  3 or 4 kids bikes and one adult bike.

If any of you want to try to find deals in Northern Virginia, here is a map of thrift stores:

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Pricing Flagpoles

Ok, apparently telescoping flagpoles are not cheap.

Telescoping flag pole options at Flag and Banner and eBay, and a neat flag that we could surely make more cheaply ourselves.

Personally, I kind of like the looks of the goods at this site:, though I wish we could get one used to avoid paying $100+ (although this includes a complete mounting kit and S&H).  This company was recommended on RV.Net There is video of the flagpole withstanding high desert winds.  AND they have large solar-powered lighted globes you can stick on top.  Think there might be a burner discount?  hmmmmm….

How to build stuff, Bike rentals

Temporary Desert Structures
Whoa, this website has overloaded me with information on building structures and shelter on the Playa.
Notes about building for Burning Man and other Projects, by Bob Stahl

Bike Rentals for Burners
We may end up needing this service if a ton of people fly out.
They sell recycled bikes too.

Q: ” Why rent when I can buy?”
A: “This one of the most asked question we get. Yes you can buy a bike at Kmart or Wal Mart for close to the same price , but then what ? Do you drop it off, donate it, or worse yet leave on it the playa when you are done with it? This is best of all you get a new or close to new bike, no hassles. You rent it return it and off till next year and no fussing. You will also see bikes on the side of the road for rent but do you want to find out that the bike you planned to rent is gone. We offer stress free rental with your bike reserved until you pick it up.”