Mornin' campers! Splash here again with a little Story for your Thursday morning. My Camper Mom doesn't make it a habit of going to dollar & discount stores on a weekly basis like lots of folks do, but from time to time she does frequent places like Dollar Tree to pick up plastic albums for her Dutch oven cookbooks or to look for seasonal picnic items.
A couple years ago she scored a beach umbrella and stand at Family Dollar. It was the end of the summer season and they were on sale for $5.00. Yep, five bucks! That bargain has been tucked away in storage just waiting for the perfect camping trip. Out it came a couple weeks ago when we were headed to The Holler with Pod!
It might have been cheap, but it's pretty and it compliments my splashy blues and greens. When I look at our photos from the trip, it's obvious that Momma Sharon changed its location several times during the week. The reason was that our site had a slope to it and we had a tough time finding a place to sit it that was level.
She filled the base with water and that's what anchored it for us. When it was time to pack up, all we had to do was dump the water. Pretty smart, huh?!
The only disappointing thing about our cheapo umbrella is that while it did provide shade, it still let the heat through, so it was actually kinda hot to sit under. For five bucks, you get what you get.
Several years ago, my Camper Mom scored another cool Family Dollar camping item . . . a little metal stool for $5.00. She has used it over and over and over and it ALWAYS goes with us. I don't know that she will always pack the FD umbrella, but I like it and that's all that counts!!
The weekend is almost here, so maybe you should check out your local Family Dollar to see if they have any coolio camping items that might make your trip more fun! Until then, always remember . . .
"Peace, Love, and Cheapo Camping Fun"