The Final Quartzsite RoundUp
We’re far away from Quartzsite today….far in the boonies…away from the things of man. It was a fun week at the show, but at the end of it all we were ready to leave the crowds and recharge in the wilds. Of course the question that’s burning in everyone’s mind is “how much did we spend?”. Well, believe it or not our grand total came to a whooping $39, most of it from the rummage shops outside the “Big Tent”, which IMHO are by far the best places to find unique stuff. In fact if you come to Q and just stick to the tent you will probably be well disappointed. The good stuff is elsewhere, my friends!
On my part I was seduced by a $5 pink hat that gives me a rather retro look, or so I like to think. In fact the hat gives me a sudden urge to buy a long, flowing skirt and wear stilettos, the result of which would make for a interesting ensemble in the boonies (can you say crazy lady in the desert?). Either way, I now have a solid shade hat to supplement my more stylin’ cowboy hat.
Our more substantial buy was a result of Paul’s need to see the football game on local TV. Quartzsite has zero over-the-air channels, at least with our regular antenna, but the addition of the ~$30 Wineguard Wingman (bought at Gambler’s in Quartzsite) created the magic needed to pull-in local channels. You need to have a Wineguard Sensar antenna to use it, but if you have one it’s a simple matter of snapping the attachment onto your antenna and you’re ready to go. We already upgraded our over-the-air with a Wineguard Sensar Pro TV Signal Strength Meter about 6 months ago (which we LOVE since it tells you exactly where to rotate your antenna for the strongest signal). When we combined this with the Wingman we pulled-in over 24 channels! Whoo wheee! Probably the easiest upgrade we’ve done in years and I can tell you my man was a happy camper.
And then there’s the big buy we didn’t make. We HAD planned to get a TPMS system (Tire Pressure Monitoring System), something that’s been on my “big” wishlist for ages. I spent several days at the show looking through the various models and even managed to narrow down my choice, but in the end ran out of time to pick it up before the show shut down (argh!). Most of the systems are very similar and I honestly don’t think you can go wrong with any of them. Before the show I was leaning towards TST, but having seen all the offerings I’ve settled on the Tire-Safeguard unit, mostly because it has a bigger screen and, according to the salesguy, doesn’t need a booster for our size rig + toad (in fact he was so sure of that, he said he’d throw one in for free if we did). Both get excellent reviews so they’re about equivalent in user satisfaction. So, we’re still without a TPMS, but we know which one we want and we’re ~$475 “richer”…I can fool myself, right?
The rest of our buys were smaller knick-knacks (two ice-cube trays for $1.00, a RS232 cable for $2…). That’s the total damage from our big week at the show!
Overall a rather paltry shopping outing, but a VERY rich week in terms of meetings, social connections, community and exploring. If I had to choose between the two, I’d definitely choose the one we got. Nice boondocking site, good people, great times = priceless!
POST POST EDIT -> ABOUT AMAZON LINKS
I had a few people ask me at the Meet & Greet last week about the Amazon search-box & “share the love” links that are posted on my page so I figured I would give a little info for those interested. Amazon runs an affiliate program that allows those that sign up to make a small % from anyone who buys through Amazon using their affiliate link. You, the buyer pay exactly the same while us, the blogger get a few $$ from Amazon because we linked you to their website. It’s actually a genius program which offers blog readers the chance to give back a little to blogs they like without any kind of sacrifice other than using the link to buy. I’ve been using these links (from other blogs) for ages and typically share around my Amazon purchases to folks I enjoy reading (my version of “share the love” if you will) and definitely encourage you to do the same. In our case the links help with the hosting fees (and perhaps a few gas $$) for the blog. If you like a blog (and I don’t just mean mine!!) you can give back easily by using their links. Hope that explains it