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Re: What did we miss ABCs?
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Reply to: #971039 by RDHG
Feb 13, 2019 3:02am
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Lock & Locks or...?
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Feb 13, 2019 11:00am
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Does anybody remember when we could buy LnLs directly from the company in bulk for around $1.25 each? Wow, they are expensive now. Does anybody know a more affordable outlet for buying LnLs, or have you discovered a container that is just as water tight and more coat effective?
Re: Lock & Locks or...?
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Reply to: #971406 by RDHG
Feb 13, 2019 11:44am
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I use Freshness Keepers from Ocean State Job Lot, a LnL knockoff.

Warrior Woman
frugal
Re: Raisin' 'em right
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Reply to: #970629 by Wry Me
Feb 13, 2019 12:00pm
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OK, so the down side of getting my beloved fomites involved in this hobby is when they come to you first thing in the morning and say, "Did you really make your reservations using your trail name?" in reference to something you posted, and you immediately think, "Oh, $#!+ crap. What else did I say?" Would you like coffee with your heart attack this morning?
Re: Lock & Locks or...?
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Reply to: #971407 by Warrior Woman
Feb 13, 2019 12:03pm
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sadly, of the three OSJL's I recently went to here in MA (NW of Boston), only one still had any FK's, and it looked like they were phasing them out at that.

One of the stores instead was selling a box called 'think Fresh' instead... it markets with a 'silicone seal' on the label, but the flaps lift UP, not DOWN.

I hope they work as well as the FKs, cuz the FKs I've had in the field have held up well for years now.
Re: Lock & Locks or...?
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Reply to: #971407 by Warrior Woman
Feb 13, 2019 1:15pm
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Ah, we do not have those stores in North Carolina. Thank you for the tip, though. I did try Google to no avail.
Re: Lock & Locks or...?
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Reply to: #971406 by RDHG
Feb 13, 2019 5:39pm
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If you have a Dollar Tree near any of you, we have found containers that are very hard plastic with flip up clasps. They sell in packages of 2 (and sometimes 3) for $1. This price of 2 for $1 makes them very affordable and they are very durable. Usually they are in their seasonal area and not where most of the Tupperware knock offs are.
Re: Lock & Locks or...?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #971421 by TeachJR
Feb 13, 2019 9:22pm
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If you have a Dollar Tree near any of you, we have found containers that are very hard plastic with flip up clasps.

Bought a bunch of those, had to throw them out. The seal is made of something that rots to pieces within a couple of years in the wild.
Re: Lock & Locks or...?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #971406 by RDHG
Feb 14, 2019 1:23am
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I searched and found that someone recommended Sistema, which seems inexpensive. Have any of you tried them, and did they hold up to moisture?
Re: Lock & Locks or...?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #971434 by RDHG
Feb 14, 2019 4:13am
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I live in the desert so can’t really answer to moisture question. However, sistema has a real hinge going in its favor instead of the creased flap that lnl’s had and break quickly (in letterbox time). I know Kurious Jo and woodaug from Washington state have gone to sistema.
Re: Lock & Locks or...?
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Reply to: #971434 by RDHG
Feb 14, 2019 5:00am
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We've had decent success with Sistema here in Florida. I pick them up at TJMaxx for $1.99 for the small 2 flap container. Is the perfect size for a single backed stamp and a logbook.
I wash the containers in soap and water a couple of times and they accept a good spray coat of paint fairly well except for the clasps which inevitably the paint will peel and crack off.
Re: Lock & Locks or...?
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Reply to: #971440 by Three FLAmigo's
Feb 14, 2019 5:52am
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Seconding Sistema. We get ours at Target. We’ve had some that have been out for years and are still going strong.

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Re: Lock & Locks or...?
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Reply to: #971439 by Baqash
Feb 14, 2019 6:36am
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Maybe I will try some Sistema locally so that I can keep an eye on them with the spring rains.
Re: Lock & Locks or...?
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Reply to: #971443 by RDHG
Feb 14, 2019 10:46am
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If you have a Home Goods in your area, that's a good place to look for Sistema containers, as well as other similar lesser known brands that might work. There's generally a place in the kitchenware area that has a jumble of plastic storage containers for sale, and sometimes you can get good deals on sets of multiples.

For those of you who have the Korean grocery store H-Mart in their area, they also carry Lock N Lock type containers at pretty good prices. I've put some of those in the field and so far so good. I can't name the specific brand because the labels are in Korean which I can't read, unfortunately.
Letterboxing Class?
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Feb 14, 2019 10:51am
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There are few letterboxers in our area. I am toying with the idea of offering a class in our local area about this fun, outdoor, scavenger hunt, hiking game. I have posted and have gotten interest based on that description. Now I am wondering what are your thoughts, Fellow Boxers.

My hesitations are based on if people are sloppy, not respectful of boxes or surroundings, or not discreet.

Have you ever done a class to share the hobby in an attempt to grow participation in your area? If so, how did you spread the word, and how do you feel it went? If not, what are your thoughts on the idea?
Re: Letterboxing Class?
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Reply to: #971447 by RDHG
Feb 14, 2019 11:39am
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I have taught a few letterboxing classes to girl scout troops and college students - we always start by talking about some of the very important concepts - including respect for nature, respect for personal property, safety, secrecy, etc. It's gone well.

You could start there - let them know that if letterboxes are not discreet/respectful, this awesome adventure could die out. Ask them how they would feel if they worked really hard on a beautiful stamp and then because someone was lazy and didn't properly hide it, someone mistook it for trash and tossed it out.

Overall - the people interested in coming to a workshop on letterboxing will understand the reasons to stress these important points.

Spread the passion and pass on letterboxing traditions! New boxers = new boxes for us all!
Re: Letterboxing Class?
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Reply to: #971450 by Super Hedge Hoggie
Feb 14, 2019 11:46am
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Thank you for sharing your feedback on the topic. Maybe I am a bit nervous about losing boxes that I am just planting, but what can I do, right?

I definitely agree with that last statement. Also, now that we are back at it, I am reminded that we were the main people planting around here. It would be nice to have some more folks planting around here so that we can hunt, too, without having to go far. 😉 LOL.
Re: Letterboxing Class?
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Reply to: #971447 by RDHG
Feb 14, 2019 11:59am
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Have you ever done a class to share the hobby in an attempt to grow participation in your area?

I did a presentation once (at LBCon, actually), about The History Of Letterboxing. I'd offer to let you have it, but it burned up in a freak accident.
Re: Lock & Locks or...?
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Reply to: #971434 by RDHG
Feb 14, 2019 12:29pm
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I seem to be the exception re: Sistema. I've run across several in UT that were wet inside. We are high desert, but still have moisture problems due to lots of snow and flash-flooding spring rains. Maybe those wet Sistemas were hidden in places that have flooding; I don't remember specifically. However I have planted a few Sistemas as my own boxes and don't recall problems, but then I've learned from failure the fine art of hiding for the most part. I think I got my Sistemas at World Market. I say give them a try locally and be careful to hide them where moisture will not be a problem.
Re: Letterboxing Class?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #971447 by RDHG
Feb 14, 2019 1:08pm
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We try to offer classes in our area at least twice a year. Our letterboxing community has expanded and the number of letterboxes has increased.

Our sessions introduce, demonstrate, and allow participants to follow clues to time sensitive boxes planted for the event. We stress proper steps but then it is up to the participants to register on AQ, print clues, and find boxes. I would say that about 5% of the folks who attend our sessions get registered and actually go letterboxing for longer than a year. Of those, they have jumped in with both feet. (On a side note, people who do not decide to letterbox know what a letterbox looks like replace them if found.)

When I began letterboxing just 6 years ago there were 35 letterboxes within a 30 mile radius of my house. Today there are over 400 - many of which we planted for events. In order to continue this wonderful fun, we must try to build it up. We should invite new letterboxers to hike with us and demonstrate how to follow clues, not make social trails, do box maintenance, replace a box and cover well, and how to record finds. We must encourage them to plant boxes. Those in our group try to plant a new box each season.

In short, we feel that sessions for introducing letterboxing is beneficial. We hold sessions at libraries and at our forest preserve. They help us to promote the sessions. I would be very happy to share my outline with you.

TeachJR
Re: Letterboxing Class?
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Reply to: #971452 by wassamatta u
Feb 14, 2019 2:54pm
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freak accident

while it was surprising, verging on shocking
Wiktionary
freak accident(Noun)
An incident, especially one that is harmful, occurring under highly unusual and unlikely circumstances.

there was nothing unlikely about the circumstances given who was the Keynote speaker.
Re: Letterboxing Class?
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Reply to: #971447 by RDHG
Feb 14, 2019 7:38pm
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Might talk with MO UR4Me as she as taught many classes in the STL area.
Re: Lock & Locks or...?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #971406 by RDHG
Feb 14, 2019 7:44pm
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I found some nice small boxes by a brand called Sistema. They are about $4 for 3 at Walmart:
https://sistemaplastics.com/products/klip-it-packs/200ml-three-pack
Re: Lock & Locks or...?
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Reply to: #971434 by RDHG
Feb 14, 2019 7:47pm
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I have some Sistema boxes but I haven't had them out long enough to see how well they hold up. They seem like they are pretty good.
Re: Lock & Locks or...?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #971406 by RDHG
Feb 14, 2019 8:24pm
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I pick up LnLs at yard sales. Church sales are the best, dozens are normally donated and they get marked around 25 cents each! All different sizes, too.
Why hide plants?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Feb 16, 2019 5:19am
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I am curious why some people hide their plants on their profile page. Since you want people to see your plants, it strikes me as odd. There must be a reason, though, eh? 😉
Re: Why hide plants?
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Reply to: #971537 by RDHG
Feb 16, 2019 5:48am
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Agreed! When I find a stamp I really like, I like to “follow” that carver, find their other artwork and get disappointed when I can’t access that info easily through their page.
Re: Why hide plants?
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Reply to: #971537 by RDHG
Feb 16, 2019 6:37am
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Sometimes, there is someone we don't want to see our movements, therefore, we make our logbooks private.

Not all letterboxers are in it for the boxing, some are a wee stalkery, which is sad.
Re: Why hide plants?
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Reply to: #971544 by estella_naparella
Feb 16, 2019 6:44am
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Seriously? That is creepy. It is a wonder how some people think. 😕
Re: Why hide plants?
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Reply to: #971544 by estella_naparella
Feb 16, 2019 6:50am
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Well that is creepy. How common is this? (As in, is this isolated to well known boxers that have been around a long time with super awesome plants?)