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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.
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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.
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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?
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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.
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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.
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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.

https://tinyurl.com/yxehc769
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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Reply to: #971406 by RDHG
Feb 18, 2019 6:04am
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I buy them on Amazon. Still a little pricey, but can find bulk sets that bring the price down a little compared to buying singles.
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Reply to: #971691 by BaliWho
Feb 18, 2019 6:07am
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Thank you, BaliWho. I have been looking at Amazon but have not found a really good deal yet. I will keep looking! :D