Junk Stores around the Baltimore Washington Area

Anyone know of any resources in the Greater Baltimore/Washington area for scrap stuff. Thanks

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what are some good tie designers to look out for in thrift shops?

I recently found a fabio fazio handmade silk tie in a thrift shop where i live and was wondering if anyone knew any good designers i might see in thrift shops? I am thinking on selling ties part time and this is why I ask because i want to know the money making designers.

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what roller coaster is this? Answered

I just bought a knex roller coaster from the thrift store and i dont know what it is

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Used 35 mm cameras

As I was looking in a thrift shop recently, I realised that all the ones I had been to had these old 35mm film cameras for a really cheap price.  The burning question I had was what could be done with these cameras and the parts in them?  Are there sites where this is addressed?  There must be a ton of things to be made with them and they will become re-purposed materiel.  How about a contest? Anyone?

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Road trip

I'd like to take a road trip across Canada or the USA and hit thrift shops and Junk Markets.  Has anyone ever done this?

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A LUSHcious Door Stopper- Simple/rustic FREE doorstopper for Oenophiles/Winos

I have a ton of these little "redneck thrift" tips- nothing "earth-shattering"- but there's an avalanche of these type d.i.y. tidbits in my new indie-small housing/redneck thrift book which you can check here (for any interested).....the entire first run of the book was paid for by recycled trash too!   http://www.relaxshacks.com   THE "LUSH"cious Door Stop by Derek Diedricksen I'll try to add a photo of one of these suckers soon, but its so simple, you prob don't need one. Materials: One single wine cork, a 3 1/2 black dry wall screew (or something equivalent), and some polyurethane (although not necessary). You could also stain the corks to match your molding or woodwork if need be. Construction Time: 1-2 min- seriously. The origin: I've never seen someone make one of these before, as unprofound as they are, but when I was self-finishing my basement, I really couldn't find any doorstoppers that I liked the look of, and that would fit the rustic look of my d.i.y. cave. shortly after, while suckin' down some cheap red vino one night and tossin' the cork into a giant container I have (I save them all for some future/eventual art project), it came to me. HOW: Just slowly center a drywall screw on the end of a cork, drill it in until the head "puckers" into the end of the cork (or you could pre drill and countersink), and that's it.  Not rocket science, but it makes for a cool, different, subtle conversation piece for those who notice. You could even go so far as to save a special occasion cork (say, the champagne cork from your wedding- or divorce-papers party- lol) and utilize it as a more meaningful doorstop- one with a great story behind it. They look pretty decent. And the cost is almost ZERO (one single screw!). Not that other door stoppers cost much, but when you factor in the time, cash, and trip to go buy the other plastic/metal ones at a box store, it is a time saver- and gives a unique, earthy look. Warning: You just may get a rep as a drunk if you use too many of these throughout the house!  I have one in my home, and plan to use them in a few of the cabins I've built and am building. -Derek

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How can I turn a thrift store prom dress into a medieval gown for 11y/o niece? She wants to dress up for the ren faire.

I was thinking of getting a sleeveless gown and sewing tabs with the grommets on the either side of the back and then lace to fit my 11 y/o niece. That is where my ideas run out. I don't know what to do about the sleeves. Maybe an undergown and just put some bell sleeves? I am at a loss.

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Cleaning an oil painting

I bought a painting at a thrift store. It appears to be palette-applied oil paint. There are no brush strokes that I can see. It looks like it was painted on plywood. It's pretty dirty. And it looks kind of old. There's no frame.

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Any idea what bike this is? Answered

I got this bike at a thrift store today for 3 bucks, in this condition, but I found no websites or pictures about it on the internet. Anyone have an idea? It says "Olympian 10-speed," and on the front, "Performance Tested, Shucks"

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What kind of speakers are these?

I saw a pair of these at a thrift shop for 15 dollars, so I bought them cause they looked like they were quality speakers. I know the brand is Infinity, but I don't really know much else about them.

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Tile coat hook

Hi, I bought a small tile from a thrift store the other day and want to make it into a coat hook. Something similar to the attached image. Not sure how/where to start. Can anybody help? :_( z

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What should I do with my electric fly swatter?

I just bought one from the thrift store and I want to hack it. Any suggestions on what I can do?

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Found-Fabric suggestions for napkins? Answered

Wanted to make napkins and dish towels for new home.  Probably will try to reuse fabrics from local thrift stores / salvages. Since I haven't invested yet, I can go with guidance- if anyone has fabric suggestions for what works well.

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where do i go to get info on turning my cuecat into a barcode reader?

Bought a cuecat from a thrift store for $1, and I want to use it with my ubuntu box as a bar code reader are there any good sites for this?THANKS IN ADVANCE! =D

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Projects for old 35mm point and shoot cameras?

I have a few 35mm point and shoot cameras and I see them in thrift shops, yard sales, and flea markets all the time. Are there any cool ways to make these into something else or scavenge the parts for other projects?

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What to do with a giant teddy bear??

Today at a thrift store I scored a giant 3 foot teddy bear for 4 bucks. I want to do something fun with it, my first idea is to take out the stuffing, extend the legs, and make it into a costume, since bear suits run really expensive. Any other ideas or further thought?

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Component identification Answered

A while back a bought a bag from a thrift shop that had all sorts of components in it. I figured for 50 cents it wouldn't be so bad especially because it had a bread board in it. I can figure out what everything is but this....I thought it was a photoresistor so i tried putting it in a circuit like one, but no luck. Light does not seem to affect if...What is it??

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Pirate Gun

I recently bought this cap gun for 2 dollars at a thrift store and need some ideas slash help like how to fix the barrel where the orange cap was. I want to incorporate the two pirate skull buttons on the gun. The gun is for my renaissance faire costume and i would like to make it more pirateesque any ideas are welcome :)

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What is this thing?

Newbie here. I found this thing at my local thrift shop. I have no idea what this thing is. It looks like a water purifier, water distiller, or an ionizer but I don't know. There are no brand names on it, except a meyco grommet and a voss band clamp. It has two lights that go in the stainless steel globe that is attached to the main pot. There is a connector that attaches to a faucet. It is very strange. If anyone has any information, it would really be helpful. Thanks. Joshua

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replacement transmitter for an rc helicopter?

So i bought a rc heli from a thrift store and it turns on when the switch is flicked, but it came without the transmitter/controller for it, i checked the hobby shops and they said that they don't have any spares for it it says on a sticker that the heli is a 27MHz, so i was wondering, if i got a transmitter that was designed for helis and ran on the same frequency, in theory it'd work, right? can anyone lend me some advice?

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TINY YELLOW HOUSE- webshow- episode #1 (tiny cabins- junk construction)

Here's a link to episode #1- as a test run of sorts. Subsequent mini-features will cover some more in depth, step-by-step construction of several different redneck-thrift building projects. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEvYT3CMtQI -Deek http://www.relaxshacks.com Author of "Humble Homes, Simple Shacks..."

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Simulating a T-vo service signal

Is it possible to simulate a t-vo service signal. I want to use a T-vo that I bought at a thrift sotre, to record my outside surveylance cameras, but it wont let me record without the service. Can I bypass this, or simulate a signal somehow? can I make a service simulator for this? I dont want to use it to record tv, I have a dvd recorder for that, just for the cameras.

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Can I convert an old console television into a decorative fireplace?

I picked up an old console television at a thrift store a while back and while it still works, the image isn't exactly stellar.  I love the cabinet though, and I was thinking about some cool uses for it.  A friend suggested making it into a fireplace, and I love the idea.  Has anyone ever tried it?  I figure all I really need is an electric fireplace insert, obviously one that doesn't have a real flame.  Any suggestions?

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What is the best way to restore this glued together box? Answered

I found an art box at a thrift store. From the logo and wood, I'm guessing it's from the 50's or earlier.  The finish isn't plastic. The joints are loose and the top piece is coming away from the sides of the lid.   What are the steps for putting it back together?  Gluing and clamping comes to mind, but how does one get the glue into the cracks? The partitions are glued in. The partition spaces aren't ideal. Is there a fairly easy way to un-glue them so they could be rearranged?

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I have a Satelite Dish left on the roof from a previous owner. What can I do or make with it?

I have a Satelite Dish left on the roof from a previous owner. What can I do or make with it? Can I use it for digital TV? Can I use it for digital radio? FM radio? What about the salelite dish reciever boxes that came with them as I see them all the time in the thrift store, is there a cool hack that is legal?Thanks.designermite.nethttp://designermite.net/

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Does anyone know the name of this style of glass?

I've looked online trying to find out but can't find a reference to the style anywhere. There are a couple overpriced examples on ebay but even their sellers don't know the style. It's kind of a combination of a snifter and a shot glass and is quite adept at making mixed drinks.  I managed to find one at a thrift store after seeing a friend's but haven't found a reasonably-priced one elsewhere. The examples I've seen on ebay have Coors logos on them so I imagine it's supposed to be some sort of beer glass, if that helps.

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Homemade MINI Particle Accelerator? Answered

Hello!  I'm working on a homemade mini particle accelerator from stuff in like hardware stores and thrift stores. I was wondering if someone could give me a definition of a particle accelerator and their hazzards? Also the only thing that I would need to buy off eBay is a some sort of detector for electrons. Heres a list of supplies: concrete, CRT Monitor, wood, lots of thin copper wire (for the electromagnets), a electron detector, and a power supply. It would be a circular accelerator too. Any ideas or info is welcome! PM me or just comment below!

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What is this??? Answered

I found this in a box of misc. wires yesterday at a thrift store looks like a toy for a computer game maybe. It has a speaker up top and an adjustable microphone at the bottom. I know that speaker and microphone are self explanatory, but I was curious to know what exactly it may have been used with. It has a place in the middle to put in three AA batteries and it has a removable clip to attach it to something. When I put in the batteries it appeared to work or the little red light indicator  came on and the speaker was on with a real low fuzz sound. I have not plugged it into anything yet , I wanted some input first.Thank you in advance to anyone with help.

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Guess who just got a motorbike?

Me :pNo seriously, at the food pantry/ thrift store I volunteer at, someone donated a fairly good condition Whizzer Pacemaker II, Midnight Blue. I bought it. It isn't yet registered for road legal, but that's ok because I haven't got my car or bike license so I'll call it a scooter for now. Anyways IT IS AWESOME, just a few paint dings, slightly rusty chrome, broken/missing turn signals and I haven't gotten it to run yet BUT I'M WORKING ON THAT... So anyways, here's some pics:148cc engine, awesome retro looks....

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Cell phone sim card question? Answered

I picked up a nice cell phone with a camera, bluetooth, etc, at a Thrift store today for $5.  As far as I can tell everything seems to work , but no sim card though and I have no idea who the original carrier was. I was thinking I might use it as an emergency  spare to keep in my truck and use one of the pay per minute cards, like T-Mobile or Virgin Mobile. Is it possible to get a sim card from the carriers or can I use a Network Sim card unlock attachment to activate the phone? If not, I'm gonna see what the inside of a Motorola Razr looks like.

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US Army Uniform Info?

    I recently purchased a US Army Corporal's uniform. I have the full uniform, excluding the belt and the tie. I have some questions I hope somebody can answer. I bought it at GoodWill, (a thrift store) so it is missing a few pieces. Some of the things I would like to know about it are: -What is it missing? -Where can I find these things? -When was it made/in use? - Why does the armored division patch not have a division number? -What are the numbers on the inside of the collar? -Where can I find more information on this?      Any information is helpful, thanks in advance. -Hobbs

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Is it possible to hack a color lcd screen from a VideoNow player so it can be used for something else?

Hi There! A long time ago I found a VideoNow cd player at a thrift store - and was going to hack it to play regular CDs (as seen on Youtube and here)- however, neither option worked for me, so I'm left with a VideoNow unit that has a nice lcd color screen (everything is intact except for the lid of the unit) and I'm hoping that there is a way to hack the lcd screen to make it useful for something else.  I tried to look for an instructable about how to hack an lcd screen - but no success. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

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I am needing an a adapter to convert 120VAC to 12VDC 8 Amps for a blower?

All the wall wart type adapters I've found don't seem to go above 3-4 Amps. And the only adapters I've seen that can handle 8 Amps are around $50. I can buy the $50 but I'm on a bit of a budget. Plus that's a lot of money in case I screw it up. I've only worked with regular wall warts before. So does anyone have any ideas or advice? (I'm going to be hitting some thrift stores today to see what I can find)

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Does anyone know how to make a dress with an adjustable hemline? Answered

I have a dress from a thrift store that is the basis for a fabulous costume for the fantasy convention. Only problem is the hemline is too boring. I came across these dresses in a catalog that seem to have exactly the feature I need to put on my dress, but I have no idea how it is done. I've scoured the internet so now I pass it on for your consideration... see below. http://www.pyramidcollection.com/itemdy00.asp?ID=51,275&GEN1;=Outlet+&T1;=P85827+S&dispRow;=0&srccode;=#top The dress apparently has ties inside that you can cinch up to control the level of blousing. Thanks for your help!

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How Do I Make / Where do I find vintage enamel/metal flower jewelry

I love re-using vintage metal/enamel flower earrings or pins in my own jewelry creations and I scoop them up at thrift stores and on ebay whenever I find a good deal. Lately I've discovered a few other inspiring artists (pictured) who use A LOT of vintage flower pins/earrings in their pieces and it's made me wonder if they are actually scavenging like I am or they are making their own somehow. Is it possible to make your own "vintage style" enamel looking flower pieces? If so how? If not, is there a better/cheaper alternative to finding them besides on ebay?

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I just bought a Concord Stereophonic 444 reel-to-reel, how do I record on it?

Yesterday I got dragged into a thrift store not expecting to find anything. I was so happy that I was wrong. Someone had dropped off a vintage Concord reel-to-reel with about 30 reels full of great music. There was one unopened recording tape, and I was wondering how to record on the reel to reel. It came with two microphones and has two track inputs. I tried hooking up a mic and a reel for recording and pressing the recording key and the wheels did not turn. Am I missing something? It plays just fine, which I am very grateful for. :) But if I could record that would be really cool for my band.

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Old How-To Books

I've always been a fan of old how to books. They often have tips and techniques you don't find in contemporary books. Sometimes they are just plain strange. Other times they are painfully outdated, like an old Popular Mechanics article I came across that shows you how to improve your toaster by adding asbestos to it. Last weekend I stumbled upon this old doll making book at a thrift store. The entire book shows how to make dolls in a kind of odd folk art style, and would never get printed today.In spite of the fact I don't really have room for more books right now, I couldn't help myself and bought it anyhow.Has anyone else come across any interesting how to books lately, or have favorite classics in their collection?

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Sodium grow light ballast to car dc-ac inverter. Can it be done ?

Story be this my friend. I have a few 1000watt grow light inverter/ballasts. Turns out i can't afford the electricity needed to run these. Soooooo I'm wondering if i can convert them into a dc-ac inverter. For use in a mobile home or in my car for....something I'll figure some use for it. Could also just be a fun project. Point being Id like to see these re purposed for something useful. I didn't pay much for them (lucky thrift shop find) And i dont want to use it for running lights on 12v or whatever. Thats all i can seem to find on this subject in google. And i can solder and very well..i think. 

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how to acquire materials for a gokart/human powered vehicle???

Ok so i once again have a crazy yet bound to work sceme the only problem is i do not have the resources or raw materials basically what i need are a couple good condition yet unwanted bikes naturally i turn to my local thrift stores but oh bummer my pickup truck is out for good (the engine is literally out of the vehicle) so basically i am unable to transport the bikes to my home and since everyone else in my family drives tiny economic cars i am really stuck i could  techinally ask one of my neighbors but that would be akward (i am between 12 and 16 years old) i really need help with this one guys (and girls) any ideas are most appreciated thank you, fidgety2

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How do I build a solar chargeable NiMH power pack to run AC appliances? Answered

At a thrift shop I found a new 1.8 W (125mA) solar panel with all the parts that is used to trickle charge car batteries. It has three connectors, one a cigarette lighter, pos and neg cable clips and a regular connector for a power pack. Is it possible to use it to build a solar charger for a NiMH battery pack that will power a low end AC item like a cordless phone base or broadband modem during a power outage? If so, what else do I need and can it be done cheaply? Why I want to do this is because I don't want to have lead acid batteries in the house. Answers to this would be much appreciated as I know there are issues with differences in voltage, etc.

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A Homemade Bluetooth Speaker using an extra car speaker?

Okay fellow instructables friends, here's the deal.  1) I don't really want to pay $50 for a bluetooth speaker.  2) I ended up with an extra 5 1/4" speaker due to one being dysfunctional out of the box and the company sending me replacements.  3) I've got a basic background in electronics projects, but am by no means an expert.  That's the gist of it. I've seen some bluetooth/FM/USB modules on DealExtreme that looked worth getting (around $14), but I'm not so sure of the Audio amplifier circuitry and whatnot. I figure I can figure out an enclosure and whatnot, but does anyone have any expertise/knowledge about the mixer and amplifier stuff? Can they be salvaged from other thrift store finds perchance? Look forward to the answers! Thanks!

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What would you do with eighty-five pencils? Answered

Found a big bag of pencils in all sorts of colors at the thrift store, and I know I have to do something with them - I'm just not sure what. They're about 1/3 standard pencil-yellow; 1/3 standard pencil-orange; and 1/3 a full rainbow spectrum of other colors, including glitter effects and multicolor patterns. Lengths vary: 28 are unsharpened & 7" long, there are 24 at 6" or more, 10 at 5"- 6", 15 3"-5" and 8 sub-3" stubs. My only ideas so far are a pencil box made of pencils (not completely lame), and a miniature log cabin with a stockade fence (totally completely lame). There have got to be some better ideas than those two - anyone able to help me out of my creative quandry?

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Wanted: Crosman M1 Carbine

I'm looking to buy a Crosman M1 Carbine from the late sixties or early seventies. My relatives in the Midlands had one when I would visit them, and I miss that plinker to death. I asked them about it and they said they sold it at a yard sale a while ago. Now that I'm in Ohio, I can own one legally, but can't seem to find one. The rifle is out of production, and every Goodwill, thrift store, and garage sale I've been to has yielded nothing. So, if anyone has one of these rifles in preferably functioning condition and with the wood furniture and "magazine", I will gladly buy it. A broken plastic rifle with no magazine I will also accept. If anyone either is willing to sell theirs or knows where I can acquire one, please let me know.

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Can I use a computer power supply for something other than a PC? Answered

So here's the thing. My wife got these really cool gaming chairs at the thrift store. The problem is no power supply. According to the owners manual I found online the original power transformer was rated at 12v 2.5A DC. A transformer at radio shack that would meet this for one chair is something like 30 or 40 dollars each I don't remember exactly. I don't want to build one, I want something ready made. Is there any reason I couldn't use a cheap computer power supply. For around 30 dollars I can get a 300 watt supply which is more than enough for both of my chairs. Their combined amperage draw in parallel is 5A, so 60 watts. Other than having to make up  connectors is there any reason I shouldn't use a PC power supply?

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Where to find old tube radios?

I am looking for old tube radios to collect and/or restore for fun. I have so far checked most of my local thrift stores about once a month for a while and I also checked a lot of local antique stores but found there prices to be ridiculously expensive for a beat up old radio. Now I am stumped as to where else to find these beutifull old radios loclaly, because the shipping for the heavy tube radios from E-bay can get incredibly exspensive as well. Anyone have any suggestions as to where to get them? I have already asked both my grandparents and my imediate family is keeping and open eye for them. Also if anyone knows of any good stores to buy this type of stuff in the DC/MD/VA area then I am open for that to.

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Need help with power supplies

I've been reading about electronics for a while and watching the Make podcast and I've finally started making my own projects. Anyway I have some cordless tools with 3 extra batteries but only one of them still takes a charge. So I thought it would be cool if I could put a power supply in one of my dead batteries so that I could plug it into the wall. I've been looking around my garage and thrift stores for a wall wart that would get the job done (the batteries are 19.2V Craftsman batteries I think they pull about 2000ma) but the closest I've been able to find is an old laptop power cord has a DC output of 19v and 3.9amps. So I'm not sure if that will work or if the extra amps will burn out my tools or something. Does anyone know if it would work? If not how can I dial down the amps?

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contra dancing skirt

I love to contra dance and like to wear skirts that gave great swing. I have a couple that I found at the thrift store, but they're just not perfect. I see some women wearing perfect, just-below-the-knee-length skirts and I want to make one! There's a catch: I'm not much of a sewer. I can run a machine, and stitch a straight line. And I can use my common sense. So it must be possible. So...can you suggest a design for a simple swing-friendly skirt for contra dancing? Perhaps most important, can you tell me what fabrics are and aren't ideal for this kind of skirt? Obviously, static is bad. As is something that will wrinkle. As is something too hot. So there must be ideal fabrics for active dancing. (Also, I'm thinking of buying the "Sew What! Skirts: 16 Simple Styles..." book, and if you have it maybe you can recommend a design for this that's in the book?) Thanks!

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I'm building a stand-alone speaker from a pair of car speakers. Do I need an extra power source? Answered

I bought a pair of car speakers from a thrift store because they were different than any I've ever seen. Where the dome should be, there was a tweeter sticking out. I already have a box I would like to put them in, but I need to know if they will be driven by the sound or if an extra power sources needs to be connected. I would like to have an option to use wires like a normal speaker or through an aux. There will be two in a box and I want to connect them. I would also like them to both use the same power source if needed. http://www.caraudiogiants.com/infinity-kappa-62-9i.html?___store=default&___store=default That is the model, but one of the ends is cut off of one, and the other is nearly unusable anyways. Other than that, they are perfectly fine.

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