Monday, July 12, 2010


Some people are blessed to be able to spend lavish amounts of money on curriculum, accessories, etc.  We fall more into the frugal zone.   So when you find something cool, cheap it’s an added bonus.

This year, I’m planning to do more in the area of earth science.  I’ve had a few things on my radar screen in case I spot a sale.  One of which is a simple balancing scale. 

On Saturday I went to retrieve my kids from “Mamaw” and they just HAD to show me the cool thrift store that she’d turned them on to.  Well, imagine my surprise to find a Tasco Ecology Lab Kit in the store for $2.   The box was taped shut on both ends, so I really wasn’t expecting much.   Imagine my surprise when I opened it to find it completely intact, still in the original wrapping.

002 001Ok, now granted the thing is probably from the 80’s (I’ve googled it to no avail).   But still! For $2, according to the box the kit contains:

  • Sodium bicarbonate
  • Calcium hydroxide
  • Diluted hydrochloric acid
  • Agar powder
  • Iodine in KI solution
  • Copper ore
  • Sodium carbonate
  • Thermometer and graded scale
  • 3 one-hole stoppers
  • 1 no-hole stopper
  • 1 small test tube
  • 2 large test tube
  • Tubing
  • Tweezers
  • Steel wool
  • Candle holder
  • Gas delivery tube
  • Funnel
  • PH paper
  • Plastic slide
  • Eye dropper
  • Transparent graph paper
  • Tasco magnifier
  • Filter paper
  • 3 small Petri dishes
  • Membrane (huh?)
  • Alcohol burner
  • Test tube holder
  • Steel rod
  • Wire
  • Glass file
  • Balloon
  • Latex tubing
  • Experimental and instruction manual

Now, granted I have no clue what some of these items are, or what you do with them. That’s what the instruction manual is for!  I have no clue if any of the chemicals are still “good”.   What I DO know, is that even though I didn’t necessarily pray and say “Dear God please give me a scale.”  I know that He is our source and provider and He heard me tell the husband I wanted to get one! 

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  1. I love it when God blesses unexpectantly. Enjoy your scale :)

  2. If you need to replace any of the items from the kit, the best and least expensive supplier is Tobin's Lab. They are a homeschool science material supplier right here in VA!

  3. I love when we score something we've been needing or wanting from the thrift store or a garage sale.
    Congrats on the find!


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