Scenic find at local Dollarama

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  1. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

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    He have a chain of stores here in Canada called Dollarama. My wife loves this place, but I always thought it was just for real cheap stuff as everything costs $1.00.

    I take it all back, I just spent $8.00 in there for model RR scenic material. They have a line called "Decorative Gravel".

    I picked up 4 bottles of silver grey gravel, 2 bottles of sand coloured, one light blue (I have an idea for the bottom of my rivers) and one bottle of black (that is all they have).

    Each bottle is 670g (approx. 1.5lbs) for a buck.

    They had coarse and fine. The fine look like N Scale ballast, the coarse was almost HO Scale.

    I picked up 7 bottles of fine for my N Scale and one bottle of coarse silver/gray for the gravel pit at Cataract.

    I mentioned it at the RR Club tonight and now all the guys are running to Dollarama. Lucky thing is though, the club is in Bracebridge and I am in Huntsville (30KM apart) the guys will be hitting the Bracebridge store, so I get to clear out the Huntsville store by myself. [:D]

    Just thought I would pass along this bargain.
  2. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

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    Cool Will! Thanks for the tip!!!!

    Val
  3. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

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    We have 99 cent stores and Greenback's, but neither carry anything like this. Wal-Mart has some stuff in their garden and pet dep'ts that can be used for scenery.
  4. RailRon

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    I did post this before, but look out for bird's sand in pet shops. Depending on the shop, there are several hues, as well as several grades of coarseness. I found it to be great for ballast, the finer grades for N, the coarser ones for H0.

    However it's 100 % more expensive than one dollar! About $2 :eek: for 1.5 kg (approx. 3lbs). :D :D :D

    Ron
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    60103 Pooh Bah

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    Will:
    before you scatter that stuff over your layout, run a magnet through it. I did that to some proper Model RR ballast and came up with a whole pill bottle full of magnetic lumps.
  6. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

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    Have already done that, just in the bottle. stuck the magnet in and got NOTHING. The stuff looks safe.

    But thanks for the warning.
  7. shamus

    shamus Registered Member

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    Thats great Will, we have a £1 shop, and I picked up a complete screwdriver set (10 piece) plus 5 DVD's (Films) and a pack of 3 masking tapes for £6 only yesterday.
    Shamus
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  8. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

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    Great Shamus, bargains can be found if you know where to look.