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TV Crafts : Gas Station USA

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TV Tuesday post by Kristin, TV Crafter and back seat driver

On a recent trip cross country—from southern California back home to New York City—we stopped in many interesting places and saw many different things, obviously... but what I did not expect to visit so many times, or spend so much time at, were your everyday gas stations. We drove 4,000 miles and stopped at the pump for gas, snacks, and calls of nature over 25 times. It's never pleasant to use gas station bathroom, and the food is always terrible, but the one thing that made the stops bearable were some of the unusual and surprisingly well designed items they sold. Is there some special catalog that supplies every gas station in America?! Can I get my hands on it?

flints by RONSON

A great example of All-American design from the days of yore—clear, to-the-point, and no fuss. And you know this hasn't changed in decades!

the "PORTLY" pickle

I nearly had a freak out when I found this perusing the beef jerky aisle, hoping to find some Tofurky jerky, somewhere near El Paso, Texas. A pickle in a pouch! Amazing!

Home Sweet Home

A little USA souvenir... comes in all 50 states! For $100 I could have had them all, but instead I bought just one — a $1.99 gift for my boyfriend.

squirt ring!

Gas Stations even sell gag gifts... perfect for spraying sleeping passengers while you drive a straight stretch from the Grand Canyon to Albuquerque. Ha ha, Gotcha!

Fast Pain Relief

I had never heard of BC powder before... I bought it for 79 cents in Louisiana because I loved the design and packaging and apparently it dissolves faster than a tablet"

Stay tuned for more cross country finds from my trip!

Comments (5)

  • I found your site on technorati and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you down the road!

  • I'm always on the lookout for the "out of the way" stations that still have the old Coca Cola pop coolers on hand. Did you see any on your travels?

  • I haven't seen the flint in years! My parents smoked and used real lighters, (not throw aways), that had to have flint & lighter fluid! The BC powder was the only thing around for a headache...boy do I feel old!

  • Yes while the BC does dissolve faster than tablets and thus delivers the pain relief much faster it is very NASTY and dissolves faster because it is a powder, YUCKY!!!!

  • BC powder works great for hang-overs, take some before bed, no headache in the morning!

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