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At the latest REI Garage Sale I scored these Ahnu Sugarpine Boots for women. They retail for $140, but I got them for $50! I couldn't pass them up. I'm always in awe at the garage sales and what people will return as a "damaged" item. They hardly are ever ruined, only slightly worn (most of the time)! I've scored some great deals, but each garage sale is definitely hit or miss. I've also been able to pick up random items for my Backpacking Gear List throughout the years.
I've been on the search for the best backpacking socks lately. With backpacking season about to start in Utah, I needed some quality socks that wouldn't rub, make me sweat, or make my feet feel on fire. I asked several Facebook groups if they prefer Darn Tough or Smartwool socks. 90% of the votes were for Darn Tough, so I decided to buy a pair from Amazon (which has 5 stars). After doing some research, I bought the Men's 1/4 Merino Wool Cushion Hiking socks. I have big feet (women's 10, and men's fit my wide feet). I normally hike in ankle socks, but for backpacking I like a little higher to keep my socks from slipping down past my ankles. Two of the biggest reasons I decided to buy Darn Tough over Smartwool were because they are made in Vermont, and offer a Lifetime Guarantee on each pair of socks.