Easy, Portable MP3s – A Find at the Thrift Store

Does anyone else like to listen to MP3s while dozing off to sleep?  Until now, the easiest way for me to do this was to stick ear buds into the ears when relaxing.  The problem is that I use a CPAP mask and the earphone wires would get tangled with the mask straps.  The result was either ear pain (from stretching) or an earbud falling out.

Today I was at the local thrift shop and came across this cute little MP3 carrying case/ speaker box.  It runs on a couple of AA batteries and boasts pretty good sound quality from the built in amplifier and speakers.  You slip your MP3 player (I use a Sansa Fuze) or IPOD into it, plug in the jack, and turn it on.  There is a cute little mesh pocket that works great as a money holder.  That leaves sufficient space to store the ear buds inside.

These little gadgets sell for $10 or so on the Internet and are available in a number of colors including blue, black, and red.  I picked this one up for $2 at the thrift shop.  It will be a fun little toy that will allow the MP3 player to be set up while fishing, taking a nap, or even just for more flexible listening in the van when not in stealth mode.  This little amplified speaker also works okay to hook up to a netbook or laptop.

Thrift stores are fun.  You just never know what perfect little trinket will be waiting for you on the shelf.  The investment is small which makes it all the more fun. 

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About VanTrekker

I am a former vandweller in Eastern Iowa who, for several years (off and on), lived in a 2007 Chevy cargo van. I still travel around Iowa with my tortoise shell cat, Jennifer Stefanie. Our favorite place to explore is the Country Heritage Community, the four far northeastern counties of Iowa (Clayton, Winneshiek, Allamakee, and Fayette). Ride along as we fish in pristine trout streams, enjoy fine home cooked camping meals, and meet new people. It's all possible on a shoestring budget. Happy travels always! --- Brad, the "Van Trekker"

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