Score! Having read about a ten-dollar scroll saw and a twenty-dollar recip saw, I’ve been watching for opportunities at pawn shops, and today my vigilance paid off. I reeled in a 20′ Werner aluminum extension ladder, rated at 200lb — for $40.
I’d just stopped in at a pawn shop I’d never been in before and walked all the aisles, checking prices on a number of items I might be interested in owning: air tools, monster pry bars and lock/chain cutters, and fishing poles (of course). On my way out I checked the large-item cage where I saw the ladder, marked $49.
On confirming the price with one of the clerks, he offered that he would take $40 cash. I’d forgotten to bring cash, but he took $40 plus tax on credit card. Lesson for the day: Always carry cash in a pawn shop!
The closest street price for a similar ladder was at Sears for $100, but it’s out of stock for delivery.