I have been working outside a lot lately...
Early this week I found myself over at my friend Andrew's from
digging post holes in the bush to help contain his wandering flock of chickens...
While I work I like to always drink a lot of fluids to stay hydrated.
Usually I bring along a thermos / vacuum flask filled with some cold water...
About a month ago though my thermos broke...
These days vacuum flasks are built pretty sturdily, often out of stainless steel.
Mine was, and I wouldn't have thought I could break it but I did. It wasn't the actual flask that broke but the stopper.
I had hoped to have the flask for years of use but as it turned out it only lasted for a few months.
My first thought was to find a replacement stopper because the body of the container was still in perfect condition.
A little research proved that my model of thermos had been superseded by a newer one with incompatible parts.
I tried seeing if other manufactures flask stoppers would fit mine with the thought of replacing mine with one of theirs but none would fit.
At this point I switched to using an uninsulated container to hold water and began searching for a new flask.
Buying a "brand new one" was out of the question
for reasons of both ecological responsibility and cost too. Im a big believer in always trying to buy used first.
Two days ago there was cause for celebration because finally I found a replacement at my local Value Village thrift store...
Oddly enough I think it is made by the same manufacturer but has a simpler stopper.
The cost of the new "used thermos" was less than the cost of a new replacement stopper if I had been able to find one
Lets hope that this one has some staying power...
Old flask on the right and new one on the left
Some people including myself find that the thermos is not only a practical item but an aesthetic one too!
These are some of my older containers that I have collected that have glass vacuum flasks inside of them.
In my mind they are a classic "Blue Collar" collectors item like my flashlights
Here is a link to another collector and her collection.
As well the thermopolis group on flicker is worth a look too.