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Homemade leaf bag holder gets the job done

I'm So Clever
What a smart stocking stuffer! More than 450 thrifty tips from readers are compiled in our 'I'm So Clever' book that is on sale now.

I'm So Clever
I'm So Clever is compiled by Observer assistant features editor Roland Wilkerson. Send your tip, name, address and phone by email or mail to Home Section, Charlotte Observer, P.O Box 30308, Charlotte, N.C. 28230.

The winner: My wife and I got tired of holding open the large 55-gallon leaf bags for each other while the leaves were being loaded in. So I used some 3/4-inch PVC pipe and fittings to make a bag-holding frame. The legs were 33 inches long, and the top and bottom frame were about 20 inches square. I used screws to stabilize it, but didn’t put screws in the bottom legs so I can pull the frame off the bag when it gets full. It probably cost less than $20.

Dave Raulerson, Concord

New use for Altoids tin

I do not like to carry coins in my pockets, so I keep an Altoids tin in each car and place my change in it. Then, when someone needs change for a drive-through window, it’s always in the tin for easy access. I’ve never had a tin overflow. John Davis, Cornelius

Test drive: ‘Handy Camel’ carrier

If you find yourself hauling around large bags of dog food or potting soil, we tried a simple gadget that may make life a little easier. It’s called the “Handy Camel” bag clip, and it’s available for around $20. You clamp the giant clip to the top of the bag and it’s got a handle for easy carrying. It’s rated to carry 40 pounds. The clever staff gave it a test run, and seems like it might come in handy for some. Interested in winning the one we tested? Tell me why I should give it to you.

New Prize: ‘I’m So Clever’ book

Send your clever tip, address and phone to or Home Section, Charlotte Observer, P.O Box 30308, Charlotte, NC 28230-0308. Each week the best idea wins an “I’m So Clever” book. You can order a copy at for just $5.99, plus shipping. Also available at Park Road Books.

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