Thrift store + kiddie pool = of course something will be wrong with it. I bought a kiddie pool at the thrift store last month. I knew it was a gamble. I mean, a re-taped box means the poor pool was rejected for a reason. I pulled it out of the box and some plastic things fell on the floor. 2 plugs and 3 caps for the air valves. This is one of those pools with 3 blow up rings which make the sides. Yes, a picture of it would be really handy right now.
First I thought that the missing plug was the problem. I went to work finding suitable material for a plug. I found some foam and tried in out and that's when I saw the third plug on the floor. Ok, so that wasn't the problem. I got out my shop-vac and filled up all three rings. It looked beautiful. I was very happy. The weather was a bit windy so I used some bungee cords to secure it to the porch posts. Later on, I looked outside to check on it and the bottom ring had deflated. Bummer. There's a hole. I checked for obvious signs of injury but nothing. Tomorrow I will have to fill it up again and spray it with a bottle of soapy water to see if I can find and patch the hole. It is still usable with only 2 rings filled. In fact, it might be better that way since my youngest niece is only 3 years old. We don't want the water to be very deep. Even with the hole, it was still worth the $14 dollars that I paid for it if the kids get some fun out of it when they visit.