I don't know if anyone cares, but I just got back from Target and they were having a crazy clearance on all their shitty guitar stuff. I got a distortion pedal for $5. Yeah. Nice and crunchy. It's not awesome, but for five bucks I'd be crazy not to buy it. Also, sets of strings are $1 and come in these nifty little tins. Picks were like 12 for a buck, nice-ish cables for ten bucks. Tuners for cheap, I forget how much. They also had a dirt cheap drum kit.
If you're broke or just want something to mess around with, it's a good opportunity.
I don't think there's a Target in the state of Vermont
Nice tip though.