|Good home work Jay. Cruising along other aisles is a very good idea to find extra source of material!!! I sometimes do it to find ideas too, but without my wife, because she always says, "what are you going to buy again?" In kitchen ware, you should find teflon like stuff in "cutting plates", well you know, 'plastic' plates where you put food on you want to slice (don't know exact word...)
Putting/removing skates and protec stuff is dangerous for my back too, you were lucky to have a problem after session, I had once just before trying a new vert..... too bad...
Cheers and have fun!!!!!