After a recent tip over of a lightstand (no damage, I saved it well before it hit the ground), I looked around for prices for sandbags and was surprised at what they cost. I thought it would be interesting to see what DIY ones would cost me, and it was a huge savings without a huge drop in quality at all. Mine cost me about 1/10th the price of store bought ones that I could find locally. The small ones are single 6 pound bags and the larger ones are 28 pounds each. I use the smaller ones as counterweights for the boom and the larger ones to hold the lightstands down and keep them from tipping over. I made 2 of each and the total cost of the project was about $8.25 Canadian, including the pre-dried sand. Credit has to go to my mother for the sewing (labour is where I am sure I saved the most on!), she did an awesome job. Each sand bag is double lined and triple stitched for longevity... not that I will be all that hard on them anyways.