Thanks for all the suggestions and ideas. At some point I'll make a pie crust, especially if I want something special or out of the ordinary, such as with spices or herbs or of a particular size.
I bought a couple of shells today. There is a "trendy-spendy" market across from a client's house, so curiosity got the better of me since A) Trader Joe's had no shells and B) Whole Foods is all the way across town, and getting there @ 5:00pm could take a while because of traffic.
This place had a Betty Crocker shell, which was out of the question, but it was good to see the size, texture, price, and ingredient list. Another was from Mrs. Smiths, which makes frozen pies that a lot of people seem to like, but I chose to avoid that one as well since it looked deeper than what I wanted and because the other two looked more interesting. They were organic, looked to be about the depth I wanted, and came in whole wheat or regular. All the shells were in 2-packs - I guess that's normal. So, for $3.99 (a bit on the high side?) I got two regular organic shells in which to make the "refrigerator pies." For the moment, mission accomplished. Next is the taste and baking tests. Can't wait.