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Thrift Stores, Antique Stores, and prepping
My wife loves thrift stores...  I have some weird days off this week and we decided to go to Ventura (CA) today to shop some thrift stores.  I decided I'd give myself a $20 budget and try to pick up some preparedness/survival stuff.  More on that below. 

This didn't come out of the blue... I've managed to make some great finds at thrift and antique stores in the past, and I know how valuable a place they can be.  While small successes are the norm, I'll relate my best find.  My wife went into an antique store 7 or 8 years ago while I went into the law enforcement supply store across the street.  She called me and asked if I'd like a military first aid kit.  I wasn't very excited but tried to act interested so I asked if it had snaps or buckles.  She said it was nylon and had a zipper and some buckles.  I asked what color and she said tan.  I said I'd come take a look.  Turns out it was a Recon Mountaineer Medic Bag.  It was filled with medical supplies to include needle decompression, Kerlix, Asherman Chest Seals, etc.  It was $35 and you damn well bet I bought it. 

Turns out the guy who ran the booth in the antique shop had a relative (son, step son, nephew, or something... don't remember) who was a medic in Afghanistan.  He had some stuff he didn't want anymore and asked this guy to get rid of it.  I told him it was worth more... He didn't care.  The bag alone is high-end stuff and I kept a bunch of the medical supplies for a while until it was expired and I still use the bag as my main major trauma kit that stays in my personal vehicle (POV) and goes whenever I'm in the field.

So today we went to three thrift stores and I purchased items from two of them.  I spent a total of  about $6.50 and if I didn't already have a bunch of supplies I'd have purchased more.  Here's a rundown:

In the first store we came in and I immediately went to the area where they have all the plates, cups, and kitchen supplies.  I found an aluminum pan, around 7-8 inches in diameter and an inch and a half (~) high... I've seen these used as camping cooking pans since they're really light.  It was $0.59.  I looked at the DVDs and (this isn't normal) I found a DVD on cleaning and maintaining the AR-15 rifle.  It was $1.99.  Then I checked the book area and found a very well known book on Glock handguns (not so much survival/preps, but I had to buy it for $1.99).  

In another store I found several water bottles.  I did a quick internet search on my phone and ended up picking up a stainless steel bottle for $2.95... When checking out we discovered everything was half off so it ended up costing about $1.50!  It's not a Kleen Kanteen, but for $1.50 I'd take it and I purchased it and we'll see how it works. 

I also found a space blanket ($1), some steel wool ($1) and a bunch of various cold weather stuff I'd pick up in a flat second if I didn't already have it.  If I needed a wider variety of stuff I saw various packs, suitcases, bags, an "off-road" children's stroller, candles, food prep supplies, and even golf clubs if I needed items of defense.  One store had eight to ten sleeping bags, blankets, clothing, sweatshirts, jackets, lots of kitchen knives and a couple knock-off Swiss Army-type knifes. 

At the end of the day, my only purchases were the aluminum pan, rifle DVD, Glock book, and the stainless steel water bottle.  I spent around $6.50 for those items and I'm happy.  I might have purchased more but my almost two-year old became impatient.

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Thrift Stores, Antique Stores, and prepping - by Chico Bill - 05-10-2017, 07:14 AM

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