A Simple, Alternate Method for Finding and Acquiring Military Surplus
Quite a number of people who are looking into how to acquire military surplus equipment seem to either not realize, or tend to forget, that there is actually a number of methods for doing so. Everyone knows about visiting their local military surplus store. And, a lot of people seem to be searching for that ‘secret’ auction that’s taking place somewhere — the one that only certain ‘insiders’ know about, but where the really, really good deals for the highest quality equipment not available through regular means are located.
However, there’s a couple more methods one could investigate that quite often provide attractive results. One does not need to simply seek out those government organized military surplus auctions, and, failing to find any, give up hopes of acquiring the military surplus they’re interested in. If you’re in the market for great deals on military surplus items, there’s no need to make your military surplus supplier your last stop before abandoning your search.
Ever think about garage sales? That’s right — your simple, common, local weekend afternoon garage sales can quite often provide some pretty amazing results. And, if you’re in the business of buying military surplus items for resale, local garage sales and rummage sales can quite often be somewhat of a goldmine.
It’s not uncommon at all for ordinary people to be storing a wealth of old military equipment in their attics or basements that once belonged to relatives who have now passed on, or no longer have an interest in keeping it for some reason. And, it is very common to find people in possession of such items to be highly motivated sellers — meaning that they’re willing to let the stuff go at exceptionally low prices. It’s really just ‘junk’ to them that’s taking up space. They have no idea what the fair market value of such goods are, and they just want rid of it. For this reason, finding old military items at local garage sales will often produce the best deals available anywhere.
Very often, if you do locate such items for sale at such garage sales, you’ll be able to purchase the items at prices well under what you can reasonably expect to get them for even at auction. I once acquired an authentic German WWII soldier’s helmet in like-new condition at a garage sale for $2.00 — yes, $2.00! On another occasion I acquired an authentic WWII era British Army hand-grenade, known commonly as a ‘Mills Bomb‘ (previously made non-functional, of course) at a rummage sale, pretty much for free! I was thinking about buying a very old book the seller had available and was trying to talk the seller down on their $50.00 price tag. Earlier, I had expressed interest to the seller in the grenade as well. As we haggled over the price of the book (I originally offered to pay the seller half of what they were asking) we eventually came to an agreement — $35.00, and they’d throw in the grenade (no play on words intended) for free.
If you live anywhere close to a moderately populated city there’s usually a fair number of such garage sales going on over most weekends. Why not make a habit of taking a tour around all the ones advertised in your area? During the spring and summer months I’ll usually take at least one Saturday or Sunday out of every month to take a tour of a number of garage sales and rummage sales in my area that I see advertised. Rarely do I ever go a season without finding at least one really good bargain on some piece of interesting military gear. And, even if I don’t happen to find any military related items I’m interested in, it’s almost guaranteed that I’ll stumble upon some sort of non-military related bargain in the process. I could, quite literally, fill pages upon pages telling you stories of all the items I’ve acquired at such sales over the years (military related and otherwise), then turned around and immediately re-sold those items at a profit.