Okay when I see a 'garage' or 'yard' sale signs - I think ‘good stuff cheap’.  And, depending on where you live the item can be new or practically new at that.

I know what you’re thinking because I thought the same thing. 

The first couple of times I went it was weird rummaging through other people’s “personal stuff”.  But then after seeing that the owners didn’t care I thought, why should I? And, after a few great deals – I got over it real fast.

I’ve gotten gobs of good stuff.  I found new hiking boots, ponchos, cast iron skillets, a grinder, and tents and so on and so forth – all new mind you – at next to nothing too.  And I mean that literally.  It’s not a deal if it’s over $10 bucks to me and most times I keep it down to a dollar or two.

I’m getting pretty good at finding prep stuff now.  I’ve learn to map out my strategy by using the internet and newspaper, and go to homes that well, have a higher income than I have (not hard to do) and want to get rid of those gifts received from the holidays or birthdays that they would never use or possibly already have one.  Those are the homes where people wouldn’t be caught dead returning something to a store.  So, instead they wait until their community has a garage sale and use this opportunity to get rid of the stuff.  My gain!

Again I stress most of the things I buy are brand-new in the box or package.  Now it has becomes the thrill of the hunt.

Think of all those ex-military enthusiasts, ex-camping enthusiasts, un-ambitious want-to-be gourmet cooks who have tired of their hobbies and have things just lying around in their homes or garages that they want to clear out.  

This has been my salvation.  I don't know about you, but I have a running survival list, But, I have found there are things I haven't thought until I saw it. Like when I bought a 20 gallon solar water bag.  If you don’t have access to hot water for some reason or another during a disaster, you can fill that puppy up, sit it or hang it in the sun and in a very short order you have hot water to wash with and to wash things with.  That was not on my list, but for $3 new in the box, it had my name on it.

See what I mean?  Garage selling is a great and inexpensive way to collect survivor items. 

I am pretty picky when it comes to making deals though.  If I have to spend too much time fixing something or cleaning something up then I take a pass on it.  That’s not my mission to spend money and fix something too.  I want the best deal for the least amount of money.   

You can also do the same thing at farm auctions and estate sales too as these are great sources for such things as tools, shelving, and canning jars.   There are also, the marketing sites on the internet such as e-bay and Craigslist you may want to consider.

The saying “one man’s junk is another man’s treasure” sure rings true in this situation.  The economy is not what it was.  People need money and well we need survival items.  What a beautiful thing!  A match made in heaven!

Now practice saying this. “Would you take a dollar for this?”

- Survivor Jane










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