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The ugly truth about the military surplus business
« on: April 07, 2012, 03:51:28 PM »
I know most people think the military surplus business is all about the glitz and glamour.  What with all the starlets showing up at all hours and the quick trips to the French Riviera to sell an Alice pack to a third world dictator. 

True, it is all that, but there is a dirty side too.

A side that most people will not speak of.  Today I will give you a glimpse into that dirty, seedy, sordid world of military surplus. 

The following pictures may not be suitable for small children.  Or small adults.  :-*

Before it gets to you in a nice package, a sorting and culling process must be completed.



Some of these frames will not make the cut and end up being recycled into Pepsi cans, or worse.



The lair is opened so that the mess can be organized, more or less (really just less)



Who in their right mind would dare enter?




This is not the bat cave, although I'm pretty sure there are a few utility belts around here somewhere.




Now back to the hot tub.  Don't want to keep those starlets waiting. Hope you enjoyed the tour.
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Re: The ugly truth about the military surplus business
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2012, 04:02:16 PM »
Don't get much choice when you have to buy the whole lot, do you?!!

I remember as a kid seeing the ads for the Willy Jeeps in Popular Mechanics.  You could get one for like $500.  When I got my license I sent off for information about getting one.  LOL After a phone call, the guy on the other end cleared things up for me.  You were buying a few train cars full of parts (literally) and if you were lucky, there would be enough to put one or two together.  LOL

Needless to say, I never got into the Willy Jeep business! LMAO

I feel your pain!

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Re: The ugly truth about the military surplus business
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2012, 04:20:34 PM »
Don't get much choice when you have to buy the whole lot, do you?!!

I remember as a kid seeing the ads for the Willy Jeeps in Popular Mechanics.  You could get one for like $500.  When I got my license I sent off for information about getting one.  LOL After a phone call, the guy on the other end cleared things up for me.  You were buying a few train cars full of parts (literally) and if you were lucky, there would be enough to put one or two together.  LOL

Needless to say, I never got into the Willy Jeep business! LMAO

I feel your pain!

No pain at all, in fact I am comfortably numb at this point.   ;)  You are right that you need to be selective about the lots you buy.  You can get a whole mess of worthless junk if you aren't careful.  But sometimes you find some nuggets of gold.  It can be alot of fun if you don't mind dust, mold and that musty surplus smell.

I really have discovered I enjoy messing with this stuff.  Especially the alice gear that was standard issue when I was in the service and is now "classic".

I retired at an early age and this is my way of staying busy and out of my wife's hair.

The only downside is I'm my own boss, so I work for a real creep.  >:D
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Re: The ugly truth about the military surplus business
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2012, 04:41:45 PM »
DAMN now that is a garage I wouldn't mind a wander through LOL
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Re: The ugly truth about the military surplus business
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2012, 05:23:57 PM »
This should be fun...how much food do I need to bring?
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Re: The ugly truth about the military surplus business
« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2012, 06:18:34 PM »
This should be fun...how much food do I need to bring?

Don't bring food, I have a well stocked pantry, two fridges and a big freezer. 

If you want to bring liquid refreshment, that would be fine. 


Easy - I continually find things in there that I forgot I have, usually when I'm looking for something else.
You are welcome to wander in whenever you find yourself in the area.
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Re: The ugly truth about the military surplus business
« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2012, 07:13:04 PM »
This should be fun...how much food do I need to bring?

Don't bring food, I have a well stocked pantry, two fridges and a big freezer. 

If you want to bring liquid refreshment, that would be fine. 


Easy - I continually find things in there that I forgot I have, usually when I'm looking for something else.
You are welcome to wander in whenever you find yourself in the area.

I do plan  one day to wander  the country by  bicycle so if you happen to see a hillbilly with an alice pack strapped on his bike wearing a Ford racing hat  chances are it might be me :D
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Re: The ugly truth about the military surplus business
« Reply #7 on: April 08, 2012, 01:19:42 AM »
Popcans?   Oh no....      Now see.. I see potential to use them in the garden.  :)   Zipstrip three together and you've got tomato cages.   Zip strip them across the top...spread out the bottom and throw plastic over it and you've got mini greenhouses.    Rig up a mesh netting on them, strap to husband and make him stand next to you while your picking apples off a tree.. fill 'im up.. let HIM carry all the apples to the car..  ha ha ha....

Lots of potential with those frames.  :)

ANd if you find a pack with a hole in it...  I know how to patch!!    :) 

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Re: The ugly truth about the military surplus business
« Reply #8 on: April 08, 2012, 01:41:26 AM »
Sooo.... I'm thinking of getting an Alice pack... Know where I can get one? And where can I find frames for them?  8)   :rofl:

Nice bat cave you got there. :)
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Re: The ugly truth about the military surplus business
« Reply #9 on: April 08, 2012, 09:50:06 AM »
''that musty surplus smell''.........that's one of the odors that I miss and will never forget from my youth when my Dad would take me to Sioux City to the General Store.  I remember the WWII and Korean War era packs, canteen covers, sleeping bags, shovel covers, BAR belts with all those great pockets, and other heavy cotton canvas surplus goods all emitted that wonderful heady aroma that wafted through the air as soon as we walked through the doors 8).    Kind of like the smell of a new box of Crayola Crayons when you first flip the top of the new green and yellow box......it's just one of those smells that evoke fond memories for me 8)
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Re: The ugly truth about the military surplus business
« Reply #10 on: April 08, 2012, 10:20:40 AM »
Sooo.... I'm thinking of getting an Alice pack... Know where I can get one? And where can I find frames for them?  8)   :rofl:

Nice bat cave you got there. :)

I might have an idea or two but the international postage is higher than the cost of the pack. 
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Re: The ugly truth about the military surplus business
« Reply #11 on: April 08, 2012, 10:22:58 AM »
''that musty surplus smell''.........that's one of the odors that I miss and will never forget from my youth when my Dad would take me to Sioux City to the General Store.  I remember the WWII and Korean War era packs, canteen covers, sleeping bags, shovel covers, BAR belts with all those great pockets, and other heavy cotton canvas surplus goods all emitted that wonderful heady aroma that wafted through the air as soon as we walked through the doors 8).    Kind of like the smell of a new box of Crayola Crayons when you first flip the top of the new green and yellow box......it's just one of those smells that evoke fond memories for me 8)

If you want I can probably bag up some of that smell and send it to you, no charge  ;).
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Re: The ugly truth about the military surplus business
« Reply #12 on: April 10, 2012, 12:01:33 PM »
Reminds me that I need to get a frame from you, and a molle pad, and all sorts of other stuff.. In a couple weeks, once I'm settled.
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Re: The ugly truth about the military surplus business
« Reply #13 on: April 10, 2012, 01:33:39 PM »
Reminds me that I need to get a frame from you, and a molle pad, and all sorts of other stuff.. In a couple weeks, once I'm settled.

That's easily done, whenever you are ready give a shout.  And you know I love the trading, so if you run into more stuff, I'm open for offers.
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