I love this time of the year, its spring and the yard sales are starting. Every year I add to my preps for pennies on the dollar. Last week I bought a good Alice pack complete with fame and all the straps, plus a pistol belt, canteen and a small pouch for the total sum of $10.
This morning I bought a 300-gallon water tank with most of the piping to hook it up to rain gutters for $50. A great buy, since it had only been used for fresh water at a couple of home shows. The tank looks like it has never been used. By this afternoon, the tank will be set in place and filled. I won’t hook up the rain gutters at this time since it will probably be another 6 months before we get any rain.
On most Friday’s and Saturday’s I check out the local sales and flea markets early in the morning. Over the years, I have saved thousands of dollars buying preps from yard sales. I have bought everything from generators to tents. Estate sales are always my favorites; you never know what will show up. I have been to ones where the parents were preppers and the kids could care less. Mountain House #10 cans were a $1 each and other preps equally as cheap.
My rules for yards sales are always bargain, most people expect it. Don’t insult somebody’s stuff; just tell them that this is what you can afford to pay. Now I always try to go to yard sales in good to affluent neighborhoods. Most people in these neighborhoods just want to get rid of stuff and are not in it for the money. In poorer areas, people often need the money and the prices are not as good.
If you haven’t tried yard sale shopping, get busy and try it. I think you will be surprised at what you find. Also some of you that are experienced, let us know about your best finds.