Maybe you’ve been interested in stocking up on supplies in order to be prepared if a disaster were to come your way, but you feel as though it’s something that you can’t afford? And you’re absolutely right to question what’s needed and whether can you afford them. Prepping costs do quickly add up, but that doesn’t mean that you should give up.
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Believe it or not, you can head to your local thrift shop and probably find several of those items that you’re looking for, while paying only a small fraction of the amount you expected. Here are some prepping items that you can find at your local thrift store or flea market.
Finding prepping items at the thrift store isn’t something new, it’s been around for ages. If you haven’t purchased my book, here it is: “Prepare Your Family For Survival” by Linda Loosli. I thank you from the bottom of my heart if you have purchased it. I hope you find it helpful as you go through the preparation journey.
You’ve struck gold if you stumble across camping gear that’s barely been used. Many of you already know that tents and camping stoves aren’t cheap when you buy them brand new, but at a thrift shop, you’ll feel like you’re pretty darn lucky!
What happens if you’re having to get around on foot, but are dealing with an excruciatingly painful sprained ankle? You certainly won’t be going anywhere too far. You may score big on medical equipment or supplies that can come in handy the next time you visit a thrift store or a local flea market.
Don’t hesitate to pick up a set of crutches or a wheelchair because you never know when you’ll need them.
It’s a no-brainer why you’ll be needing several of these. If you can’t find any decent ones at your thrift shop, there’s sure to be a huge supply of them at your local flea market.
You’re going to need a number of tools to get the job done after a disaster strikes. Do some hunting for screwdrivers, hammers, wrenches, and other handy tools while you’re there.
You may even get lucky and run across an ax handle or an old chainsaw that just needs a tune-up. You’ll need these to cut down wood to create a shelter, build a fire for warmth and cooking, and to clear the roads and yard covered with debris.
Knives will be extremely important, especially if you wake up one day living in a post-apocalyptic world. Make sure that you have a handful of them in case one breaks or becomes too dull. They’re also a critical weapon if you are put in a situation where you have to defend yourself or family members.
Flashlights are an item that you shouldn’t have too much difficulty tracking down at your thrift store. They’re super cheap, and if you visit at the right time, you may even come across one or two heavy-duty ones as well.
Following a disaster, it’s extremely important to know what is going on all around you. If you find a small portable radio, don’t let that deal slip you by.
Take a look in their cookware section and see if they have a cast-iron skillet that you can purchase. Though you’ll be paying a little more here than on other items, they’re versatile and can last forever. Pay close attention to other cookware essentials that can be used over a fire pit.
Can-openers are an important item that every prepper should have. They may even have a meat grinder or food dehydrators and sealers that you’ll be needing. Consider electric units and manually operated ones since you might not have power.
Sewing supplies can come in handy for a number of different uses. You’ll need them not only to repair clothing, but for suturing a wound or to use for fishing. You may thank yourself later for gathering extra needles and thread, as well as zippers and buttons.
On those wet and rainy days when you’re required to be outside, you’ll need rain gear such as boots and ponchos to keep dry. Just be sure to steer clear of heavy trees and fences that can tear or snag your gear.
Another group of items that you can find there are hats, gloves, and winter jackets. They even have snow pants on rare occasions. The best time to start looking is during the summer, where they’ll be at their cheapest.
Hunting and Fishing Gear
When you’re able to track down camouflage clothing, it’s usually something that’s barely been worn, especially when a hunter decides that they’re no longer wanting to use it. You’ll pay only a small fraction of what you would if you were to buy them at a place like the Bass Pro Shop.
You can even track down old fishing rods, reels, tackle boxes, and many other types of fishing gear.
On occasion, you may find rakes, shovels, and even manual tillers that can be used on your self-sustaining vegetable garden.
Boots can be very expensive, especially considering how often you find yourself wearing them. But you’re going to need them if you’re ever left out in a winter snow storm.
If you find a pair when you’re visiting, double-check to make sure that the soles have held up and that there aren’t any cracks or holes. You don’t want water getting in there and making your feet miserable.
After the power has gone out and it happens in the dead of winter, you’ll wish you had several more blankets. After all, you can never have too many.
Not only can they be used to keep your family warm, but you can wrap up supplies with them and tear them up and use them as bandages if you absolutely need to. In case you missed this post, 6 Reasons To Store Blankets
Books, Card, and Board Games
Don’t be left without any entertainment and fun after the power’s gone out. Thrift shops are loaded with this type of stuff, and you’ll only be paying only pennies on the dollar for them.
Just because these items are on my list of prepping items that you can find at your local thrift store, does not guarantee that all of these items will be there. It may require you to be patient and visit often in order for you to find what you are looking for.
While you’re there, think about how you could use these different types of items for emergency purposes. What are some neat prepping items that you’ve already stumbled upon that you’d be willing to share? I’d love to hear from you.
I hope you’re able to find some of these prepping items at a thrift store near you. May God Bless this world, Linda.
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