Have you been to a thrift store lately? Well, you can get some really good emergency preparedness items and so much more if you know what you’re looking for. Mark and I just ran to a local thrift store in Southern Utah the other day to check and see what’s available for sale.
Here’s the deal, you can get some really good buys on several items you may want to stock for emergencies. You will pay pennies on the dollar, literally. Sometimes the furniture is priced too high so I would walk right past those gems.
One man’s junk is another man’s treasure. People donate some good stuff, my friends. Sure some of it is junk, but we have to look past that when we want to score some items we really need.
About a year ago I went with a friend and her daughter to buy some dressy shoes for the prom at our local thrift store and walked out with brand name shoes that were very expensive when originaly sold new. Oh, and she bought her jewelry for the dance as well. Her daughter borrowed the dress from a friend so she ended up spending about $12.00 to go to high school dance. I call that a score moment. She looked beautiful for the dance.
I have a reader that sends me messages when she finds a real deal at a thrift store in her town. Sometimes we need to step outside the box so we can purchase preps that are slightly used and cheaper than the brand new sticker price.
One thing you need to
If you visit a Walmart or Target or whatever store is near you and they have new items drastically reduced you can decide if that item is cheap enough to purchase.
One thing I remember buying was a Sun Oven, they rarely go on sale, I mean really on sale. Well, a local store in town had some with last years models several years ago and they wanted to get rid of them. They were priced about $150.00 off the original price so I bought an additional one for my emergency stash.
Thrift Store Kitchen Items
1. Hand Crank Egg Beaters:
You can use these for beating eggs and whipping cream without electricity.
2. Coffee Percolators:
If you are wondering how to make coffee when you lose power, these are great for making coffee or boiling water.
These are great for mixing up cakes, cookies, or brownies. They also work great for pancakes and waffles.
4. Stainless Steel Soup Pans:
If you have a large soup pan you can make soup for your family and the neighborhood if you need help those in need. They work great for boiling pasta as well.
5. Stainless Steel Strainers:
I have four or five strainers, you can never have too many of these. They work great for straining pasta, washing fruit, and vegetables.
Mark and I received a nut cracker for Christmas from some awesome neighbors. I haven’t had a nut cracker to split nuts for years. Great gift.
7. Stainless Steel Water Pitchers:
I must say, I love items that are not breakable. I have 17 grandkids and with all the family cooking in the kitchen several times a year, I really do not want anything that is breakable. I have a soft heart and will never be angry when something gets broken. I want my grandkids to love cooking together. Enough said. Plus, these would be great to serve water to the neighbors after a disaster in the neighborhood.
8. Cast Iron Griddles:
If you can find some cast iron griddles that are not warped, you should be able to scrub them with steel wool or coarse salt to remove any rust on them. I wash them with hot soapy water and rinse them and then season them. Cast Iron Pans
9. Cast Iron Pans:
These are perfect for eggs, fried foods, biscuits, and so many other recipes.
10. Cast Iron Dutch Ovens:
Who doesn’t love biscuits, bread, breakfast casserole in one of these? They are awesome!
11. Muffin Tins:
If you have a few different sized muffin tins, you can bake muffins outside in a Sun Oven, Camp Chef Stove/Oven Combo, or a Volcano Stove.
12. Pizza Pans:
If you can find a used cast iron pizza pan, you will love baking pizza outside on your barbecue!!
13. Mason Jars:
If you can find some used mason jars that say Kerr or Ball, they are real canning jars. Please watch for chips and cracks.
14. Cookie Sheets:
Here’s the deal, you can never have too many cookie sheets, right? I use them for serving food, making cookies, and cinnamon rolls.
15. Metal Plates and Cups:
If by chance you find some non-rusty metal plates, they are awesome for eating outside. They won’t break and you can heat the cups on a rocket stove or a Kelly Kettle. Here is my demo using a Kelly Kettle
You can buy cookbooks for next to nothing at a thrift store. I have found some really good buys for less than $1.00 per cookbook.
If you can find some large metal spoons or ladles you can use them when making soups for the neighborhood.
18. Can Openers:
This one is a little tricky, but you may find brand new ones for less than a dollar in the original wrapper. I wouldn’t buy an overly used can opener, I need them to work.
You can never have to many spatulas, we need so many different sizes to serve groups of people.
20. Cheese Graters:
I know a lot of people, including myself, purchase cheese already grated, but I still grate some cheese occasionally. These are awesome to have in case grated cheese is no longer an option.
21. Stove Popcorn Popper:
I just bought a stovetop popcorn popper for my emergency stash. When we have an extended power outage we will love some popcorn, trust me. Popcorn tastes great with or without butter. Just make sure you have some salt. This is the one I bought, in case you may be wondering: Stainless Steel Popcorn Popper
22. Large Stainless Steel Bowls:
I think my 18-inch bowl was a wedding gift. That means that bowl will be 50 years old this summer. I used to make bread in that bowl until I could afford a Bosch Bread Mixer. There are so many things you can do with these large bowls. You can boil water and wash dishes in them. You can also wash clothes in them if you had to.
23. Washtub Buckets:
If you can find some good washtub buckets, that would be awesome. Add a washboard and you can wash clothes in them.
If you can find some good vintage clothespins they work similar to the really nice Kevin’s Clothespins. If they were made prior to 1960 those would be awesome! I bought Kevin’s Clothespins because I couldn’t find any decent ones.
When you were growing up did you hang sheets outside? I still remember them blowing in the wind. Watch for a really sturdy clothesline.
26. Clothespin Holder:
This is a bag that hangs on the clothesline and holds the clothespins for you.
27. 5-Gallon Buckets:
You can never have too many buckets. These are great if they are food grade. You can pick up Gamma Lids for them.
28. 6-Gallon Buckets:
This size is perfect for emergency toilets. You don’t have to squat down as far. You can pick up an emergency toilet seat for these.
Thrift Store Clothing
If they have the sizes you need, that’s a score. You can also cut these up and make quilts.
30. Winter Coats:
Be on the lookout for brands like North Face, that’s a score.
31. Winter Boots:
These are boots you can put in your car to use in case of an emergency. Be sure and put socks in the car as well.
32. Hiking Boots:
Here again, these can be boots you keep at work or in the car and use when a disaster hits your location. Don’t forget some good wool socks.
33. Winter Gloves/Mittens:
You never want cold hands, store these in your car or at your office.
34. Winter Scarves:
When it’s cold, we will want a scarf or two to warm our head and neck.
35. Baseball Cap or Sun Hats:
These are great for protecting our heads from the heat and sunshine.
36. Work Gloves:
You can never have too many really good work gloves. If you see the ones you love,
These are fairly common at thrift stores, they can be used for so many things.
Thrift Store Camping Supplies
38. Sleeping Bags:
Hopefully they can sell these at your local thrift store because some stores worry about bed bugs. Even so, check them out and watch for bugs. Bed bugs leave small brown spots (feces) everywhere. You can’t miss the spots.
Some people donate these after only camping once or twice. Score, nearly new tents!
40. Hot Dog or Marshmallow Sticks:
Who doesn’t love hot dogs over a fire, right? And we can make smores with those sitcks.
41. Ice Chests:
If you can’t see any cracks and it isn’t warped these are awesome for emergencies when the power goes out.
Thrift Store Items We Can All Use
You can never have too many blankets, they can be used to divide rooms, keep warm and help a protect someone in shock.
You can never have too many quilts, especially the ones grandma used to make. They keep you extra warm when the heat is out.
44. Wool Blankets:
These are great for warmth and fire protection.
45. Used Books:
Why pay full price for a book, right? Put some in your car for emergency time spent reading. Also good for your 72-hour kits.
46. Used Games:
If you can get some board games for less money and all the pieces are in the box, this is a great item to store for emergencies.
Did you notice all these items can be used without