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Top 10 Prepper Items You Can Find At A Garage Sale

Published on March 31, 2016 by   ·   No Comments


Anna Hunt – Offgrid Outpost

Garage sales are great places to look for bargains on some very important survival and prepper items, giving you an opportunity to save some money. Spring is one of the best times of the year for garage sales. Not only is the weather improving, but lots of people are doing some spring cleaning and getting rid of unwanted clutter. They may not realize that some of this ‘clutter’ is actually quite valuable and may come handy in an emergency. Here’s a list of top 10 prepper items to put on your shopping list before you head out and start rummaging around garage sales:

1. Emergency Supplies – These include basic emergency items such as first aid kits, radios, flashlights, candles, unused medical supplies (even things such as crutches, slings, and unopened packages of alcohol wipes), face masks, latex gloves, etc. Even half used candles can be melted and used tomake your own larger ones.

2. Gear for Your Bug Out Bag – First of all, if you don’t own a bug out bag, you could look for a good quality backpack and start stocking it with things like a raincoat, flashlight, lighter, matches, small camping stove, multi-tool knife, few essential hygiene items, and even  a small tarp and blanket. Many of these items can be found at a yard sale…OK perhaps not hygiene products…but you get the idea. Look around and see what you can find. You should always be on a look out for extra backpacks, especially if you need extra bug-out bags for your children’s school lockers and a survival emergency kit for the car.

3. Kitchen Items – Prepper kitchen tools are a bit different than your standard kitchen appliances because you want items that will come in handy when there is limited or no electricity. You might have most success finding these at estate sales and garage sales where older people lived. Manual kitchen tools include hand mixers, meat grinders, manual can openers, and metal graters. Also consider looking for mason jars and any other type of canning equipment (especially if you are preserving your own food, or want to give it a try), as well as any other glass containers that would work well for storing water.

4. Cast Iron Cookware – This kitchen item deserves its own category becausecast iron cookware can be quite pricey when bought new. Cast iron holds up great over time, as long as you take care of it, and is quite versatile. You can use this cookware in the oven, on any type of stove top, and even on an open fire.

5. Games and Puzzles – We’ve become so accustomed to having TV, computers and electronic devices, but most of these devices won’t work after a few hours without electricity, unless you have your own off-the-grid power source. Old-fashion card and board games, as well as puzzles, can make for a great way to pass the time and lift your spirit.

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