Last year, I wrote a couple of posts about finding great prepping gear at flea markets. You can read those posts here and here. For years I have heard that the best flea market in the region is located in Hillsville, Virginia on Labor Day weekend. So, a buddy and I decided to check it out on Friday. I had never seen this many people selling in a single location. The entire town became one large flea market!
As you may know, I am quite fond of military surplus items. During my rounds to all the tables with surplus goods, I found sleep systems in the $125 to $150 dollar range – about average. I wasn’t necessarily in the market for another sleep system, but I’m open to anything if a good enough deal comes along. Eventually, I found an older gentleman selling old surplus items. I found a sleep system with a black compression sack. When I flipped over the price tag, I nearly fell over…$50.00! These are the same ones that sell for at least double that online. I had never seen them under $60, even on eBay. I inspected the bag and made sure that all four pieces were there and that they were, in fact, military items. My friend grabbed one, and I grabbed the other. Even though I wasn’t in the market for one, how could I pass up a $50 sleep system? Even though I already have one, now my wife has one for carry, as well.or years I have heard that the best flea market in the region is located in Hillsville, Virginia on Labor Day weekend. So, a buddy and I decided to check it out on Friday. I had never seen this many people selling in a single location. The entire town became one large flea market!
The rest of my money went to MREs. The dates on these were good and the boxes had really been taken care of. Everything was dry, and they had been stored in a cool area. I picked up five cases at $60 per case. I don’t plan to live on these things, but I do think that they have a place in prepping plans. I have found these a little cheaper online, but once you factor in shipping, and in some states sales tax, it’s hard to beat $60.
There are great deals to be had out there. You just have to find the time and do a bit of walking to find them. By the way, for anyone interested in going to that particular flea market in the future…it’s a lot of walking. I’d say we walked about five miles that day.