Via War News Updates.
I’ve been to a couple of the stores they mention.
There’s a lot less military surplus sold at military surplus stores these days.
In the last several years, the U.S. military has made major changes in how it disposes of used and unneeded items, putting a crimp in the supply lines of mom-and-pop surplus stores.
“It’s getting harder to get a lot of the real surplus,” said Jaime Edell Naylor, co-owner of the sprawling Surplus Store in Los Angeles. The business started out in 1945 selling leftover parts from military aircraft.
I don’t have any surplus stuff (expect my poncho liners), but when I was on active duty, I actually liked to collect surplus gear. I got the bug way back in high school, and over the years, had a pretty fair collection of stuff. I have long been oddly fascinated by the load carrying equipment from various armies over various periods of time (though mostly post-WWII).
I got rid of all of it when I left the Army, but I still enjoy going to a good surplus store. But as the article notes, there’s a lot more “store” than “surplus” these days.