Picked up a couple cheap prepping supplies….

This past weekend visited my local Goodwill store and found a couple of good deals.

The first one was a taped up mass of fabric and tarp material. I was not sure what it was – but for $4.99 I decided to take a chance. At a minimum I knew there was some tarp material that I could stash away in my shed. Upon opening I found that what I had bought was a small and very lightweight 2-man tent. Obviously used – the tent floor had a few duct tape repairs made by previous owner. Very serviceable.


The next item purchased was a pair of adjustable aluminum crutches – also for $4.99. My oldest son had just hurt his knee a few days prior and he could have used these. Never knowing what might happen in the future – I thought it was well worth the $4.99 and will stick them in my shed – just in case.

I am going to start visiting Goodwill a little more often.


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  1. I love the goodwill stores! Those are some nice finds. We picked up some crutches at a thrift store after hubby twisted his ankle and all we had was a cane for him to use. Most of the metal crutches say somewhere on them the size range they’ll fit–we didn’t check ours before buying them and hubby’s going to have to cut them down a bit to fit all us short folks! We’ve found some nice oil lamps, snow boots, wool blankets, cheap candles, and more there as well. You don’t always find something, but it’s usually worth browsing around.

  2. The Goodwill and Salvation Army are also good places to look for old fashion canning jars (metal lock ring style), too. You can find them online usually for a few dollars but at the Goodwill they can be had for a $1 to $1.50. They are great for keeping dried things like herbs and fruit.

  3. Now that you have crutches be sure to check that they are a proper size. Generally they adjust for persons over 5’10” or under 5’10”. You might need two different pairs to cover your family. Also be aware the rubber components (top crutch cushion, hand grips, and tips) will age and decompose during long storage and if used may wear out. You can get by without proper grips or cushions but if the tips become faulty the user can go down hard. If you haven’t got one, consider also getting a wheelchair with hard rubber wheels.

  4. Rourke,
    I apologize for goin’ off subject, but I thought everybody should know what I came across. Many of you might already know of this setup, but here goes: http://www.uscarb.com/ . These folks sell kits to adapt your generators to use propane, or natural gas, depending on what you want. Can’t wait! Looks easy to install, too!

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