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Halloween 2021 Warning OP-ORDER Seek & Acquire!!


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easterneagle87

Since "Latest Acquisitions" has been taken off line, where to put this???  

OK, here is my annual Halloween Warning Order to SEEK and ACQUIRE posting. Yes!! It is that time of year to recon your local Thrift, Goodwill, Salvation Army, Peddlers Fairs, etc., in hopes of finding those great re-surfacing uniforms and STUFF!!! You are tasked with the defense of making first strike acquisitions against Billy the Nose Picker and the Goth Horde from destroying valued pieces of history! 

 

I am a man of actions and plan to lead from the front. with that said, I hit my local Goodwill today to scout the potential target rich location. Although the objective was limited, as they had just started putting items out last night, I did survey the rack and found good beginnings, but no nuggets. Continuing my search, I checked the women's head gear bin ( NEVER - NEVER pass up womens hats!! - who else wears berets besides snake eaters?!? - The LADIES!!).  A second glance and I saw a swatch of green. Sadly not a 5th Group VN, and no flash, but a plain jane green beanie. The tag was clipped, but me thinks it is a Denmark rifle green. Stamped 7 - 7 1/8. If I have a treasure, let me know. I was happy with the $3.99 tag and I kicked in the penny for the food bank. But wait ... I'm over 55 (Gosh .. the 13 yr old in me hates to admit the advancement in my age) and got the "old guy" discount as a bonus. there are a couple of scuff on the front and I don't know or can tell if it is wear or moth action. 

 

Now it is your turn. Happy hunting!          

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easterneagle87
14 minutes ago, Brig said:

Right here works. Or we can move it to uniforms, if you prefer

 

I'm good here 🤗

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It’s kind of slim pickings in the new town I moved to, but I get a paid day off to travel to get sworn in as a lawyer Friday and I plan to leave early and use the extra time to hit every goodwill and antique shop on my way. Hopefully I have something to show at the end. 

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It varies a lot in Iowa depending on what store you go into. Navy jumpers can be 3-5, most uniforms, helmets, and field gear are 7-9.99. The occasions that I hit the jackpot and find something like a ww2 dress uniform they are normally 19.99. 

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Most of the uniforms I’ve seen are $6-10, maybe more if they have pants and a hat.
 

I’ve had pretty solid luck this year so far- let’s hope it holds.

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On my last trip I hit 6-7 stores and didn’t really find much worth grabbing, some Korea and Vietnam era uniforms. But only for stateside divisions. 
 

I did make a great find at a surplus store, a really great ww1 35th inf div, 110 ammo train uniform with the soldiers paybook. I think it is kind or relevant here because, although it did not come from a goodwill, when I was getting it the store owner said he was glad a collector was getting it and it wouldn’t end up being used as a Halloween costume. It turns out a “young man” had been in and thought it would make a cool costume. 

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These are impressive finds.  From my experience at thrift stores or donation centers, it's an odd dress green jacket with no insignia or an ACU.  Slim pickings.  Your mileage may vary depending on your location of course. 

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