from Survival Blog:
Last weekend, my spouse and I attended a very interesting auction. The auction was advertised as “Apocalypse Prepper Estate Auction.” It listed a large gun collection, large quantity of ammo, tools, household items, and four vehicles. The advertisement caught my eye, so off we went. We arrived in time to preview some of the items. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I stood there thinking it seemed as if he had used SurvivalBlog.com as a checklist. He had purchased every item ever mentioned in this blog. Then, I had to chuckle as I spotted a table with a dozen copies of Patriots by James Wesley, Rawles! Yes, he must have been a reader. We found a seat and prepared to see what kinds of deals we would be able to score and to people watch. Auctions can be very interesting entertainment at times. However, this one proved to not just be entertainment but an opportunity to learn some very important prepper lessons.
As the start of the auction approached, I looked around and saw well over 150 people at this auction. The auctioneer started the event by giving a few details of the estate. The auction was the estate of a 66 year old man who had recently and unexpectedly died. The family of the man asked the auctioneer to clean out the house. When the auctioneer arrived at the very small house, which was around 900 square feert, he found plastic totes stacked floor to ceiling, row after row, with just a path available through the center of the house. The auctioneer stated they found over 350 totes in the house along with a ton of food. The auctioneer threw out all the canned goods, wheat, et cetera and sorted through the items in the totes.
We stayed at the auction for over five hours, and at that time there were still enough items left to auction that it probably went for at least another hour to an hour and a half. They auctioned well over 100 guns– everything from your basic .22 pistol to AK47 to a Mosburg rifle. It was a prepper’s dream. There were tens of thousands of rounds of ammo; at least half of the five hours were devoted to auctioning the ammo! He had a dozen military surplus, camo colored rucksack/backpack type items that would be great bug out bags. He had several Kevlar vests, pressure cookers, a dozen geiger counters, a couple of expensive night vision scopes, at least two dozen gas mask kits, along with an entire tote of gas mask filters! He had hundreds of knives. There were so many knives that they auctioned them by the boxful. There were even Berkey water filters and Mountain House canned emergency food. There were so many items it would take me paragraphs and paragraphs to name it all.
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