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Top 50 Items To Be Bartered After SHTF

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3 comments to Top 50 Items To Be Bartered After SHTF

  • Craig Escaped Detroit

    Very worthy video.

    Socks was a good one.

    Glad that he covered both the emergency “barter” and the standard “commerce-trade” items.

    CHOCOLATE (it doesn’t “keep” forever, BUT, powdered COCOA keeps for years. Add oil & sugar, and if there is no other chocolate out there, this mixture will be quite valuable to people who are not on the edge of dieing, but want some “trade items” to make daily life less boring.)

    if we fall apart completely, then I think that solar panels (and deep cycle batteries, inverters, charge controllers, etc) will become very important items.

    A clever, inventive person, CAN remove the gas engine from the rotor tiller, and install an electric motor and operate the roto-tiller from an inverter and long extension cord feeding off the battery bank. (and it won’t make loud noises either).

    Keep in mind, that 3HP electric, is about equal to 5HP gas. AND, each 740 WATTS of electric motor size equals 1HP. So a 2HP electric motor consumes about 1500w. 5HP=3700w (you’d better have a true SINE wave inverter of at least 5kw (continuous) to operate a 5HP motor. And those motors, can have really big “start up/surge” requirements.

    For cutting metal, you’ll need plenty of hack saw blades (they break far too often). Also, some big BOLT cutters (and medium ones) not only cut metal rods, but may be needed for you to break into a locked shed. Tin snips too. How about some decent, hydraulic rivet tool and variety of rivets.

    When I was young, my dad took me on a fishing trip in part of Canada, and the remote cabins/lodge, (no power), used wood heat, and in winter, they’d venture onto the ice, and CUT big blocks of ice with chain saws, etc, and stack up the blocks in a barn and cover it with loads of saw dust to keep it cold. In the HOT summer I was there, (in the 90’s), we would go into the “ice barn” and chip some big chunks of ice for our coolers. This technique is hundreds or even thousands of years old. It works.

    Canning salt? Best price I found, is the so called “Swimming Pool Salt”. (Lowes, Home Depot, Walmart, etc), it’s $6 for 40 pounds. Like the man said, “100 pounds won’t last long enough”. Get MORE than 100 pounds.

    Sugar is also a “food preservative”. Normal western humans, consume MORE than 100 pounds per person each year. Get plenty of it, not just for coffee, but for CANNING fruits, jams, jellies, beer, wine, booze. It can also be put on wounds to help prevent infections. (yes, we know that Manuka honey is best, and other honey is better, but SUGAR goes WAY back in history for wound care.)

    Hydrogen peroxide, bundles of tooth brushes. Even tooth picks. I’m gonna get me a couple extra pairs of warm slippers, and plenty of extra socks, some more underwear, scarves & hats!

    For those HOT summer days working in the yard/garden, nothing beats a big brim SOMBRERO!!! I hope the dollar stores will have some again. It gives LOTS of shade, and channels even the slightest breeze onto your face.

    I wonder if this might be helpful in some situations? Wear one of those “workmen’s safety, REFLECTIVE vests, and a yellow HARD HAT, etc, while driving so that you look like you’re on your way to/from some legit job? Or traffic control, etc.

    If you and a couple “friends” are on a “scavenging tour” (such as taking things from the side of the road, or from buildings, etc), if you’ve all got reflective safety vests, hard hats, and orange road cones, yellow barrier tape, etc, you’re going to look a LOT more convincing.

    A very clever group, will also have CLIP BOARDS with “printed work orders” with your names on it and describing the job, etc. You can have a lot of different “work orders” ready to be used. So if somebody of “real authority” questions you,… you might get away with whatever you are doing. Don’t forget the walkie-talkies, etc. The more professional you appear, the less you will get stopped.

    If the SHTF really bad, then perhaps the local road crews will all go home and try to save their own families, and you may be able to “borrow” all kinds of “official vehicles” for your own crew.

    A nice “cherry picker” truck, and a crane, a well drilling rig, etc, may be nice to add to your stable. County road commissions, also have FARM tractors in their “yard”, back hoes, bobcats, trailers, etc.

    • Ed_B

      “Hydrogen peroxide, bundles of tooth brushes. Even tooth picks. I’m gonna get me a couple extra pairs of warm slippers, and plenty of extra socks, some more underwear, scarves & hats!”

      All great ideas, Craig, but don’t forget the gloves! We are all gonna be real busy during hard times and will be working harder than we ever thought possible. We won’t have time to slack off if we become injured. Our hands are especially vulnerable given the small size and large number of bones and joints in our hands. Good leather gloves are great to have for all kinds of work. Also some plastic or rubber ones work well for certain jobs. The good news is that they are all pretty cheap these days and quite a few can be stored in a 2x2x2 foot box.

      Same argument for good boots to protect our feet. 🙂

      • Craig Escaped Detroit

        @Ed, BINGO. GLOVES!!!
        I’ve got a few boxes of the nitrile gloves & latex ones too. I’ve got a bundle of the leather work gloves, cotton ones, etc, but I will pick up a bunch more.

        Don’t forget the HD water proof vinyl or plastic gloves just in case you’ve got to do some dirty work with toxic chemicals or manure, etc. Rubber boots and apron. Rain coat & hat, will also keep the fallout off your skin.

        Foot care, for sure. The list is endless of things that are useful and needed.

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