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Creative Halloween Costumes Ideas

The best Halloween costume ideas are the creative ones. Anyone can order a costume online – but how about going as an 80s movie heartthrob? How about dressing up as a character from a cult classic, or going as a character that is immediately recognizable but that no one would think to do? That’s where gold is at. Go with a creative Halloween costume, not a boring one, and if you are running low on ideas, we’ve got your back. Here are some creative Halloween costume ideas, all of which you can make conveniently at the Surplus Store.   80s Movies Love the 80s? Love cheesy bromance? Look no further than Top Gun. This costume works on a lot of levels, not least of which is that everyone loves Top Gun. If you want...

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Burning Man Art: A Movement of Themes

Burning Man Art: A Movement of Themes

The iconic event known as Burning Man started off with a small population of 35 just individuals when founders Larry Harvey and Jerry James burned a human effigy on a San Francisco beach, the first example of Burning Man Art. From here the festival grew rapidly, but the spirit of artistic expression never wavered even as the masses flocked to each new festival. Each year the Man, well… burned, and each year the audience steadily grew. With each new person came new ideas and ways of expression that eventually turned the effigy burning into a full on phenomena. Burning Man would make its way to Nevada’s Pershing County and develop into a community of artists and free thinkers that uphold an inclusive philosophy. Every year the weeklong festival erects Black Rock...

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Blue Coats to Modern Military Uniforms: A History of U.S. Military Attire

Blue Coats to Modern Military Uniforms: A History of U.S. Military Attire

Modern military uniforms are the result of centuries of refinement, the apex of function and efficiency – and it all started with a blue coat and white overalls. Changes to the United States military uniform have been gradual but the goal has always been the same: keep our boys safe, keep them stocked, and keep America strong. The influences are numerous, even down to the materials, but the results have proven iconic. So let us take you through eras of American history and see the evolution of our modern military uniforms from humble beginnings. The American Revolution to The War of 1812 Considering the circumstances around the American Revolution, it’s no surprise that the Continental Army uniforms were nearly identical to those of the British. The main distinguishing factor of the standardized...

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Coachella Survival Guide 2018

Coachella Survival Guide 2018

In case you haven't heard, Coachella is coming! Of course you've heard. Arguably the most well-renowned music and arts festival kicks off in just a few days on April 13th! Festival goers, music fanatics and all-around fun people are gearing up for an exciting time in sunny Indio, California. With a lineup of top acts from a variety of genres, talented artists, beautiful weather and your closest crew of friends, this festival is sure to be the highlight of your year! Making it a successful, exciting and safe experience requires some planning and preparation, though, and we've got you covered in that aspect. Prepare for the Coachella Valley Sun! Any event that takes place outdoors in California will likely feature heavy dosages of sun rays. Coachella is no exception, and that's okay!...

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Camping Paradise: Big Sur

Camping Paradise: Big Sur

There are few places more beautiful than California’s own Big Sur. With beaches and campgrounds, Big Sur has just about everything you’d need to enjoy a weekend outdoors. Are you into eating unique foods, hiking, swimming, lounging on the beach or just relaxing and having a peaceful time reading a book under the stars? A camping trip at Big Sur will help you achieve all of those things. Preparation is key, however, and we’ve got your Big Sur Camp Guide right here! Save Your Money – Go Authentic! Big Sur is one of the most popular destinations for anybody looking for a beautiful, relaxing and exciting adventure (which is just about everyone). Lodging, as you can imagine, is quite expensive in such a highly demanded destination. There are cabins for rent,...

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Helpful Ideas For Your Holiday Care Package For Your Deployed Loved One

Helpful Ideas For Your Holiday Care Package For Your Deployed Loved One

Send Your Deployed Service Member a Caring Package The military holiday care package narrative is about deployed service members receiving personal packages in the mail from their loved ones back home. For the brave men and women who will be overseas and deployed during the holidays, such as Thanksgiving and Christmas, they will be monumentally grateful for anything that would be sent their way. Figuring out and choosing the contents to send in your holiday care package will be instrumental in helping you feel a lot closer to your loved ones. It'll be tough for deployed military members to be away from their friends and family throughout the holidays, so it's paramount to decide on the things that you can and should mail to military personnel in foreign destinations. Here are...

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To Assemble the Perfect Last Minute DIY Halloween Costumes...Come Into Our Store!

To Assemble the Perfect Last Minute DIY Halloween Costumes…Come Into Our Store!

The Surplus Store last minute DIY Halloween costumes! Come to The Surplus Store for last minute DIY Halloween costumes! We have great costume ideas that you can put together at our store with ease. If you haven't gathered any ideas so far, you can be assured that with our variety of costumes and uniforms, you can have a unique costume in no time. Being the largest surplus store in West Los Angeles, we are here to help you sift through our massive selection of outfits and accessories to help you with last minute DIY Halloween costumes. DIY at The Surplus Store When going about shopping for a Halloween costume, you have three options, buying an outfit at your local costume store, online, or putting your own creation together. If you buy it at...

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Customize Your Own Festival Wear For This Year's Burning Man

Customize Your Own Festival Wear For This Year’s Burning Man

The Festival of the Year In the vastness space of the Black Rock Desert in Nevada, an momentous occasion happens just once a year that requires extravagant and creative festival wear. The Burning Man Festival gathers thousands upon thousands of artists, enthusiasts, and venturers to erect a momentary metropolis based on the foundation of community, art, self-expression, and creativity. Held from Aug. 28-Sept. 5 this year, spectators at Burning Man will witness creative, experimental art and visuals, buildings, sculptures, performances, and music. It's an event that has established itself as a place that encourages people to be oneself. Before you start your trek to the desert later this month, discover all the festival wear that you can piece together at The Surplus Store and put together the perfect Burning Man outfit...

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Top 5 Essentials for Music Festivals

Top 5 Essentials for Music Festivals

Festival Essentials  For pop-culture and music enthusiasts, summer only means one thing…the season of music festivals! Music festival season is the time to get-together with old and new friends, splurge on extravagant outfits, and show off your best dance moves! Before any of this can take place however, there are some festival essentials you must have. Preparation before the fun has always been a stressful factor for most people; whether it is finalizing your group of festies (aka besties), situating your stay, buying and correlating matching outfits, or gathering affordable survival kits. Planning a getaway takes time, and planning so let's dive right into the 5 festival essentials you need to makes sure you have an awesome time. So with our guidance and suggestions on what top five essentials you’ll need, we hope...

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The Year-Round Bomber Jacket Trend

The Year-Round Bomber Jacket Trend

A Soaring Trend Every now and then, there seems to be a fashion trend that unexpectedly hits. Its' popularity spreads everywhere without a hint or a whisper, taking a spot in many of our closets. Currently, one of the largest and “coolest” trends around is that of the bomber jacket trend. Yes, military wear has finally gone full mainstream! Those classic aviation jackets have now become a staple in our on-trend, social society. More notably, we’re referring to the MA-1 bomber jackets, which was first developed in the late 1940s. The MA-1s are so in demand today that it's begging us to trace the roots of the bomber jacket and how it soared into popularity. This is also a gender-balanced trend that can be worn on multiple occasions and in any...

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