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Best Romantic Hiking Spots in Los Angeles

Valentine’s Day is only one month away. People are thinking about flowers and chocolates and teddy bears. They are planning their romantic dinners or romantic getaways. But what a lot of people don’t consider is a romantic hike. Think about it. You and your significant other are outside in nature, seeing some truly beautiful sights. Hikes don’t cost any money, and you get to spend quality time with each other. It’s a perfect win-win for everyone involved. So instead of wasting time stressing out over presents and expensive outings, consider some of the best romantic hiking spots in Los Angeles to woo your loved one. Be sure to gear up at The Surplus Store before heading out on your romantic adventure! Bridge to Nowhere Our first spot is a 10-mile trip inside the...

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Questions to ask when choosing a backpack

Questions to Ask When Choosing a Backpack

Whether you are carrying textbooks, all your camping gear or your laptop and charged, having a sturdy backpack is essential. You want to make sure your backpack doesn’t drag you down and instead helps you with your load, whatever it may be. There are four questions you should consider before going out and buying a backpack. What Kind of Backpack Should I Get? There are literally backpacks for anyone and any purpose. You could get a hiking one for those outdoor trips to help alleviate carrying all your equipment. You might be considering a versatile rolling backpack or a lightweight and portable laptop bag. You could also be thinking about a stylish canvas bag. Ask yourself how often you will use the bag and for what purpose. For example, you should probably avoid a...

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Halloween costumes

3 Things to Consider When Buying Halloween Costumes

Halloween is one of the few times during the year where figuring what cape to wear doesn't sound silly. Whether you're young or just young at heart, finding the right Halloween costumes can be a big deal for a variety of reasons. Getting a costume for your child's trick or treating adventures, or an office party isn't always as easy as it seems. You need to keep certain factors in mind when shopping for that perfect costume. The Surplus Store in West LA has been the one-stop for surplus & camping goods since 1946. We also offer some of the best Halloween costumes and options you'll find anywhere. That's why we've also come up with 3 things to consider when buying Halloween costumes. 1. Consider the Setting Are you getting a child's costume...

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How to Survive and Enjoy Burning Man 2019

Easily one of The Surplus Store’s favorite times of the year is upon us once again—Burning Man 2019. In the past, we talked to you about the festival’s history and various past themes, along with apparel essentials to best prepare you for this year’s bizarre festival located in Black Rock City, Nevada. But this year, we want to help you survive Burning Man 2019. Yes, survive. As much of a fun and surreal experience it can be, it is a physically and mentally exhausting sensory overload, filled with challenging art installations and of course, sand—and lots of it. With Burning Man 2019 just two weeks away, peep these tips to ensure you survive your first ever encounter with the mythical Burning Man festival. Hydration This one is a given and yet for...

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LA pride weekend

LA Pride Weekend 2019 Prep and What to Know

We here at The Surplus Store hope everyone is enjoying Pride Week 2019 because we are! This year, the LGBTQ+ community bands together once again to be seen, be heard, and continue changing American culture. This year’s pride festivities, which are certain to draw hundreds of thousands, will be capped off by a day of celebration, love, and recognition through food, music, parades and other festivities. With the exciting and fun-filled events on the horizon, here are some tips and tools to make this LA Pride Weekend memorable. Events to Attend From June 8th to June 9th, along San Vicente Blvd. between Melrose Ave. and Santa Monica Blvd., several Grammy-award winning LGBTQ+ and allied performers, including Ashanti and Meghan Trainor, will take center stage for a music festival under the motto of...

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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 phenomenon. 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 City...

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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! It's...

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

Customize Your Festival Wear for Burning Man

The Festival of the Year In the vastness space of the Black Rock Desert in Nevada, a 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! The 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...

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Military Women Veterans Who Made An Impact on US History

Military Women Veterans Who Made an Impact

It’s another month, and this time, it’s National Women’s History Month! This title is dedicated to the many brave and strong women in the past who have sought to battle through inequality in society, break down barriers and pave a path for future generations to soar without resistance. To commemorate this month, we want to use this blog to honor some of the military women veterans who served for the US and distinguished themselves and help make a better future for women in the military. While we know many men in the military who had heroic roles during the past wars, there are a number of military women veterans who deserve a spotlight as well. Ann E. Dunwoody [caption id="attachment_50818" align="aligncenter" width="360"] pc: Encylopedia Britannica[/caption]   One of the most decorated military women veterans...

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