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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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Military Women Veterans Who Made An Impact on US History

Military Women Veterans Who Made An Impact on US History

Honoring the Brave Women from  Military History It’s another new 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...

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Six Famous Military Presidents

Six Famous Military Presidents

Military Presidents of the US As we celebrate Presidents’ Day this month, we want to commemorate the holiday by discussing several US presidents who either served or has played a key role in the military. Although, many of our past leaders have held a military role, we want discuss the military presidents who has played a more prominent role. We will cover these men, prior to becoming our commander-in-chief, from serving in the American Revolution to the Civil War to World War II. George Washington [caption id="attachment_50826" align="aligncenter" width="700"] pc: mountvernon.org[/caption] The country’s first president was also a man with one of the longest military careers. He was a part of the French and Indian Wars, and the American Revolution. Commander of the Virginia Regiment and later, the Continental Army, he played a key...

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Stay Warm With Winter Clothing for the Snow

Stay Warm With Winter Clothing for the Snow

Let it Snow! January is a big month for people in Southern California to head to the snow! Whether you're looking to stay in California or head elsewhere, you need to make sure you have the right quality gear with you to brave the snow. At Surplus Store, we pride ourselves on being a friendly neighborhood store that has all of the winter clothing for the snow you will ever need.. We know for people who are accustomed to Los Angeles weather, buying the right gear for the snow can be difficult, particularly when the citizens of the Greater Los Angeles Area aren't used to being in those snowy conditions. But don't worry, we've put together a list of reliable, name brand clothes you'll need to stay warm. Wearing the right...

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The Last-Minute Christmas Gifts That Will Be Perfect For Your Loved One

The Last-Minute Christmas Gifts That Will Be Perfect For Your Loved One

Something for Everybody The perfect last-minute Christmas gifts can be found just around the corner on Venice blvd. in Southern California. The Surplus Store is a low cost, affordable, family owned and operated, camping and military surplus store that may be the exact place you need when looking for a meaningful gift this year. According to our calendars, that special holiday of giving is near; shoppers are scrambling to pick up the best gifts for their friends and family. We may be busy with work and planning events and trips that could pit us with a limited time to shop for gifts. Many shoppers panic on what to get for their loved ones, if you're one of them, don't worry. We’re a large surplus store in the West LA region with...

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Work Uniforms

Work Uniforms

Get to Work! You've started your new job and you're wondering where you can buy your new work uniforms, but you don't even know where to start. Look no further than The Surplus Store! Located conveniently in West Los Angeles, we've been in business since 1946 and have been selling work uniforms as well as military garments, camping supplies, and survival supplies since we opened our doors. Our friendly staff can easily help you find any kind of work uniform that you need. Range of Work Uniforms Medical uniforms: We carry a range of medical uniforms for hospitals, dental labs, and even doctor's offices. Our high quality medical uniforms and scrubs will make you look clean, professional, and ready for work! Police uniforms: Although we don't sell police shirts we have several brands that...

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Wear Your American Pride Out Loud For July 4th

Wear Your American Pride Out Loud For July 4th

Can't Wait For This Day In the United States, the 4th of July is the American holiday that we may cherish the most. It is OUR holiday, shared by no other nation outside of the US. As we joyfully celebrate the birth of America, we shouldn't be shy about how much American pride we show. Before the 4th of July, make a stop at the Surplus Store, where you'll discover the perfect accessories and products to get you more excited. What's in Store For You Located in the Venice, West LA area; our store specializes in providing affordable outdoor/emergency/camping supplies, school supplies, uniforms, clothes, and many more goods for your daily use. America and the military is what we honor most, so if you're looking to go big for July 4th; take a...

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A Father and Son Camping Trip The Perfect Gift

A Father and Son Camping Trip: The Perfect Gift

An Incredible Bonding Experience For young men, the first camping experience outdoors should feel like the ultimate adventure and maybe even the first excursion into maturity. This first adventure is also often introduced and shared in the company of their fathers. A father and son camping trip has all the elements to make up a terrific bonding experience. Since we are in the midst of the summer season and Father's Day is around the corner, we feel like this would be an opportune time to discuss how to conduct the ultimate father and son camping trip. Where You Should Go Los Angeles County is home to many magnificent parks; great in providing campsites for kids, teens, and their fathers. So, it is first important to pick the campsite before anything else. If a...

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The History of Dog Tags in the Military

The History of Dog Tags in the Military

Looking Back at Dog Tags As Memorial Day grows near, it's an opportune time to discuss the history of dog tags in relation to its honorable reminder of our loved ones who passed while serving our country. Military dog tags is a simple, yet crucial piece of identification mainly for identifying fallen or wounded soldiers, while serving as a piece of remembrance for loved ones. The term "dog tags" is an informal one; coined by WWII soldiers due to its resemblance to animal registration tags. The history of dog tags is rich and worldwide, as it all started in the days of the Civil War. The Need for ID Tags During the Civil War, soldiers realized that some kind of ID were needed on their bodies when in combat. Some of them improvised...

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Knife History- Survival Knives

Knife History- Survival Knives

The Ultimate Tool for the Outdoors The beaming heat of the sun is here to stay all spring long which means that it is the opportune time to venture outdoors in LA's natural playground. Southern California is lucky to be full of beautiful destinations for camping and hiking with also some exciting wilderness locales to explore. Every avid camper and explorer knows what supplies to gather for their next journey, but one thing that every individual must keep in handy is the survival knife. This type of knife is useful and efficient for countless outdoor tasks and every survival knife has greatly evolved throughout the years. Here's a quick look on the knife history of survival knives. Evolution of the Survival Knife The survival knife history began where its always been used: the...

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