Surplus store

Van Nuys Army & Navy Surplus Store

A surplus store or disposals store in the British Commonwealth sells items that are used, or purchased but unused, and no longer needed. The surplus is often military, government or industrial excess often called army-navy stores or war surplus stores in the USA. A surplus store may also sell items that are past their use by date.

Military surplus

Main article: Military surplus

An army surplus store, or navy surplus store, is any store, usually retail, which sells military surplus — general equipment that was intended for the military but is unable to be used or originally purchased in excess by the military. These stores often sell camping equipment or military clothing (especially jackets and helmets).

Following the First[1] and Second World Wars, large amounts of former military clothing and equipment were sold in these stores[2]

In Canada

An ordinary army surplus store in Haikou, Hainan Province, China.

Known as "army surplus" stores, these typically also carry sporting goods related to hunting, fishing, and camping.

In China

Army surplus stores in China are very common. They mostly specialize in clothing, footwear, tarps, and blankets, but also commonly carry occupational safety equipment.

Similar names

In the UK, the Army & Navy Stores was a department store owned by House of Fraser on Victoria Street, London.

See also


  1. p.45 White, Sarah Madison Women Remember: Growing Up in Wisconsin's Capital Arcadia Publishing, 2006
  2. p.16 Drake, Albert The Age of Hot Rods: Essays on Rods, Custom Cars and Their Drivers from the 1950s to Today McFarland, 2008

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