RT News is a news station from Europe. I ran across this clip on YouTube, and thought it was interesting , and reflects events in the U.S. as well as England.
Back in 2007/2008 when the economy tanked, we lost a lot of our snowbirds and other part time residents. There are still cheap vacation cottages out in the woods , slowly falling apart, with bank foreclosure sale signs on them.
Now I'm seeing more of those street corner "for sale "signs that realtors like to stick up. I hate the things. Talking to a woman who sells real estate in town, she said that a lot of middle class people who bought second homes up here are moving out, going further back up into the North Carolina Blue Ridge where there are no four lane highways and no "dump them in the boonies" government programs. The rich people, who live out at the lake, seem to be less impacted, since they tend to go down the four lane towards Atlanta for their shopping and don't spend much time in town. They live in their own little world out there anyway.
Harry's Enhanced Mobility and Displacement Project:
Yesterday the temperature hit 94 degrees and the humidity was in the nineties. One of those "stay inside or die horribly days." Today is supposed to be cooler and drier. I hope so. No big plans, though. I've been using the "indoor time" to do some research and it looks like the RV "class" we want is a "C." I didn't know that there were different "classes " of RV's, like there are of warships, but I am learning.
I'd love to have one of those RV's that you see in Off Grid and American Survival Guide, but I don't have a few hundred thousand dollars laying around just at the moment.
I'm thinking I may have to settle for something more in this price range:
What have you got to trade?
In the comments section on the last post, there was some discussion of what items would be useful for barter. Although it was never stated, barter probably relates more to a long term social collapse/grid down situation than just Katrina style disruptions.
I can't store enough of everything I need up here to last for months. For instance, I can store cracked corn in 50 lb sacks, but eventually , with nearly 60 chickens, I'd have to get locally grown corn. That's no problem in terms of availability, there are massive amounts of corn grown here for feed. But people wouldn't just bless me with their generosity, they'd want something in return.
Here's a partial list of things I keep in store, in quantity, specifically to trade with Farmer Brown or other locals in return for goods like food and feed that they'd have.
1. Salt. I keep salt blocks, and I keep cases of table salt, with or without iodine.
2. Antibiotics. I have a good store of animal meds. Same antibiotics we use, just different packaging. Right now, when things are normal, you can get antibiotics for free or for a few dollars if you have a prescription. But down the road, they probably won't be available when the trucks aren't running.
3. Hardware. I keep coffee cans full of different sized nails, screws, nuts, bolts, hinges, fittings, etc. I use them on my own place of course, but I have plenty of can fulls to trade.
4. Ammunition and Guns. I have enough for my own needs, and I have quantities to trade if the Mad Max scenario transpires. Back when surplus rifles were dirt cheap, for instance, I bought 10 Enfield MK.111 rifles specifically for trading purposes. I have ammo for them. Would I trade guns and ammo to locals for ham, honey, syrup, corn, beef, etc. Yes. I would.
5. Liquor. I keep both good quality rum and whiskey, and "middlin" rum and whiskey. I buy it in North Carolina at the ABC store. I also have some gin, tequila, and other odds and ends. This is a big area for moonshine, so drinkers need not go without whatever happens, but liquor should be a good trade item.
6. Tobacco. I keep big number 10 cans of tobacco. Again, North Carolina grows lots of tobacco on the coastal piedmont, but it would have to travel a good ways to make it to western North Carolina. So I keep enough to trade, and to have a pipe myself now and then. If things get that bad, cancer is not going to be a big worry for me.
7. Edged weapons and tools. I buy sturdy knives from BudK and keep them in stock. They are not famous or expensive knives, but they are solid and get the job done. I've sent some of the sheath knives to friends and while nobody is turning back flips over the product, the general consensus is that they are good enough for government work.
When I go to flea markets up here, I buy tools that people would need if their power tools didn't work anymore. Saws, axes, hatchets, malls, mattocks, sledge hammers, etc. Think "trade goods" a la the French couriers du bois, and the Indians.
8. Wooden kitchen matches. I buy them by the case, in individual boxes of 250 sealed in plastic. Then I store them in plastic totes. People are going to need to be able to make fire if the electricity is out for months.
I have a few other odds and ends. But in the main, that's what I keep stored specifically for trade purposes. Anyone else got any good ideas. I'm always looking to improve my plans and preparations.
The new Off Grid came. I subscribed , and I really like the way they package the magazine in a big envelope to protect it. Not like American Survival Guide where they just throw it in the mail as is and it gets here all dog eared and ratty.
Brother, do you need some AK-47 mags?
Classic Firearms (North Carolina, not Texas), has some good prices on polymer mags for the AK-47, from the Radom factory in Poland. They had this deal going back in March, but I didn't get on the computer fast enough to get any.
This time, I ordered two of their "special packages." Each comes with 4 brand new magazines, an AK-47 sling, an East German AK-47 mag pouch, and an oil bottle. Cost is $20.00.
I ordered two of these packages, and it cost me $40.00 plus $12.50 for shipping. I know a lot of people don't trust polymer mags, but I use them for the L1A1, the FNFAL, the Ruger Mini-14, the M-14 and some of my other guns, and I've never had the first problem with them.
Here's the video on these magazines Classic Firearms put out last March, when I missed the deal.
Good ammo, great for long term storage. But today, they want your first born child in exchange.
These same people have gotten in some Mosin Nagant 1891/30 rifles. Different conditions, but all expensive by my lights. They have7.62X54R by the case. Two spam cans of 440 rounds per case. But the bare bones price is almost $400 bucks a case, and you have to add in shipping. The same ammo in the 1990's was around $100.00 a case including shipping. A new condition M1891/30 from Aztec Arms down in Tampa, with sling, bayonet, oil bottle, stripper clips, included was about $65.00, including shipping, if you had your C&R in the same time period.
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