Monday, July 21, 2008

Bolts, Buttons, and Barter

There are many times when space is at a premium. The ability to store extra items would be nice, especially for apartment dwellers. So it’s time to think small! Small items can be hard or even impossible to make yourself (try making a bolt or a needle!) without the help of modern day technology.

Small items like bolts and nuts (not the kind you eat), buttons and needles, and nails and screws are going to be worth their weight in gold when the shelves are empty at the big box stores. Things like sewing kits will be needed by everyone and the little ones don’t take up much space. The same can be said for other items as well. They can be stored in almost any type container (preferably one with a screw-on lid) and won’t require you to go and rent storage space. They will also make great barter items. Nails and screws will be needed for almost everything when it comes to building anything from a shelter to a chicken coop. There are even packs of small items pre-packaged that you can buy and set aside for use later. Even if you don’t have room in your budget to purchase these items, many people already have large amounts of small items tucked away in drawers throughout their home. So stock up on small useful items that don’t require a lot of space, scrounge through your drawers and gather up some of those small items, and set them aside. They can be stored in almost any type of container and apartment dwellers with limited storage space can still stock up on a few extras when prepping.

Another added benefit will be the ability to use these items to trade and barter with anybody that might need small but essential items. So think small items, think necessary items, think barter and trade and you’ll be on your way to having some extra essentials without needing a lot of space for your preps.

Got any suggestions for other small items that can be stocked and don't require a lot of space? Tell me about them and I'll pass it along!

Stay above the water line!



Natog said...

Ok here are a few of my ideas:

fishing hooks
mono fishing line
snap swivels
small sharpening stones
cheap knives
safety pins
can openers
rolls of aluminum foil
baby wipes
garbage bags

Here's a few ideas I had.

riverwalker said...

To: natog

Great items to put on the list! Thanks.


gott_cha said...

razor blades....aspirins,...condoms for the rifle

riverwalker said...

To: gott_cha

More great items! Thanks.


Michael Hawkins said...

more books
Read 'em, trade them out, knowledge and skills are invaluable.

duct tape
zip ties
Rolls of mylar
rolls of food safe plastic bags.

Allow me to repeat: razor blades!

Mayberry said...

Good ideas! Also add cheap tooth brushes, floss, thread, small scissors, flash light bulbs, Super glue, thumb tacks, pencils, pens, paper, little note books, paper clips, rubber bands, electrical wire, fuses, splices, terminals, electrical tape, el cheapo tools, manual can openers, bandaids, .22 ammo, BBs......

riverwalker said...

To:michael hawkins

Yeah! Books and more books. Great tip! Thanks.


riverwalker said...

To: mayberry

Heck of a list there fella! Thanks.


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