Summit County gets its own zombie apocalypse store
The only military surplus store in Summit County, Mikes Surplus Store recently opened its doors in Silverthorne. Owners Mike Plum and Mike Gawin have not put up permanent sign yet since they opened the store in June but have obtained quite the collection of survival supplies.
“We have a lot of people who say that we should be a zombie apocalypse store,” Plum said, laughing.
The store’s inventory covers a wide range of interests, from camping gear to weaponry, purchased both through wholesale and U.S. Army and Navy auctions.
“It’s a testament that something’s gone to war and back,” he said, adding that most items bought through the auctions are sold at discount in near-perfect condition.
While the store is more geared toward camping supplies at this point in time, he said he hopes to add more outdoor sports equipment in the future, such as spin-cast fishing rods. He added that his store, located right in Silverthorne’s town center, is in the perfect location to catch hunters driving north to Kremmling.
“There are a lot of hunters going in that direction on I-70. It puts us in a good location to attract that demographic,” he said.
The store does not sell firearms, but it does have a small supply of ammunition. The store also sells archery supplies, more suited to target practice than hunting. Plum is still ordering more inventory, but the store currently offers backpacks, jackets, sleeping bags, camping stoves, water-filter straws and boots, among other gear.
Some of the store’s less conventional items are just as popular.
“We have wooden training swords, and things like that,” he said. “We have these little pistol-sized crossbows. People love them — we can’t keep them in stock.”
As far as survival is concerned, the store’s water purification tablets and ready-to-eat meals would also be useful in a “Walking Dead” scenario.
“It’s a lot better than you would think you would get out of a little plastic pouch,” Plum said of the prepackaged meals. “It’s certainly a lighter way to carry food with you.”
As the store is still filling its shelves, he is open to suggestions. He keeps a notebook of item requests in the store and tallies up each demand.
“Our inventory is growing daily,” he said. “We encourage people to come in and tell us what they would like to see.”
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