Supply Sergeant

Best Military Surplus, August 2012

A good military surplus store should be fun, practical, and a bit spooky all at once. (Gas masks—good for Halloween and the Apocalypse!) We didn’t think any could top the Surplus Store in Venice, with its easy parking, massive volume of clothing (from Carhartt dungarees to army flight jackets to straw trilbies), packs, and camping/survival gear. Then we discovered Supply Sergeant in Burbank, which has just as many clothes and knives and maybe even packs but devotes a room to outdoor gear alone (REI who?). Plus it carries the largest inventory of true military surplus we’ve seen, including flight helmets and a World War I overcoat. » 503 N. Victory Blvd., Burbank, 818-845-9433.