AK Secondhand Store Blog and Announcements

AK Secondhand Store Blog and Announcements keeps you up to date on what's happening in the store and on the website. Watch for special sales, thrifting tips, announcements, and website updates.



Oct 02, 2017

Rummage Sale Shopping Tip

Asking if the seller would take a lower price, or asking if she could do better on a price, often goes over better than make demands.

Oct 01, 2017

Workers On Wheels Newsletter #1158

When go to events, we visit with the vendors. Ray had a table set up selling old-time hand crank telephones, horse tack, leather goods, and other miscellany. He was telling us about his friends who travel and what they do for work. His friend is a rodeo announcer. His friend's wife is a chiropractor. She works the rodeos, too. Cowboys getting thrown from bulls…certainly seems logical they'd be in pain and could use a chiropractic adjustment. But, the twist is that she works on the horses. We keep looking for more kinds of work RVers can do, and being an equine chiropractor is one we hadn't had on the list.

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Sep 29, 2017

Garage Sale Shopping Tip

Make offers. Garage sales aren't businesses -- or at least they shouldn't be a business. The folks having them are usually trying to get rid of their stuff. Be polite and be reasonable.

Aug 28, 2017

Denim Craft Tip

If you do denim crafts, you do get your denim at second hand shops, right? Because second hand stores are great places to get denim skirts and jeans, perhaps bags or boxes of them, for very little money.

Aug 27, 2017

Back to School Shopping Tip

Back to school shopping doesn't have to break the bank. Shop resale -- second hand stores, thrift shops, and consignment boutiques.

Aug 26, 2017

Back to School Shopping Tip

One way to avoid the cookie-cutter, big-box discount store look is to shop second hand stores.

Aug 25, 2017

Get Cash for Your Clutter

Clear clutter from your closet. Consign your cast-off clothing for cash. (This is great advice, even though AK Secondhand store does NOT do consignments.)

Aug 24, 2017

Best Finds - Stories from Thrifters

A Penn Formula 15KG fishing reel, with line on it, is my best find. I found this nearly new, two-speed, deep water reel with a full spool of 130# test

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Aug 23, 2017

Best Finds - Stories from Thrifters

Table from Salvation Army: One of my best second hand deals was a dining room table. I finally found it at a Salvation Army Thrift Store. It was perfect for our needs and the dark

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Aug 22, 2017

Best Finds - Stories from Thrifters

Turquoise Ring and Bracelet:A turquoise ring and bracelet set -- exactly what my husband had been searching for. Aaron had been looking for just the right piece of turquoise jewelry

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Aug 21, 2017

Best Finds - Stories from Thrifters

Used Mountain Bikes: We scored used mountain bikes from the Pecan Park Flea Market. Not one, but two! I found a few other things the first time I went there, but the mountain

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Aug 20, 2017

Best Finds - Stories from Thrifters

1922 Gillette New Improved Razor: A 1922 Gillette New Improved Razor. WOW! "There's a pretty nice Gillette in this case over here," I called to my husband, Aaron. He made his way over and

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Aug 19, 2017

Soldotna Secondhand Stores and Thrift Shops, Including Alaska's Kenai Peninsula

A list of Soldotna secondhand stores, as well as thrift shops around the entire Alaska Kenai Peninsula.

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Aug 18, 2017

Watkins Products Are Still Available

We are also Independent Watkins Associates, selling JR Watkins products. Even though the store is closed for a bit, you don't need to be without Watkins products. Order them through our Watkins website.

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Aug 17, 2017

AK Secondhand Store

Our customers say we have better deals and lower prices than any other resale shop in the area.

Aug 16, 2017

AK Secondhand Store

AK Secondhand store is a privately owned resale shop. We sell good, useable merchandise; real bargains; and one of a kind items. We carry a lot of miscellaneous stuff, from hardware to household, surplus to Bob's hand-tied fishing flies. We are a small store -- not a huge thrift shop. Our inventory changes every day that we are open.

Aug 15, 2017

AK Secondhand Store

AK Secondhand Store is closed today, and may be closed for the next few weeks. We are tending to some things -- and people -- needing our attention. Our 90-plus-year-old mothers aren't getting any younger. ~ Coleen and Bob

Aug 14, 2017

Buy Used Hand and Power Tools

Buying used hand and power tools is one way to outfit your shop without breaking your budget. You can often find tools that are in good, useable shape.

Aug 13, 2017

Buy Used Tools and Fishing Equipment

I was told years ago by my very wise and practical husband that you can never have too many tools or too much fishing equipment. Second hand stores are great places to stock up!

Aug 12, 2017

Used Electric Tools Shopping Tip

If a used power tool needs a new plug, you may be able to get one at a hardware store or home improvement center and replace it.

Aug 11, 2017

Shopping Tip for Used Power Tools

Check the plastic housing. Is it cracked? Are there screws missing? Look at the air vent. Is it full of grime and crud? Do you see any signs of burn, such as smoke trails?

Aug 10, 2017

Safety First when Buying Used Power Tools

Check used tools to make sure the guards and safety features are there and properly functioning.

Aug 09, 2017

Tips for Shopping for Used Electric Tools

The prongs on the plug should be nearly straight. If they are severely bent, they may break off when straightened. The cord should not have wads of electrical tape on it. Nor should the power cord have cuts in it.

Aug 08, 2017

Better Quality Power Tools

Secondhand power tools can be better than new. A good quality power tool that is used may have more life left in it than a bottom of the line, new one.

Aug 07, 2017

Power Tools Shopping Tip

Plug the power tool in so you can see and hear how it runs. Look and listen. Does it start easily? Does the motor sound smooth and even? Do you hear any grinding, rubbing, or slipping that you shouldn't hear? Do the parts that are suppose to move, move? Do see odd vibrations or movements that shouldn't be there? And, smell. Does the motor smell burned?

Aug 06, 2017

Specialty Tools Savings Tip

You may find some excellent deals on used specialty tools. Most do-it-your-selfers know what an electric drill is for and have a good idea of how to use it. Same goes for circular saws. But, when you get to the specialty tools, fewer people need them and know what to do with them. So, they can be harder to sell. That means if you can find one at a thrift store, you'll likely get a great price on it.

Aug 05, 2017

Tip for Buying Used Power Tools

Look closely at electrical cords and plugs. The cord should be firmly attached to the tool. The insulation on the cord should be intact. You shouldn't be able to see bare wires. If the power cord originally had a three-prong grounded plug, it still should have it.

Aug 04, 2017

Tips for Buying a Used Conex Shipping Container (Portable Steel Storage Box)

Used Conex containers offer waterproof, weatherproof storage. Steel storage boxes work for portable offices and out buildings. Used cargo containers find a new life as oversize building blocks.

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Aug 02, 2017

Tip for a Good Yard Sale

Decide how you will handy early birds. If you sell to them, you will annoy those who are respectful and come at your designated opening time. If you don't sell to them, you may miss out on a few sales. Your values will determine which is right for you.

Aug 01, 2017

Tip for a Successful Tag Sale

Make your displays neat. You certainly don't need to hire someone to do professional displays. But, piles of junk look like piles of junk. It's fine to have a few boxes. But, in general, keep things neat.

Jul 31, 2017

Yard Sale Success Tip

Price things to sell in multiples. Examples: Four books for $1.00. Six t-shirts for $5.00. It's the same thing as you see the grocery stores doing. It causes people to buy more than one of an item.

Jul 30, 2017

Tag Sale Success Tip

Group items together and sell in bundles. Examples: Stack the pillowcases on top of the fitted sheet and flat sheet, and tie them into a bundle with ribbon. Sell the set for one price. Do the same thing with towel and washcloth sets.

Jul 29, 2017

Rummage Sale Success Tip

Sentiment doesn't make the item worth more to someone else. The gift may mean a lot to you because you love the person who gave it to you. That doesn't increase its value to someone else. So, you need to either keep the item or accept that sentimental value doesn't increase the monetary value of the item.

Jul 28, 2017

Garage Sale Success Tip

Be reasonable about pricing. Garage sale goers are looking for bargains. Just because you paid a small fortune for something doesn't mean it is worth a lot now. Even if you've never used something, it is used, and should be priced as such.

Jul 27, 2017

Yard Sale Success Tip

Hang clothes whenever possible. It makes them easier to see. When customers can see them, they are more likely to buy them. You can make a make-shift rack using shower curtain rod between two solid objects in your garage. For an outside sale, you may be able to hook hangers onto a fence.

Jul 26, 2017

AK Secondhand Store - New and Used Merchandise

AK Secondhand store is a privately owned resale shop. We sell good, useable merchandise; real bargains; and one of a kind items. We carry a lot of miscellaneous stuff, from hardware to household

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Jul 26, 2017

Tip for a Good Garage Sale

A crowd draws a crowd. Invite family and friends over to browse, buy, and to help when things get busy. Their mere presence can attract other shoppers to your sale. Garage sale goers look for houses with cars parked along the front.

Jul 25, 2017

Garage Sale Success Tip

If you put up signs on street corners, be sure to take them down once the sale is done. It is the responsible thing to do to keep your community clean and neat. Additionally, leaving them up after the sales ends frustrates garage sale goers -- those same people you want to attend your next sale.

Jul 24, 2017

Tip for Garage Sale Success

Advertise. Advertise in multiple medias -- local newspaper, local shopper or free thrifty paper, on Facebook, with flyers at the grocery store or wherever your community has bulletin boards for notices, with signs on street corners (if your community allows it), on radio buy-sell-trade shows, on public TV postings if available in your area, etc.

Jul 23, 2017

Tip for When You Have a Garage Sale

Color code your merchandise by selling price. Get stickers in several colors -- the round ones that are about the size of nickel work well. Assign each color a price. Instead of writing the price on each item, simply put the corresponding color sticker on the item. Examples: Designate yellow stickers as 25 cents, and put a yellow sticker on each item you want to price at a quarter. Designate red stickers as $1.00, and put a red sticker on all your one-dollar items. Be sure to make up several charts with the color code explanations, and post them where your customers can easily see them.

Jul 22, 2017

Tip for Shopping Resale

Keep an index card or small notebook in your purse or wallet with items you need. Make note of sizes, if you are shopping for family members. Also note sizes if you are shopping for home decor or furnishings.

Jul 21, 2017

Tip for Shopping Yard Sales

For neighborhood sales, where you walk from place to place, take plastic grocery bags and a backpack or large tote bag. Put the purchases from one sale into a grocery bag and tie it shut, before putting it into the backpack or tote. That helps eliminate confusion as to what you've bought elsewhere.

Jul 20, 2017

Yard Sale Shopping Tip

Asking if the seller would take a lower price, or asking if she could do better on a price, often goes over better than make demands.

Jul 19, 2017

Tip for Garage Sale Shoppers

Make offers. Garage sales aren't businesses -- or at least they shouldn't be a business. The folks having them are usually trying to get rid of their stuff. Be polite and be reasonable.

Jul 18, 2017

Garage Sale Shopping Tip

Smile, make eye contact with, and greet the seller. Garage sale prices are often subjective. One factor that can greatly affect price is if the seller likes you.

Jul 17, 2017

Rummage Sale Shopping Tip

Wear good walking shoes. Some sales are at the end of long, rocky driveways. Sometimes parking is along the road, where you are getting out of the car almost into the ditch. Good, protective footwear makes it easier.

Jul 16, 2017

Garage Sale Shoppin Tip

Dress comfortably. Wear layers. It can be chilly in the morning, but hot by afternoon. Where a sweater that you can easily take off as the day warms up.

Jul 15, 2017

Garage Sale Shopping Tip

Having the correct change can speed up your transactions. Doing so gets you out of one sale and on to the next one much quicker than if you have to stand around waiting for the seller to make change for you.

Jul 14, 2017

Garage Sale Shopping Tip

Take dollar bills and pocket change. Sellers appreciate not having to make change for a $20 when your purchases only add up to a couple dollars.




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We sell JR Watkins products. AK Secondhand store is registered with JR Watkins to sell their products in our store. We stock salves and ointments, cinnamon and black pepper, hand lotions, and other products.