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A surplus store or disposals store in the British Commonwealth sells items that are used, or purchased but unused, and no longer needed. The surplus is often military, government or industrial excess often called army-navy stores or war surplus stores in the USA. A surplus store may also sell items that are past their use by date.
An army surplus store, or navy surplus store, is any store, usually retail, which sells military surplus -- general equipment that was intended for the military but is unable to be used or originally purchased in excess by the military. These stores often sell camping equipment or military clothing (especially jackets and helmets).
Known as "army surplus" stores, these typically also carry sporting goods related to hunting, fishing, and camping.
Army surplus stores in China are very common. They mostly specialize in clothing, footwear, tarps, and blankets, but also commonly carry occupational safety equipment.
At the end of the Second World War, the allied forces initially confiscated stock and material of the German army. 1948 a government agency ("Staatliche Erfassungsgesellschaft für öffentliches Gut", short (StEG)) was formed to manage the sale of this army surplus. In reference to the name of this agency, the army surplus was called Stegware. The surplus included 500,000 tonnes or stock and over 150,000 of scrap. In the early 1950s the US military began to add their own surplus from the war. The joint surplus was sold in so called Steg shops across Germany up until the 1980s. Goods included items such as used and new clothing, camping equipment and tools. In the early days also vehicles and heavier equipment were sold off.
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