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Best Surplus Store

Ax-Man Surplus

Gas masks and googly eyes. Bowling pins and beakers. Ax-Man Surplus has it all and then some, and it should be your first stop whether you're a do-it-yourselfer, you've been assigned to procure props for a local indie film, or your first-grader has come home and announced, "Teacher says I have to bring a hundred of something to class tomorrow." Plus, each of Ax-Man's four metro locations offers a great way to waste an afternoon, browsing the bins and buckets as they're updated each week and reading the punchy handwritten signs that give Trader Joe's punny cheese tags a run for their money. Say you don't need a hundred roller-blade wheels or a thousand swizzle sticks because you already have a box of both in your garage? Ax-Man also buys old junk and will happily turn over your trash so it can become someone else's treasure.

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