Buy Cool Vintage Items at Airline Surplus Sales

“In 2014 I bought a ‘Delta Business Elite Duvet’ on eBay for $9. My now 13 year old dog has been using it over the past 5 years but it has recently gotten ripped. I would like to find another one but eBay doesn’t have it anymore! Any ideas where I can find one or something similar in size and texture.”

Buy Cool Vintage Items at Airline Surplus Sales

That request was posted yesterday, Monday, July 23, 2019 by FlyerTalk member Mdanner423 in this discussion; while upon seeing vintage flatware from Delta Air Lines in Israel, FlyerTalk member josephstern commented in this recent discussion that “I guess they’re selling their excess flatware? This was at Jafar Confections in the Arab Quarter in the Old City, Jerusalem” and posted a photograph of the flatware.

Reading those discussions which were posted on FlyerTalk led to this article being reposted as a reminder that unlike stealing items such as blankets and pillows from airplanes — as is the topic of this article which I wrote on Sunday, May 29, 2016 — you can attend what are known as surplus sales where you can purchase just about anything which has to do with commercial aviation.

Delta Heritage Museum Surplus Sale

Photograph ©2012 by Brian Cohen.

I attended a surplus sale at what was then known as the Delta Heritage Museum — now the Delta Flight Museum — at the world headquarters of Delta Air Lines in October of 2012; and they had virtually anything of which you can think on sale.

In fact, here is the verbiage found at the official Internet web site of the Delta Flight Museum:

Surplus Sales regularly take place the second Friday of each month from 9am to 2pm in the Museum Support Building (MSB) across from Hangar 1. These sales are a fundraiser for the Museum and feature vintage and surplus items not available in the Museum Store. They’re a treasure hunt each time — you never know what you’ll find.

Treasure hunt can be an understatement. Here are some of the way cool — pardon the lack of proper grammar based on ebullience — items I found at the surplus sale which I attended:

Delta Heritage Museum Surplus Sale

Photograph ©2012 by Brian Cohen.

For $125.00, you could have purchased a row of three economy class seats — enough of a selection to fill your own aircraft.

Delta Heritage Museum Surplus Sale

Photograph ©2012 by Brian Cohen.

Want to feel like a member of the flight crew? You could purchase your very own crew rest for only $475.00 — apparently marked down.

Delta Heritage Museum Surplus Sale

Photograph ©2012 by Brian Cohen.

This galley setup cost $50.00 — but apparently the carts, doors and other “accessories” are not included. Do not expect a coffee maker or an oven to be included, either.

Delta Heritage Museum Surplus Sale

Photograph ©2012 by Brian Cohen.

If you ever wanted your own lavatory, urine luck — this one was available for only $50.00. Although neither the toilet nor the blue liquid which fills it is apparently included in the price; but you can smoke in it without being concerned about violating federal law.

Delta Heritage Museum Surplus Sale

Photograph ©2012 by Brian Cohen.

This landing gear of a McDonnell Douglas DC-9 aircraft could have been yours for only $1,500.00 — or probably less money if your offer was good enough, as it had to be moved that day.

Summary

Be aware that shipping is not available on surplus sale items — including aircraft parts and furniture. If you want to purchase the above items, you need to ensure that you have a vehicle which could haul them away, as if you plan to purchase an item of a larger size, then you should arrive at the surplus sale with a vehicle of an appropriately larger size. All items purchased at the surplus sale must be removed on that day.

The next surplus sale will occur in the Museum Support Building beside the McDonnell Douglas DC-9 and Boeing 757 aircraft parked next to the gate entrance of the Delta Flight Museum on Friday, August 9, 2019 from 9:00 in the morning to 2:00 in the afternoon Eastern Daylight Time.

Other airlines do have surplus sales from time to time; but they do not occur on a regular basis as with the surplus sale of Delta Air Lines every month. Occasionally, general airline surplus sales do occur as well.

Although I know that you would certainly not steal anything, it is important to note that you can purchase blankets and pillows at surplus sales as well — and model airplanes, plates and silverware, and all sorts of other things…

All photographs ©2012 by Brian Cohen.

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