Tuesday’s A to Z Challenge: “G”

Frizz has challenged us with the letter “G” this week.

Going, going, gone © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Going, going, gone
© Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved


This “Going Out of Business” sign was in the window of my favorite store in Ohio: Mickey’s Army-Navy Surplus. It opened the year I was born and closed the end of last month (I hope that is not an omen). Mickey’s was an Old School hangout: Military surplus from WW II and Korea available for most of my childhood, and moving on to Vietnam surplus in my early adulthood. For the last 20 years a Digital Desert motif has been dominant.

Every year that we went back to Ohio to visit family, trips to Mickey’s were a given. I stopped by for old times sake last month and got the shock of my life—Mickey’s was closing for good.

After talking to the employees I learned that they were surprised, too. Balancing a supply of military items with that of sporting goods and camping equipment has not been profitable in the long run; although Mickey’s has had 66 years worth of longevity. The store is going to be used as a training facility for SomeSuch Institute (I’m just guessing here) and everyone there is out of a job.

A sign of the times, for sure.


  3 comments for “Tuesday’s A to Z Challenge: “G”

  1. August 21, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    hi Allan, you wrote a fine tribute to Mickey’s Army-Navy Surplus! What more could we do? Thanks for refreshing my memories of shops seen in my childhood. The first American style super market in our town (Wuppertal): with Pepsi Cola caps…


  2. August 21, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    Quite sad actually. I am glad you captured this as a memory though.


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