November 21, 2012
Cheryl Senter for the Boston Globe
Plastic tubs filled with items confiscated from New England’s major airports are resold to the public in New Hampshire.
The New Hampshire State Surplus Store in Concord has become a hub of this secondhand market.
Tom Zekos of Newbury, N.H., searched tubs of confiscated pocket knives for sale at the surplus property store.
TSA collects so many miniature multitools and Swiss Army knives that each model has its own bin at the surplus store, where they sell for $2.
There is an entire subculture of resellers who wait in line for hours before the surplus store opens to pounce on the newest inventory.
The store is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Snow globes were outlawed along with many liquids and gels in 2007 after an apparent terrorist plot to use liquid explosives on planes.