I don’t know why this seems like a milestone, but I think it is. If you were at a yard sale and you got to browse 333 items, wouldn’t that be cool? 333 items in an antique store isn’t too bad, although we’ve been in some VAST antique malls, haven’t we? So Service of Supply, your on-line vintage antique store has now 333 products for you to check out. That will take some time, so I suggest you come back each week for a “walk through” of our wares. We’re not done yet. I’m hoping to get to 1,000 items by New Year. I just made that goal up. But should be fun. I have the stuff. Just cleaned out a storage unit of military and cool vintage items, so we’ve got to get it loaded to the website. Doing the math on this big goal, I’ll have to load just over 10 items a day. Get ready to check ’em out.
I had the privilege of working with 24 awesome high school students who wore the uniforms of American service men and women from the last 100 years. I’ve collected uniforms for a very long time, and this is the best, by far, way to display them! Walking in the parade for the 100th commemoration of the end of WWI was incredible. Yakima turned out in great numbers to honor our veterans. It was an awesome day!
Service of Supply is not just a business. It’s a personal collection, a way to honor our nation’s military veterans, and a vehicle for getting students involved in our patriotic history. Bryan Dibble collects uniforms of all eras and puts them to use for Veterans Day, demonstrations, living history displays, and much more. Students from our city eagerly volunteer to represent the military men and women of the past. Our group is called SERVE – Students Engaged in Re-creating Veteran’s Experiences. SERVE teaches students about the period of time they are representing. We meet veterans at the VFW and learn more about what they experienced in the service. Students who are wearing uniforms also are called upon to teach others, especially younger kids, what that uniform represents and who the people were called up to serve at that time in American history. Since the late 1990s, hundreds of students have worn the uniforms and “walked a step in their shoes.”