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January 25, 1991 - Image 34

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1991-01-25

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our furniture at any cost.
For the rest of you,
there's ourWinter Sale.

Now you can get the meticulous design
and quality construction of Workbench furni-
ture at prices even lower than usual.
Because practically every piece of furniture
in our stores is on sale.
And whether you choose our classic
pieces or our brand new styles, you won't

have to go to great lengths to get them.
Just a few blocks to your nearest
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Save 10-40% Off Regular Prices On Almost Everything.

Our black leather chair
and ottoman are made by
a unique process encasing
No-Sag® springs in a core
olsolid foam. $499

A popular T-shirt logo.

Fear, Patriotism Shown
In Surplus Store Sales

Our Viking wall system is
a foot taller than most and
totally modular. Black
lacquer system as shown
$1459 Reg. $1700. Also in
teak or oak veneer.

This upholstered dining
chair is made of Scotch-
guarded® fabric on a
sturdy frame. $149
Reg. $175

Perfect for your little
scholar—our children's
desk and bookcase in
white lacquer. Desk $249
Reg. $295;

Bookcase $139 Reg. $160
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This dining set says quality. From the design of the glass to
the stylish black leather chairs. 36" x 66" x 1/2" top and base
$429 Reg. $520 or 36" x 66" x 3/8" top and base $369
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This black and natural pin-
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combination of fear
and patriotism are
driving up sales of
gas masks and American
flags in the Detroit area, say
military-surplus store
owners.
"I think it's a little of
both" fear and patriotism,
said Jeff Dubin, co-owner
with Eddie Biederman of the
Surplus City stores in
Berkley and Westland. "I
think it's a kind of unad-
mitted paranoia. They
(customers) walk in here
with the intent to buy;
they're not just looking."
"It's not just people wan-
ting to say 'I got an Israeli
gas mask,' " said Carl
Douglass of Harry's Army
Surplus store in Dearborn.
"People are afraid. They
want that sense of security."
The masks, made in Ger-
many for the Israel Defense
Forces, carry Hebrew letter-
ing.
"There's fear. You can
sense it in the air. People
don't know how far the ter-
rorists will go," he added.
A woman who said she was
a Holocaust survivor bought
both a gas mask and a
chemical repellent suit from
Surplus City. "My husband
may laugh at me, but I went
through this once and I'm
not going through it again,"
she told Mr. Dubin.
He said he was puzzled,
however, as to why people
weren't buying water
purification tablets, a
related item used to decon-
taminate water.

Irving Zeltser, owner of
Harry's and a member of a
national group of military
surplus store owners, said
the run on patriotic T-shirts,
flags and gas masks is
nationwide. He said "people
are running frightened," at-
tributing much of it to what
viewers see on television.
At his Ann Arbor store,
patriotic items like flags,
military patches and
banners are more popular
than gas masks, Mr. Zeltser
said. "It's a younger crowd
there — students supporting
the war effort," he said.
Mr. Douglass said 100 gas
masks received in Dearborn
last Friday were gone by the
next afternoon and 30 masks
from the incoming shipment
already were sold. The
patriotic T-shirts went even
faster: 100 sold in just over
three hours last weekend.
Mr. Dubin reported more
than 65 masks sold in one
hour Monday at Surplus
City, with increased sales
after Detroit Mayor Col-
eman Young declared a state
of emergency.
Jeff Goldsmith, co-owner
with his father of the Joe's
Army Navy Surplus stores
in Royal Oak and Waterford,
said he's sold about 100 gas
masks since January began,
compared to about 144 in a
normal three- or four-month
period. He added he gets
about a dozen telephone
calls a day for gas masks.
Mr. Goldsmith said the
most popular T-shirt is one
reading "These Colors Don't
Run: Operation Desert
Storm."
While masks normally are

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