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“Marine Specialties”
Review of Marine Specialties

Marine Specialties
Ranked #2 of 37 Shopping in Provincetown
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Marine Specialties has been a Provincetown landmark for over 50 years. Often known simply as "the army-navy store," Marine Specialties is an eclectic treasure trove of salvage, surplus, slight IRs, closeouts, overruns, misprints, mistakes, spare parts, odd lots, cast-offs, and new and nearly-new items. Over time it's grown to be the kind of jumbled, inclusive, and eccentric "army-navy" store Provincetown deserves. Many people young and old call this their favorite shop. History Started in 1961 by Bob and Elizabeth Patrick as a Retail Mail Order business with a small hand illustrated catalog. Marine Specialties evolved into an eclectic Army Navy store during the 1960's.The Patrick's have traveled the world hunting down the unusual and unique. Since 1970 they have supplied other stores worldwide, although predominantly in the US and Japan. Three generations now work in this long established family business Open Daily in season.
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Boston, Massachusetts
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462 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
“Marine Specialties”
Reviewed 21 July 2012

If you go to Ptown do not miss this great retail Marine store. It is one of a kind with all sorts of odd stuff including military gear, shells, boating stufff clothing fishing gear shoes as well as netting and alot of differnt items that you would never see anywhere else.

This is a retail store. No fee to enter.

Visited July 2012
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Boston, MA
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“only in P-Town !”
Reviewed 15 October 2009

Marine Specialties is one of a kind. Sort of like a flea market army-navy bazaar - except they have things I wouldn't know where to get anywhere else. Genuine WWII surplus gear, Soviet era gas masks, and an endless supply of belts, ropes, gear for carrying your stuff, t-shirts, coats, hats, pants. Once every few years my indispensable "man purse" wears out, i get another one at Marine Specialties (we call it "Marine Supply Store"). I've been stopping there every time we visit PTown - for almost 30 years. It hasn't changed. I hope it never does !

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Poughkeepsie, NY
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53 reviews
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“Store with Great Stuff for the Whole Family”
Reviewed 8 August 2009

Provincetown is a cute little touristy town. You'd expect to find over-priced shops everywhere you walk. You do, but there is also the Marine Specialties shop where you can find funky and fun and affordable things over the huge store. Sun protection shirts, sea shells, nice clothes, funky clothes, duffle bags, old knives, war-related garb, the list goes on and on. It's a little overwhelming but a whole lot of fun. My kids love it and it doesn't cost a fortune to buy things there.

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Ottawa, Canada
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“Throw Me a Life Preserver... I'm Drowning in Stuff”
Reviewed 11 October 2008

Provincetown's Marine Specialties is a crazy store on Commercial Street. A Provincetown landmark for over 45 years, this store offers so much more than marine supplies. It is sometimes just referred to as "P-towns crazy army-navy surplus store".

The eclectic mix of everything immaginable has found itself at home here in P-town. One needs to take their time to have their eyes adjust to the sensory overload and the assortment of goods... salvage, surplus, closeouts, irregulars, overruns, misprints, mistakes, spare parts, odd lots, cast-offs, new, nearly new and the utlimate in tacky. Its an overgrown mix. Souvenirs, License Plates, Clothes, Dishes, Boating Equipment, Rope, Anchor Chain, Sea Shells... the mix changes every day.

Besides all the treasures the store sells there also is the most incredible assortment of miscellaneous items that contribute to its decor... an in-house tug boat, an ancient diving suit, life preservers from the 1800s, old bicycles, bouys, fishing nets, lobster traps, and so much more, and most of it hangs from the ceiling!

Even if you find nothing to take home (how could that be possible) you will most definitely enjoy your visit to Provincetown's most interesting shopping spot.

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