Smith and Edwards’ humble beginnings began in 1947 in the backyard of Bert Smith’s Ogden, Utah home. He and his Marine Corps shipmate, Lawrence Edwards, started the surplus business after serving together in World War II. Their big start came in 1962 when Bert purchased a large lot of Navy mooring buoys. Each buoy measured 58 inches in diameter, weighed 680 pounds, and held 442 gallons of liquid. Combined and stacked the 13,418 buoys covered several acres of land. Smith and Edwards was dramatically changed in the late 1960s when the store transformed into much more than a surplus store. Under the direction of Jim Smith, Bert’s son, the store broadened product lines, began a partnership with Ace Hardware, and expanded the Farr West location. Jim’s background in ranching, agriculture, and rodeo helped build the western department. This opened the door to emerging products, including the Smarty line in 2014. Smith and Edwards continues to grow and evolve, including a second location in West Jordan. Departments within the 171,000 square foot store now include clothing, coats, workwear, shoes, boots, hunting, guns, ammo, fishing, marine, water sports, toys, housewares, Dutch oven cookware, candy, hardware, automotive, paint, military surplus, camping, backpacking, emergency preparedness, and western tack and jewelry. This is all in addition to the yard, which contains an assortment of military surplus... the “scrap” that started it all. The combination of originality, local ownership, customer service, and unique in-store events play a large part in the Smith & Edwards success. This includes our annual Dummy Ropin’ Jackpot Competition with a Shorty. It’s a customer favorite and draws ropers of all ages! Both locations carry a full Smarty line and our Western Departments include a staff with experience and knowledge to help you find the perfect Smarty machine.Check us out online at, or in-store if you’re in the Ogden or Salt Lake City, Utah areas.

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