I hope this hasn't been done before, but I was inspired to start this thread today. There are threads on our best helmets, daggers, EKI's, EKII's, tunics, weapons, etc. How about a thread on the BEST item you ever missed out on? Obviously, pictures would probably be hard to come by, since you missed out on the item. But I think it would be interesting just to hear everyones stories about the best item you almost bought but someone beat you to it. I'll start.
Today, by 30 seconds, I missed out on a WWI German M16 Camo helmet, with original leather liner band, all three leather pads with pillows, drawstring and complete chinstrap. The owner sold it to a dealer for about $200 I think it was, along with a M1917 "Dough Boy" helmet. I walked up 30 seconds too late. Talk about frustration. I was livid I missed out on that. Apparently, the owner did not understand why I was looking at him with "bug eyes." That one's going to hurt for a while.
What's the BEST item you ever missed out on? (and I send my sympathies)