Ours(and most do) had auctions twice a year and we had access to wonderful, beautiful fish and plants at a fraction of the cost in the stores. And miracle of miracles they actually knew what they were selling and how to take care of it
That's what I'm looking for. Good deals on things dedicated to aquaria. Where I live there's no LFS. Just major chains like petland and petsmart. And kost employees don't know jack about the fish or plants.
I you want you can check out Manhattan Reefs which is where I usually go but for Saltwater only. These are hardened Saltwater keepers though some of them keep a Freshwater too (usually planted Discus) and meet outside the venues to discuss this and talk shop. I never attended these outside Freshwater meetings yet I know the people well. You could attend some of the Saltwater meetings and put yourself out there as someone who would like to take part in these. Good luck .