You'll need to invest in a bit of gear to get started with Backwards Beekeeping. The good news is the stuff is relatively inexpensive, and you don't need to bother with a lot of junk like sprays and pre-made comb. You should expect to spend less than $200 to get everything below.
FOR THE HIVE
-2 Hive boxes (medium boxes are easier to move around than large ones)
-20 Frames (make sure they are the size to fit the boxes)
-The cheapest smoker you can find (they all work the same)
You can assemble all of this stuff yourself, or you can pay a little more and have the shop do it for you.
-Some kind of veil/hat get-up.
WHERE TO GET IT
LA Honey Supply should have everything you need. You can call ahead and they will get it all together for you to pick up.
Los Angeles Honey Company
1559 Fishburn Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90063
LA Honey has a limited selection of beekeeper clothing. You can find more choices at Brushy Mountain or Dadant & Sons.
YOU MAY ALSO WANT
-The Complete Idiot's Guide to Beekeeping, a book with a lot of useful information and chemical-free orientation
-A magnifying glass to see eggs