Sounds like Avan actually paid for his +4 Wild Darkleaf full plate in advance. Source 4k
He goes to the elven Smith to check on its progress.
During the day, Avan searches for a wizard capable of Scrying. He asks for a price to track his item stash separately to spying on the woman (Two casts of the spell).
He also asks around all the guardhouses promising information about the Gnolls (But not giving it away), looking for whoever is in charge of operations to the south.
At night he wraps himself in a cloak and acts like a mysterious stranger in the most popular tavern. He spreads rumors of an evil force in the desert with a stash of potent magic items. He seeks brave and experienced adventurers for a mission to take back his stuff, as well as cleanse evil.