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Most recent updates (Mar 2009): Nortex Electronics (GONE), Moved ESI from Cleveland to Mentor, Removed Wacky Willy's, Updated Ohio & Oregon, Removed GL Sales & Service, Removed Hi Tech Surplus, Hamfest & Convention Guide (UPDATED), College Park/Beltsville CLOSED, New place in Trevor, WI,

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[Document Version: 2.00a] [Document Date: 03/20/05]

1. Hamfest & Convention Guide


2. Arizona

  2.1) Flagstaff

(From Dave Stinson AB5S/7)

Fort Tuthill Hamfest
Coconino County Fairgrounds
Flagstaff AZ 86001

July 26, 2002; through July 28, dawn to dusk

'Arizona's largest hamfest, features major manufacturers, swap-meet, seminars, classes and Saturday night dinner. Dry camping on campgrounds.'

" I'll keep it short and sweet. It was great, as always. "

  2.2) Phoenix

Apache Reclamation & Electronics Inc.
313 W. Apache St
Phoenix, AZ
Tel: (602) 254-0613

(From The Arizona Republic, by Sue Doerfler, Mar. 15, 2003)

'Beat-up commercial kitchen equipment, chairs, salvage parts, marine supplies and more. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.'

(From Ran Talbott, 2004)

Apache Reclamation is a very small shop, which appears to be mostly based on selling stuff they've skimmed from loads they bought for scrapping and recycling. There are some odds and ends of new items (mostly oddball software and tools in 1- and low-2-digit quantities) that appear to have been picked up at store bankruptcy auctions, or maybe from a flea-market vendor who retired.

Lots of electrical and electromechanical bits. Mostly used, some "new (very) old stock". Most of the electronic components look like they came from a few not-very-recent buys of engineering labs and/or early production inventory of very small startups. Not a great deal of variety, but what they do have tends to be cheap, even by surplus standards: I picked up a handful of Motorola pressure sensors (about 4 different types, with 84xx date codes) for a quarter apiece. If even 20% turn out to be good, I'll be way ahead.

In a nutshell: worth stopping by if you're in the neighborhood, but likely to disappoint if you make a long special trip. Robot builders may disagree, since there's more in the way of electromechanical junque to sift through.
3855 N. 29th Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85017
Tel: (800) 717-7087
Tel: (602) 222-9600
Fax: (602) 280-1033

(From Ran Talbott, 2004)

The folks are no longer in the retail storefront biz :-( Not too surprising: given the way computer prices have been plummeting, it's hard to build an inventory that doesn't deflate to less than what you paid for it by the time it's sold.

Electronic Materials & Computers
(plus Maryvale Engineering Co.)
C.O. John Schuch
P.O. Box 23786
Phoenix, AZ 85063
Tel: (602) 247-6167
Fax: (602) 247-4451

New and surplus computer hardware, electronic components, Kits, Grab-bags, Tools, Power supplies

  2.3) Scottsdale

Circuit Specialists Inc.
220 South Country Club Drive #2
Mesa, AZ 85210
Tel: (800) 528-1417
Tel: (480) 464-2485
Fax: (480) 464-5824
Hours: 8AM - 6PM MST Arizona Time M-F

This almost doesn't belong here since they sell electronic components BUT they have very good prices ... and sometimes that's important :-)

Minimum order $50. Visa, M/C Large supply of small componets, kits, solar cells, printed circuit supplies, small motors, displays, etc.

(From Roger Arrick)

DC Electronics
P.O. Box 3203
Scottsdale, AZ 85271-3203
Tel: (800) 467-7736
Tel: (480) 945-7736
Fax: (480) 994-1707

Electronics, capacitors, resistors, meters, IC's.

Electronic Goldmine
P.O. Box 5408
Scottsdale, AZ 85261
Tel: (800) 445-0697
Tel: (602) 451-7454
Fax: (602) 451-9495

Electronics, capacitors, resistors, kits, IC's.

  2.4) Tempe

Maricopa Colleges
2411 West 14th Street
Tempe, Arizona 85281-6941
Tel: 602-731-8172
Fax: 602-731-8190

Directions Map to their location. Read more about them on their WWW page.

3. California!

  3.1) Burbank

(From Robert Cortez) Electronics City

(Burbank is a suburb of Los Angeles in the San Fernando Valley) It's an electronics surplus store.

  3.2) Cotati

(From Kevin Criqui)

Halted Specialties Co.
6819 Redwood Dr
Cotati, CA 94931
Tel: (707) 792-2277

(From their WWW page)

HSC Electronic Supply brings you a potpourri of high-tech goodies for the techno-tinkerer. For 30 years we have been your source for Silicon Valley exotica! And now, finally, we have a presence in cyberspace! Please visit often, especially the Current Specials area, as this will be updated frequently with our constantly changing inventory.

  3.3) El Cajon

(From Edward J. Zeranski)

Murphy's Electronic & Industrial Surplus Warehouse
401 N Johnson Ave.
El Cajon, CA 92020 (Near San Diego)
Tel: (619) 444-7717
Fax: (619) 444-6750

8,000 sq. ft. of military and industrial electronics, communications, and misc electronic equipment.

(From Don Davis)

Murphy's is one of the great, old-fashioned military electronic surplus stores. The last one in Southern California! The "front" part of the store is old, musty test equipment. Some radios & aircraft stuff. Good prices on some items, a little high on others. Some components & tubes also.

The "back" room: call for appointment with Murphy. Bring big cash$$$. Nice Watkins Johnson radios, many PRC, VRC radios, test equipment, Janes books, radio guides, antennas, radar sets, transmitters, amps, etc. A real playground. Only for the "serious" browser / purchaser, however. In fact, I don't know why I'm giving up my personal best bet shopping spot to everyone in the world....

  3.4) Hayward

Fort Apache Electronics Trading Company, Inc.
31902 Hayman Street
Hayward, CA 94544

Vacuum surplus, electronics, and optics are represented in Fort Apache's catalog. If they don't have what you want, you are invited to keep a want list with them.

  3.5) Gardena

Electronics and Computers Surplus City (ECSC|EIO)
1490 W. Artesia Blvd
Gardena, CA 90248
Tel: (800) 543-0540
Fax: (310) 217-0950
BBS: (310) 217-8021

ECSC is more than a super surplus store... it is a marketing concept in merchandising electronics. We buy and sell surplus, excess and discontinued new and used parts, assemblies and systems. We sell to the general public, and also wholesale in larger quantities. Due to our many years of experience in the industry, we have developed extensive worldwide contacts with major corporations, allowing us to acquire large and varied quantities of inventory. Look for great deals on hard drives, memory, motherboards, CD Roms, software, electronic parts, etc.

(From Yahoo)

Mostly electronic parts and computer surplus. You won't find a missle guidance system... but 5 different 8-bin SCSI controllers :-)

  3.5.1) La Crescenta

(From Steve)

Apex Jr.
3045 Orange Ave
La Crescenta, CA 91214
Note: Warehouse by appointment only
Tel: 818 248-0416

Your Starting Address:
City: State: ZIP:

Apex Jr. has been in business for over 11 years and in the surplus electronics business for over 25 years. We specialize in buying excess stock, manufacture overruns and new electronics.

* capacitors * resistors * switches * cable * relays * connectors * transformers * power conditioners * tubes * sockets * power cords * shrink tubing * test equipment

Located by the 2 and 210 freeways

  3.5.2) Milpitas

(From Denny Haz)

Excess Solutions
156 S Milpitas Blvd
Milpitas, CA 95035
Tel: (408) 262-3900
Fax: (408) 262-3939

Liteon components, fans, displays, etc. suplus.

  3.6) Sacramento

(From Kevin Criqui)

Halted Specialties Co.
4837 Amber Ln
Sacramento, CA 95841
Tel: (916) 338-2545

(From their WWW page)

HSC Electronic Supply brings you a potpourri of high-tech goodies for the techno-tinkerer. For 30 years we have been your source for Silicon Valley exotica! And now, finally, we have a presence in cyberspace! Please visit often, especially the Current Specials area, as this will be updated frequently with our constantly changing inventory.

  3.7) Santee

(From Ed Ngai)

EL Cajon ARC Swapmeet (aka Santee Swap Meet)
Santee Drive In Theater on
10990 Woodside Ave (Off of Highway 67)

1st & 3rd Saturday each month
Buyers seventy-five cents
Sellers' Gates open 6:00 AM
Buyer's Gates open 6:30 AM
Talk in on 146.52

  3.8) Rancho Cucamonga


General Dynamics HRC Swapmeet

GD Valley systems division on the corner of 6th and Cleveland Ave just East of Haven Ave. north of I-10 at Rancho Cucamonga, CA

  3.9) Redondo/Manhattan Beach

TRW Swap Meet

(From Ed Ngai and John Scarpulla)

TRW ARC Swapmeet
Last Saturday each month
Starts 7 AM to 12PM
on the corner of Marine ave.(Compton Blvd)
and Aviation Blvd. Manhatten Beach, Ca

Finding the TRW swap meet shouldn't be hard at all. Take the 101 freeway to the San Diego going south on it until you get to the Rosecrans west exit. 2 or 3 blocks west will be Aviation BLVD turn left and about another 2 or 3 blocks on your right will be the swap meet. You can't miss it. Monitor 146.520 MHz. There is always much activity on that frequency.

(or, another set of directions)

TRW parking lot, corner of Marine Ave. and Aviation Blvd, Redondo Beach, CA Rosecrans ave exit from 405 freeway, then go west on Rosecrans, left on Aviation (southbound) turn right into TRW lot just before the Chevron Station

  3.10) Pasadena

C&H Sales Company
2176 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, Ca, 91107
Tel: (800) 325-9465
Tel: (626)796-2628
Fax: (626)796-4875

(From Jeff Stai)

They have PSes, pumps, test equipment, motors, chips, and other stuff. It's on Colorado, south side of the street, west of Sierra Madre Blvd

Minimum order $30. $5 processing fee for orders under $30. Visa, M/C. Specializes in motors, generators, mechanical components, hydraulic parts, transducers, thermal heaters, resistors, optical devices, magnets, robotic components.

  3.11) Van Nuys/Los Angeles (LA)

(From Theron J. Lewis)

Hacker's electronics
21016 Devenshire, Chatsworth
Tel: (818)882-7980

Pace electronics
Simi valley
Tel: (805)522-7394

4680 E. Los Angeles ave
westlake village
(805)497-7515 and

369 Hampshire Road

Pace is the best REGULAR store I know.

All Electronics Corporation
14928 Oxnard Street
Van Nuys, CA 91411
Tel: (888) 826-5432
FAX: (818) 781-2653
Tel: (818) 904-0524

We will mail a catalog free to anyone requesting one and you can shop on-line or download a PDF catalog.

NO minimum, $5.00 S&H. New and surplus electronics.

(From someone)

Allelectronics is still going strong and offers the best source of parts and gadgets that I've found in the SF valley.

(From Kevin Thunell (

Canning Enterprises

Canning Enterprises promotes several shows and events throughout the Southern California area. We are the sole promoter of one of the largest flea markets in the world, the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. We specialize in the promotion of any type of show or event.

(From their WWW page)

Johnstone Associates
101 State St. Ste. 162
Los Altos, CA 94022
Tel: (415) 949-3566

Big-ticket items... want to buy a used assembly line, all 900 tons of it?

  3.12) Sunnyvale

Active Electronics
500 Lawrence
Sunnyvale, CA
Tel: (408)xxx-xxxx

Mostly computer stuff (not surplus and overpriced, but sometimes worth going to).

WeirdStuff Sunnyvale, CA 94089 Phone (408) 743-5650 Fax (408) 743-5655 Web site customer support (408) 743-5609 Weird Stuff
384 West Caribbean Dr. Sunnyvale, CA 94089
Tel: (408) 743-5650
Fax: (408) 743-5655
Web customer support: (408) 743-5609

"New/Used - Computers - Electronics - Equipment - Doohickies"

(From John Nagle)

Wierd Stuff is used off-brand computer headquarters. You see stuff like Xerox 1100 LISP machines (those finally sold), the original Imagen laser printer controller, and similar rare items.

(From John Paul Flowers)

I was just at Weird Stuff, they have changed recently.

They no longer have pure electronics and test equipment surplus, I had to go to Halted to get the coax connector I was looking for. They are more into selling surplus computer equipment. Please tell me that I am wrong, but when I asked about what happened they said that they sold a lot of that type of stuff to a certain individual.

(From their WWW page)

Directions From 101: From 101, take Lawrence Expressway south, turn right on Kern Avenue (the second street off Lawrence). The first building on the left is WeirdStuff.

Directions From 280: From 280, take Lawrence Expressway north to Duane/Oakmead. Then make a U-turn- take your first right on Kern Avenue. We are the first building on the left.

  3.13) San Jose

Action electronics
Across the street (Lawrence) and north a bit, in a small shopping plaza, next to "Disk Drive Depot". Smaller than Wierdstuff, similar stuff. More cables and such.

NOTE: Action and Halted closed on Sundays, Wierdstuff open then.

Prices aren't too bad, somewhat comparable to a hamfest, maybe a tad higher.

(From C Martin)

Advanced Components Electronics (ACE)
1534 Berger Dr
San Jose
Tel: (408)297-1383
Fax: 408 297-5617

Aptly named, they have tons of components in well organized bins. They also have a nice catalog.

Corner of Central Expressway and Lawrence, Southeast corner, about 1000 feet east on/near Central, enter on funny cloverleaf. Lots of components (resistors, caps, semiconductors, wire, and such) and some computer stuff (vintage)

2300-D Zanker Road
San Jose, CA 95131-1114
Tel: (408) 943-9773
Fax: (408) 943-9776
BBS: (408) 943-0622

CLOSED? Website works, though...

Do you know otherwise? Thanks!

(From Chris Kingsley)

Triangle Machinery
1051 Commercial Ct
(By 101 and Old Oakland Road)
San Jose, CA 95112
Tel: (408) 452-8666

They have lots of interesting stuff. They had boxes of stepper motors, a few batteries, lots of industrial stuff, a few osciliscopes, and so on. Nothing brand-new.

something else about it....

(From Mark Robert Thorson)

Triangle Machinery, near 880 and 101. A little electronics, but lots of other interesting stuff (mostly machinery). Lots of air cylinders. Great prices.

(Ken Champion)

Just down Berryesa Rd from the large San Jose Flea Market in east San Jose. Turn on Commercial Ave off Oakland Road and and go till the road bends at Pick N Pull auto wreckers. Commercial Ct is a small dead end branch street off Commercial Ave. and Triangle sits on the west side of the street in a commercial metal building with a chain link fence across the entrance.

It is a wonderful place. More electronic and electrical stuff than most imagine at first. Also lots of valves, gears, motors, fittings, speciality bolts and hardware and all the other stuff they are famous for.

JDR Microdevices
1238 S. Bascom Ave
Tel: (408) 280-7144

Not really surplus but they have a cool selection of stuff you can't really find anywhere else. They have a good catelog.

  3.14) Sun Valley/San Fernando Valley

(From Robert F. Antoniewicz)

8909 San Fernando Rd
Sun Valley, CA 91352
Tel: (818) 767-7202
Fax: (818) 767-1341

North San Fernando Valley,
Just off Lankershim, on S.F. Mission?

The grandaddy of all surplus places. They have more old gear (working and not) than you can glance at in an afternoon.

  3.15) Santa Clara

(From Kevin Criqui)

Anchor Electronics
2040 Walsh Ave
Santa Clara, CA 95050
Tel: (408) 727-3693
Fax: (408) 727-4424

A well organized little place with lots of components and tools and enough surplus to drop by once in a while to have a look.

(From Kevin Criqui)

Halted Specialties Co.
3500 Ryder Street (near Lawrence and Central)
Santa Clara, CA 95051
Tel: (408) 732-1573
Fax: (408) 732-6428

(From their WWW page)

HSC Electronic Supply brings you a potpourri of high-tech goodies for the techno-tinkerer. For 30 years we have been your source for Silicon Valley exotica! And now, finally, we have a presence in cyberspace! Please visit often, especially the Current Specials area, as this will be updated frequently with our constantly changing inventory.

R & D Electronics
3301 S. Harbor Blvd
#108 Santa Ana, CA 92704

(From Roger Arrick)

Surplus/misc Electronics, many interesting devices

  3.16) Redwood City

(From koeperc)

HdB Electronics
2860 Spring Street
Redwood City, CA 94063
Tel: (415) 368-1388

HdB combines retail with surplus. For over 10 years HdB is my favorite place to shop first when I am starting a project for either home or office. Excellent selection of passives (including surface mount) through transistors, regulators and some older style ICs. Wire, cable and connectors along with a ton of hardware. Everything an electronic work bench requires.

They do not really deal in computer stuff like memories, disks etc... The sales staff is very helpful. There is a sheet metal shop right across the street where I have had prototype pieces built.

  3.17) Mountain View

Haltek Electronics
1062 Linda Vista Avenue
Mountain View, CA 94043
Tel: (415) 969-0510
Fax: (415) 964-6973


  3.18) Torrance

Timeline Inc.
23605 TELO Ave.
Torrance, CA 90505
Tel: (310) 784-5488
Tel: (310) 784-5488
Fax: (310) 784-7590 (?)

Their claim to fame is selling alphanumeric/graphical LCD and CCD chips. They have some other stuff as well. Been around for a while.

  3.19) Union City

3101 Whipple Road
Union City, CA 94587-1216
Tel: 510-429-1060
Fax: 510-429-1065

We have had the good fortune to purchase equipment at favorable prices. This has left us feeling like kids in a science and industry candy shop. We are passing these opportunities for savings on to you. This catalogue lists the items we offer for sale.

(Ed: mostly out of my budget... but makes for great "wishing" :-)

  3.20) Lawndale

(From Allen Phapornchai)

Industrial Liquidators
14611 Hawthorne Blvd
Lawndale, CA 90260
Tel: (310) 644-2252

Also I like to recommend Industrial Liquidators in Hawthorne. They are a good place to find test equipment, electronic parts (caps, resistors, switches, etc.) pneumatics, gears, fasteners etc.

4. Colorado

  4.1) Boulder

(From Quest Electronics Inc)

J B Saunders, Electronics
4700 Sterling
Boulder, CO 80302
Owner: Gary
Tel: 303-442-1212

This is a nice walk in store with in depth stock of all types of parts, i.e. resistors, caps, wire, transformers, etc. It's a great place to go, but they don't do any mail order.

They have been around since the beginning of time, and most of the staff is very friendly and helpful.

They are located just east of Foothills Parkway, and about a block south of Valmont Ave. If you are in Boulder, this place is worth the trip.

(From Ren Tescher)

Electronic Brokers
Tel: (303) XXX-XXXX (anyone have current number?)

Mostly used test equipment Caveat Emptor!

  4.2) Colorado Springs (MOVED!)

OEM Parts
OLD: 3025 N. Hancock Ave
OLD: Colorado Springs, CO 80907
2727 Palmer Park Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO 80909-5069
Tel: (719) 635-0771

(From someone)

Coming from the south, exit I-25n at Circle Drive, go north on Circle. About 3 or 4 miles down will be Palmer Park Blvd. Go Left on Palmer Park and the store is on your left in the first block.

Coming from the north, exit I-25s at Fillmore, go east on Fillmore. When you get to Union turn right (south). 2 or 3 miles down will be Palmer Park. Turn left (east) on Palmer Park. OEM is on your right about a mile.

This place was awesome. They had every kind of wire and connector you'd ever need. Tons of connectors and a wide selection of vacuum tubes. Don't miss the old equipment Museum.

(From Douglas Glosson)

This is a store that has a little of everything, both new and used. Kind of a electronic junk store, but interesting to go into. It is all local people.

Take the Fillmore exit from I-25, head east approximately 2 to 3 miles, Turn north on Hancock Ave, and go about 1/2 a block. Located on the right in the Venetian Village shopping center.

  4.3) Denver

Quest Electronics
5715 W 11th Ave.
Denver, CO 80214
Tel: xxxxxxxxx
FAX: xxxxxxxxx

Full line of IC's, CAPs, resistors, transistors, AND TUBES. They are mostly mail order, and ship international. You can also come in and browse.

From I-25 tack 6th Ave west about 2 miles to the Sheridan exit. Then go north 5 blocks to 11th Ave. Turn left and go a long block. They are the big building with the flag pole. Just look for the flag pole and you are there. (From Steve Milberger)

Quest Electronics is no longer in business. In fact, they've been out of business since '97 or '98.

  4.4) Longmont

(From Paul Tiger)

Tiger Tech (Formerly Eagle Hi-Tech)
soon in 700 block of Main Street (moved out of 1430A Nelson Rd)
Longmont, CO 80501
Tel: (303)651-7919
Archives of Tiger Tech:*/

Mostly new components but some surplus (fans, HDs, etc.) Extensive selection of New electronic components_, including surface mount and through-hole digital and analog semiconductors We also provide electronic repair and prototyping services. Electronic repairs include computers.

5. Conneticut

  5.1) Berlin

(From Charles Brush)

Industrial Surplus Inc
337 Berlin Turnpike
Berlin CT, 06037
Tel: (203) 828-3541

This turned out to just be machinery (pumps etc.) so it's probably not relavent to your list. (yeah, but it gives CT two entries ;-)

  5.2) Cornwall Bridge

Ed: Anyone know if they're still in .

Allegro Electronic Systems
3 Mine Mountain Rd
Drawer NV
Cornwall Bridge, CT 06754

Laser stuff, kits

  5.3) Stamford

(From Charles Brush)

Vulcan Inc.
60 Staff Ave
Stamford, CT
Tel: (203) 357-1720

[..] It was pretty decent. It is a scrap yard with tons of electronics junk. Old power supplies, transformers, fans, caps, meters etc. etc. Definitely worth a look for those in the area.

  5.4) East Hartford

(From James Tuttle)

Pratt & Whitney Surplus Store
400 Main St Ste 1
East Hartford, CT 06118
Tel: (860) 565-6850
Fax: 860-557-1255

Open: Tues, Thurs, Sat 8-4:30pm

[This is] the Pratt and Whitney corporate surplus store. Their stock changes depending on what they're downsizing this week, but it can be anything from office gear (cabinets, furniture, light computers) to machine tools and aerospace stuff, and high grade scrap metal. I haven't been there in a while but have not heard rumors of its demise. It's on their main factory campus.

  5.5) Storrs

(From James Tuttle)

UCONN Surplus Store
6 Ahern Lane (Old Mail Services Bldg.)
off of Route 44, Middle Turnpike
Storrs, CT (Mansfield Depot)

Hours: 10AM-4PM, first OR second Friday of each month - see website.

It's mostly office and computer surplus, but it can be lab and test equipment, too. It's only open once a month, so getting good stuff requires luck and perhaps arriving early. [Web site has generic pictures of what to expect].

6. Florida

  6.1) Jupiter

Ed: It doesn't look like it fits on this list - do they have .

(From Roger Arrick)

Future-Bot Components
106 Commerce Way #A8
Jupiter, FL 33458
Tel: (407) 575-1487

Electronic components, micro's, IC's

  6.2) Lake Park

(From Roger Arrick)

Marlin P. Jones & Assoc. Inc.
P.O. Box 12685
Lake Park, FL 33403-0685
Tel: (407) 848-8236
Fax: (800) 4FAXYES

Electronic parts, motors, test equipment, DC-DC converters, LCD panels

  6.3) Winter Park

Skycraft Parts & Surplus, Inc.
2245 West Fairbanks Ave
Winter Park, FL 32789
Tel: (407) 628-5634
Fax: (407) 647-4831

(From lovebot)

(7 minutes [25 minutes in rush hour] north of Orlando) There are so many different fun things to buy!

(From Jim Saurman)

Skycraft Parts & Surplus
Fairbanks Ave (next to I-4) in Winter Park, Florida
(Winter Park is next to Orlando)

7. Georgia

  7.1) Atlanta

(From Paul Hudson)

Ack Radio Supply Co.
554 Deering Road N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30367-2267
Toll Free: 1-800-282-7954
Voice : (404) 351-6340
FAX : (404) 351-1879

I deal with Ack Radio in Atlanta on a regular basis. Their main thing is new equipment, parts, and test equipment. I have never seen any surplus equipment or parts there. They do have a very large selection of parts and equipment and a good size catalog. They list themselves as "Industrial Electronics" suppliers.

(From Michael Covington)

  7.2) Snellville

SU. 700

They have moved and shed [all] of their surplus goods. This entry will be removed at some point since it no longer belongs on this list. -Ed

8. Idaho

  8.1) Boise

(gone) GONE Hi-Tech Surplus

9. Illinois

  9.1) Crystal Lake

Coyote Industries, Inc
P.O. Box 420
Crystal Lake, IL 60039-0420
Tel: (815) 477-2473

We Buy, Sell and Recycle Used, Obsolete and Surplus Computer & Electronic Equipment

  9.2) Evanston

American Science & Surplus (formerly Jerryco)
601 Linden Place
Evanston, IL 60202
Tel: (312) 475-8440

Whacko surplus stuff, great catalog, electron, mech, opto.

(See below...)

  9.3) Niles

American Science and Surplus (formerly JerryCo)
P.O. Box 48838
Niles, IL 60714-0838
Tel: (708) 475-8440
Fax: (708) 864-1589

Surplus. The surplus place. Lots and lots of surplus. Batteries, etc.

  9.4) Skokie

(From Stuart Friedberg)

American Science & Surplus
3605 Howard Street
Skokie, IL 60076
Tel: 708 982 0870
Fax: 800 934 0722
Hours: 8AM-5:30PM M-F CST

Catalog Requests from U.S. Territories Only Please

Jerryco are now called American Science & Surplus, their catalogs are still very amusing, they are still very much in business, with retail outlets in Chicago and Milwaukie, and a mail order outlet that eats a lot of my spending money.

You name it, they have it. Catalogs are really good. $12.50 minimum order (which includes the $4 shipping charge).

(From Dennis Doonan N9VSL)

Surplus military, electronics, optics, educational, and misc. odds and ends. It is easy to spend hours here just looking through the rows of stuff. They even have a tent sale every year.

(From The Bell Jar)

Mostly small items are contained in this company's catalog. However the diversity is tremendous and frequently you will find that 'critical item' that's needed to finish off a project. From sticky tape to optics to small pumps and rubber chickens, if it's surplus they will have it at one time or another.

10. Indiana

  10.1) Fort Wayne

(From Robert P. LaJeunesse)

Pembleton Electronics

It's a decent old electronics store. I was there last summer, got some good deals.

  10.2) Indianapolis

(From John L. Occolowitz)

MAI/Prime Parts
5736 N. Michigan Rd
Indianapolis, Indiana
Tel: (317) 257-6811
Fax (317) 257-1590
Store Hours: Monday - Friday...8:30am-5:30pm

Extensive selection of surplus components such as resistors, capacitors, heat sinks, transformers, cable including coaxial cable, relays, cable connectors, as well as some new material such as semiconductors and books. Also various surplus electronic assemblies. I've used them often, prices are competitive but not always low.

11. Iowa

  11.1) Cedar Rapids

(From Douglas W. Jones)

The Collins Group of Rockwell International in Cedar Rapids also sells their own company surplus on a retail basis. Unfortunately, they're only open once a month, and not on a scheduled basis. You've got to phone ahead to find when they're open. You'll find office equipment, old PCs, outdated electronics test gear, odd lots of mil-specs chips and other components (presumably, leftovers from production runs), as well as scrap metal and hardware.

  11.2) Iowa City (University of Iowa)

(From Douglas W. Jones)

Gilbert Street Building
1225 S. Gilbert Street
Iowa City, Iowa 52242
Tel: 335-5001
fax: 335-5482
WWW: (hours, etc.)

For Iowa, the University of Iowa in Iowa City runs a retail surplus outlet selling everything and anything the University must dispose of. Lots of old PC's, occasional minicomputers, a constant stream of old office equipment and typewriters, and there's always lots of old (and frequently eccentric) lab equipment.

  11.3) Sabula

Falkner Enterprises of America Inc.
312 River Street
Sabula, IA 52070
Tel: (319) 687-2479

Batteries, surplus electronic parts, catalog

12. Maryland

  12.1) Baltimore

(From Keith Lofstrom)

Salvage King
O'Donnell St
Baltimore, MD

  12.2) College Park/Beltsville CLOSED

Surplus Electronics
College Park, MD

(From David Gesswein)

They have closed.

13. Massachusetts

  13.1) Cambridge

(From Syed Zaeem Hosain)

E L I Inc
139 Hampshire Street
Cambridge, MA
Tel: (617) 547-4005

ELI is awesome - for electronics stuff.

Ed: looks all-computer stuff now... :-(

  13.2) Woburn

(From Steve Byan)

Electronic Super Store

(From John Hagerman)

I believe the store has moved to New Hampshire.
(Ed: Please see entry for Manchaster, NH)

They carry a large variety of parts, computer junk, used electronic test equipment, and various lab, equipment.

(From Visal Tanglertpaibul)

(Electronic Super Store) You can see their big sign from 128 south from 93 and 128 junction. It is the first exit (Washington St., I think). They have all kind of stuff including used oscilloscope, computer etc. It is an electronic heaven!.

  13.3) Wakefield

(From Jon Sreekanth)

ERM (Electronic Liquidators) who used to be in Melrose; now they're at

ERM (Electronic Liquidators)
50 New Salem Street
Wakefield, MA 01880

Tel: 617-246-6767

Seem to specialize in computer related junk like old hard drives, etc.

14. Michigan

  14.1) Benton Harbor

(From Earl Morse)

Surplus Trading Co
2700 N M-63
Benton Harbor, MI 49022
Tel: 616-849-1800

Lots of surplus from Heath Company and Zenith Data Systems. Computers and electronics parts.

Pat Walsh
Located just off of Main street in Benton Harbor, MI

Only open Saturday mornings. Good deals on old Heath and ZDS stuff. (He gets what Surplus Trading doesn't)

  14.2) East Lansing (Michigan State University)

MSU Surplus Store
1344 S. Harrison
E. Lansing, MI 48823
Tel: 517-355-0364
Fax 517-353-0836

The Michigan State University has a huge surplus store, open weekday afternoons. Everything a major research university buys eventually goes out through that warehouse.

  14.3) Ann Arbor (University of Michigan)

Property Disposition
University of Michigan
3241 Baxter Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2155
Tel: (734) 764-2470

Directions: US-23 to Plymouth Road (West) to Green Road Left on Green Road (South) to Baxter Road Right on Baxter to Warehouse address

(From Derek Dohler)

The University of Michigan also has a property disposition building, whose website (including address and hours) [are on the web page]

15. Minnesota

  15.1) Bloomington (GONE)

GONE - see other AX-MAN entries here or jump to their website

AX MAN Surplus
Bloomington, MN

(For a long time, this entry was spelled 'Bulmington', sorry!)

  15.2) Eden Prairie (GONE)


First they closed their store and did only on-line sales. Now their web address is a porno redirect. RIP.

  15.3) Fridley

(From the Editor)

1071 East Moore Lake Dr.
Fridley, MN
Tel: (612) 572-3730

"Over 30 years of real surplus: general merchendise, hardware, crafts, housewares, electrical, etc."

A cross between a corner store, an electronics surplus shack, a hardware store, army surplus store, and a drug store. Most everything was labelled (decent prices)... lots of odd stuff in the hardware section that only a few people will be able to use... but then again, lots of rivets, bolts, nuts, washers. A tank periscope... lots of odd stuff. Fun.

  15.4) Minneapolis

ABC Electronics
317 7 Av. N
Minneapolis, MN
Tel: (612) 332-2378

This place is in the warehouse district in Minneapolis. Small, but packed with stuff, mostly components. Sometimes they close on Saturdays, and sometimes not. If you go there, call ahead to make sure they are open.

Midwest Surplus & Electronics
124 12 Ave. S
Tel: (612) 339-9533

Mostly a junk shop, but has some good stuff buried in.

  15.5) New Hope

(From Boock1)

GI Joe Surplus
New Hope

It's pretty good. [But] I found the prices to be a little high, though.

  15.6) St. Paul

(From the Editor)

Amble's Surplus Hardware
Hiawatha&East 22nd St
St. Paul, MN
Tel: (612) 332-0300

Didn't have time to stop in... next time.

Atlantis International
5213 West Broadway
St. Paul, MN
Tel: (612) 533-0007

(From Steve Jacobson)

Asset Recovery Corp
1907 Charles Ave
St. Paul
Tel: (612) 641-0789

Supposed to be pretty good, but not open on weekends. I have never been there myself.

(From the Editor)

AX MAN Surplus
1639 University
St Paul, MN
Tel: (651) 646-8653

"Over 30 years of real surplus: general merchendise, hardware, crafts, housewares, electrical, etc."

A cross between a corner store, an electronics surplus shack, a hardware store, army surplus store, and a drug store. Most everything was labelled (decent prices)... lots of odd stuff in the hardware section that only a few people will be able to use... but then again, lots of rivets, bolts, nuts, washers. A tank periscope... lots of odd stuff. Fun.

(From Brian Schousek)

Well as an electronics surplus store, the Axman is tolerable. I don't miss a chance to stop by whenever I'm through the cities. And as far as other neat surplus stuff and pure ambience, it can't be beat.

ABC Electronics
315 7th Ave North
St. Paul, MN
Tel: (651) 332-2378

Didn't have time to stop in... next time.

AEI Electrnic Parts
224 Washington Ave North
St. Paul, MN
Tel: (651) 338-4754

(From someone)

AEI moved their store about 10 miles. New store is all new stuff, no surplus.

Event Sales Inc
3359 Central Ave NE
St. Paul, MN
Tel: (651) 781-1502

Didn't have time to stop in... next time.

(From Kevin S. Brady)

The 3M Co. in St. Paul has a monthly "silent auction" of equipment from its facilities, held at its Distribution Center at 1080 Hazel Street, Bldg. 410, St. Paul, MN. Basically a mixture of electronic parts, PCs, monitors, office equip., industrial machines, test equipment, shelving, etc. Stuff is placed on pallets, one pallet per bid, (unless it's really huge), with minimum bid of $15. They tend to strategically mix different items together on the pallets - in other words, that o'scope you spot may share space on the pallet with a couple monochrome monitors and an office chair. If you win the bid, you've gotta take it all!

The sales are usually the first Mon & Tues of each month, and they contact winning bidders by Thur or Fri of the same week. Contact person is Larry Hendrickson at 612-733-0282. After you go to one of these, they'll put you on their mailing list and send you a bid list about a week prior to each sale. The auctions draw a lot of buyers from manufacturing people, but the hobbyist can find useful stuff to bid for, and often get it for a reasonable bid.

  15.7) Plymouth

(From the Editor)

DAK Trading Co
13895 Industries Park Blvd
Plymouth, MN
Tel: (612) 551-2551

Didn't have time to stop in... next time.

  15.8) University of Minnesota

(From Pete O'Keefe)

University of Minnesota ReUse Program Warehouse

We are open to the public each Thursday from 8 AM to 5:30 PM.

16. Mississippi

  16.1) Hattiesburg

(From Judith Wilson)

Hudson Salvage Stores & Hudson Treasure Stores. Largest I think is in Hattiesburg but they have at least 15 or more in the state. I travel from Ft Worth to go shopping at these stores. Search internet for Hudson Salvage.

(Will do, ed.)

17. Missouri

  17.1) Saint Louis

(From John Bunting)

Electronics Exchange
St. Charles Rock Rd
(2 blocks West of I-170, next to Floyd's Tire Center)

All surplus, consignment. Old 50's and some fairly new test equipment. Computer systems (mostly XT vintage), monitors, other parts. Used consumer electronics (some working, some as-is). Best prices in SL area.

(From someone)

Kind of a small place. Some tubes and old parts, lots of old test equipment, mostly nonworking. He doesn't do any repairs and sells everything as is. He does guarantee working stuff. Some computers, etc.

Gateway Electronics
8123 Page Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63130
Tel: (800) 669-5810 (Orders)
Tel: (314) 427-6116 (Info)
Fax: (314) 427-3147

On Page near Midland. Parts, gadgets, surplus etc. $10 min. About 20% used/surplus, rest new stuff. All stuff is in open bins where you can examine it. Best ham stuff. Lots of as-is hard drives for $5.

A-Z Used Computers
Metro Blvd.
Just off Dorsett a couple blocks east of 270.

Used/consignment computers. One room each for IBM, Apple and Commodore. Also, as-is room. Recycled software. Cheap used laptops also. Prices good to fair.

Software Plus
Olive west of 270

Good selection of recycled software. Cd-rom titles (new) not so cheap. (From William Jeremiah)

Laclede Computer Trading Company
moved to 1300 Mackland (I think)

Has a selection of XT/286 vintage computers, cards, and parts as well as a selection of software from the same era.

ECP (Electronics and Computer Parts
On Page just west of 170

(about 20% used surplus) is quite a bit like Gateway but has a larger selection of computers and cards.

18. Nebraska

  18.1) Lincoln

Surplus Center
1015 West "O" Street
P.O. Box 82209
Lincoln, NE 68501-2209
Tel: 800-488-3407 (Order Only)
Tel: 402-474-4055
Tel: 402-474-5198

(From Marty Tippin)

[..] they've got a nifty catalog full of lots of stuff you don't care about as well as some stuff you probably do. I've ordered a few times and had great service.

  18.2) Omaha

Surplus Sales of Nebraska 1502 Jones St (or?)
1315 Jones St
Omaha, NE 68012
Tel: (402) 346-4750
Fax: (402) 346-2939

(From Roger Arrick)

Ham radio equipment, components, tools, etc.

19. New Hampshire

  19.1) Manchester

(From Steve Byan and sethea)

Electronic Surplus Store Incorporated
900 Candia Rd
Manchester, NH 03109
Tel: (603)-624-9600
Fax: (603) 624-9700

Store hours: M-F 10-6, Thursday 10-8, and Saturday 9-5


  1. 293 North to exit 5
  2. right on Granite St.
  3. right on Commercial St.
  4. Electronic Surplus Service is on the right

(From Bob Neidorff)

In the past, they got pallets of test equipment, but recently have been stocking bagged parts and computers. Prices on computers aren't great. Bagged parts are often a good deal, and when they do get in test equipment, it goes for a good price. Feel free to try to negotiate. Sometimes, you get lucky, other times, they are firm. Either way, the people are friendly, and the warehouse is a fun browse. Come for the once per year warehouse sale and get access to piles of junk cheap.

(From Bob Neidorff)

Par Associates
300 Bedford St
Manchester, NH 03101
Tel: (603) 623-2009

PAR sells test equipment, components, tools, and various other types of surplus collected from electronic companies. The place is very disorganized. It's a stretch to call it a store. It's more like an office piled floor to ceiling with stuff. Nothing is priced. The dealer is a laid-back, friendly guy.

  19.2) Peterborough

(From Roger Arrick)

Old Colony Sound Labs
P.O. Box 243
Peterborough, NH 03458-0243
Tel: (603) 924-6371
Fax: (603) 924-9467

Audio kits, books, etc.

20. New Jersey

  20.1) Barrington (GONE)

Edmund Scientific
(From Ron Zapp)

It's now an optics company only. No surplus, as such. Scientific, education, optical stuff+fibre supplies.

  20.2) Cherry Hill (GONE)

Active Electronics
1871 Rt 70 E
Heritage Square
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
Tel: (609) 424 7070xi
Fax: (609) 424-7722

(From Ron Zapp)

This place CLOSED!

  20.3) Eatontown (GONE)

Atkinson & Smith, Inc
(From Rich Ardolino)

This place has been out of business for over 10 years!

  20.4) Fairview

American Design Components
815 Fairview Ave
P.O. Box 220
Fairview, NJ 07022
Tel: (800) 776-3700
Tel: (201) 939-8918

  20.5) Frenchtown (GONE)

Sintec Company

(From Craig Hermann)

That surplus place has been gone for years.

  20.6) Mt. Laurel

Herbach & Rademan Company, Inc (H&R)
16 Roland Avenue
Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054-1012
Tel: 1-800-848-8001 (orders)
Tel: 1-609-802-0422 (info)
Fax: 1-609-802-0465

Most items are new overstocks, much regularly stocked stuff as well. Tools, electrical supplies, motors, mechanical components, robotic components.

Catalog "This Month" in 4 yearly installments.

  20.7) Montville

Servo Systems Co.
115 Main Rd
Montville, NJ 07045-0097
Tel: (800) 922-1103

Surplus motors, steppers, mech, robotics. (see 'surplus bargains' in various sections). (ed: I presume they can be 'visited'? anyone know?)

  20.8) Secaucus

(From Roger Arrick)

American Design Components
400 Country Ave.
Secaucus, NJ 07094
Tel: (201) 601-8999
Fax: (201) 601-8990

Computer equipment, electronics, kits, tools.

21. New Mexico

  21.1) Albuquerque

LINK: SuperPages listings for local salvage/surplus companies in this area

(From Timothy Dippold)

Electronic Surplus
9012 Central SE
Albuquerque, NM 87123
Tel: (505) 296-6389

Here is the best one, and they have been around about 20 yrs. Huge stock of tubes. Constantly changing stock of test equipment, servo motors, racks, relays, components, ham gear, and much more. Fun to browse.

Jones Surplus
10921 Central Ave. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87123
Tel: 505-298-9295
Fax: 505-293-3995

(From Michael James)

I just wanted to tell you about this place in Albuquerque that anyone with an interest in electronics must visit. It is a surplus/salvage/junk shop that is on the east end of town. This place has tons of dod and doe surplus as well as stuff from the local national labs I also noticed that much of the equipment which had been in use at the (relocated) motorola ceramic filter facility made it to this place as well. the easiest way to find it is to take the I-40 exit for tramway and central (first/last exit for Albuquerque's east side then go west on central until you find a large "jones surplus" sign on the n side of the street. You must not miss it.

(ed: this might not be the right address - web page says it only serves university not the students/public?)
UNM Surplus Property
1642 University Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87131
Tel: 505-277-2923
Fax: 505-277-1130

(From Galen Watts KF0YJ)

In east Albuquerque, out the street that runs on the south side of the UNM campus is a surplus/neat stuff kind of store. It's pretty far out east, almost to where the street (Candelaria Street?) meets I-40.

If you exit off I-25 going east along the south side of campus, you'll come to a 'Y' intersection. Take the south fork and go out to 7800 or so (maybe 7500? I haven't been there in a while) and look for metal rack cabinets in front. The store is in a six-store building about 100 feet back from the street.

  21.2) Los Alamos

(NEW) (From John Todd 10/2005)

The Los Alamos Sales Company
"The Black Hole"
4015 Arkansas
Los Alamos, NM 87544
Tel: (505) 662-5053
Tel: (505) 662-9713
FAX: (505) 662-6077
Open weekdays 9:00 to 5:00, Saturday 12:00 to 5:00
Closed Major Holidays

Run by Ed Grothus... a character, to say the least.
This is an amazing pile of a place. Ed knows where everything is, or he'll remember in an hour or so... Great for the cold war scavenger or hobbyist. Tends towards fairly old gear; not many newer pieces. All surplus; don't expect shrink wrap and instruction manuals. Includes Church of High Technology on-site. Ed's getting up there in years; don't put the pilgrimage off any longer.

(From Galen Watts KF0YJ)

If you can get up to Los Alamos, try the L.A. Salvage Co. Plan to spend the day, they've got some real interesting stuff, mostly "scientific surplus".

22. New York

  22.1) Syracuse

Northeast Surplus and Materials
440 Shonnard Street
Syracuse, New York 13204
Tel: (315) 677-5246

Alas mostly computer-related stuff.

(From Henry Carl Ott)

You kind of missed the surplus scene in NYC by about 10 years. Used to be dozens of places on Canal St. (and below) and on 45th St.

These days there is not much to see. You might want to check out Canal St. anyway, there are still a couple of junk stores and some general weirdness, but nothing like the good old days. Sigh.

  22.2) New York

(From Mark Garvin)

Clark Reese on Leonard Street -

(From Mark Burnham)

68 North 7th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Tel: 718 963-1764
FAX: 718 963-1963

Mostly tubes (lots) and parts for vintage radios. Directions are on their web site.

  22.3) Levittown

Edlie Electronics Inc
2700 Hempstead Tpk.
Levittown, NY 11756
Tel: (516) 735-3330

Parts, kits, surplus

  22.4) Merrick

1673 Chapin Ave.
Merrick, NY 11566

tools, test equip, kits, misc.

  22.5) Rochester

(From Rowan Hawkins KC2KPI)

The HamHest usually taks place the first weekend of June on a set of days covering FRI, SAT, & SUN. The best day bay far is Saturday. To increase attendance of YL's and Better Half's the fest has been opened to crafts, hobbies, and such.

Information on the Rochester Hamfest may be found at URL:

(From Rowan Hawkins KC2KPI)

Tel: (585)328-1600
Fax: (585)328-3630

They have mostly electronics and chassis parts. It definitely is a walk-in and browse the stacks kind of place. I'm not sure when they open but I think they close at 5pm M-F.

(From Keith Blair)

(Unknown Name)
Avenue D

It's only open a few hours per week, usually on Saturday morning. The owner is a very nice guy who makes electronic displays for children to interact with at Science Museums.

23. Ohio

  23.1) Canton

Ebinger Equipment Company
2680 Roberts Ave NW, Suite D
Canton, OH 44709
Tel: (330) 453-5180
Fax: (330) 453-7113

We deal in the following types of used electronic equipment: Cash Registers, POS equipment, Terminals, Printers, Plotters, Processors, Communications.

  23.2) Cincinnati

Debco Electronics, Inc.
4025 Edwards Road
Cincinnati, OH 45209
Tel: (800) 423-4499 (Order)
Tel: (513) 531-4499 (Information)
Fax: (513) 531-4455

Stuff... including new PC clones (uh oh...)

  23.4) Dayton

Visit the official Dayton Hamvention WWW site to learn all the details!

(aka. Mendelson Electronics)
340 E. First St.
Dayton, OH 45402
Tel: 1-800-344-4465 (M-F 9AM-6PM EST)
Fax: 1-800-344-6324

(From their WWW page)

They have everything you can get surplus from computers to connectors to motors to fans to capacitors to [old] software to wire... and on and on.

(From Steve Wolf)

They had dozens of large sinks. As a surplus supply, meeting some exact specs would be too difficult. I bet, however, the request for a "large heatsink about 19 by 24 by 4" would yield a price.

  23.6) Lima

(From Andrew Emmerson)

Fair Radio Sales Co
2395 St Johns RD
Lima, OH 45804
Tel: (419) 223 2196
Fax: (419) 227 1313
MAP: Their MAP
EBAY: Ebay Listings

Easily the best surplus place I've seen in the USA. Several rooms full of old radio equipment, test gear, industrial electronics, components, telephones, connectors and cables, old magazines. Annual illustrated catalogue. Website well done too.

  23.7) Mentor (Updated)

Electronic Surplus Inc (ESI)
8755 Munson #6
Mentor, OH 44060
Order: 440-205-8388
Fax: 216-205-8377
MAP: Their Map

ESI has Moved from downtown, after 65 years, to the suburbs. Stop in and see our large selection of new parts and used electronic, industrial and commercial equipment and components. Over 30,000 line items on website.

(From Peter Blasser)

I've seen a lot of surplus stores across the country, including the ones in Seattle and the Bay Area, and I honestly think that ESI is the biggest and most amazing store in the country. It also has an amazing warehouse sale.

RT Systems, Inc
8805 East Ave
Mentor, OH 44060 Tel: (800) 670-RTSI (Orders only)
Tel: (216) 974-6577
Fax: (216) 974-6533

They deal with: Computer Surplus , Electronic Assets , Obsolete Boards , Telecommunications , Test Equipment , Mainframe Surplus , Precious Metal Scrap , Cables , Excess Computer Supplies. They have inducated that they allow customers to browse their goodies.

  23.8) Steubenville

(From Roger Arrick)

Hosfelt Electronics, Inc.
PO BOX 4369
Steubenville, Ohio 43952
Tel: (888) 264-6464
Local: (740) 264-6464
Toll free fax: (800) 524-5414
Fax: (800) 524-5414
Open: M-F 8:00-5:00 EST

Books, Capacitors, enclosures, fans, kits, tools and more.

24. Oregon

  24.1) Aloha

CLOSED: Source1 and Source2

(From Mark G. Forbes)

Wacky Willy's
Westside Store
2900 SW 219th Ave
Aloha, OR 97006

Wacky Willy's
Eastside Store
417 E 11th St
Portland, OR 97214


WW has been around since 1980, and they have a diverse collection of stuff. It seems to come and go pretty fast, so you can't count on something being there long term. It's not electronic surplus, really, although you'll find some there. They're more of an industrial/retail boneyard, where overstocks and errors-of-judgement go to die. A good place to go if you're looking for stuff to adapt; you might find a kid's toy for ten cents that you can gut for the case and an LED.

  24.2) Beaverton (and Salem and Eugene)

(From Mark G. Forbes)

Norvac Electronics
7940 SW Nimbus Ave
Beaverton, OR 97005
Tel: (503) 644-1025
Tel: (800) 766-1025

They're NOT surplus, just a good source of parts. There's some stuff there that's used or manufacturer's overstocks, but in general it's new parts for sale. They're probably the best available source if you need something specific. They also have stores in Salem and Eugene.

(From Linda Wicklund)

It seems the last few times I tried to buy something from the Beaverton store, on Nimbus, not only were they totally out of stock for hand held tools ( most all of them) but the technical help was completely wrong. Unable to answer any question on several products available. Been going to this store for many many years. It is sad to see it decline this way. I now have outside sources to help me and will only call on Norvac in an emergency.

  24.3) Corvallis (GONE)

Zero-Gee Electronics
1890 SW 3rd Street
Corvallis, OR 97333

(From Ruth and Carl)

Sorry to say Zero-Gee is closed. Has been closed for several years.

  24.4) Portland

Cascade Surplus Electronics
17954 SE Division St
Portland OR 97236-1066
Tel: 503-762-4365
Fax: 503-465-5315
MAP: Their MAP
Review: here

(From Tony Gould)

Fairly modern computers and industrial electronics, much of which you might be hard to find a use for. Plenty of old manuals and data books.

(From Mark G. Forbes)

Fox's Spy Outlet
9103 SW Barbur Blvd
Portland, OR 97219
Tel: (503) 452-4645

Open: 10AM-6PM M-F, 10AM-5PM Sat

This isn't a surplus place, but it looks interesting anyway. They supply video surveillance equipment, personal protection supplies and 'countermeasures'. I haven't been there, but I'm going next time I'm in town.

(From Andrew Emmerson)

R5-D3 Electronic Surplus
6111 SE 82nd
Tel: (503) 774 6560
Review: here

Open: Tuesday-Saturday

Tube-era radio and military gear, test equipment, tubes, old telephones. Friendly place.

(From Mark G. Forbes)

Radar Electric Co. Inc
704 SW Washington
Portland, OR 972140
Tel: (503) 232-3404

Open: Mon-Fri 8AM-6PM, Sat 10AM-5PM

Like Norvac, a main-line distributor, but with a storefront too. They have a lot of lines, several stores, and used to own some surplus places. Notably, they used to have Western Nut and Bolt in Seattle, but it's since been shut down and dispersed. :-( Another good place to go if you need something specific, if it's a line they carry.

Surplus Gizmos
5797 NW Cornelius Pass Rd
Hillsboro, OR 97124
Warehouse: (503) 439-1249
Mobile: (503) 345-9187
Tue-Fri 11:00 - 18:00, Sat. 11:00 - 17:00, Other times by appointment.
Review: here

Read the review, above.

25. Pennsylvania

  25.1) Philadelphia

Fertik's Electronics
5400 Ella Street
Philadelphia, PA 19120
Tel: (215) 455 2121

Contact: Leon Fertick
Open for browsing:
Thu:7 PM to 9 PM
Sat:9 PM to 3 PM

A lot of surplus stuff...

  25.2) Pittsburgh

University of Pittsburgh Surplus

(From Editor)

The man you want to talk to is Tom. He preferes to sell a load rather than single items. ie. if you want one HP LJ 4Si, it's $75. But if you get a whole load (that includes said printer), you'll get it for $25 :-) Nice place for filing cabinets, tables, book-shelves, etc. Now they're getting into university vehicles, too.

Pioneer Supply Co., Inc.
3524 Charlotte St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Tel : (412) 678 2300
Fax : (412) 687 0091

Not a 'surplus' place, last I checked...

26. Tennessee

  26.1) Nashville (GONE)


(From Neal Griggs and Bob Lloyd)

Javanco moved about 3 yrs ago. They deal mainly now with computers and computer hardware.

Javanco quit handling surplus in 1999, much to to sorrow of many of us locally! Now they only sell new "custom built" PC's.

27. Texas

  27.1) Houston

(From Coats Jack)

Electronic Parts Outlet (EPO)

  27.2) Texarkana

(From Jack Boyd)

JABEC Corp/Jack Boyd
6502 Jones Lane
Texarkana, TX 75501-9039
Tel: 903-793-3333
Fax: 903-838-5445

Surplus GALORE! We specialize in and maintain our inventory by National Stock Number(NSN). Basically we are a tool wholesale company, but we deal in all Government Surplus. 45 years experience. Send us your requirements. Preference is NSN, Mfg., Part #, Description - as much information as you can and we can probably locate it for you.

  27.3) Fort Worth

(From Dave Ragsdill)

Nortex electronics is no longer in business. The owner passed away and all the parts were sold to China. Bummer.

Nortex Electronics
xxxx Vickery Loop East
Fort Worth, TX 76116
Tel: xxx-xxx-xxxx

All electonic surplus, most quite old, little new. Been in business for decades.

28. Utah

  28.1) Salt Lake City

Salt Lake Instrument

Used to get all the surplus from Dugway Proving Grounds and the Sperry terminals division in Salt Lake City.

29. Virginia

(From Keith Lofstrom)

Arcade Electronics
Annandale, VA

  29.1) Lynchburg

Alcomp Electronics
56, 9th Street
Lynchburg, VA 24504
Tel: (804) 847-7456 (old number?)
Fax: (804) 845-1205

Electronic surplus parts

30. Washington

  30.1) Bellevue


XXXX 148th ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98007
Tel: (425) 641-7275

(From chuck patten) Vetco has moved about 1 1/2 miles west on Northup Way on the righthand side of Northup headed west.

Less surplus but still a good source for parts.

  30.2) Kent/Auburn

Boeing Aircraft Surplus Store
84th and South 208th
East Valley Rd.
Kent, WA
Tel: (206) 393-4065

But don't bother calling and asking for anything. This is one place that is impossible to catalog and inventory. Stuff comes and goes on a daily basis.

Probably the largest surplus store in the world. Excellent supply of machine parts, end mills, drill bits, rotary files, lathe bits, air tools, and tons of office supplies including furniture, computers, monitors, modems, cables, aircraft fabrics and adhesive tapes, etc. Located just outside of Seattle, Washington, about a 3 hour drive off the Tsawassen ferry.

(From Heinz Breuer)

They have new reduced opening hours:
Wednesday and Friday: 11 to 5
Saturday: 10 to 4

They now also take credit cards.

  30.3) Seattle

(From Tom Bruhns)

Boeing Surplus sells wire by the pound: $1.25/lb, even for Teflon coax, if they have it. Real pot luck. They also have decent prices on tools. Some tools are new, some used. Look very carefully at the used ones. Boeing can be a good place to get drill bits (but not circuit board size). Decent selection of aluminum sheet, sometimes some aluminum extrusions in useful shapes (like round tubing) but more commonly very special extrusions.

Also, Radar Electric on Western near Seattle Center has some misc. surplus electronics components, and upstairs in the back, some electro- mechanical stuff.

(From Mark Zenier)

RE/PC at 6th South and Massachusetts. Southeast of the Kingdome and a couple blocks south of the International District (a.k.a. Chinatown). A spinoff of one of the local PC repair contractors, PC-FIXX. Working used and surplus PCs (IBM and Macs) along with used upgrade parts and a graveyard section of older stuff of all makes (as is). Shares space with PC-Fixx's store which sells new upgrade parts.

(From Daniel R. Mauch)

Radar electric, Electronic supply in Seattle have lots of surplus stuff as well as the electronic mall in Lynwood.

  30.4) Gone/Dead/Out of Business/RIP

(From Mark Zenier)

The good surplus places aren't in Seattle anymore. It's been a bad 5 years or so. Three good ones are gone: United Products, Western Nut and Bolt, and Washington Liquidators.

  30.5) Tacoma

(From Mark Zenier)

Electronic Dimensions
Puyallup Ave
Tacoma, WA

The best for your purposes (and probably the most fun to browse, (especially if you ask for something wierd and he lets you into the back room)) is Electronic Dimensions on Puyallup Avenue in Tacoma, about 30 miles to the south. A wide variety of stuff from 1940's to present. Test Equipment, Radio, components.

(From Marc Olson, 2002)

I was in Electronic Dimensions on March 2, 2002. I had a chance to talk to (owner) Glen Galati; nice guy. He did not complain about a lack of business.

(From Mark Zenier)

In Seattle, there's a store that specializes in Antique Radios. Radio Steve's Old Technology Shop. Just north of Green Lake on Aurora North. Old Electronics and Antique Tools. (Irregular hours.)

There are also about 4 or so Ham Swapmeets a year in the area, a regular commercial monthy computer swapmeet that rotates between 3 different sites, and a couple of guys that sell test equipment out of their garages. (Anyone know if the guy that sells old Tek stuff in Redmond or Woodenville still has a store?)

  30.6) Tukwila

(From Keith Lofstrom)

There is a semi-interesting used software place named "Bruno's" in Tukwila, at the south end of Seattle; worth a stop on the way through.

If your travels take you 25 miles south to Tacoma, there is a surplus store (Electronic Dimensions?) with a lot of military and RF test equipment - I found the owner a little disagreeable, though, so I don't have more info.

I have second hand information about a place up in Snohomish county called Electronics Mall; when they were down near Lake Union, they had appropriately decaying electronics gizzies. It is sad that they moved, because they were a couple of blocks from Archie McPhee's on Stone Way, the best Inappropriate Toy Store in the world. Since I bought "electronic surplus" there (a foam plastic rock that makes the sound of shattering glass when it hits something) I will mention Archies as a source of surplus. You need a glow-in-the-dark plastic slug, don't you?

31. Wisconsin

  31.1) Kenosha

(From Dennis Doonan N9VSL)

Chester Electronics
Sheridan Rd
Kenosha, WI 53140

Repair parts for radio/tv repair shops. Some consumer goods. There is still a large stock of NOS parts and connectors.

  31.2) Milwaukee

(From Dennis Doonan N9VSL)

American Science & Surplus
6901 W. Oaklahoma Ave
Milwaukee, WI
Tel: (414) 541-7777

Surplus military, electronics, optics, educational, and misc. odds and ends. It is easy to spend hours here just looking through the rows of stuff. They even have a tent sale every year.

  31.3) Oak Creek

Elwood Corporation
195 West Ryan Road
Oak Creek, WI 53154
Tel: 414-764-7500
Fax: 414-764-4298

Some ICs, diodes, connectors, knobs, electronics... no idea if you can "visit" them...

  31.4) Racine

(From Dennis Doonan N9VSL)

1006 State St
Racine, WI
Tel: 632-5142

Old fashioned radio/tv repair parts store that never made it into the 1990s. Repair parts, surplus "stuff" some consignment, and lots of the little odds and ends you need for a repair and or restoration project.

  31.4.1) Trevor

Chicago Surplus And Recycling, Inc
11304 260th Ave
Trevor, WI 53179
Tel: (262) 862-2517
Fax: (262) 862-6376
Hours: Mon-Fri 9 to 5; Sat 9 to 2
Directions: Interstate 94 exit #345 go west 9 miles turn North or Right on 259th go north 2 blocks

(From Anonymous on Apr 26 2007)

They have great deals on new aluminum diamondplate (3003) high polish (From someone)

Closeouts, surplus, electronic parts, tools, bags, lots of unusual stuff

  31.5) West Allis (Milwaukee)

(From Dennis Doonan N9VSL)

Radio Recyclers
7730 W. NAtional Ave
West Allis, WI
Tel: (414) 771-7121

A great place. Worth the trip. Ever changing stock of used amateur radio and SWL gear. He maintains a want list, backs his equipment with return policy and 30 day warrenty. Everything from near new Japanese rigs to Collins, Drake, National, etc, etc. Also parts, accessories, tubes, and "gizmos".

32. These states have NOTHING!

(Please supply full address - including ZIP code and phone area-code - but, most important, your short review of what they have and what categories of goodies they stock. Thanks!)

Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Deleware, District of Columbia (DC), Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Montana, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

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