Earlier this year, there was an announcement that HSC was moving because their landlord would not renew the lease on the building they have occupied for the past 15-20 years. At the last minute they were able to negotiate a lease for half of their original space, forcing them to vacate what was previously the warehouse/mail order side of the building.
So far, the evidence of these changes to their customers has been very limited. Maybe there were a few extra items at the annual sidewalk sale and some extra bins of parts on the showroom floor, but overall things looked pretty much the same – until my most recent visit.
Now there is a new HSC Clearance Annex open to the public in what was formerly the employees-only warehouse space:
I found some neat things inside: IEC line filters, variable inductors, an assortment of crystal oscillators, bags of PCB mount right angle RCA jacks. Most items are $1-2 and many come in bags of 10-100 for that price.
They also had huge boxes of assorted hardware and electrolytic capacitors – you can create your own grab bag for $1. Usually these are only available during the sidewalk sales and are a surprisingly popular attraction: