Last month I cashed in some airline miles and finally got to visit some old friends and spend some time in beautiful Southern California. Some long-time readers of the blog may remember the last time I did something like this in 2009.
While I was there I visited my good friend Tony in Los Angeles, and we went on a tour of surplus electronics and swap meets that we called Surplus Summit 2012.
Most people know (or should know) of All Electronics as a catalog store with a long history in electronics and a decent website. It turns out (I was surprised by this) that you can visit their retail store at 14928 Oxnard Street in Van Nuys.
The store doubles as a makeshift electronics museum, with lots of vintage consumer and industrial equipment strewn around the room.
This is what surplus electronics is all about! Absolute goldmine of bizarre electronics surplus equipment perched on the edge of civilization in Sun Valley. Wire, motors, meters, huge capacitors, electronic components, antennas, hardware, strange military stuff, hydraulics, pneumatics, you name it.
This is probably the best place to find weird surplus electronics junk in all of California, now that most of the Silicon Valley greats are gone or closed to walk-in customers.
We budgeted an hour here and could have spent all day. I would budget at least 2-3 hours or you won’t get to explore the whole store.