I just got an e-mail from HSC Electronic Supply announcing their 45th Anniversary Sale (aka Sidewalk Sale), which takes place this Saturday, Sept. 26th. If you are in Silicon Valley this weekend, this is definitely worth checking out. If you want to get an idea of what this event is like, check out my photos from last year’s “Warehouse Clearance Sale.” (It seems like they change the name of this event every year now!)
45th Anniversary Celebration
Local Customer? Come on in and celebrate with us and save
10%-60% on everything in our stores. One day only!
Out of the Area? For our online customers, from September
23rd to 27th, HSC will offer *FREE shipping plus an additional 10%
off any order over $50.00. Just mention “Anniversary Special” in
the shopping cart order notes and we’ll take care of your discount.
The 6,000 items listed online are just a sample of our extensive store inventory.
Don’t see what you need? Please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-442-5833.
HSC is having some online specials too, although if you shop online you are missing out on 90% of the fun, such as sifting through crates of miscellaneous electronics parts!
Every project I work on usually involves at least one trip down to the South Bay to visit HSC, and I usually find at least a few interesting odds and ends at their annual clearance sales. And while you’re in the area, I highly recommend a side trip to Weird Stuff Warehouse in Sunnyvale as well.
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:
By the way, the big news this weekend was that HSC electronics is NOT moving as was rumored earlier in the year. Speaking of HSC, this coming weekend is the annual HSC sidewalk sale. (This year they’re calling it a warehouse clearance sale due to downsizing at their present location.)