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.
ESC blasts off next week at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose.
This year, ESC features the Build your own Embedded System course, where a $595 registration gets you a Rev C Beagle Board (with working USB host mode!) and two days of classes about developing applications with the board. I have heard a lot of buzz about this (even on local radio here in SF!) so I expect the classes with be jam packed. If you haven’t heard of it before, the Beagle Board is a 3″ square 600Mhz ARM Cortex A8-based computer with a lot of fancy features such as DVI-D output.
Online registration closes today, so hurry up and register if you plan on attending!
You can keep up to date with the conference by following @esc_events on twitter.
Update: Screaming Circuits has a 50% discount code on their website! Thank you, Screaming Circuits!
Last week I stopped by HSC Electronics in Santa Clara to pick up a few parts for my PID Controlled Soldering Hotplate project.
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:
If you’re in the area, HSC might be worth a visit. HSC is located at 3500 Ryder Street, Santa Clara, California 95051.
I also recommend a side trip to Weird Stuff and Fry’s Electronics, both are within a few miles of HSC. Stop at all three and you are pretty much guaranteed to satisfy your appetite for electronics.
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Kylie and I decided to check out the Electronics Flea Market at DeAnza College this past weekend. I took a bunch of pictures and put them up on flickr.
We met a trio of Evil Mad Scientists there and had a great time. I stocked up on tweezers and tiny solder braid, along with some mystery items I’ll feature in an upcoming post.
The last Electronics Flea Market of the year is next month, on Saturday October 11th. Don’t miss it!
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.)