WeirdStuff going out of business

Zane Healy healyzh at
Thu Apr 5 23:38:35 CDT 2018

> On Apr 5, 2018, at 9:31 PM, Chuck Guzis via cctalk <cctalk at> wrote:
> On 04/05/2018 08:16 PM, Eric Korpela via cctalk wrote:
>> I'm not religious, but I consider this a sign of the apocalypse.
>> I've got bags of stuff I've purchase there (including in its old location)
>> that I haven't had time to deal/play with.
> It is sad--in the 70s and 80s, the Bay area was rife with surplus
> places.   Many an engineer working for a startup cruised those floors.
> But how much stuff is actually manufactured in the Santa Clara valley
> now?  I suspect that the bulk of manufacturing is done elsewhere.
> I went to school in Chicago and can remember the surplus electronics
> places on South Michigan Avenue.   They were probably gone by the mid 70s.
> So too were the local parts places--you know, the ones with real parts
> counters.
> Heck, I still have stuff I purchased at Sunnyvale Electronics.
> It's a different world now.
> --Chuck

Here in the Silicon Forest, “Wacky Willies” has been gone for longer than I care to remember.  I don’t know if the “Tek Country Store” is still around in any form.  Even the non-Surplus Electronics Parts places around here are long gone. :-(


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