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« on: September 20, 2003 09:00:55 AM »

Anyone know of any surplus-type stores in Massachusetts?

If there's a store like American Science Surplus (http://www.sciplus.com), I'd loooove to know about it.

The only one I know if that's remotely similar is the Recycle Shop at the Boston Children's Museum.  They get remnants from manufacturing companies, misprints, irregulars, etc.  It's kind of hit or miss as far as the usefulness of the stuff goes but it's always fun to look!

It's great for kids crafts. You can fill up a grocery bag up of wierd stuff for like $5.
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« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2003 12:41:25 PM »

I'm in Western Mass, so the only ones I know about are out here.  There's a place in Northampton called Acme Surplus that's always got a lot of fun stuff.
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« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2003 01:08:32 PM »

WESTERN MASS!!  I'm in Northampton!  How exciting to see someone else in the area!  

Yes, ACME is a pretty awesome cross between a dollar store (socks, stationery) and kooky surplus stuff (wires, switches, random doo-dads whose purpose is unclear...).
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« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2003 08:36:23 PM »

I'm from Western Mass and just moved to Kansas City. Acme suplus is all I can think of other than Army surplus stores and they aren't too scientific. Try Springfield. NIce to here from Noho. I grew up in Montague Center.
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« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2003 01:52:06 PM »

I also have to sing the praises of Acme surplus in Northampton.  When I was at Smith I was always heading down there for all sorts of stuff.  There was also a really hot punk rock boy working there at the time, the eye candy was just the icing on the cake.
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« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2004 12:14:53 PM »

I'm not sure if this is the type of thing you're looking for, but there's Building 19, which has stores in MA and NH:

http://www.building19.com

I usually go to the one in Haverhill, but there's one in Somerville if you're in the Boston area.  It's basically closeouts, irregulars, samples, a bit of everything.  They have a fabric section in the one where I go; I assume they're mill ends, but nothing's over $3/yd.

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« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2004 12:29:16 PM »

I'm not sure if this is the type of thing you're looking for, but there's Building 19, which has stores in MA and NH:

http://www.building19.com

I usually go to the one in Haverhill, but there's one in Somerville if you're in the Boston area.  It's basically closeouts, irregulars, samples, a bit of everything.  They have a fabric section in the one where I go; I assume they're mill ends, but nothing's over $3/yd.

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Good suggestion! I used to go there a lot when I lived closer to one. You can find the strangest things there sometimes!
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« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2005 10:58:59 AM »

ok so this is a ways away... and i don't know why anyone would want to venture all the way to merrimack (just less than an hour drive from boston)... BUT, when i'm visiting my parents in NH, i go to zyla's in merrimack off DW highway. it's been there for as long as i can remember, and they have all kinds of random stuff for cheap. a big part of the store is fishing/hardware/lawn and garden, but they also have a lot of homegoods, toys, and random stuff like miniature star trek figures or plastic godzillas. anyway, yeah. i don't see a reason to go to merrimack, nh... but if you're up for a road trip, it's a neat store. you never know what kinds of things you will find.
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« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2005 11:48:07 AM »

can you get to any of the Building 19 stores by T?  (or bus?)
I'm intrigued, but without a car!
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« Reply #9 on: March 14, 2005 07:21:26 AM »

I think the one in Lynn is the most accessible by T.  You can use the trip planner on http://www.mbta.com to plan your route.
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« Reply #10 on: March 15, 2005 06:23:30 AM »

i think you can take a bus to the one in burlington, too.
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« Reply #11 on: March 15, 2005 06:44:32 AM »

  There is also Ocean State Job Lots, but I can't remember what town it's in.  Dollar Stores can also be a great place to pick things up like tape, those wooden popsicle stick things, and pipe cleaners.  I figure the reason you can get thst stuff for a dollar is because it's surplus.

  BTW - To all you Northampton girls, I'm a Smith Alumna myself.  Smiley
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