All Electronics Van Nuys (map) – Open 7 days. Mostly surplus electronics. Also available for online with flat rate shipping. I’ve found their staff to be helpful and it’s a fun place to wander around and look at their ever changing stock. (pictures)
Anawalt Lumber – 11060 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles – Local chain with hardware, paint, lumber and building materials
Apex Electronics Sun Valley (map) (address and contact info) – Open Mon-Sat. Surplus electronics plus all manner of junk. The web site only offers a limited range of stuff. You have to see this place in person! Check out the panoramas to get a sense of it. It’s possible to get some great deals here, though sometimes they act as if their products are like a fine wine… improving with age, and they charge accordingly. They have a bin filled with solid aluminum bricks in the yard that could be used for milling. (pictures)
Artist and Craftsman Supply – 1660 S. La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035 – Employee-owned arts and crafts store with drawing and painting supplies as well as printmaking, moldmaking, and tools.
C & H Surplus (map) 805 Highland Ave, Duarte, CA (626) 256-7907 Surplus Electronics. Used to be on East Colorado in Pasadena.
Fry’s Electronics Manhattan Beach (map) – Open 7 days until 9p. We all know the good and the bad about Fry’s. This is the closest one to CrashSpace, but also the smallest Fry’s Electronics store in the chain.
Grainger Many Cities (nearest) (brances in the 310) – Usually open 7-5 M-F, though some branches are open on Saturday. Industrial supply. See entry below for online supplies. Grainger has branches all over the place. If the part you want isn’t in stock at the closest branch, there’s a chance it’s at another one within driving distance.
Harbor Freight Multiple including Lomita, Woodland Hills, Pasadena – Open seven days. Inexpensive source of cheap tools and miscellaneous doodads.
Home Depot – 12975 W Jefferson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066 – The closest Home Depot to CRASH. Open til 11pm every day.
House of Hardwood – 2414 Wellesley Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90064 – Woodworking supplies and lots of domestic and exotic lumber.
Industrial Metal Supply Sun Valley (map) – Open Mon-Sat. If you need metal of any size or type they’ve got it. Service is notoriously slow. Expect to be there awhile, even if you’ve phoned in your order. Spend the time poking around their large, fun to see showroom! (pictures) This is the place to buy metal! About $2/lbs of T6061 Aluminum. They also have lead ingot bricks, sheet metal, etc.
McMaster-Carr Santa Fe Springs (map) – See entry below for online supplies. If only this were a retail store you could wander through! Alas, it is not, though paging through their notoriously hard to get paper catalog is almost as fun (and using their web site is close to that experience). I’m listing McMaster here because they are somewhat close by, and they offer will-call pick-up at their facility. They also do same day delivery to our area… order it this morning, have it this afternoon!
Micro-Etch : 310.217.1385 440 East Rosecrans Avenue These folks do amazing bass and other metal etching work.
Gardena, Los Angeles County, CA 90248
Norton Sales, Inc. “Norton Sales has been a leading supplier of Aerospace and Industrial supplies since 1962. Our customers tend to be small shops and individuals who are looking for very specific, and often hard to find, parts for rocketry, stunt equipment, movie props and old school hydraulics. We have so many unique products in stock, that it would be nearly impossible to list them all. Browse through the listing on the left to get an idea of the types of parts we have in stock. Give us a call, and one of our staff will help you find what you are looking for.”
Orvac Electronics Monrovia & Fullerton – Used to be in Pasadena, used to be called Marvac or Duvac. Mostly has lots of cable and tools, but recently started carrying some components. Hours: M-F: 8:30a-5p; Sat: 10a-3p
Pacific Radio Hollywood (map) Burbank (map) – Lots of specialized radio/television electronics.
Santa Monica Plastics (map) – 2834 Colorado Ave., Unit 39, Santa Monica, CA 90404 – M-F 8am-4:30pm, Sat 9am-3pm. Nice people, very local in Santa Monica off Colorado Ave. Resins, plexiglas, foams, tons of acrylics. They have a shop as well to cut sheets down to size. They are in a small booth off the main street with a lot of other small industrial businesses in an alley, you really need to print out the map to find them the first time. Formerly Hastings Plastics, but they moved.
Signal Electronics Torrance (map) – Open Mon-Sat. Small well organized store with knowledgable staff. A bit more expensive.
Solter Plastics West Los Angeles – 12016 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064 – (310) 473-4731
Torrance Electronics Torrance (map) – Open Mon-Sat. Small really chaotic store. Stuff stacked everywhere, but good prices and selection.
Local Hardware Stores
A-1 Hardware – (map) 11119 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, CA – (310) 559-9594
B&B Hardware – (map) 12450 West Washington Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA – (310) 390-9413
Anawalt Lumber Co – (map) 11060 West Pico Boulevard – (310) 478-0324
Ada Fruit Industries – They develop cool pieces of their own, so it’s a small specialized collection.
Opamp Technical Books Hollywood (map) – For those hard to find technical specialty books (pictures). The book store will close as of 28 February 2014. Its web site does not have an up-to-date list of its stock and lists incorrect store hours. They are open Mon-Fri 8 am to 5:30 pm; closed on Saturdays.