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Need Gear Will Hack: Where to Find Cheap Stuff to Break

I'm always on the lookout for new and exciting items to tinker with. Finding the right materials can be a challenge, especially on a budget. Luckily, with a little bit of creativity and research there are plenty of places to find affordable items. These are just a few of my tips on where and how to find cheap gear! University Salvage University salvage & surplus stores are great places to find discarded items from labs and research facilities. These items often include electronics, lab equipment, books, and supplies making them perfect for projects. Check your local university or college to see if they have a storefront!  Check out the iconic MIT SwapFest – one of the more historic examples.  Other examples include... Oregon State , Purdue University , & University of Washington Thrift Stores & Flea Markets Thrift stores are outstanding places to find used items for projects too. These stores typically offer a wide range of items, from antique electronics to mode