The Washington state surplus scene has a very different 'feel' to it than California. There is a much stronger emphasis, particularly at the local ham radio swaps, on electronic component parts, test gear, and radio-related equipment. Computer and networking equipment is often in the minority. There do exist dedicated computer swap meets (or there used to be, anyway), but I don't list them here because PC components have become purely commodity items.
As with the California section, this page has been completely
redesigned for better navigation, and to include more detailed info and
a photo of each storefront. Numeric grades have been changed to
letters, mimicking most school systems. Surplus stores are now graded
on these categories.
If you don't see your favorite place listed, I invite you to drop me a note about it. The criteria for listing on this site are:
For Surplus Stores or dealers:
For Swap Meets:
Follow the highlighted links for details about these events.
Mike and Key ARC Annual Hamfest & Swap Meet. 2nd Saturday every March. (annual event), Western Washington Fairgrounds, Puyallup, WA.
SCARC Annual Hamfest and Swap Meet. 2nd Saturday every May (annual event), Camano Middle School, Camano, WA.
Radio Club of Tacoma Annual Swap Meet. 2nd Saturday every August (annual event), location can vary.
Washington has, like most other (formerly) surplus-rich
areas, lost some notable stores. Boeing Surplus and Electronic
Dimensions both evaporated some time ago, the first due to an
executive's overreaching greed for power, the second because the owner
just wanted to retire. Others, like TekDragon, were sold off and,
subsequently, went Ebay-only. Where 'Brick-and-Mortar' stores are concerned, we're pretty much down to RE-PC.
3R Technology, Seattle -- Went Ebay-only as of Jan-2022.
RE-PC Recycled Computers (in Seattle and Tukwila)
Washington State Surplus, Auburn -- RETAIL STORE CLOSED in 2020. Went to online and auction-only format.
Clicking on any of the above links will take you to a separate page describing the store in question.
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Last update: 22-Apr-22 by Bruce Lane