- Location: Chicago, IL
- Website: sciplus.com
DIY heaven! With the January Jumpstart contest fully underway, it's the perfect time to introduce American Science & Surplus. This store is the Uncle Fun for the Bunsen Burner crowd. But don't let the name fool you; they sell more than test tubes.
You're sure to find science-inspired goodies here: everything from dentistry tools to high-end telescopes. But they also carry craft supplies, party favors, containers for nearly anything, motor parts, and strange, wacky things. If you know exactly what you're looking for, visiting their website is an easy option. Yet if you have some time to kill and want to be inspired to create, re-purpose, or fix-up, the store is your best bet. We don't mean to nag but there is only one weekend left before the Jumpstart deadline...
Check out some of our cool finds!
We found tons of interesting items that would fit into the realm of home decor. There is a whole section of cheap rocks, fossils, and stones (perfect for centerpieces or flower arrangements, on left). Of course, as a science store, they are obligated to carry anatomical posters (on right).
One of our favorite things about AS&S is their containers. They carry glass, plastic, ceramic.... Whether you need a travel-sized shampoo bottle or a jar for your "moonshine," they've got it here and it'll cost a whole lot less than your neighborhood pharmacy (on left).
If tinkering is your thing, AS&S is full of stuff for gear heads. Besides the casters and motory parts seen above, AS&S carries odds and ends to take care of most electrical, plumbing, or bike-without-a-chain situations.
Besides the containers, our second favorite thing about American Science & Surplus is their randomness. We spotted sausage packaging tape ($5/roll), the cutest hot pink jewelery box, these "Russian action figures" (on left), and a whole box of decorative birds for only $3.25.