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Craft Supplies

  • Urban Source: Main Street between 15th and 16th Ave. All kinds of recycled craft materials - everything is cheap!
  • Dressew: Hastings Street about 3 blocks west of VHS: Sewing/fabric/knitting/etc. Huge selection, dirt cheap!
  • Yoko YaYa: Tinseltown Mall, 1st floor. Japanese dollar store with all kinds of neat stuff.
  • Daiso: Aberdeen Mall in Richmond. Same as Yoko Yaya, but about 5 times more stuff.
  • Michaels: Alberni Street near Burrard Street. Has almost everything craft-related, but is expensive.


  • Home Depot - Terminal Ave (about 1km east of Science World)
  • Home Depot - Cambie near Broadway
  • Army and Navy - Hastings Street, just a few doors down from VHS; go out the door and turn right.

Screws, Fasteners

  • Pacific Fasteners: 3934 East 1st Ave. They stock a huge range of fasteners (nuts, bolts, screws, nails etc.) and are pretty close to MRO.
  • HD Supply Brafasco: 443 Terminal Ave.
  • Fastenal: 36 East 5th Ave, and many other locations.


  • Metal Supermarket: Still Creek Drive in Burnaby. Good source for metal rods, beams, angled, etc. in stainless steel, aluminum and more.
  • North Star Metal: Metal recycling (wander around; just stay clear of the forklifts).
  • MB Superior: Metal recycling (good for wire; ask them to see it).
  • Main Sheet Metal: Main Street near National Ave, just below the Georgia Viaduct.


  • Lee Valley: SE Marine Drive at Knight St Bridge.
  • Princess Auto: Opposite side of the highway from IKEA in Coquitlam.
  • KMS Tools: Next to the IKEA in Coquitlam.
  • Busy Bee Tools: Near Braid skytrain station in New Westminster.
  • Summit Tools: 1st Ave at Boundary.
  • Fastenal: 36 East 5th Ave, and many other locations.
  • Adler Auto: Surrey and further out locations.
  • HollyNorth Production Supply: 1st Ave at Boundary, kind of hard to find. These guys sell to the film industry, but they do cash sales too.


  • Ringball: Mainly bearings, some linear slides and some acme screws and such.



Computers & etc

  • NCIX / Netlink Computers: Anything by way of computer stuff, many locations
  • Linhaw: Cables, racks, etc (Need an account ahead of time, sells to businesses only)

Online Retailers

Electronic Components

  • Digikey: They've got pretty much anything, and they ship overnight from Canada.
  • Mouser: Similar to Digikey, but ship from the US (taking an extra day usually).
  • Sparkfun: Awesome site with tutorials and lots of breakout boards and rad parts.
  • Adafruit: Good starter kits, mostly revolve around Arduino.

Free samples

Many semiconductor manufacturers run sample programs that let you get small quantities of chips for very cheap or free. Some programs require a registered business contact. See this wiki page for more information.


  • Solarbotics: Robotics related parts (motors, electronics, gears, sensors, etc).
  • RobotShop: Robots and related parts.


  • Inventables: Acrylic sheets, woods and vaneers, moulding materials, etc.
  • RepRaper: Cheap ABS and PLA filament, parts, and electronics for 3D printers.
  • OpenBeam USA is an online retail store that sells mechanical bits and pieces for your projects.
  • McMaster Carr - massive catalog of engineering components, US only shipping apparently
  • Misumi USA - another massive catalog of engineering components


  • Apex Jr: Surplus gear at good prices, lots of audio amplifier bits including toroids. Will ship a 4 lb bag for US$13.
  • Electronic Goldmine: Surplus electronics parts, lots of unique stuff.

Cross Border Shopping

In general Point Roberts is closer and easier on Transit/Bike. Blaine is further but offers the chance to pick up a parcel as part of another trip. Tax info at CBSA.


  • Great West Wholesale - This is a wholesaler for anything you would find at a dolor store.
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