So I have finally taken the plunge into the wonderful world of electronics, robotics, soldering, and tinkering! I’m enjoying it greatly. However, after bookmarking a thousand different build designs across Adafruit, hackaday, and YouTube I am becoming increasing aware of how little parts I have.
I want to build lots of tiny gadgets, inventions, and just fun little pointless tinkering projects to practice and learn with but each one needs a dozen little parts that end up costing way more than they are worth with shipping and/or having to buy in bulk.
Does anyone know a free or very cheap way to amass a beginner collection? I’m in search of basically anything - LEDs, little motors, LCD screens, transistors, sensors of every kind, resistors, capacitors, switches, fans, etc… whatever I can possibly use in small projects.
Salvaging ewaste from old laptops and junk electronics seems to be the go-to, but the problem is I’m not sure how to really go about that! My local thrift stores have all closed down and even then it’s hit or miss with pricing. Is there anywhere (preferably in the East Bay or BARTable with walking) I can find reliably cheap or free ewaste? Is there a good website to order from cheaper than Amazon or eBay?
Any help from experienced hackers, salvagers, and/or tinkerers would be super appreciated!