Local Suppliers

A list of local suppliers in the Twin Cities area. Please add your favorites to the list!


ABC Electronics
315 7th Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55401

AEI Electronic Center
6020 Olson Memorial Highway
Golden Valley, MN 55422-4929

Electronics parts and tools, mostly focused on pro audio but with a good selection of general parts. Also an interesting selection of used/surplus equipment.

Midwest Surplus & Electronics
124 12th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55415
(612) 339-9533

Surplus and Salvage

Ax-Man Surplus
Four locations in the Twin Cities: St Paul, St Louis Park, Fridley and Crystal. See their website for addresses and hours.

The grand-daddy of surplus retailers in the Twin Cities. They carry a huge array of stuff: electronic parts, motors, fans, switches, doll heads, lab glassware, military surplus, fabric, wire, and just about anything else you can think of. It's great fun to just wander the store – you're sure to find something interesting.

City Salvage - Architectural Salvage & Antiques
505 First Avenue N.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55413-2209

Guilded Salvage
4430 Lyndale Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55412
10am - 6pm T-Sa

U of M Reuse Program Warehouse
Thursdays only, 0800-2000
883 29th Avenue SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Leftovers from various University departments. Mostly furniture, but they sometimes have office and laboratory equipment.

Global Surplus - no website this is the map link
Open daily, but hours dictated by daylight it seems, unheated and unlight in the “back warehouse”
1729 North 2nd Street
Minneapolis, MN 55411-3407
(612) 302-9469 ‎

A neighbor of Garelick Steel cited below. As the review says be prepared to spend hours to find the good stuff. Amazing diversity high end measuring equipment to sanders and shelving. Interesting electronics, (not components) and linear motion stuff. Nothing is priced, I'm guessing it's all negotiable.

Carpentry and Lumber

Siwek Lumber and Millwork
2536 Marshall Street Northeast
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 781-3333

Family owned lumber yard that's almost always a good deal cheaper than a big box. Everything from custom millwork to big slabs of oak or maple, tools, and discounted premixed paint goofs.

Rockler Woodworking 3 local locations Burnsville 2020 W County Rd. 42 Burnsville, MN 55337

Maplewood 1935 Beam Ave Maplewood, MN 55109

Minnetonka 12995 Ridgedale Dr Minnetonka, MN 55305

A Minnesota based national wood working retail chain. Exotic woods, hand and power wood working tools, furniture hardware.


River Lake Hardware 3605 East Lake Street Minneapolis, MN 55406-2148 (612) 724-9202

Just a few blocks down on Lake Street from the factory, these folks are very friendly and have an amazing array of tools, bits, and supplies. Open til 7 Mon-Sat and til 5 Sun. Huge selection of dremel bits, and drill bits. This is a *real* neighborhood hardware store.

Frattallone's Ace Hardware 3915 East Lake Street Minneapolis, MN 55406 (612) 238-1100 ‎

A few blocks past River Lake and open later, with a great selection of 1/4” outer bits. A typical nice Ace hardware.


Amble's Machinery & Hardware
2109 Cedar Avenue S.
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404
(612) 332-0300

Discount Steel
216 27th Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55411

More steel and aluminum stock than you can shake a stick at. Custom fabrication services available, and they've got a great bargain/scrap bin.

Garelick Steel
1900 N 2nd St
Minneapolis, MN 55411-3411

Midwest Steel & Aluminum
9151 International Pkwy
New Hope, MN 55428
Ph# 612-333-6868
Hours 7 - 5

For your metal cutting needs
minneapolis oxygen
3842 washington ave n
minneapolis MN

You can buy online or call and have it cut and waiting. They have many more profiles then you can see online, call if you need something else. Price wise, it depends, for some materials the cut cost is more than the material itself, if you don't mind buying 10-20' no problem, but it pays to compare.


A1 Acrylics
8653 Jefferson Hwy
Osseo, MN 55369

Plastics International
7600 Anagram Drive
Eden Prairie MN 55344
Phone: 952-934-2303

In the Cities, have lots of items in stock, nylon, PFTE, HDPE, Delrin, Acrylics

Hobby Supplies

Hub Hobby
6410 Penn Aveune S.
Richfield, MN 55423
(612) 866-9575

82 Minnesota Avenue
Little Canada, MN 55117-1736
(651) 490-1675

Large selection of model rocketry and radio control supplies (servos!).

Scale Model Supplies
458 Lexington Pkwy.
St. Paul, MN 55104-4609

Computers / Parts

Microcenter St Louis Park, MN

General Nanosystems University Ave, Minneapolis