Miscellaneous supplies on the cheap.

Discount surplus stores are a ‘mixed bag’ of all kinds of oddities and commodities.  These stores should be a first stop when looking for lab supplies.   The stores themselves come in a number of names; Dollar Tree Store, Just Dollar Store , 98 Cent Store, and 99 Cent Store to name a few.  Their selection ranges wildly throughout the year.  Some stock fresh produce and some stick with non-expirable items.

Some laboratory oriented things I have found include;

  • Aluminum Foil (Reynolds Wrap Brand 2 5sq. ft. per box and Generic Brand 50 sq. ft.)

  • Krazy Glue (Super Glue)

  • Plastic Containers (I used them as secondary containment for glass collection flasks and for storing equipment)

  • Glass cookware (Microwavable staining trays, a bit classier than pipette boxes though admittedly heavier)

  • Aquarium tubing, valves, and junctions (for setting up gas lines or pumps)

  • Various tools (eyeglass kits, screwdrivers, hammers, hacksaws, wrenches, etc.)
  • Aluminum pans (the cooking type, very handy)
  • Styrofoam coolers (shipping and storage containers)
  • Light bulbs (CFL and Incandescent)
  • Speaker wiring
  • Baking soda
  • Powdered milk (blocking membranes)
  • Pain killers
Since the selection varies heavily from store store within cities and over time, I imagine the selection is even more diverse in-between states.  If you are curious, you will

 have to stop by one of the discount stores yourself.
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2 Responses to “Miscellaneous supplies on the cheap.”

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  2. John Says:

    Guys found this supplier, based in New Jersey. Has a lot of basic items like foil at fair prices: http://www.morganvillesci.com

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