Last weekend wandering around Tacoma I found a very special store specializing in the reuse of products. This what not a Good Will, Salvation Army or Thrift shop. This was a curated garbage dump where one can buy junk in bulk.

TinkerTopia, a store specializing in the reuse of objects many would call trash or junk to be reused for funky Art projects, props, and anything else that one can imagine. Most of the store is bulk bins of sorted miscellaneous things, 90’s DVDs, milk caps, CD cases, corks, slides, self sealing stem bolts, etc. But their larger and adder items are sold separate.

TinkerTopia caters to art students and small children but anyone can find some neat little trinket to take home. I found a Solid State wireless com system from the 1960s and a few vacuum tubes. Not sure what I’ll do with either but that’s the fun in tinkering.

2 thoughts on “TinkerTopia

  1. Judith Meighan says:

    FINALLY, I now know where to get some Self-Sealing Stem Bolts! I thought Jake and Nog had cornered the market.

    Those vacuum tubes … the appeal may be genetic. My dad was an expert in vacuum tubes for fixing our TV, which he did on a regular basis. I spent a lot of time going with him to the hardware store to get the right tubes. Then I would spend even more time watching him pull out the innards of the TV and replace vacuum tubes.


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