At surplus stores and auctions, you can find new as well as used office supplies and equipment, plus military and army surplus gear, and many common and useful items. You can also find unusual or unexpected equipment and antiques. You just never know what to expect.
Some surplus stores offer online catalogs or auctions so you can preview items from your computer. Some stores have a return policy and others sell used items “as-is”. Some offer shipping and other pickup only. So carefully read the terms before participating in any online purchases.
At all surplus stores, the inventory is constantly changing. So you usually want to visit regularly, whether you are looking for something in particular, or hoping for an unusual find.
Discount office supplies, furniture, and general surplus stores
Boeing Surplus Sales Online Auctions offers a wide range of goods from office supplies and furniture to fitness equipment, cameras, computers, airplanes and airplane parts…and a whole lot more. You can browse the auction site online. Note: be sure to confirm the item is in Washington State. For more information about bidding, visit their Help page and be sure to read Terms and Conditions.
Habitat Stores (3 locations: Bellevue, Tukwila/Southcenter, Auburn). Habitat Stores offer great deals on furniture, building supplies, appliances, and home decor. All items at the stores are donated by individuals or businesses, some are brand new. Money raised from the stores supports affordable housing in the Seattle area through Habitat for Humanity.
The University of Washington Surplus Store is open to the public every Tuesday from Noon to 6pm for browsing and purchasing. Located behind the UW Seattle Campus across from University Village shopping mall: UW Surplus, 4515 25th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105. In addition, UW Surplus conducts live and online auctions throughout the year. Visit the UW surplus auction website for more details.
Washington State Department of Enterprise Services is the state’s central hub for managing used public agency goods. Located south of Olympia: DES Surplus Store, 7511 New Market Street, Tumwater, WA 98501. You can view items online at Govdeals.com for Washington State Surplus, which can include office supplies and equipment, automobiles, and other items.
Military surplus and outdoor gear
Ed’s Surplus and Marine sells fishing, hunting, camping, outdoor supplies, and military surplus. The four generation family operation sells online and at their retail store. Located north of Seattle: Ed’s Surplus and Marine, 5911 196th St SW, Lynnwood, WA 98036.
Architectural salvage, building and construction materials
Ballard Reuse is a used and salvaged building materials super store dedicated to keeping as much materials as possible out of the landfill, while sharing creative reuse ideas and having fun. You’ll find a full range of used building materials as well as odd finds and some just plain cool stuff. Ballard Reuse, 1440 NW 52nd St, Seattle, WA 98107.
Earthwise Architectural Salvage retail warehouses are full of vintage and new doors, windows, lighting, hardware and lumber. They also offer a diverse assortment of architectural antiques including stained glass, wrought iron, pillars, posts, and columns. Three locations: Seattle, Tacoma, and Aberdeen.
Equipment Sales and Surplus sells primarily woodworking and metalworking tools, including Overstocks, Freight Returns, Scratch and Dent, Tradeshow returns, Warranty Returns, and Discontinued Models. All items are in excellent working condition, the majority have never been used, and all carry a 90-day warranty. Equipment Sales and Surplus, 1801 West Valley Hwy N, Auburn, WA 98001.
Second Use envisions salvage and reuse of building materials as an increasingly user-friendly process and a standard component of a construction job, and aims to provide an enjoyable shopping experience for contractors, homeowners, customers and community in the Puget Sound region. Two locations: Seattle and Tacoma.
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