Hidden Gem: Wayne Electronics

Hidden Gem: Wayne Electronics

I just wanted to share a little secret with our readers. There is this great electronics shop in Northern NJ, It’s called Wayne Electronics. No, it isn’t in Wayne, but rather up rt. 23 a bit in the town of Pompton Plains. They have been in business for 30 years and are willing to share their knowledge of electronics. This isn’t an advertisement, I just thought it would be a great resource for all the Makers in NJ.


They carry so many items for the electronics enthusiast, even supplies for etching your own PCB’s. There is a lot more stuff hidden in the back too, just ask.


If you are new to electronics, try one of the many Velleman kits in stock.


Sure, you can order parts from the Internet, but can you ask a question about the part? What about advice on a circuit you plan on building?


If you happen to be in NJ and check out Wayne Electronics, make sure you tell them you read about it on MAKE….and tell Patrick I said “Hi”.

Wayne Electronics
637 Route 23 S.
Pompton Plains, NJ

Open M-F 9-6 & Saturday 10-3

If you know of a great local place to pick up electronic components, leave a comment below. It would be nice to have a list of all the little “Hidden Gem’s” out there.

74 thoughts on “Hidden Gem: Wayne Electronics

  1. Benjamin says:

    Since Eagle Hi Tech closed a few years ago, there’s nothing like JB Saunders, in Boulder, CO.

  2. Clint says:

    Laco Electronics in Decatur IL has a bunch of random electronics stuff. I just hate throwing my money at radio shack.

  3. Mechawatts says:

    “I’ll take: One travel-size grappling hook, a suit of protective gear suitable for repelling/bullet-stopping, two dozen bat-shaped boomerangs, a DIY supercomputer kit, and a half-dozen smoke bombs. Oh, and can you wrap that all up in a utility belt?… That’d be great, thanks.”

  4. Ben says:

    Fort Wayne, IN has Pembleton Electronics. They have all manner of surplus components; anything you can imagine is there somewhere and priced very reasonably.

  5. Ian says:

    Electronics Plus in Littleton, MA

  6. NJ_John says:

    Green Brook Electronics in Green Brook NJ looks very similar to Wayne Electronics. Great place, been there forever, and the staff is awesome.

    Green Brook Electronics Inc.
    269 US Highway 22
    Green Brook, NJ 08812 USA

    Phone: 732-968-3500
    Fax: 732-968-3378

  7. Rich says:

    I remember going to Wayne Electronics once with my high school electronics teacher! I’d actually just assumed they’d gone out of business in the years since! (like every other electronics shop) That’s great that they’re still here. I’m definitely going to go pay them a visit.

    Thanks so much for posting this!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Is there anything like this in or around Chicagoland? I know of American Science and Surplus, but if there’s a better place I’d like to know about it.

  9. Mike says:

    You Do It Electronics
    40 Franklin Street
    Needham, MA 02494


    It’s stuck in a bit of a time warp. Electronics parts on the first floor. tvs, stereos, etc (and some random DJ lights/equipment) on the second floor.

    1. Marc de Vinck says:

      Thanks everyone, hopefully this list will continue to grow!

  10. Karen in Wichita says:

    Lloyd’s Electronics is the Wichita equivalent. 220 W. Harry, been there since forever.

  11. Robotic Pony says:

    In Salt Lake City, there’s RaElco — it’s nowhere near as nice (or organized) as the place in the pics above, but they lack in organization they make up in sheer quantity.

    2780 South Main
    (801) 487-7749

  12. Austringer says:

    Gateway Electronics in St. Louis, MO. Great assortment of stuff, plus a staff that will talk you down no matter how small your comfort zone is compared to your project.

  13. The Snob says:

    Not really hidden but You-Do-It electronics in Needham, Mass. is pretty good. The Radio Shack in Central Square (Cambridge) also used to be well above average but I haven’t been there in a long time so don’t know if it is still true.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Active Surplus in Toronto, ON (347 Queen St W, upstairs), ADD in Ottawa, ON (233 Armstrong Ave).

  15. Tyler says:

    Does anyone know of a shop in Louisville, KY

  16. Andrew says:

    Sorry if this does not fit here, but it appears as though there are a lot of Makers in Ma…are there any plans for a meet-up?

  17. Alex says:

    For anyone in Nova Scotia, there’s a wonderful shop called Jentronics in Dartmouth. Very friendly folks who know their stuff and are great to talk too.

  18. Sean says:

    Orvac Electronics in Fullerton, CA


    Amazing selection for any project

  19. St.Eligius says:

    Shields Electronics if you are in Knoxville TN. and need a part real bad. Expect High prices and a disagreeable owner. Also as mike said about You Do it “It’s stuck in a bit of a time warp”. Its a little bit of everything security, computer, components (dwindling supply on the components as the market is drying up in this area). The sales people have areas of expertise all their own expect to be pointed to a guru of a specific discipline. They have survived many a competitor. The quote goes “if you cant find it elsewhere (in Knoxville) You might get lucky at shields”.


  20. Hartmut says:

    Tinkertronics in Austin, TX

    Didn’t know they opened a second location. The original store is on 1133 Airport Road.
    the new one north at 2600 McHale Ct Ste 100

    Phone: (512) 719-3516

  21. Andy Isaacson says:

    All Electronics in Van Nuys, CA (suburb of L.A.) is my electronics playground. They’ve got all sorts of random surplus stuff with the occasional really good deal. They do a catalog and web business at http://allelectronics.com/ but there are some special in-store only items too. Way fun!

  22. yh says:

    Thanks for this update! I’m stuck in NJ for work, so I was used to having many choices in my electronics stores back in the Bay Area. At least there’s one now in NJ.

  23. Aud1073cH says:

    I’ve been searching around the north side of Seattle, WA – nothing like this for electronics yet (If you find it first, please let me know!)

    For surplus in Seattle, WA there is RE PC:

  24. Hal says:


    2190 Smithtown Ave,


    One time I went in for a couple of dollars worth of parts, and the guy ended up drawing out a schematic for me. Awesome place.

  25. Saniul Ahmed says:

    Anyone know any hidden gems in London?

  26. isnoop.myopenid.com says:

    Radar Electronics in Seattle used to be something like this. It was a real gem before they closed up their downtown shop.

  27. James Thmpson says:

    I have a feeling this page will be bookmarked by all. Perhaps there should be a MAKE: page for our favorite brick and mortar parts shop?
    Let me throw in mine and say:
    KC Electronic supply
    4100 Main Street
    Kansas City, MO 64111

    1. Marc de Vinck says:


      Thanks for the suggestion, that was my original intention for this post.

  28. isnoop.myopenid.com says:

    I’ve added all of the suggested locations to a Google map that anyone can add to:

    Please feel free to add your favorite supply store there too!

  29. Ben says:

    My mistake… Pembleton’s relocated and changed their name a little while ago. It’s now known as Misener Electronics and can be found at

    1410 Griffin St
    Fort Wayne, IN 46803
    (260) 423-1300

    Sorry about that.

  30. Eliot says:

    For those in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul), you should already be aware of Ax-Man.

  31. Big Tex says:

    Anyone know of one in the Dallas / Richardson / Garland / Mesquite area? This would be an awesome “field trip” to take with my 12-year-old son.

    And how will we find the “directory of hidden gems” once it’s up on the Make: site?

  32. morehpperliter says:

    Mendelson’s of Dayton,Ohio
    They don’t just have electronics though. They have everything. I am not kidding. They have an 8 story warehouse filled to the brim.


    Would be interested to hear of one closer to Cincinnati though.

  33. Seth says:

    I used to shop here for any components I needed. Their prices are good and the staff are very helpful and friendly.

    Lee’s Electronic Components (2005) Ltd
    1 review – Write a review
    4522 Main Street
    Vancouver, BC V5V 3R5, Canada
    (604) 875-1993

  34. xXxMRCARLOSxXx says:

    1545 W Carson St
    Torrance, CA 90501
    (310) 328-2501

    It has a very junkyard/garage sale aesthetic, but it really adds to the appeal. Friendly, knowledgeable staff (especially the owner) that’s always willing to round the price down to something reasonable on even small purchases. Very wide assortment of components and some items that I’m sure are as old as the store itself. There’s also a great selection of books. I’ll take some pictures next time I’m there. It’s really a sight to be seen these days.

  35. MacVroom.com says:

    There’s a great electronics store called Cables and Connectors on the Berlin Turnpike in Newington, Connecticut…

    Cables and Connectors
    2307 Berlin Turnpike
    Newington, CT 06111
    (860) 665-9904

    Another great resource in Connecticut is Ro-Brand Products in Plainville. They have all kinds of hard-to-find automotive and industrial fasteners, fittings, etc…

    Ro-Brand Products, Inc.
    319 Cooke Street
    Plainville, CT 06062

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