Surplus, Second-hand, Junk & Scrap
UK Shops and Suppliers

This page has been triggered off by a recent post on the Blue Room forum, discussing the surplus shops that still exist. I am therefore indebted to the members there for some of the information on this page.

Whilst it is almost certainly true that there are less Surplus and 'Junk' shops around than there once were, there are still plenty of sources available, although changes in the way the government (particularly the MOD) disposes of material in 1994 changed the market. It meant that most surplus was no longer disposed of by the individual base or stores at local auctions or scrapped, effectively sounding the death knell for real bargains. Central disposal was set up with a few main contractors, meaning the government gets the best price it can for its assets- It's still all out there, but at higher prices. The key central official sources are listed first, managed by the Disposal Services Agency

I will try and make this page as comprehensive as possible, and therefore welcome any information you may have on good sources, and to keep the site up to date.

I will restrict this page to sources of electronic, electrical & mechanical components and assemblies as well as associated tooling, and to suppliers of used (second-hand), surplus or scrap items. I will also limit the list to companies that have a physical shop/ yard/ stores that can be visited, and won't therefore include the multitude of small traders on ebay (or similar sites). Surplus clothing shops and antiques shops also won't generally be covered.

The presence of a supplier on the list does not imply I have visited them or purchased from them, so I can't give personal recommendation on all suppliers unfortunately.

Official Disposal Contractors
Disposal Services Agency (DSA) Central agency for disposal
Ramco One of the appointed MOD disposal Agents, the tenders have a LOT of kit
Witham Specialist Vehicles Mostly vehicles & plant
Field Textiles MOD clothing/ tents etc
Vwinme Aircraft Spares
Leafield Logistics Naval Spares

Leeside Tools Second-hand tools and plenty of other useful 'stuff'
Yapton, West Sussex
G&M Tools Used tools and machinery
Ashington, West Sussex
Home & Workshop Machinery Used tools and machinery
Sidcup, Kent
The Tool Box Used tools and machinery
Colyton, Devon
Penny Farthing tools Used tools and machinery
Wantage, Oxfordshire

Gillings of Diss Great place, loads of very random kit
Diss, Norfolk
Anchor Supplies Electronics parts & equipment, tools, but mostly military
Nottingham and Ripley, Derbyshire
UES&S Surplus and used tools
Holt, Norfolk
Stewart of Reading Used test equipment
Reading, Berkshire
Junktion Technical Junk & Antiques
Nr Boston, Lincolnshire
Salvaged marine parts
Nr Exeter, Devon
Knight Surplus Wide variety of surplus, including marine
Plymouth, Devon
Display Electronics Surplus Electronics Components
Thornton Heath, Surrey
Everett Aero Aircraft Parts and complete planes
Ipswich, Suffolk
D&V Fuels Tanks and Drums
Wrexham, North Wales
Solent Plastics Used storage containers
Southampton, Hampshire
Greenweld Electronics Surplus
Hoddesdon, Herts
J Birkett Electronics Surplus
Williamsons Surplus MOD and Firefighting equipment
Oldham, Lancashire
L Jackson & Co Surplus MOD equipment
Doncaster, South Yorkshire
Sinequanon Surplus electronic components
(Formerly Taurus)
Loughborough, Leicestershire
Silicon Ark
Electronics surplus & some mechanical  Chatteris,
DSM ComponentsElectronics SurplusCzech Republic
(EU Shipping)

Radio Rallies Comprehensive listing of amateur radio rallies
War and Peace Show Massive military vehicle show with very large number of trade stands
Paddock Wood, Kent
Newbury 4x4 Show Vintage machinery and 4x4s
Newbury, Berkshire

Mainline Surplus Leicester, Leicstershire- No current active website

These shops are all known to be defunct, but once were popular surplus destinations;
CTS Ramsgate, Kent
Bits & Pieces Chatham, Kent
Greenweld Junk Shop Southampton, Hampshire
Lawrence Corner London
Proops Brothers London
Surplatronics Luton, Bedfordshire
Service Trading Company London
KR Whiston New Mills, Cheshire
Seagos (?) Lowestoft
Hanningfield Metals, Stock, Essex- Aircraft & MOD scrapyard

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