NOW Magazine - Best of Toronto - - Retail -

AC­TIVE SUR­PLUS 347 Queen Street-West, 2nd floor, 416-593-0909,­tivesur­ If you like to buy your stereos and com­put­ers in pieces, with­out an in­struc­tion man­ual, then get lost at Ac­tive Sur­plus. The new digs are above and next door to the old lo­ca­tion at the foot of Bev­er­ley on Queen, but rest as­sured, they’ve still got the iconic go­rilla at the front door, plus a gazil­lion boxes of ran­dom junk per­fect for the base­ment en­gi­neer in you. Browse through bins and buck­ets teem­ing with wires, pip­ing, LEDs, med­i­cal sup­plies, com­puter junk, old key chains, mo­tors, gears and su­per­balls. And look closely at the la­bels on the bins for some cre­ative dec­o­rat­ing and droll hu­mour. If you’re a teacher look­ing for cheap lab ma­te­ri­als or strange and won­der­ful ad­di­tions to bor­ing science class­rooms, $20 will take you a long way.

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