The Little-Known Wisconsin Store That Will Bring Out Your Inner Nerd

Out on the west side of Milwaukee there’s a small store stuffed full of weird, interesting, useful and fun things that you’ll just have to dig through to believe.

The American Science and Surplus store is one of just three in the country. Tucked inside are bits and bobbles just like the name suggests – surplus items from manufacturers and retailers, many of which have a science bent. Whether you’re building a robot or a whole car, you’ll find a lot of what you need at AS&S.

But you’ll also find military surplus, random toys, stationary and more. Or, if you’re like me, an old style American flag painted hockey mask perfect for showing your pride during the Winter Olympics.

From their website: “American Science & Surplus continues to offer a unique mix of industrial, military and educational items, with an emphasis on science and education. We supply a wide range of unusual and hard to find items (some say bizarre stuff) to the hobbiest, tinkerer, artist, experimenter, home educator, do-it-yourselfer, and bargain hunter.”

Have any of you ventured into American Science and Surplus? What strange and wonderful things did you buy?

Looking for more odd stops in Wisconsin? Check out 10 Awesomely Odd Place in Wisconsin That Are a Must-See For Everyone.