Tindie, is of course the premier marketplace for indie electronics, but perhaps you haven’t taken time to peruse the Flea Market section. As described, “This area is for the community to clear space in garages and offices for new projects,” and isn’t subject to the Tindie Guarantee. In other words, it sounds like a great place to poke around! Here are a few interesting items I found in my recent browsing:
According to this listing’s description, this device was purchased via a Kickstarter campaign, but never used. It’s a 16-channel servo controller that is controlled via Bluetooth. Pretty neat!
What can I say about this; it’s aluminum wire (or aluminium wire depending on your geography). As to why the seller “created it,” the description states that, “I did not make it. Found it in my old parts stock.”
If you live in a rain-prone area and would like to show off your geek cred, I can’t imagine anything better than this. The description lists it as a great Christmas gift, and I suppose it’s never too early to start planning!
Xadow GSM+BLE Module
Here’s another item purchased off of Kickstarter that seemed useful at the time, but now needs a new home. It’s the basis for Seeed’s RePhone kits, so it would be interesting for cellular network and/or Bluetooth hacking!
Soviet Reed Switch
This keypad was found at a flea market (another flea market), and features magnets on each of the keys, which actuate reed switches. Making it even more of a curiosity is its USSR origin!
There is a lot more stuff there, so don’t be afraid to poke around or list your own unusual item!